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FILM: Local Organizations Team up to Show "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience"

East Michigan Environmental Action Council - Mon, 08/19/2030 - 8:02pm
What: Film screening of "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience" with Question and Answer session to follow afterwards

When: September 6th, 2013

Time: 8PM

Where: Cass Corridor Commons
             4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201

East Michigan Environmental Action Council, 5E, Heru, and the American Indian Health and Family Services invite you to the film screening of, Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience, on September 6th, 2013. The showing will take place in the D. Blair Theater of The Cass Corridor Commons.

Focusing on the lives and experiences of the Native/Indigenous community in the Midwest, Our Fires Still Burn is a one hour documentary that works to dispel the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the United States. The narrative that Native and Indigenous peoples no longer exist in the US has been perpetrated in many forms since the beginning of colonization in the US, with perhaps the most famous example being the book (and movie), The Last of the Mohicans. The narrative usually argues something along the lines that because Native peoples are now dead (or are actively dying), we need non-Native peoples to "save and recover" (read; loot) Native artifacts (very often including actual bones of human beings). Another strand of the narrative argues that names like Washington Red Skins are actually compliments that honor long dead tribes rather than the offensive insults that Native/Indigenous peoples say they are.

Our Fires Still Burns argues that the narrative that Native/Indigenous peoples are dead is harmful in that it invisibilizes and makes unnecessary the voices of the very much alive Native/Indigenous community. But as Our Fire Still Burns shows, Native and Indigenous peoples continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.

The film viewing of Our Fires Still Burn will appeal to native and non-Native alike, and will be followed by a question and answer session featuring many of the people appearing in the film, as well as film director Audrey Geyer.  Ms. Geyer is an independent video producer and director whose programs have been broadcasted locally and nationally on PBS. She is the founder and current executive director of Visions, an independent video production company local in Metro Detroit. Visions work focuses on creating documentaries that tell the stories of communities that are underrepresented in mainstream media.

As East Michigan Environmental Action Council co-director, Diana Copeland says, the most important thing to do right now in light of various attacks on marginalized communities in Detroit is to build community responses to those attacks, "Conversations that happen where we can begin to get to know each other are essential and will only make our communities stronger."
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UE General Executive Board Issues Statement on 2016 Presidential Election

UE - Fri, 09/30/2016 - 11:42am
30 September, 2016Western Region delegation at the recent General Executive Board meeting.Pittsburgh

At its September 22-23 meeting at the union's national headquarters in Pittsburgh, UE's General Executive Board discussed and adopted the following statement on the 2016 presidential election. 

DEFEAT TRUMP

UE General Executive Board Statement on the 2016 Presidential Election

The 2016 elections have made it clear that the current political system is not serving the needs of American working people. The establishment of an independent political movement for the working class is needed more than ever. However, we face the cold reality that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected President in November and working people need to make a decision how to best survive the coming period.

UE embraced the candidacy of Bernie Sanders for President. His campaign was straight out of UE policy on everything from workers’ rights, to racial and economic justice, to climate change, to the war on Iraq. We had not seen a candidate like him in decades. It was shameful that some major unions endorsed Hillary Clinton, despite her representing the worst corporate tendencies of the Democratic Party. Arguably this backing of Clinton kept Sanders from winning the Democratic nomination and deprived working people of a candidate that they could have enthusiastically supported.

Whatever Clinton’s shortcomings, Donald Trump cannot be seen as anything other than a sworn enemy of working people and their unions, with his statement that “wages are too high” and his support for “right-to-work” legislation. His appeals to racism and sexism, his attacks on immigrants and Muslims, and his incitement of violence make him the gravest danger to democracy and progress for working people in the U.S. in generations. Given the age of the current Supreme Court justices, Trump will be able to leave a long-lasting anti-worker stranglehold on the U.S. legal system.

Over the 80 years of UE’s history, the national union has made only seven endorsements of presidential candidates, the most recent being Bernie Sanders. This board is not making an endorsement in the 2016 presidential general election.  Neither of the two major candidates has earned our endorsement.  But because of the extreme danger posed by Trump, as well as the need to decisively reject campaigns based on hatred and division, we recommend as a tactical approach that our members go to the polls and vote for Clinton.

We say this knowing full well that from day one of a Clinton administration we will need to mobilize our members to defend their interests and attempt to ensure that she upholds the positions that the Sanders campaign forced her to adopt.  But with a Trump presidency, rather than fighting for advancements, we would be entirely on defense with strong prospects that we would face a Wisconsin-style liquidation of the labor movement and all of the gains that it has won.

Following the election, we must build upon the successes of the Sanders candidacy and construct a permanent political formation of those prepared to challenge corporate power in this country. In the coming period we will need both to work within the existing political system to protect the immediate interests of working people while working to create a broad united front outside the current power structure that will enable us to no longer be confronted with such limited political choices.  

Adopted by the GEB, September 23, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA

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UE General Executive Board Issues Statement on 2016 Presidential Election

UE - Fri, 09/30/2016 - 11:41am
30 September, 2016Western Region delegation at the recent General Executive Board meeting.Pittsburgh

At its September 22-23 meeting at the union's national headquarters in Pittsburgh, UE's General Executive Board discussed and adopted the following statement on the 2016 presidential election. 

DEFEAT TRUMP

UE General Executive Board Statement on the 2016 Presidential Election

The 2016 elections have made it clear that the current political system is not serving the needs of American working people. The establishment of an independent political movement for the working class is needed more than ever. However, we face the cold reality that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected President in November and working people need to make a decision how to best survive the coming period.

UE embraced the candidacy of Bernie Sanders for President. His campaign was straight out of UE policy on everything from workers’ rights, to racial and economic justice, to climate change, to the war on Iraq. We had not seen a candidate like him in decades. It was shameful that some major unions endorsed Hillary Clinton, despite her representing the worst corporate tendencies of the Democratic Party. Arguably this backing of Clinton kept Sanders from winning the Democratic nomination and deprived working people of a candidate that they could have enthusiastically supported.

Whatever Clinton’s shortcomings, Donald Trump cannot be seen as anything other than a sworn enemy of working people and their unions, with his statement that “wages are too high” and his support for “right-to-work” legislation. His appeals to racism and sexism, his attacks on immigrants and Muslims, and his incitement of violence make him the gravest danger to democracy and progress for working people in the U.S. in generations. Given the age of the current Supreme Court justices, Trump will be able to leave a long-lasting anti-worker stranglehold on the U.S. legal system.

Over the 80 years of UE’s history, the national union has made only seven endorsements of presidential candidates, the most recent being Bernie Sanders. This board is not making an endorsement in the 2016 presidential general election.  Neither of the two major candidates has earned our endorsement.  But because of the extreme danger posed by Trump, as well as the need to decisively reject campaigns based on hatred and division, we recommend as a tactical approach that our members go to the polls and vote for Clinton.

We say this knowing full well that from day one of a Clinton administration we will need to mobilize our members to defend their interests and attempt to ensure that she upholds the positions that the Sanders campaign forced her to adopt.  But with a Trump presidency, rather than fighting for advancements, we would be entirely on defense with strong prospects that we would face a Wisconsin-style liquidation of the labor movement and all of the gains that it has won.

Following the election, we must build upon the successes of the Sanders candidacy and construct a permanent political formation of those prepared to challenge corporate power in this country. In the coming period we will need both to work within the existing political system to protect the immediate interests of working people while working to create a broad united front outside the current power structure that will enable us to no longer be confronted with such limited political choices.  

Adopted by the GEB, September 23, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA

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Obama's contradictory stance toward black asylum seekers

NNIRR - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:00am
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Opal Tometi Story Publisher:  The Hill

Last week President Barack Obama hosted a Leaders’ Summit on Refugees as part of his final presidential duties at the United Nations General Assembly.

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In Solidarity with Standing Rock

Chinese Progressive Association - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 2:55am

In Solidarity with Standing Rock
Chinese Progressive Association
San Francisco, CA

September 27, 2016

Today, a delegation of staff, members, and activists with the Chinese Progressive Association will be leaving from the San Francisco Bay Area for Standing Rock, North Dakota as a part of the Berta Vive Delegation organized by the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. We travel as the Berta Vive Delegation to join the actions to protect the water, life, and community from being destroyed by the Dakota Access Pipeline. We travel also to honor the life of Berta Caceres who was murdered for protecting her community's land and water in Honduras. We are humbled yet proud to be a part of this historic moment and contribute towards building international vigilance and solidarity with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock. 

While our group comes in solidarity under the organizational banner of the Chinese Progressive Association, we are of Hmong, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Yaqui/Apache/Mexican heritage. For many of us, the history and violence of U.S. Imperialism and wars of aggression in our homelands capture the roots for the arrival of our people to America. This violence included the use of chemical warfare (Agent Orange and napalm), the dropping of bombs, the infusion of drugs and other acts of control and domination.

From the Streets of Chinatown to the Camp at Standing Rock

As defenders of our neighborhood known as Chinatown from tech industry gentrification, we recognize that our community has settled on land that was once occupied by the Ohlone people. We have been in solidarity with their local actions to protect sacred sites from commercial destruction and support efforts to acquire access to land so that ceremony and other activities of the Ohlone people can be practiced.

The tech boom has led to the displacement of poor people, immigrants, and people of color in San Francisco, we are in the fight to protect and preserve our cultural and historic community called Chinatown -- a place where some of us grew up and where we fight to preserve our cultural heritage. Our resistance is against land developers looking to turn profits through gentrification and displacement of our people. The struggle against displacement is one struggle, many fronts. 

Thank you to the protectors of Standing Rock for reminding us that water is life. In California, among those living on the frontlines of climate change are our farmworkers who have been severely impacted by the five-year drought due to climate change. The drought has not only created a food security crises, the resulting lack of drinking water is a health crises that is resulting in families becoming “climate migrants.” As working class people of color and immigrants are displaced from their homes in the Bay Area to the Central Valley, limited resources are only stretched thinner. The waters of the San Francisco Bay and delta once a reliable source for families who rely on the fish caught for food, not sport, has become polluted by toxic waste released chemical factories including oil refineries. Water is life for everyone and all living species, everywhere.

Not far from Chinatown, there is a statue celebrating Christopher Columbus. As Asians, this statue is a reminder that the colonization of the United States by European settlers is rooted in the European quest to look for trade routes to China and India. The western fascination to reach Asia resulted in the genocide and colonization of indigenous people and the enslavement of people stolen from Africa. As we approach Columbus Day, we reflect on this history and know that even before our people knew each other, our histories have always been tied. 

What We Stand For & What We Demand

We stand with those who are protecting the water, life, and land at Standing Rock. As a majority cis-women delegation, we know that women, two-spirit, and gender non-conforming people have been on the frontlines of the struggle to protect the land and our homes from environmental degradation. We also honor and acknowledge the leadership of indigenous women and those who have been fighting against DAPL since April and long before. 

We stand in solidarity with Standing Rock because it is an example of our shared belief that a Just Transition to a future renewable energy economy that leaves fossil fuels, gas, and uranium in the ground is possible.  Therefore, we believe that:

  • No one should live in fear of their homes being destroyed by environmental degradation
  • All people and species should have access to clean and healthy water.
  • All people deserve access to good jobs that prioritizes our ability to live in balance with Mother Nature over profit

We demand:

  • That the U.S. Government and U.S. Corporations respect the treaty rights of sovereign nations and peoples.
  • That all charges against the protectors of Standing Rock be dropped immediately.
  • That Justice for Berta Caceres and the sacrifices made by the hundreds of warriors past, present and future is honored with the stopping of construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

For those who have been at Standing Rock and for those who will come, we, the Chinese Progressive Association – SF, stand with you in the struggle to protect the water and life of this land.

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Tenants Demand to Landlord R.A. Cohen, “We Have a Right to Safe Homes”

CAAAV - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 3:14pm

Chinatown, New York, NY – On Thursday, September 22nd, 247 Broome and 135 Eldridge Street residents, who have been subject to ongoing eviction threats and alleged harassment from R.A. Cohen Properties, held a press conference and rally at 135 Eldridge Street to declare their right to safe homes. Tenants, who are predominantly low-income and Chinese, united to fight back against R.A. Cohen, who they believe is trying to push them out of their homes. The tenants told their stories about the serious repair and construction issues they face.

Tenant leaders demanded accountability for what they believe are R.A. Cohen’s predatory tactics to displace them from their rent-stabilized units. The tenants at 247 Broome and 135 Eldridge Street asserted their right to live in safe homes, free from landlord harassment, and without the imminent threat of displacement that many Asian immigrants in Chinatown and the Lower East Side face.

In partnership with MFY Legal Services and the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project,tenants from both buildings filed a lawsuit against R. A. Cohen Properties to address issues related to illegal construction and repairs within the buildings. The tenants decided to commence these cases after ongoing efforts to resolve repair and harassment issues with management proved unsuccessful.

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USAS is Hiring a National Organizer!

USAS - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 5:56pm

Job Announcement

United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is hiring a full-time National Organizer to be based in Washington, DC. This position requires a two-year commitment and a willingness to work flexible hours including nights and weekends. This position offers a full-time salary, a comprehensive health benefits package, and a union contract including flexible vacation time and a cost of living adjustment. This position begins December 5th with some flexibility. Applications are due October 7, 2016.

For more information on USAS, please visit www.usas.org

Background

Formed in 1997, USAS is a grassroots membership organization run entirely by youth and students. USAS uses the strategic leverage of students to support worker justice movements in the US and around the world, particularly to support unions representing campus workers and garment workers who manufacture collegiate licensed apparel.

National staff work closely with students to support ongoing campus organizing; coordinate the activities of local organizations into international actions and campaigns; put together meetings, trainings, and conferences; maintain communication and coordination with domestic and international allies; and facilitate the infrastructure development of a dynamic movement.

National Organizer Job Responsibilities:

 

1. Coordinate and support national campaigns, including:

  • Campaign support and guidance

  • Resource development

  • Maintaining and developing relationships with ally organizations

  • Development and guidance of nationally-coordinated campaigns

  • Support the development of the overall organization through fundraising and creating relevant digital media

 

2. Leadership development, including:

  • Extensive travel and campus visits

  • Outreach to new schools

  • Training and supporting students and youth

  • Supervision of student regional organizers

  • Facilitating spaces in which student leaders are able to take on increased responsibilities for national campaign coordination and organizing work

  • Leadership development of students from marginalized communities and identities

 

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Organizing experience with students, workers, and/or community members (union organizing experience encouraged)

  • Ability to work independently and in groups

  • Ability to manage and direct one’s own work

  • Willingness to work nontraditional hours, including nights and weekends

  • Experience and/or willingness to work in a non-hierarchical staff team

  • Strong commitment to developing leadership of people from marginalized communities and identities (working class, people of color, women, mixed-race, trans/genderqueer, queer, differently-abled people, etc.)

 

Strongly Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Strategic campaigning skills

  • Corporate research skills

  • Web design and graphic design skills

  • Knowledge of/experience with the labor movement/global justice movement

  • Knowledge of/experience with liberation movements (black liberation, queer, etc)

  • Financial management skills and fundraising experience

  • Experience with group facilitation and public speaking

  • Experience leading direct action

  • Spanish or other language skills

 

USAS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  People who identify as working class, people of color, women, genderqueer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and differently-abled are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

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U.S. to Step Up Deportations of Haitians Amid Surge at Border

NNIRR - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:29pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Kirk Semple Story Publisher:  New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/world/americas/haiti-migrants-earthqua...

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Hardline U.S. Border Policing Is a Failed Approach

NNIRR - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 3:00am
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Tim Dunn Story Publisher:  NACLA

The most comprehensive study on Mexican migration yet demonstrates how the past two plus decades of increasing border enforcement have led to the opposite of intended outcomes.

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ELEPHANT REVIVAL WORKS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF REFUGEE CRISIS

NNIRR - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 3:00am
Story Type:  Press Release Story Author:  East of 8th

NNIRR's sends its thanks to all at Elephant Revival for their commitment and support, for taking a stand for fairness, for justice, for humanity.

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Register for the USAS Midwest Regional Conference!

USAS - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 5:49pm

Are you located in the Midwest region and would like more trainings about USAS and how to win campaigns on your campus? Register for the USAS Midwest Regional Conference today! Get to meet other USASers in the region and learn from other student activists on how to challenge corporate power on your college campus.

WHEN:

Saturday, October 1st, 8 am – 6 pm

Sunday, October 2nd, 8 am – 4 pm

WHERE:

Lake Superior Hall
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401

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Will a Global Compact on Migration Lead to Lasting Change?

NNIRR - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:00am
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Karen Campbell, Global Coalition on Migration Story Publisher:  Open Society Foundation Voices

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People's Voice Survey

Chinese Progressive Association - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 2:48am

Earlier this year, CPA grassroots leaders conducted over 600 surveys to Chinese immigrant workers, tenants and youth in San Francisco, including Chinatown, Excelsior, etc, to better understand the housing and employment conditions. Over the summer, we summarized the results of the survey and released the report “2016 People’s Voice Survey.”

Key highlights include:
 

  • 90% of those surveyed are “very concerned” or have “some concerns” about San Francisco’s housing crisis.

  • 51% of those surveyed applied for affordable housing, but only 12% have received affordable housing

  • 53% of 3-4 person households earn less than $35,151, falling short of the required annual income minum to apply for below market rate 2-bedroom units, which require earnings of $37,920 a year.

One person who was surveyed shared, “Being a Chinese immigrant worker in the US is like being mute, deaf, and blind because we do not know English and the law. We need the city to step up in providing more truly affordable housing and quality jobs for us to raise our families.”

page files:  People's Voice Report Infographic English.pdf
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CVOEO Members Win Raises, Improve Safety, Contract Language

UE - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:22pm
14 September, 2016Burlington, CT

After three arduous months of bargaining Local 221’s negotiating committee reached a new three-year contract with the Champaign Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) in early February, three months after the expiration of the old contract.

With strong backing from the membership, the union negotiated a historic immediate wage increase of $2 to $3 an hour for Head Start workers. In the second and third years of the agreement, these workers will receive raises of at least 1.5 percent. The other group of workers represented by Local 221, who work in community action officers, will receive wage increases of 50 cents each year.

In preparation for negotiations, the local conducted an internal organizing campaign. Members identified key issues that needed to be addressed and built unity among on those issues among the members, who are spread across three Vermont counties. Members also worked to put together a strong negotiating committee.            

The local also fought for and won the creation of a joint safety committee which will give members a say in developing policies and procedures to better ensure workplace health and safety. This had been a goal of the union in the previous negotiations, but was not achieved until now. “For this contract we knew we needed to make sure safety was at the top of list,” said one member. “We work in a field where we need to be safe and we need management to know that our safety is a priority.” The new contract requires management to establish the joint safety committee within 90 days.

After much back and forth with management, the union’s negotiators succeeded in maintaining the same level of health insurance benefits with no changes.

The local also made changes to contract language on the grievance procedure and progressive discipline were also matters that were fought for and won to clarify workers’ rights and remove ambiguities that might be abused by management. A very important change spells out that management cannot use the evaluation process against a worker who is seeking an upgrade or transfer to another position, to discipline the employee or impose probation. “Our members want and deserve the opportunity to advance in other positions without the fear that their evaluation for that new position could lead to them being fired. We couldn’t stand for that,” said Local President Abbie Curtis. Also, language on documented verbal warnings was added to the contract. In additionally, the parties agreed that all gendered pronouns in the contract would be replaced with gender-neutral language

The 403(b) retirement savings plan was previously covered in a side letter, but not in the body of the contract. The union succeeded in adding the language on this benefit to the contract itself. The employer contributes 25 cents per hour to each member’s retirement account.

The local union leadership worked hard to make sure members at all CVOEO locations in the three counties were kept informed of the issues being discussed in negotiations and what management was saying at the bargaining table. “This process made me realize that the union has my best interest as a priority,” said Local Vice President Noelle Cleveland. “But that’s not necessarily true of management. When it came time to put words into action the agency fought against us on important issues like safety and working conditions, but the union was there to make and represent the needs of our members.”

On February 2, the final night of bargaining the union negotiating committee kept management at the table until 1:45 a.m so that an agreement could be finalized and presented to union members later that day.

The Local 221 negotiating committee consisted of Noelle Cleveland, Marianne Manning and Abbie Curtis, assisted by UE Field Organizer Chad McGinnis.

 

 

 

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Pay Raises, Improved Seniority Language In Berlin Blue Collar Workers’ Contract

UE - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:19pm
14 September, 2016Berlin, CT

Blue collar employees of the Town of Berlin have a new three-year contract that will run through June 2018. The workers are members of Sub-local 52 of UE Local 222. The union consists primarily of employees of the Public Works Department, golf course, Parks and Recreation, and the town’s custodians.

Negotiations started late, and the town then quickly declared impasse under Connecticut’s public sector bargaining law after just three meetings and requested state mediation. With the State of Connecticut down to one mediator on its payroll, precious months passed with no progress toward an agreement.  After several uneventful months, the union made an off-the-record package proposal to the town which got negotiations started again, and quickly leading to an agreement. The tentative agreement was ratified by an overwhelming majority of the membership.

On wages, the agreement includes a 3 percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2015, a 1 percent raise effective July 1, 2016, and a 2.75 percent raise effective July 1, 2017.

The new contract increases the uniform allowance by $25 a year. Employees can now carry over as many as 40 hours vacation into the following fiscal year. However any vacation rolled over from the prior year must be used by November 30.

Among the many gains, the union protected seniority by eliminating a contract provision that gave temporary employees seniority should they be permanently hired by the Town, including as part of their seniority time working for the Town when they were not members of the union. The union also reduced, from two years to 15 months, the length of time the employer could use temporary employees to replace a union member out on long term illness or disability. The new agreement also limits the use of non-union seasonal golf course employees to a maximum of four employees, to be employed only from March to November.

The employer has been able to require an independent medical examination when appropriate. However under new contract language, during this process the employee cannot be charged sick days nor will the employee suffer a loss in pay.

The contract eliminates the requirement to provide a doctor’s note for use of a partial day’s sick time. Verbal warnings are added to the disciplinary steps. New language strengthens the grievance procedure.

The contract contains one concession, eliminating for employees hired after July 1, 2016 extra pay when working with certain chemicals and paints. These new employees will still receive the extra pay when removing or disturbing lead paint. Current employees and golf course employees were grandfathered in and will continue to receive the extra pay when working with chemicals and paint.

For the union the contract was negotiated by President William DeBlasio with the assistance of UE Field Organizer Michael Lewis.

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Difference Maker: At Mexican border, he puts emphasis on the basic rights of migrants

NNIRR - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 2:46pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Whitney Eulich Story Publisher:  Christian Science Monitor

Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Canales tries to prevent the deaths of migrants passing through the sandy, scorching terrain of South Texas. He also works with families abroad who are searching for their loved ones.

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The New York refugee summits – what to expect Will next week’s summits be game-changing or more of the same?

NNIRR - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 3:00am
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Kristy Siegfried Story Publisher:  IRIN

It’s billed as a potential 

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Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson on Establishing a Review Of Privatized Immigration Detention

NNIRR - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 2:29pm
Story Type:  Press Release Story Publisher:  DHS

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

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An exciting announcement on Women's Equality Day!

Miami Workers Center - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:15pm

On August 26th, 1920, women in the United States were given the right to vote, and since 1971 that day is recognized as Women’s Equality Day.

To honor this date, we are happy to announce that we will be hosting the 1st Women's Economic Congress in South Florida and your are invited!

Even though it's been almost a century since women won the right to vote, not all can exercise their democratic right. Lack of affordable housing and childcare, living wages, safe communities, access to reproductive health care, lack of public transportation, unfair work environments and practices against women, heightened racism and discrimination against people of color and queer bodies, make it hard for many women to go to the polls.

As we honor and uplift Women’s Equality Day, we must recognize that there is still much needed to ensure ensure gender equality and gender justice for women. Just like the 1920’s, women today face many barriers and economic disadvantages, which makes equality almost impossible for women and girls and prevent them from being full political beings.

At Femme Agenda we will create an inclusive gender justice space where women, girls and femme Floridians come together to talk about how poverty, inequality and lack of economic empowerment affect our lives in many ways, from being able to take care of our families, to staying healthy and being able to save ourselves from abusive situations. Together, we will set an agenda that identifies the issues we care about, the policies and politics we will vote for in these elections, and the solutions we expect from Florida’s elected leaders.

We are at a major turning point in the U.S. for women and there is too much at stake. Despite there being a woman as a major Presidential candidate, women’s issues, particularly those impacting working class women, have still not been at the forefront of this election.

Women’s vote in Florida will be crucial in November. We are a powerful part of the electorate and our votes could be highly impactful. We must vote our conscience to move a women’s economic agenda over locally, statewide and federally.

Join us on October 1st at Femme Agenda, South Florida's 1st Women's Economic Congress.

Let's build together a world where women’s equality can be more than a day.

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