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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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WI Gov Walker's Opponent Promises to Repeal Parts of His Signature Anti-Union Legislation

WI Gov Walker's Opponent Promises to Repeal Parts of His Signature Anti-Union Legislation
With the Wisconsin gubernatorial race inching ever closer, Democratic challenger Mary Burke ramped up her rhetoric regarding Act 10 last weekend, incumbent Governor Walker’s signature legislation which stripped collective bargaining rights from a majority of the state’s public sector union workforce. With the issue still very much a part of Wisconsin’s political conversation, Burke has revealed what she would change — and what she would keep — about Act 10.
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Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita

Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita
An article in Friday’s "Idaho Statesman" detailed the struggles unions have had in the state since the passage of “Right-to-Work” in 1985. Between 1985 and 2012, AFL-CIO membership in the state dropped from 41,300 to 11,000. Currently 29,000 Idahoans are members of unions, though 7,000 of those members choose not to pay dues.
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In Post-Acr 10 Wisconsin, Madison Teachers Receive Whopping 0.25% Raise

In Post-Acr 10 Wisconsin, Madison Teachers Receive Whopping 0.25% Raise
In their continuing fight for post-Act 10 rights, Madison Teachers Inc. has ratified a contract with the Madison Metropolitan School board for 2015-2016. Both the board and the teachers wanted to get the deal in place before the State Supreme Court rules on the union’s complaint over local bargaining rights. The contract will give the teachers a 0.25 percent raise.
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State Senator Compares Unions to Both Hitler and Putin

State Senator Compares Unions to Both Hitler and Putin
While debating a bill, Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Wagner achieved a hyperbolic double whammy of oppressive proportions, comparing labor unions to both Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin. Naturally, the verbal “flourish” sparked outrage from organized labor across the state. As if being under attack from one of the worst governors in the nation isn’t enough.
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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 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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Secret Recording Reveals Staples Held Captive Audience Union-Busting Meeting

Secret Recording Reveals Staples Held Captive Audience Union-Busting Meeting
Last Monday, workers at an Atlanta-area Staples fulfillment center seeking to organize with the Teamsters union showed up to work wearing union buttons as a sign of solidarity. By the end of the week, they were being forced to attend a mandatory captive-audience meeting in which they were read the company’s anti-union script. The meeting was secretly recorded and has now made it to the Internet.
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Latinos Have 9% Higher Workplace Fatality Rate, Says New OSHA Report

Latinos Have 9% Higher Workplace Fatality Rate, Says New OSHA Report
The AFL-CIO’s newly released 2014 Death on the Job report provides statistical evidence of the true state of American workplace safety. Since passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970, the job fatality rate has been dropped 81 percent, saving the lives of 492,000 American workers. In 2012, nearly 3.8 million workplace injuries were reported, though OSHA estimates that when unreported injuries are included the true number is between 7.6 to 11.4 million.
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