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Unions Gaining Members? In TEXAS?! Yup.

Unions Gaining Members? In TEXAS?! Yup.
Freight drivers in Texas voted to unionize. The workers at Con-Way in Laredo drive for the busiest inland port in the US, with over 7,000 trucks crossing the border each day.
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NLRB: CNN Must Pay Back Union Workers They Illegally Fired 10 Years Ago

NLRB: CNN Must Pay Back Union Workers They Illegally Fired 10 Years Ago
CNN illegally fired hundreds of union workers in a round of layoffs ten years ago, the NLRB ruled Wednesday. The company must not only rehire and compensate the wronged workers, but acknowledge the Communications Workers of America union as their sole bargaining agent.
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Battle for the Port's Authority: 33 Truck Drivers Fired After Filing Misclassification Claims

Battle for the Port's Authority: 33 Truck Drivers Fired After Filing Misclassification Claims
Last week, thirty-three port truck drivers were fired by Total Transportation Services Inc. for not withdrawing wage and hour claims made with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Four of the fired drivers had just been awarded an average $68,211 in back wages after the DLSE found that they were misclassified as independent contractors.
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Building a Case: NY Construction Workers to Get $250k Prevailing Wage Payout

Building a Case: NY Construction Workers to Get $250k Prevailing Wage Payout
The Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the owner and project manager of Staten Island contractor R3 Electrical Inc. must remit $274,000 in restitution to workers the company underpaid. The prevailing wage was supposed to apply to work done on two publicly funded projects in New York City, R3 did not meet this requirement.
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New York, Illinois Cracked Down on Employers Screwing Workers Out Benefits and It Worked

New York, Illinois Cracked Down on Employers Screwing Workers Out Benefits and It Worked
New York and Illinois have done a fantastic job of curbing the practice known as "employee misclassification" – where shady businesses use a loophole to call workers independent contractors and get out of paying taxes (and giving benefits or a living wage to the workers).
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Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections

Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections
Southern California Uber drivers belonging to the California App-Based Drivers’ Association have aligned themselves with Teamsters Local 986 in hopes of organizing. The drivers perceive many of the business practices mandated by Uber as “unsafe, deceptive, and unfair.”
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CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky

CHART: Wage Theft (by Bosses) More Than Doubles Actual Theft (by Robbers) in Kentucky
Kentuckians lose more than twice the amount of money to bad bosses than they do to robbers according to an odd new chart from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. Comparing numbers from the Kentucky State Police to their own data, the office discovered $2.5 million more in wage theft (from 12,264 victims) than common theft (from 1,937 victims).
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Now That Your Labor Movement Won Three Day Weekend Is Over, See What Else You Should Thank Unions For

 Now That Your Labor Movement Won Three Day Weekend Is Over, See What Else You Should Thank Unions For
We've always had labor in this country: free laborers, indentured servants and slave labor. But it wasn't until 1894, that Congress made the first Monday in September the official Labor Day holiday. Although now, in most communities, it's mainly just another day off — or excuse to shop the sales — people used to take Labor Day pretty seriously and with good reason.
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A Win for the Little Guy: Market Basket Workers, Customers Rebuff Corporate Takeover

Rogue owners took control of Market Basket supermarkets in New England because the former CEO treated his workers too fairly. They wanted to squeeze every little dime out of it. Workers and customers alike were having none of it.
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Labor-Friendly NYC Mayor Cleaning Up Bloomberg's Union Contract Messes

Labor-Friendly NYC Mayor Cleaning Up Bloomberg's Union Contract Messes
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg left quite a mess for current Mayor Bill de Blasio to clean up. A number of union contracts, including pay scale equity for female Teamsters, had been left to rot. Until now, that is.
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