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Prime peril for profit 

As consumers increasingly rely on Amazon for their shopping needs during the coronavirus crisis, the company’s workers say the digital giant is putting their health in peril to turn a profit.

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VNSNY nurses unanimously ratify contract

Federation of Nurses/UFT members on Jan. 29 unanimously ratified a two-year contract with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York that raises salaries, protects members’ pensions and existing health care benefits, and improves safety provisions.

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Kickstarter union is first of its kind in tech industry

Workers at the Brooklyn-based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter voted to form a union on Feb. 18, becoming the first white-collar, full-time employees in the technology industry to unionize.

A February 2019 strike helped Denver public school teachers earn a salary increase.

Denver teachers earn $9,000 more after strike

One year after Denver’s first teacher strike in a quarter century, public school educators are earning an average of $9,000 more per year.

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Trump scraps Defense Department bargaining rights

The Trump administration has issued a memo that sets in motion the denial of collective bargaining rights to some 750,000 unionized civilian employees of the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Queens charter votes to join UFT

Educators at Elm Community Charter School in Queens overcame resistance from their administration to organize a successful vote to join the UFT on Feb. 7.

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Nurses get better staffing at NYU Langone—Brooklyn

The Federation of Nurses/UFT on Feb. 27 overwhelmingly ratified a two-year contract with NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn that increases salaries, rewards experience and specialty training, and enriches staffing, the top priority for many of the 900 nurses in the chapter.

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Women’s basketball players win new contract

The Women’s National Basketball Association and its players’ union on Jan. 14 announced a collective bargaining agreement that will boost players’ salaries and improve their benefits, including providing a full salary for players on parental leave and an annual child care stipend of $5,000.

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Florida teachers march for better pay and support

Thousands of Florida teachers did not report to work on Jan. 13 in order to march in Tallahassee to protest decades of systematic attacks on public education, despite threats by the state education department against them and their union.