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Day Laborers Play a Role in Sandy's Aftermath

Monday, November 12, 2012

A dozen day laborers gathered on a recent evening at an immigrant day worker center in Staten Island’s Port Richmond neighborhood. Some have already started doing clean-up and repairing people’s homes in Sandy’s wake. Others expected to do so in the coming weeks and months. They were at the center to take part in a training session.

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The Takeaway

Why We Care About Jimmy Hoffa

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

This past week, Detroit and much of America held its breath, waiting to find out if the newest lead on Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance would reveal the truth. Thirty-seven years later, why does Jimmy Hoffa still capture the American imagination? Quinn Klinefelter has a few theories.

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Richard Dyer-Bennet's Living Tradition of American Minstrelsy

Monday, September 17, 2012

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WNYC's American Music Festival features Richard Dyer-Bennet in his all-too-brief heyday, before betrayal and political accusations would derail his career, in this 1945 studio appearance.

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WNYC News

Workers Rally for Increase in Minimum Wage

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Workers, politicians and unions trying to draw attention to the plight of low wage workers rallied at Herald Square. It was all part of national day of action that took place in 30 cities across the country.

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WNYC News

Con Ed Defends Tactics to State As Locked Out Workers Rally

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Consolidated Edison is defending the way it has handled the lock out of its 8,500 workers to a state regulator, as union workers from across the city rallied outside Con Ed’s headquarters.

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WNYC News

Home Health Workers Win $1M Settlement

Monday, July 09, 2012

More than a thousand home health aides are expected to benefit from a $1 million dollar settlement of a class action lawsuit that charged the workers were regularly underpaid and companies flouted overtime rules.

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WNYC News

Con Edison Workers Picket, Meet with Utility on Thursday

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Utility Workers Local 1-2 are picketing at Consolidated Edison job sites where managers are filing in for union workers in Day 3 of a labor dispute affecting 8,000 Con Ed workers.

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The Takeaway

Why The American Middle-Class Needs Unions

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Last night in Wisconsin, voters weighed in on whether Governor Scott Walker would stay in office. The recall began with protests over Governor Walker's attempts to curb union bargaining power in Wisconsin. However, as the election approached it grew into a divisive political fight, with $60 million on both sides. Whether or not the Wisconsin recall will prove to be a bellweather for the 2012 presidential election, it's certain to have implications for the future of labor unions throughout the country.

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Features

NY Art Handlers and Sotheby's Resolve Contract

Friday, June 01, 2012

Teamsters Local 814 announced Thursday that workers had voted to approve a new agreement that includes pay raises and maintains health and retirement benefits.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Occupy May Day

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The labor holiday May Day has its origins in the US but is more widely-celebrated around the world. Today, Occupy Wall Street is calling for a day of action and a general strike. We check in on the day's events, the state of Occupy, and the history of May Day with:

Plus, your calls. Are you striking today? What do you make of the state of Occupy? What's the role of May Day here compared to the rest of the world?

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    Features

    Strand Bookstore, Workers Tussle Over Contract

    Monday, April 02, 2012

    The owners and workers of the legendary Strand Bookstore are in a contract dispute, tussling over the implementation of a two-tier wage system, employee’s healthcare contributions and other benefits.

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    WNYC News

    Carpenters Union Fights to Keep Members from Joining Competing Union

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    After their local union was dissolved due to corruption allegations, 700 dock builders are in the process of voting on which union should represent them: The New York City District Council of Carpenters or the newly formed Amalgamated Union. The District Council, which has more than 20,000 members, allege that Amalgamated was created by former members kicked out of the union for being corrupt.

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    What Happens After You Click “Place Order”

    Wednesday, March 07, 2012

    Americans buy billions of dollars’ worth of products online. Mac McClelland, human rights reporter for Mother Jones, talks about what happens after you click “Place Order” and her time working inside an online retail shipping warehouse. Her article, “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave,” appears in the March/April issue of Mother Jones.

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    WNYC News

    Low Wages, Bad Conditions Plague City Car Wash Workers

    Wednesday, March 07, 2012

    Car wash workers are coming forward to protest their working conditions. Workers say they are underpaid and exposed to harsh conditions.

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    The Takeaway

    Apple Announces Independent Inspectors for Chinese Suppliers' Factories

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Recent reporting by our partner The New York Times raised fresh concerns over the safety and well-being of the workers that staff Apple's supplier factories in China. Apple now says that it has requested an independent labor group to audit the conditions at its suppliers' factories, with the first inspections under way starting yesterday.

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    The Takeaway

    Ken Auletta on Apple's Labor Scrutiny

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Millions of people love their iPhones, iPads, and refuse to be separated from their iPods. But lately our relationship with our Apple technology has been tainted by guilt after a story from our partner The New York Times revealed significant safety concerns for workers at some of Apple's overseas factories in China. Stories of long, abusive hours and horrifying conditions came to light. Now Apple is trying to allay concerns. The company has asked an independent labor group to audit the working conditions at its suppliers' factories.  

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    Features

    Model Alliance Fights For Models' Rights

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    A new organization called the Model Alliance has formed to fight for the rights of a group that is young, largely female and non-unionized: models.

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    WNYC News

    Hotel Workers Win Substantial Raises

    Wednesday, February 08, 2012

    More than 20,000 hotel workers appear to be reaping the benefits of a thriving hospitality industry. A recent labor contract agreed to on Tuesday has workers earning a 29 percent raise over 7 years.

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    Transportation Nation

    Senate Backs FAA Deal, Sends to President

    Monday, February 06, 2012

    (Washington, D.C) Twenty-four times a charm.

    The Senate gave final approval Monday evening to a four-year authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, breaking a sorry streak of 23 temporary authorizations going back to 2007.

    The 75 to 20 vote sends the bill to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. It authorizes about $16 billion in spending each year on the agency. The bill governs significant parts of airport and runway programs, air traffic control, airline safety, and navigation regulations.

    Lawmakers reached a deal in January that included a compromise on federal union rules. Democrats agreed to increase from 35% to 50% the proportion of workers at a company who must petition for unionization before a shop can vote to organize. While the deal paved the way for the FAA bill to enter final negotiations, it also enraged several unions. They've been letting Democrats know about their displeasure with the deal, and it helps explain why 14 Senate Democrats, many of them with heavy union backing, voted against the final package. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a liberal Vermont Independent, also voted against the bill.

    The deal also continues the controversial Essential Air Service, a subsidy program designed to encourage airlines to fly to out-of-the-way and unprofitable airports. House Republicans had tried to kill the subsidy, but some Senate Democrats representing rural states, kept it on board.

    Passage of FAA's authorization represents a detente from partisan clashes over the summer. One even lead to a partial shutdown of the agency lasting more than a week. But it is unclear whether bipartisanship will reign over other, larger transportation issues in Congress. The Senate is now moving toward taking up a 2-year, $109 billion Highway Bill reauthorization. If it passes it will go up against a 5-year, $260 House GOP alternative slated for floor action next week.

    The House bill contains many controversial provisions, including opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. It's also likely to include an attempt to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

    Follow Todd Zwillich on Twitter @toddzwillich

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Is There an Ethical Gadget?

    Monday, January 30, 2012

    Alex Pasternack, editor of Motherboard, Vice's science and tech site, and a correspondent for Discovery's TreeHugger.com, follows up on our conversation last week about Apple's labor and manufacturing practices.

    How much of an "ethics-premium" would you pay to know that your gadget was manufactured responsibly? 50%, 100%, less or more? Let us know!

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