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New York Times, Rachel Abrams. A group of community and labor organizations is accusing Walmart of inappropriately using the nonprofit Walmart Foundation to help reduce local opposition to its expansion efforts in some urban areas like Washington, Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

Forbes, Clare O'Connor. IRS Complaint Alleges Walmart Misused Foundation Cash In Push For Urban Stores Walmart has been forced to defend itself against allegations that its multibillion-dollar foundation has been using tax-exempt funds to help the retail chain expand into urban areas. On Monday, more than a dozen community groups filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service alleging that the Walmart Foundation ...

Capital New York, Ryan Hutchins. With just days until the controversial 421-a tax breaks expire, and no clear signs of an agreement in Albany, advocates on both sides of the issue are digging in.

Streetsblog NYC, Stephen Miller. In the past five years, at least six New Yorkers have been killed, and many others injured, by truck drivers working for private trash haulers. Labor and environmental advocates have a plan they say will reduce these deaths by cutting down on inefficiencies in private trucking routes. They are meeting resistance from the waste hauling industry, which says safety can ...

City & State, Matt Ryan . This time last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his ambitious 10-year plan for affordable housing. He rolled it out at a Fort Greene housing development that will have 50 percent of units at affordable rents and be built by union labor and contractors. It’s proof that we do not have to sacrifice good, middle-class jobs to build the affordable ...

May 22 2015

NY1, . Josh Robin held a debate over the controversial 421-a tax break, and its implications for all New Yorkers, with a special panel: Maritza Silva-Farrell of the group Real Affordability for All; Howard Husock, vice president for policy research at the Manhattan Institute; Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams; and Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater ...

City Limits, Cole Rosengren. As midnight approaches, commercial garbage trucks rule the streets of New York. On a Thursday night in Lower Manhattan, trucks from five different companies can be spotted within as many blocks. Workers hang off the back on a marathon ride to pick up New York’s unwanted debris. The sun will be up all too soon and they have hundreds ...

New York Times , By Nikita Stewart and Mireya Navarro. When New York City planners unveiled maps charting a 73-block area in the Bronx to be developed with housing, they called it “Cromwell-Jerome.” But no one in that area seemed to know where that was. The city seemed to make it up, said Alvaro Franco, who lives in the Bronx and quickly organized protests after hearing about the development plans. ...

The Nation, Jeremy Brecher . Under banners proclaiming “Healthy Planet & Good Jobs,” thousands of trade unionists from 75 local and national unions, highly visible in their red, blue, green, and white union uniforms, joined the People’s Climate March in New York City last September—a quantum leap from labor’s previous participation in climate actions. At the labor rally before the march, AFSCME District ...

New York Daily News, Jennifer Fermino. Here’s a dirty little secret just in time for Earth Day — the city’s commercial recycling rate stinks. The amount of waste city businesses generate is nearly twice as high as previously reported — and it’s being recycled at a far lower rate, according to a study to be released Monday. The “Transform Don’t Trash NYC” coalition found ...