Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report National Edition 28:24 Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg **************************** During the Great Depression The Homeless Created Hovervilles, Now Mayor Bloombergâs Budget Cuts Are Responsible For Bloombergville! With New Yorkers Against the Budget Cuts
Students, labor, and communities united against the Mayorâs proposed budget cuts occupying downtown Manhattan near City Hall for the past week, in symbolic encampments theyâve called Bloombergville in a campaign to defeat the mayor's cutbacks and layoffs. The campaign against Bloomberg's poverty budget has resulted in arrests of some of the protesters and the NYPD has threatened arrests on several other occasions, but Bloombergville is still alive -- and growing. ****************** Key Democrats Join Gov. Christie Cutting Public Worker Bargaining Rights and Balancing the Budget on the Backs of the Workers With Barbara Keshishian, President, New Jersey Education Association Hetty Rosenstein, Area Dir. Communications Workers of America N.J.
Despite a massive outpouring of protesters at the State Capital at Trenton, Democratic leaders of the State Senate and Assembly, Stephen Sweeney and Sheila Oliver, joined with bombastic bully Governor Chris Christie to get approval for a measure to strip health care benefits from collective bargaining rights for state public workers. This could triple health care costs to workers while the millionaires tax went down in defeat. Combined with so called New Jersey public worker pension reforms this will lead to lowering workers pay by 5 -10% while reaping big profits for the insurance industry who charge high commissions for public worker health care insurance. **************** Please email Building Bridges if you are broadcasting our National Edition. We'd like to have an accurate list of which stations are airing Building Bridges. So please let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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