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New York Democrats Just Passed a Measure that Could Take the Working Families Party Off the Ballot; What You Can Do - Demand the “Fair Elections Fix”

Akela Lacy; Fair Elections for New York The Intercept; Fair Elections for New York campaign
The Commission created in response to public outcry around the undue influence of big money ended up approving a program that will not do enough to reduce big money’s dominance, and abused its power in an anti-democratic attack on NY's minor parties

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Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening Workers’ Rights

By Gregory N. Heires DC 37 Blog
The new law increases access to and protects union membership in New York’s public-sector workplaces in anticipation of an adverse ruling in the pending Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME.

Tidbits - June 23, 2016 - Reader Comments: Orlando-Attack on LGBTs; Criticism of Portside, Moderators response; Cuomo vs. BDS; Broadway for Orlando - love and solidarity recording; more...

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Reader Comments: Orlando - Attack on LGBTs; Criticism of Portside and Moderators response; Gov. Cuomo's Anti-Free Speech Move Against BDS; Alina Nurses Strike; Why White Workers Left the Democratic Party; Announcements: US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - 15th Annual National Conference - October 14-17; New Edition of Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching; BROADWAY FOR ORLANDO - "WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE" - solidarity recording....more

Andrew Cuomo's Anti-Free Speech Move on B.D.S.

Daniel Sieradski, Op-Ed Contributor New York Times
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, signed an executive order essentially creating a blacklist of entities that boycott or divest from Israel or encourage others to do so, banning those companies from receiving taxpayer funding. The movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel, known as B.D.S., is a strategy intended to combat Israel's nearly 50-year occupation of the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza, a situation akin to apartheid if allowed to continue.

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Cuomo to Create $15 Minimum Wage for New York State Workers

Jesse McKinley The New York Times
New York Gov. Andrew announced his support for a $15 minimum wage for state employees on the same day that fast-food workers across the country demonstrated for better pay and union representation. All told, 10,000 New York pubic employees will receive a pay bump. In July, Cuomo increased the minimum wage for fast-food workers in New York through a state wage board.

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Cuomo Escalates Fghts with Teacher, Public Employee Unions

Yancey Roy Newsday
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, battled organized labor regularly during his first term over contracts and pensions. Now, just weeks after his re-election, he's roiled the Public Employees Federation, the white-collar state employees union, by attempting to turn more than 2,500 union jobs into nonunion posts.
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