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72% of 2012 NYC Construction Deaths Took Place on Non-Union Work Sites

72% of 2012 NYC Construction Deaths Took Place on Non-Union Work Sites
A new report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration shows that construction deaths more than tripled on NYC work sites last year with 21 workplace fatalities versus six the year before.
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TX Supreme Court Limits Union Rights

TX Supreme Court Limits Union Rights
The Austin American-Statesman reported Friday that the Texas Supreme Court ruled "unionized government workers in Texas - including firefighters, police and teachers - don't have the right to be accompanied by a union representative while being questioned during internal investigations."
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Attention Big Mac Customers: NYC Workers Demand $15 Wage and Union Rights

Attention Big Mac Customers: NYC Workers Demand $15 Wage and Union Rights
Over 400 food workers at more than 50 fast food locations in New York City went on a surprise strike Thursday demanding higher wages and the ability to unionize without retaliation. Wages of $15 an hour are being sought. Workers are being assisted in their organizing by Fast Food Forward, a campaign created by New York Communities for Change. Workers’ desire to organize has been met with retaliation and even termination. In late November, New York workers staged their first strike, but now many workers who were afraid to take action at the time appear willing to join.
This is the second action of its kind by fast food workers in the city, but this effort appears to feature much larger numbers and may cause store closures.
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Attempt to Curtail Wages, Overtime Pay Thwarted by 200 Protesters in NV

Attempt to Curtail Wages, Overtime Pay Thwarted by 200 Protesters in NV
Over 200 union workers stood outside the Nevada legislature in protest as the Nevada Assembly Government Affairs Committee debated a proposed law that would make drastic changes to the state’s prevailing wage standards.
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NY Contractors Charged with Grand Larceny, Labor Violations and Falsifying Records

NY Contractors Charged with Grand Larceny, Labor Violations and Falsifying Records
The owners of R3 Electrical were in Manhattan criminal court on Tuesday being charged with two counts of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of state labor law violations and 20 counts each of falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing.
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Workers Want Unions But Employers Thwart Organizing

Workers Want Unions But Employers Thwart Organizing
Last March, 18 bakers at a Panera Bread franchise in southwest Michigan voted to join a labor union.  Now, nearly a year later, they are still waiting for their employer, Bread of Life, to recognize their bargaining unit.
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Across the Nation, Working Families Say Stop Sequestration

Across the Nation, Working Families Say Stop Sequestration
Detroit’s below freezing temperatures and gray winter skies didn’t deter a group of union and community activists from gathering downtown in front a Chase Bank to build support to ensure that corporate special interests like Chase pay their fair share in taxes.
The morning action was just one of more than 100 events in a national day of action urging Congress to avert the $85 billion in arbitrary, across-the-board sequestration cuts in everything from mental health servic
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Are the Women of Pittsburgh Made of Steel?

Are the Women of Pittsburgh Made of Steel?
United Steelworkers’ Local 3657 Women of Steel joined Fight Back Pittsburgh and several other organizations in a global day of action.
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President Obama Must Speak the Word 'Union' Loudly

President Obama Must Speak the Word 'Union' Loudly
President Obama must proclaim to the whole country, not just to labor union members, that he will protect the right of workers to use the power of collective action to secure equitable wages.
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Workers Soundly Reject Social Security Benefit Cuts

Workers Soundly Reject Social Security Benefit Cuts
A new poll from the National Academy of Social Insurance shows a large majority, 64 percent, think the cost-of-living adjustment should be increased to better protect seniors and other beneficiaries from inflation and rising prices of food, utilities and other necessities.
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