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40 years later, labor leaders remember NYC Chinatown’s garment worker strike

Forty years later, Katie Quan still vividly remembers the pivotal garment workers strike in New York City’s Chinatown. Quan, who was 29 at the time, was one of the key organizers of the strike, in which more than 20,000 workers — most of them Chinese-born women — marched to Columbus Park on June 24, 1982, refusing to work and demanding higher wages and benefits.

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Some Starbucks workers forgo paychecks to access IVF treatments

“Our health insurance system, which is primarily tied to employment, is not financed in a way that’s progressive,” said Laurel Lucia. “Low-wage workers who get coverage through their jobs pay a much higher percentage of their income than middle- and higher-income workers.”