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NY City Council passes family leave

By a 45-3 margin, the NYC Council on May 8 passed a bill mandating paid sick or family leave for millions of workers in thousands of businesses. The margin can override any threatened mayoral veto.

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Tar sands refinery expanding just south of Chicago

A Chicago Earth Day rally protested construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the threat tar sands oil poses to freshwater, air and climate. It was one of scores of actions held across the country.

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Texas fertilizer plant failed to heed disclosure rules

The tragic April 17 explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas was, in part, a product of a severe lack of accountability and oversight by its company, West Fertilizer.

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Vigils remember victims, vow action on gun violence

Across the country, participants at gun violence vigils vowed to pressure the Senate to pass a bipartisan bill, mandating background checks for  firearm purchases at gun shows and online.

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A woman’s place is in her union; “Women of Steel” (video)

Remember Rosie the Riveter? This image was created to inspire women to do the work that was typically done by men. Since then, women have made huge advances in the workplace.

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Unions, environmentalists join to uphold California's landmark environmental law

A new coalition has formed to uphold the California Environmental Quality Act against business-backed attempts to weaken the state's landmark 1970 environmental safety law.

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Today in women's history: Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor

The appointment on March 4, 1933, made Perkins the first female cabinet member in U.S. history. She helped bring about the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Social Security Act

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Filipinos lured into "slavery" in Louisiana

Sleazy 'recruiters' lured the workers here with assurances of plenty of money, a status job and U.S. citizenship, but when they got here they became indentured servants

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Will Republicans keep blocking Violence Against Women Act?

Earlier, Republicans blocked reauthorization because they opposed extending protections to 30 million women who are undocumented immigrants, Native Americans, LGBT, or students on campuses.

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New Yorkers continue the fight for paid sick leave

One million New Yorkers can't take a day off when they're sick. A bill would make sure they earn paid sick days and would prevent workers from losing their jobs just because they or their children get sick.

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