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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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Five-Year Peet’s Coffee Veteran Fired Via Voicemail for Clocking In Late Three Times Over 365 Days

Five-Year Peet’s Coffee Veteran Fired Via Voicemail for Clocking In Late Three Times Over 365 Days
Emma Bell Bern was fired after five years of diligent work with Peet's Coffee for the on-record reason of clocking in late three times in the last year. Bern had been petitioning for better, more consistent hours and benefits at the Chicago outlet, with blowback from the corporate office.
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Union-Backed Walsh Makes Final Push to Win Boston Mayor Primary

Union-Backed Walsh Makes Final Push to Win Boston Mayor Primary
Unions are helping Boston Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh canvass in his final push for the primary. Though behind in the polls, unions have flocked to the candidate, and hope that their last-minute intervention will be enough to push him forward.
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Teamsters Unions Striking, Battling Concessions Nationwide

 
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Philadelphia Building Trades Union Alerted Inspections Office to Center City’s Dangers

Philadelphia Building Trades Union Alerted Inspections Office to Center City’s Dangers
When low-road contractors run ripshod through town, unchecked with under-achieving workers, disaster is always around the corner. Union workers and organizations should not have to act as policemen for the dangerous and unscrupulous practices of unaccountable contractors.
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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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Labor Victory for LA Toll Group Drivers

Labor Victory for LA Toll Group Drivers
L.A. Toll Group drivers have ratified their first contract as members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters marking the first such contract in the dryage industry in 30 years. The workers, who haul apparel and merchandise from the L.A. Ports, will receive a $6 raise, paid sick leave, paid overtime, guaranteed shift hours, a pension plan, and more affordable health care coverage.
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Pay Up: Over $1 Million in CA Construction Labor Violations Accrued

California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su has wrapped up two separate investigations of contractors on public work projects who failed to properly pay their employees. The returned wages and fines between the two investigations total over $1 million. Among the many violations were failure to pay prevailing wages, failure to pay into fringe benefit programs, and failure to pay for weekend work and overtime.
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Construction Workers Win Lawsuit Against Concrete Company in MA

In Massachusetts, a concrete company has been ordered to pay $161,000 in back pay and penalties for intentionally failing to comply with the prevailing wage.
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