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More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 


Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

Public News Service - NY: Livable Wages/Working Families

Unlike cloth masks, N95 masks are form-fitting and filter out fine particles. (Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- A petition with more than a quarter-million signatures has been sent to Congress demanding regulations to keep health care workers safe as they treat COVID-19 patients. Nurses say they need filtering respirators to keep them safe from infection by the novel coronavirus. But facing a na

Every dollar spent on SNAP generates $1.80 in economic activity. (pixelrobot/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Hunger advocates say strengthening SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is vital to protecting against increased food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the White House is going the wrong way. With businesses shutting down across the country to stop the spread of the coronavi

Workers say loopholes in New York labor laws undermine recent minimum-wage increases. (Photo: Zishun Ning)

NEW YORK -- We need the SWEAT Bill now. That's the message workers delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday. The SWEAT bill would expand the existing mechanics' lien law that helps contractors secure payment from building owners to allow hourly workers to collect when employers refuse to pay. Sara

Trained security guards protect hundreds of landmarks, colleges, public and private buildings throughout New York City. (Kadmy)

NEW YORK -- The workers who provide security at public and private buildings throughout New York City are looking for improved wages, benefits and working conditions. Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ began negotiations Wednesday to renew contracts with building owners and security

Transportation-hub workers say the Healthy Terminals Act would help them get quality, affordable health care. (Credit: SEIU 32BJ)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Workers at New York's transportation hubs went to Albany yesterday to tell legislators they need help getting high-quality health insurance while serving the public. Low-wage workers from John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Stewart international airports, Grand Central and Pennsylvania s

Building 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power for New York by 2035 will require skilled workers. (creativenature.nl/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposals for New York include ambitious goals for developing renewable energy and training a workforce to help make it happen. The governor's annual State of the State Address emphasized the need to fight climate change and the importance of switching to clean,

Wage theft costs New York workers an estimated $1 billion a year. (bgton/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK - Workers' advocates say Gov. Andrew Cuomo had plenty of time to request changes to a bill to help victims of wage theft, but chose to veto the measure instead. Senate Bill S-2488-B, also known as the Securing Wages Against Theft or "SWEAT" bill, has been introduced in the state Legislatu

Workers rallying at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office say some employers still get away with wage theft. (NMAS)

NEW YORK - Workers are rallying outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Monday to say they still are being ripped off by employers who steal their wages, and Cuomo can stop it with the stroke of a pen. A bill that could aid workers who are the victims of wage theft passed both the state Assembly and Se

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