Civil and Workplace Rights

Working for the freedom from employment discrimination and the right of working families to fair pay, job safety, secure retirements and affordable health care have been goals fundamental to the union movement, which has long partnered with the civil rights and women’s movements and, more recently, with the LGBTQ community.

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May 25, 2018 | News Story

Employers who stiff their workers or discriminate against them just got a big lift from the Supreme Court, which issued a major ruling Monday making it easier for companies to avoid employee lawsuits. The 5-4 ruling upheld employers’ use of class-action waivers in arbitration agreements.

May 25, 2018 | News Story

In response to a formal rulemaking petition from the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG), New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) stated it plans to put forward rules on industry-wide for-hire vehicle driver income and pay transparency later this summer.

May 24, 2018 | News Story

The New York City labor movement joins in mourning the passing of Thomas Van Arsdale on May 20th. Thomas, the son of legendary labor leader Harry Van Arsdale, Jr., was an active trade unionist throughout his life as a member of Local 3 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

May 4

The Workers Unite Film Festival is a celebration of Global Labor Solidarity.

Apr 20, 2018 | News Story

After over three years of legal delays by the Columbia University administration, a majority of 3,000 research and teaching assistants have voted 93% (1832 to 136) to authorize their bargaining committee to call a strike.

Apr 20, 2018 | News Story

A decision in the Janus Case is Coming Soon. Regardless of the Supreme Court decision, we must stand united and make it clear that no court case can stand in the way of our fight for the good, union jobs our families, communities, and country needs.

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Apr 13, 2018 | News Story

The Justice for Farmworkers Campaign has been working towards the passage of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act (

Apr 4, 2018 | News Story

On Wednesday, April 4, the Labor Movement across New York City and the United States paid respect to the life & legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.