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S’Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest

S’Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest
A group of Uber drivers calling themselves Uber Drivers United staged a protest in San Francisco recently, driving slowly from the former Candlestick Park, to the airport, through the city, and eventually to Uber headquarters while honking their horns and disrupting traffic. The issue for the drivers, most of whom will not release their names, is they are earning less than half of what they earned when they joined the company, meaning that many now earn below the minimum wage.
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Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle Over Flint Water Crisis

Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle Over Flint Water Crisis
On Monday, two Detroit public schools were closed following a second wave of sick-outs. Teachers are protesting over the condition of the schools. On January 20th, 91 percent of Detroit Public Schools were closed due to sick-outs. Over 800 teachers called in sick and more than 45,000 students were sent home.
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Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech
Over the weekend, bus drivers at Compass Transportation entered the Teamsters union hall in San Leandro, California and voted 75 to 0 to approve a three-year contract. It includes solid raises as well as improved schedules and benefits. The drivers joined Teamsters Local 853 in February and began negotiating the influential deal. Their victory is part of a larger movement — recently coined “Silicon Valley Rising” — in which labor unions, community groups, and churches have improved wages and conditions for the region’s service workers. The nearly 200 bus drivers employed by Compass provide shuttle services to companies such as Apple, eBay, Yahoo, Evernote, Genentech, Zynga, and Amtrak.
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Non! French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike

Non! French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike
Last week, French authorities took a strident step in their quest to crack down on UberPOP, the country’s equivalent to UberX, by arresting Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe general manager Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty. The pair was charged them with several counts, including running an illegal taxi business.
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St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers
In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance, sponsored by council member Darden Rice, that will allow workers to file a wage theft claim with the city without having to hire an attorney or entering the legal system. After receiving the claim, the city is then charged with pursuing the employer. It is expected to take the program three months to be up and running, but it is the first program of its kind in the state.
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AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and two unions have filed a lawsuit seeking both temporary and permanent injunctions against the “Right-to-Work” legislation signed into law on Monday by Governor Scott Walker. The lawsuit names Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and members of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission as defendants.
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Stripped of Collective Bargaining, Fort Wayne Workers Find Grievances Difficult to Pursue

Stripped of Collective Bargaining, Fort Wayne Workers Find Grievances Difficult to Pursue
Fort Wayne councilman John Shoaff has introduced a bill to restore some of the powers stripped from city workers when the city council ended collective bargaining last year. While Shoaff’s ordinance will not restore collective bargaining per se, it will restore workers’ rights to join a union (without making it mandatory).
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Sick of Hauling BS, PA FedEx Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters

Sick of Hauling BS, PA FedEx Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters
At the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia, a group of 47 drivers have made history by voting to join Teamsters Local 107. The final result of the vote was 26-18 in favor of joining the union.
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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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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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