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Though Nearly 10K Stranded Daily, Local Residents Support Striking VT Bus Drivers

Though Nearly 10K Stranded Daily, Local Residents Support Striking VT Bus Drivers
Striking Vermont bus drivers have garnered the support of their community in Chittendon County. The drivers have faced the brunt of cutbacks, being forced to work inordinately long shifts without overtime or extra pay. Management wants business-friendly arbitrators to intervene, but the drivers are holding the line fast.
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Unions Label NM Gov’s Right-to-Work Talk a 'Declaration of War'

Unions Label NM Gov’s Right-to-Work Talk a 'Declaration of War'
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has set her sights on the state's unions, saying at a real estate developers' convention that she would like to pass legislation forbidding unions from extracting dues from members' paychecks (a mainstay of so-called 'right-to-work' laws). Unions have called this "a declaration of war."
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Shameful Anti-Union Walmart Indoctrination Video Makes the Rounds Online

Shameful Anti-Union Walmart Indoctrination Video Makes the Rounds Online
A new video surfaced on Reddit, a propaganda video from Walmart warning employees not to sign onto efforts to unionize. The blatantly intimidating video also makes the preposterous claim that Walmart employees are happy with their current conditions.
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Obama: Country Raising Minimum Wage Despite Congress

Obama: Country Raising Minimum Wage Despite Congress
President Obama highlights the momentum building across the country to give Americans a raise and reiterates his call for Congress to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The President has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for people working under new federal contracts.
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Indiana Construction Co. Threatened, Intimidated Workers Trying to Unionize, Feds Say

Indiana Construction Co. Threatened, Intimidated Workers Trying to Unionize, Feds Say
An Indiana company, Clear Path Construction, Inc., has been accused of intimidating and harassing workers who are seeking to find information on joining a union. An investigation into the matter has found merit to these claims.
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Conflict of Interest Rate: PBS Pension Program Funded by Anti-Retirement Billionaire

Conflict of Interest Rate: PBS Pension Program Funded by Anti-Retirement Billionaire
A libertarian-minded billionaire with ties to the pension industry backed a PBS-aired documentary about retirement. Surprise, surprise, the conclusions of the show matched right-wing ideology, claiming strong group and traditional pension models were bad for the individual.
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One J-School Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half

One J-School Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half
Sheryl Swingley has been the journalism internship coordinator at Ball State University for more than 20 years, where she also teaches journalism. ProPublica sat down to talk with her about paid and unpaid internships, the kind of advice she offers students and trends at Ball State – where she says students’ paid summer internships have dropped by nearly half.
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Blair Hickman
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Court Rules for Labor in H-2B Visa Case: More American Workers, Higher Wages the Result

Court Rules for Labor in H-2B Visa Case: More American Workers, Higher Wages the Result
A major ruling in labor's favor: H-2b visas, those allowing foreign workers into the country to work, will now be regulated by the Labor Department's wage methodology. It layman's terms, it means that big business has to make sure there are no available American workers first, and they can't undercut those Americans' wages.
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MO Newspaper: 'Right-to-Work' Would Ruin Apprenticeships, Lower Wages, Hamper Quality of Work

MO Newspaper: 'Right-to-Work' Would Ruin Apprenticeships, Lower Wages, Hamper Quality of Work
As the Missouri legislature prepares to battle over right-to-work legislation, the Springfield News-Leader reminds us in an op-ed how necessary apprenticeship programs are, and how they would essentially be cut out entirely if the right wing (and ALEC-written) law comes to pass. One of the many back door ways right-to-work guts unions.
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Dr. King: 'It Is a Crime for People to Live in This Rich Nation and Receive Starvation Wages'

Dr. King: 'It Is a Crime for People to Live in This Rich Nation and Receive Starvation Wages'
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr spent a lifetime fighting for working people: for a recognition of the dignity of labor, demanding a living wage to lift all people out of poverty. His cause has become our cause in 2014 as Democrats are fighting for minimum wage increases and our president echoes the words of Dr. King: "... let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty."
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