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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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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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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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Union Study: Memphis Slashing Employee Health Insurance While Recklessly Gifting Corporations

Union Study: Memphis Slashing Employee Health Insurance While Recklessly Gifting Corporations
The Memphis City Council’s new 2015 budget includes major changes to city employees’ health insurance, a big business win that has many public employees considering a change in profession.
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One CA City's Battle to Protect Prevailing Wages Against Unsavory Motivations

One CA City's Battle to Protect Prevailing Wages Against Unsavory Motivations
The Escondido Democratic Club recently took some time to clear up misconceptions about the prevailing wage, a hot topic in local political conversations due to the city’s upcoming referendum on charterization. At the final public hearing on the issue, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed proudly admitted the he was “championing the proposal.” While supporters thinly veil their motives as an issue of “home rule,” honest participants know the prevailing wage to be the central legislative question.
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Wage Suppression Fever Spreads to Canada, Temp Workers Stuck at Minimum Wage

Wage Suppression Fever Spreads to Canada, Temp Workers Stuck at Minimum Wage
The Canadian government, learning something from the US, has systematically kept wages low for temporary workers. Employment Minister Jason Kenney approved extra work visas but has paid them the bare minimum wage to work – a practice that goes against the "prevailing wage" standard.
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Wage Attacks Ignore Important Context for Why Skilled Workers are Paid What They’re Paid

Wage Attacks Ignore Important Context for Why Skilled Workers are Paid What They’re Paid
In response to a Seattle Times article that looked into Boeing’s plan to capture an extra $100 million annually by transferring 1,100 jobs from their Puget Sound facility to a “Right-to-Work” state, Mill Creek, Washington, resident and union carpenter Ed Armstrong penned an impassioned defense of prevailing wages and skilled labor. In “Quality Workers are Worth Paying For,” Armstrong explains how anti-union resentment creates a negative, local trickle-down effect and is ageist.
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Mayoral Veto Threat May Not Be Enough to Avoid Destruction of Collective Bargaining in Fort Wayne

Mayoral Veto Threat May Not Be Enough to Avoid Destruction of Collective Bargaining in Fort Wayne
The fate of collective bargaining for 1,300 union employees in the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana, lies in the hands of the city council after two of its members introduced legislation that would make drastic changes to the current system. Mayor Tom Henry has promised to veto the ordinances if they reach his desk but the council could override that veto with six votes. The current makeup of the council is six Republicans and three Democrats, meaning Republicans could have their way unless there is intra-party opposition.
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