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Update: Legionnaires' Disease in South Bronx

As of Monday, August 4th, the number of people affected by "the South Bronx Outbreak" of Legionnaires' disease has climbed to 81, including 7 deaths. Five cooling towers in the South Bronx have tested positive for legionella: the Opera House Hotel, The Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, a Verizon office building, Streamline Plastics Company, and the Concourse Plaza. All 5 have been flushed with bleach, followed by fresh water.

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Justice for Farmworkers

Farmworkers in NY, thousands of men and women who feed us each day, deserve a day of rest, overtime pay, the right to organize and form a union among many other important rights that all other workers enjoy.

NY’s farmworkers form the backbone of the state’s multi-billion agricultural industry, but these workers are excluded from basic labor protections under state and federal law. These Jim Crow laws deprive over 80,000 farmworkers of the rights that other workers take for granted. EVERY TUESDAY IN JUNE, PLEASE CALL GOVERNOR CUOMO AND YOUR LEGISLATORS at  1-877-255-9417 and tell them to pass the FARMWORKERS FAIR LABOR PRACTICES ACT (S.1291/A.4762)

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Chris Shelton Elected President of CWA

Christopher Shelton was elected the new president of the Communications Workers of America by acclamation of delegates to the union's 75th convention. He succeeds Larry Cohen who stepped down after serving as president for ten years and spending 39 years organizing and working in CWA.

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Call Congress Today and Tell Them to Save American Jobs

Call your member of Congress at 1-855-980-2384 and ask them to oppose Fast Track right now.  It's now or never to stop Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This job-killing bill recently passed in the Senate. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Fast Track any day now. We can defeat this bill but we will need every possible vote so we need to keep the pressure on every member of Congress.

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Make Your Voice Heard: Stop Fast Track on TPP Now

The House of Representatives will vote on Fast Track for TPP soon. Call your Congressperson today and tell them "As a constituent, I expect you to stand up for American workers and oppose Fast Track for the TPP."  Call 888-966-9836 to be connected to your representative. 

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Call the PSC and Tell Them to Protect Jobs

Call the PSC and tell them to Protect Jobs and Require Reliable, Accessible Service.  Call 855-980-2355.  In April New York State created a $500 million high speed internet development fund that will match private funds one for one. 

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Local 1101 Members Push for NO Vote on TPP Trade Deal: Keep Good Jobs Here

The movement against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is growing. On April 28, the New York City Council voted to pass Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal's resolution declaring the city a "TPP-free zone" and urging Congress to reject "Fast Track" legislation for the trade deal.

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Join CWA in Rally & March to Support the Fight for $15

Wednesday, April 15 at 4pm. CWA will meet at the Northwest corner of 63rd St and Central Park West for the rally. March kicks off at  6pm.  Over the last two years, the amazing campaign of Fast Food workers across the country to win a $15 hour wage and a union at work has transformed the national debate about what is an acceptable minimum wage.

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Union Members Approve Agreement with Fairpoint

CWA/IBEW Press Release. Workers to Return to Work on Wednesday, Feb 25.  AUGUSTA, ME-After three days of voting, IBEW and CWA members in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have ratified tentative agreements with FairPoint Communications. The new agreements protect good jobs and ensure quality telecommunications service for New England communities.

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Labor Notes Troublemakers School March 28

If you've been to a Labor Notes school before, you know how great it is to meet activists from different unions throughout the city. If you haven't been to one, now's your chance!  This event is a great opportunity for union members, stewards, and community activists to share strategies and build the solidarity required in these tough times. Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the James Baldwin School, 351 W 18th St, Manhattan (between 8th and 9th Aves.)

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