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Hear No Evil: De Blasio Visits Rikers But Doesn’t Talk to Detainees or Guards

The mayor took what one critic called a "sugar-coated" tour through the chaos-plagued jail complex Monday — marking his first visit in four years to the "nightmarish" lock-up.

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NYC Schools Brace for Up to 10,000 Missing Teachers as Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect

As the vaccine mandate for New York City teachers is set to take effect next week, schools are bracing for this Tuesday when thousands of educators might be barred from their classrooms.

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How Beach Erosion Played Part in Teen’s Drowning at Rockaway

The strip of the shore where Matthew Wiszowaty was swimming had been blocked off because beach erosion makes it impossible to place a lifeguard chair there adequately. Still, some locals say the city should boost patrols at the popular spot.

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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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As Cuomo Orders Vaccinations for MTA, Some Workers Push Back

MTA employees must be vaccinated by Labor Day or agree to weekly COVID tests. But some workers said they’d never get the shots, even after losing more than 160 of their colleagues to the pandemic.

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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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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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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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Retired City Workers Recoil at Coming Cost-Saving Medicare Shift

Impending move to privately managed health plans could save taxpayers as much as $600 million annually — at a high cost to retirees, who may have to pay more for less care and fewer doctor choices, some warn.

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Struggling Food Delivery Workers’ Secret Weapon: Support From a Powerful Union

Local 32BJ SEIU, building on success raising wages in the fast food industry, strategizes with Los Deliveristas Unidos to win better conditions and pay for thousands of rolling gig workers barred from unionizing.

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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."

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How Much Do Endorsements Matter in NYC Elections?

The race for backers is fierce, especially with so many people running for everything from mayor to City Council. Here’s a look at some of the factors that determine whether an endorsement packs the intended punch.

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Transit Workers Push Back at MTA’s Extended C and F Train Cuts

TWU Local 100 is going before an arbitrator Wednesday to block continued service reductions to the two lines that have been in place over much of the past year. They say that fewer runs could mean dangerously crowded trains.

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Public Advocate Staffers’ New Union Gains Recognition So They Can Advocate for Themselves

The city’s Office of Labor Relations has granted so-called voluntary recognition to dozens of non-managerial employees in Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ office.

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‘We’re Not Asking For Very Much’: Hunts Point Market Workers Strike For a $1 Raise — and Respect

The first strike in 35 years at the Bronx-based food hub has hundreds of workers on the picket line — buoyed by political candidates and besieged by the NYPD.

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Juneteenth Holiday Remains a Mere Promise From Mayor to City Workers

More than six months after announcing a day off to celebrate slaves’ liberation, Mayor Bill de Blasio has yet to start talks with municipal unions. Local Black historians are asking why the city isn’t celebrating a key New York anniversary instead.