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Labor Could Turn Tide of Heated St. Louis Primary as Incumbent Labeled Aggressively 'Anti-Union'

Labor Could Turn Tide of Heated St. Louis Primary as Incumbent Labeled Aggressively 'Anti-Union'
St. Louis County Council member Steve Stenger is asking labor to help him in his bid to become County Executive, claiming incumbent Charlie Dooley’s anti-union record should be enough to encourage union members to get out the vote. With low turnout likely (65,000 of the county’s 700,000+ voters are expected to make it to the polls for the August 5th Democratic primary), every vote will count.
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Due Negligence: Fort Wayne Ups Indiana's Anti-Union Ante

Due Negligence: Fort Wayne Ups Indiana's Anti-Union Ante
Just weeks after the Fort Wayne City Council passed legislation ending collective bargaining for city employees, it has taken the assault on workers rights further by passing a new law which would make union membership for all public safety employees optional. This local “Right-to-Work” law goes further than the state’s bill which exempted policemen and firefighters.
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Grocer and Grosser: Market Basket Stand-Off Illustrates Great Divide in Business Practices

Grocer and Grosser: Market Basket Stand-Off Illustrates Great Divide in Business Practices
A few weeks ago, the beloved CEO of Market Basket Arthur T. Demoulas was fired in the latest of the “seemingly never-ending soap opera of a feud with his rival cousin and shareholder Arthur S. Demoulas.” Market Basket employees are now putting their jobs on the line, to stand with Artie T.
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UAW Backs TN Autoworkers Despite Union-Busting Gov, Senator

UAW Backs TN Autoworkers Despite Union-Busting Gov, Senator
Despite losing a close vote to unionize in an election marred by the Tennessee government's union-busting tactics, the United Auto Workers will come to Chattanooga anyway. Workers at the new plant will be represented by the Union and will work closely with Volkswagen as part of a 'works council.'
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Using Allowance to Pay His Dues: 13-Year-Old Spotted Working at School Construction Site

Using Allowance to Pay His Dues: 13-Year-Old Spotted Working at School Construction Site
Teachers and laborers want answers after it was discovered that a minor was working on the $880,000 expansion of Cornelia Elementary in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. Union reps who had been monitoring the worksite snapped photos of a young boy, age 13 or 14, performing dangerous work including operating a bobcat without proper safety gear.
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Minnesota Now Has Its First Two Unionized Charter Schools. 148 to Go.

Minnesota Now Has Its First Two Unionized Charter Schools. 148 to Go.
In Minnesota, union organizers are making inroads at charter schools as teachers increasingly feel they need power in numbers to affect positive change at the privatized schools. In January, teachers at the Twin Cities German Immersion School organized after minor clashes with higher-ups. And in July the teachers and staff of the Community School of Excellence in St. Paul did the same. The two schools are the first of Minnesota’s 150 charter schools to go union.
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Fast Food CEO Says Minimum Wage Hike Kills Jobs. Not in 13 States.

Fast Food CEO Says Minimum Wage Hike Kills Jobs. Not in 13 States.
Fast food CEO Andy Puzder says that raising the minimum wage will harm workers and kill job growth. A new study of the 13 states that have tried it – including eight states where Puzder runs restaurants – says otherwise.
Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, told
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The Truck Stops Here: Port Workers in CA Strike 'Indefinitely' Over Misclassification and Union Busting

The Truck Stops Here: Port Workers in CA Strike 'Indefinitely' Over Misclassification and Union Busting
California truck drivers for three major transportation companies went on strike Monday morning to protest labor law violations. Over 120 drivers are taking action at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, two of the West Coast’s largest supply points which handle roughly 40 percent of the nation’s imports.
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Sweet Move: Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days Before Temp Worker’s Death

Sweet Move: Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days Before Temp Worker’s Death
The temporary staffing business has been one of the fastest growing industries since the recession. It now employs a record 2.9 million people in the U.S. But the growth in blue-collar staffing has led to high injury rates and complaints about exploitation. Temps face a significantly greater risk of getting injured on the job than permanent employees. In Florida, for example, temps were about twice as likely as regular workers to suffer crushing injuries, dislocations, lacerations, fractures and punctures. Then there's the sugar plant in Pennsylvania.
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Los Angeles Workers Flood Streets Protesting Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs

Los Angeles Workers Flood Streets Protesting Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs
With their contracts expiring at midnight, city workers in Los Angeles flooded the streets around city hall in protest on Tuesday. They oppose predatory fees the city pays to Wall Street banks and believe that money should be redirected to improve city services.
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