by on August 29, 2018
Brianne Pawson, supervisor of grounds at NYCHA's Throggs Neck Houses, has been suspended following probe of on-the-clock sex parties NYCHA has suspended two staff members implicated in a widening scandal at a Bronx public housing development as investigators launch an internal probe into allegations of boozy, on-the-clock sex parties there, the Daily News has learned. A supervisor and a caretaker at Throggs Neck Houses were suspended without pay for 30 days pending the internal investi...
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by on July 24, 2018
Bronx Private Industry Council formed to benefit employers and local talent Judy Dimon (middle) at the HERE to HERE office As businesses and investors make their way into New York City neighborhoods that were not on their radar 10 or 15 years ago, they have a responsibility to be good neighbors and community members. This is especially true when it comes to the Bronx, which has been host to more than $15.4 billion in total development since 2009. It is the obligation of elected leaders...
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by on July 22, 2018
Piles of trash just inside the entrance to the Metropolitan Waste Transfer Station. Photo by Olivia Schwob. Each day, in the daylight, employees of the Department of Sanitation pick up 12,000 tons of trashgenerated by homes and residences. But the waste generated by businesses, offices, and restaurants — roughly 5.5 million tons annually — is someone else’s business. Those who work for “hauling” or “carting” companies in the private sanitation industry must lift, sling, transport, and dum...
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by on May 26, 2018
President Donald Trump on Friday signed three executive orders designed to make it easier to fire federal government workers and to crack down on the unions that represent them, drawing immediate criticism from a group representing federal employees. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the commissioning and graduation ceremony for U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2018 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., May 25, 2018. Administration officials said the or...
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by on May 24, 2018
Responding to teacher walkouts across the country, congressional Democrats on Tuesday proposed raising teachers’ salaries by canceling the tax cut for the nation’s top 1 percent of earners. The Republican-controlled Congress was unlikely to support the idea of giving states and school districts $50 billion over a decade to fund the teacher raises at the expense of dismantling the hard-won tax bill. But the proposal gives Democrats an issue they can use ahead of the November midterm...
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by on May 14, 2018
  Arabelle Raphael says FOSTA has motivated her to start organizing within her community. On April 11, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which says websites can be held legally liable if their users post ads for prostitution, was signed into law. In the lead-up to its passage, the bill was responsible for the closure of a host of advertising and review sites used by sex workers, most prominently Craigslist Personals and Backpage, the latter of wh...
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by on April 28, 2018
The event this weekend aims to increase awareness about inequality in the industry and challenge Glaswegians to think about where their clothes come from. A man removes clothing bearing the 'Joe Fresh' label from the ruins of of the collapsed Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, days after the tragedy in April 2013 Have you ever wondered where your glad rags came from? We tend to like our coffee, chocolate & fruit fair trade – so why not our clothing too? This weekend an event in Glasgow ...
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by on April 9, 2018
When Alice Little, a legal sex worker, gave Refinery29 a peek at her life in the form of a Money Diary last year, the post received more than 300 comments. People wanted to know how Little got into this line of work and what she studied in school, and they wanted to get to know her more as a person. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALICE LITTLE. "I was struck by how muh I felt like I could easily be friends with this girl, despite the vast differences in our careers," one reader commented. Needle...
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by on March 22, 2018
On Oct. 21, a pair of police officers rolled down a dead-end McHenry street and found an SUV with its headlights turned off. Inside, they found a shirtless man and a teenage boy.  The boy was 17. The driver was 56-year-old Nick Provenzano, a former McHenry County Board member who worked for U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren. Read the full McHenry Police report here. They had met on Grindr, a popular gay dating app. 56-year-old Nick Provenzano, a former McHenry County Board member who w...
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by on March 16, 2018
Workers at the first CVS store on the East Coast to unionize are fed up with the multi-billion-dollar corporation’s failure to sign a fair contract after more than two years of dithering — and for many, the reason for the foot dragging is clear. Joe Fontano rallies with workers and supporters on Flatbush Avenue. CVS workers on the West Coast already enjoy a negotiated UFCW contract guaranteeing living wages, health benefits, paid time off and even a retirement plan. But when members ...
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by on March 15, 2018
Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are fasting to pressure Wendy’s to join a breakthrough fair-food program that’s raised wages and made workplace harassment obsolete. Workers and supporters rally outside the offices of Wendy’s board chair Nelson Peltz in New York on the first day of the Freedom Fast, March 12, 2018.  What if you were running a major fast-food chain that had to get its tomatoes from somewhere, and you came across a program that had ended sexual harassment ...
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by on February 8, 2018
This is a story about anger. This is a story about racism, twerking for change, single mothers, financial struggle, exhaustion, resistance, extortion, stigma, sex work, alienation, seeing the future and the past, knowing all the ways we are being screwed and getting dressed up anyway. Because we have rent, kids, student loans, a grandmother with dementia. This is a story about stripper pride. A selfie at work in a Jacq the Stripper Hat. (She has her own line: Strippersforever.com.) ...
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