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Taxi Drivers Savor Victory as Medallion Debt Bailout Deal Ends Hunger Strike

Cabbies danced outside of City Hall, chanting "No more suicides," after the de Blasio administration agreed to restructure the crushing debt that’s devastated many taxi medallion owners. Some went hungry for over two weeks during the protest.

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Scenes From Cabbies’ Hunger Strike as Drivers Plead for Relief From Massive Medallion Debt

For over a month, cab drivers have occupied a sidewalk outside City Hall, chanting, "Mayor lies, drivers die." Now they’ve taken their campaign to a new level, by launching a hunger strike. Here are some of their stories.

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Food Delivery Workers Toiling Through Historic Flooding Call Skimpy Wages and Tips ‘A Cruel Joke’

Even as the city shut down amid record rainfall, e-bike couriers kept picking up food for paltry pay — including $5 for an hour-long journey from Astoria to Brooklyn. Los Deliveristas Unidos members renewed their demands for better treatment.

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More Than 1.6 Million New Yorkers Will Lose Unemployment Benefits by Labor Day

On Sept. 5, several federally funded programs that had expanded unemployment benefits during the pandemic will expire. Are you affected? Here’s some information you’ll need to know.

New Governor Kathy Hochul to New Yorkers: You Can Trust Me

In her first day in office, the state’s 57th governor moves to rebuild trust damaged by secrecy and sexual harassment under Andrew Cuomo. On her agenda: cleaning up Albany, speeding up rent and worker aid — and vaccine mandates.

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Weren’t Eligible for Unemployment Benefits? Apply for the Excluded Workers Fund

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers in Albany created the historic $2.1 billion fund to assist undocumented and nontraditional workers. Here’s what you need to do to apply.

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Queens Senator Calls for Blood Lab Probe After Discrimination Claims Revealed

Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky sent letters Monday to Attorney General Letitia James and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli requesting a thorough review of BioReference Laboratories’ contracts and employment practices following THE CITY’s report.

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Blood Pressure: Workers Say NYC Lab Firm Discriminated Against Chinese Employees

Six Chinese phlebotomists employed by BioReference Laboratories are alleging years of unequal pay and work conditions. They’ve filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission while preparing a lawsuit.

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NYC Celebrates Hope and Perseverance With ‘Hometown Heroes’ Parade

The Canyon of Heroes march from the Battery to City Hall honored health care workers, transit workers, food deliverers and other essential workers who kept the city going during the pandemic. It marked New York’s first ticker-tape salute since 2019.

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De Blasio’s Pandemic Heroes Parade Could Use a Clear Invite List ‘Honorees’ Say

With just over two weeks until City Hall’s "Canyon of Heroes" salute to essential workers, many essential workers say they’re still unclear on their place in the parade.


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Gig Workers Inch Toward Right to Unionize in New York — But There’s a Catch

Lawmakers, labor unions and tech companies are nearing a deal on a bill to allow workers for Uber, DoorDash and other app-based outfits to unionize. But they still wouldn’t be considered employees.

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Workers’ Vaccination Rights: Here’s What You Need to Know

Can you use sick leave to get your shots? Do you have to pay to get vaccinated? Do non-citizens need to show proof of immigration status? Good questions. We’ve got some answers.

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‘Gateway to Poverty’: Calls Rise for a National Relief Fund for COVID-19 Victims’ Families

Thousands of working-age Americans have died from the virus, underscoring the often-crushing financial fallout of losing a loved one to the pandemic. Some are seeking a compensation fund modeled on aid for 9/11 victims’ kin.

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How New Yorkers Cut Out of Unemployment and Stimulus Checks Can Tap $2.1B Fund

Some 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers are now eligible for help under the historic Excluded Workers Fund established in the state budget. But there are still some more hurdles to get the cash. Here’s a breakdown.

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Unions and City Hall Lining Up Vaccinations for Municipal Workers as NYC Death Toll Passes 30,000

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Memorial Ride Planned for Subway Motorman Killed in the Line of Duty

Family and friends will complete Garrett Goble’s final Brooklyn-to-The Bronx subway run on March 27, a year to the day he died in an train fire in Manhattan. "He didn’t die in vain," one coworker said.

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COVID Clusters Hit City Workplaces as Frontline Employees Wait for Vaccines

A Sanitation garage in Brooklyn and Flushing Meadows Corona Park locker room are among recent virus breakout sites. Union officials are calling for shots for thousands more municipal employees: "We can’t work from home."

Food Workers Can Now Get the COVID Vaccine. Here’s How

THE CITY’s Open Newsroom team breaks down some of the latest info about working in NYC during the pandemic. Sign up for our new jobs newsletter to get updates.

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Change Coming for Part-time Workers Receiving Unemployment Benefits

THE CITY’s Open Newsroom team breaks down some of the latest info about jobs in NYC. Sign up for our newsletter for the latest updates.

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More Than One of Every Four People Vaccinated in the City Don’t Live in the Five Boroughs

Mayor de Blasio promises safeguards against ineligible people who come to the city looking for vaccinations. But essential workers who live in the suburbs are allowed to get their shots at city facilities.