coalition for economic justice

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When Democratic presidential candidates kick off a debate Monday in Washington, D.C., a small group of local supporters of the Poor People's Campaign will be there.

Manufacturers have plenty of jobs to fill, but a new report finds there is a number of challenges in hiring qualified workers.

Nearly 100 people hopped aboard two buses early this morning on Buffalo's West Side. They're heading to an Albany rally called, Cuomo: Walk the Talk on Climate!

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New York State's Paid Family Leave law takes effect this month. It will give individuals partial compensation for up to eight weeks as they take time away from work for urgent family needs. Supporters of the employee-funded program say they'll provide outreach to help people understand how it works and how they may utilize it.

Rally calls on Congress to protect healthcare system

Jul 21, 2017
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Nurses, union leaders, elected officials and community advocates gathered at Erie County Medical Center's Long-Term Care facility to blast the Trump Administration and Senate Republican leadership. They say the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with no replacement, will leave many of their patients unable to afford insurance and access to care.

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This week's arrest of nearly three dozen immigrants, in Hamburg and Grand Island, is being denounced by local faith leaders, organized labor, and immigrant rights advocates.

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A New York State legislator from St. Lawrence County is introducing a bill that would restrict what food stamp recipients could buy with those benefits. The idea is seen by some as an effort to curb abuse. Critics say it's an attack on New York's poor that furthers stereotypes about those on public assistance.

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Fast food workers in New York state are scheduled to get a pay increase to $15 an hour in 2021. Now, the push is on to include other low-wage workers nationwide.

Hotel projects don't create living wage jobs. That is the message being sent to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency by labor and community groups. 

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Fast-food workers rallied in several cities across New York, including Buffalo, Wednesday morning. The events coincided with state Wage Board hearings on increasing the minimum wage.

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The push for FIOS is on again in Buffalo, with activists pushing the Public Service Commission to order Verizon to install the high-speed internet cabling in the city.

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A group of protestors gathered outside of a McDonald's restaurant in Williamsville Friday, protesting low wages paid to their employees.

Local groups protest Tim Hortons merger

Sep 1, 2014

A coalition of local labor unions and activists is crying foul over the merger that would combine the corporate efforts of Tim Hortons and Burger King. A demonstration was held Monday at a Burger King on Seneca Street.

Protesters greet Walmart shoppers

Nov 29, 2013
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Walmart shoppers were greeted by protesters outside the company's store on Sheridan Drive Friday morning.

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State Senator Timothy Kennedy joined about a dozen community activists in downtown Buffalo Monday morning to call on Albany to raise the state's minimum wage.

Activists from across New York are in Washington to lobby on behalf of working families.