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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez laughing (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

“Democratic socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been fined by the State of New York for failing to carry workers’ compensation insurance for a month during her congressional campaign last year.

The New York Daily News reported Thursday:

“The employer did not have the required workers’ compensation coverage from March 31, 2018, to April 30, 2018, and was issued a final penalty of $1,500, which was paid,” state Workers Compensation Board spokeswoman Melissa Stewart said. “This coverage is vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries.”

Her spokesman said she had nothing to add.

State Republicans were chortling over the fine.

“Hypocrisy at its finest,” said state GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud. “The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law. It’s unbelievable.”

Ocasio-Cortez has styled herself as a champion of workers’ rights — against greedy employers:

NYCers are upping the ante. Now Amazon workers, INCLUDING Whole Foods employees, are teaming up w/ @RWDSU to unionize + demand better pay and working conditions.

This is what an organized, grassroots effort to improve people’s lives look like.

Amazon workers in New York just announced their plan to unionize

“We are not robots, we are human beings.”

Did you know that the airport workers operating heavy machinery for your next flight may not even be paid a living wage?

That’s unacceptable.

& that’s why we joined Delta ramp workers at LaGuardia airport this morning, who are fighting to unionize & secure healthcare for all.⬇️

Machinists Union@MachinistsUnion

“You have the right to organize. Don’t ever let anyone tell you differently.” ✊🏽

– @Ocasio2018 to Delta Workers organizing with the @MachinistsUnion

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

This Black Friday, ask #VornadoRealty⁩+others to pay Toys R Us employees the severance they were promised.#ToysRUs workers in NY-14 &across the country worked for decades w/ that promise.

Once private equity took over, they fired 38,000 workers w/ no pay. We can fight back.

Yet their drivers only take home $3.37 an hour.

Does that sound right to you?

We must update our laws to stand up for workers in an increasingly exploitative tech-based economy.

NPR

@NPR

Uber drivers earn a median of $3.37 per hour after taking expenses into account.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

It is BRICK out but we are up & at ‘em organizing with @CWAUnion workers in the Bronx early this am 💪🏽💜

We started out greeting workers at the warehouse and then talked to voters by the 180th St stop on the 5 train!

In recent days, she has been championing the cause of the 800,000 federal workers whose paychecks will be delayed because of the partial government shutdown — though the president has said they will be paid afterwards, and the Senate passed legislation unanimously on Thursday to ensure that.

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