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NYC Food Delivery Workers Face Paltry Pay and High Risks, Analysis Shows

The city’s 65,000 app-based food delivery couriers earn an average of $7.87 an hour before tips — propping up a multi-billion dollar tech industry that relies on young immigrant workers who deal with robberies, crashes and worse on city streets.

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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.

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Retired de Blasio Labor Commissioner Wins $500-an-Hour Deal for Himself

Bob Linn gets big money to do part of his former job as the city’s top negotiator with municipal unions — thanks to a waiver of city ethics rules, THE CITY has learned. He also collects a $64,000-a-year city pension.

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Cuomo’s Triumphs and Unfinished Business as He Quits Under a Cloud

The governor arrived in office in 2011 with an agenda aimed at bolstering New York State. Some of his promises — from marriage equality to minimum wage to supportive housing and more — came to fruition, while others remain outstanding.

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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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Social Service and Unions Leaders Clash Over Effort to Help Workers Organize

A bill pushed by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson could alter the labor picture at nonprofits. Social service executives say the move could mean more burdens as late city contract payments already bring some to the brink.

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Subway Watchers Say MTA Could Plug Staff Holes by Losing Training Wheels Faster

As canceled trips in the subway pile up from a shortage of train operators and conductors, the transit workers union is pushing the MTA to explore ways to speed up training of new hires.

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All Cops Should Submit DNA Samples to Avoid Crime-Scene Confusion: Federal Report

Researchers hope the review will prod the NYPD to convince its unions to create a database of all officers to avoid possible wrongful arrests and convictions. But will New York cop unions comply?

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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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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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Big Tech-Backed Gig Worker Union Bill Fails to Get in Gear in Albany

As an industry-supported proposal to allow gig workers some union rights dies in Albany, efforts to regulate food app delivery companies ratchet up in the City Council.

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Under the Bus: Hero Drivers Fight MTA Over Pay After Being Attacked While Protecting New Yorkers

At least two drivers have been denied injured-on-the-job claims because one was on a coffee break when he saved an elderly couple from a mugger and the other had just stepped off a bus before a maskless passenger hit him.

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Morales’ Mayoral Campaign Turmoil is ‘Déjà Vu’ for Some of Her Former Non-Profit Staff

The progressive Democrat’s recent woes reflect past management issues, some ex-employees said, while others defended her as a strong leader. Morales charges she’s being undermined, but is "managing the disruption."

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Support for Gig Worker Union Bill in New York Collapsing After Scrutiny

Groups representing app-based drivers and delivery workers came out against a proposal that would pave the way for their right to join a union in New York, but with few rights. The Transport Workers Union, which initially supported the draft bill, yanked its support on Tuesday.

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Can Andrew Yang Become Mayor of New York Without Union Support?

The Democratic outsider has no endorsements from the city’s 300,000-strong municipal workforce, unlike some of his top rivals in the June 22 primary. Some labor leaders say his plans ignore workers.

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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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Bank Shot: Financial Giants’ Return to Manhattan Gives Smaller Businesses Hope

Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan have told their workers to plan to be back in the office — raising prospects that New York’s economic recovery may finally pick up speed.

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Home Care Workers’ Battle for Pay Boost Embroils Lower Manhattan Council Campaigns

Protest targeting Chinese-American Planning Council demands cancelation of endorsements for the group’s former chair — and showcased a candidate running against their union’s own pick.

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Brooklyn Oil Workers Hope Strike Puts Heat on Billionaire Boss Catsimatidis

United Metro Energy employees said they make far less than their peers even after getting customers through the pandemic winter. Owner John Catsimatidis says he’s willing to negotiate, even as he’s brought on "replacement" workers.

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Did You Stop Receiving Your Unemployment Benefits? Here’s What the Issue Might be

Some New Yorkers who lost work at the start of the pandemic have passed the one-year mark. But that doesn’t necessarily mean your benefits are over. Here’s what you need to do.