Municipal Government

Bisbee Marks Centennial of IWW Deportation

July 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Bisbee, AZ - The border town of Bisbee on July 17 finished marking the 100th anniversary of what one local official called “the biggest mass kidnapping in American history”.

Union-Backed Investors Buy Chicago Sun-Times

July 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - A group of investors including several area labor unions purchased the Chicago Sun-Times July 12, preventing it from being taken over by Tronc, the parent company of the rival Chicago Tribune.

Police Unions Mull How to Handle Mentally Ill

July 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Representatives of 40 law-enforcement unions met here this month to discuss how police should handle confrontations with mentally ill people—who make up a quarter of Americans killed by cops each year, according to a statistic cited at the conference. “

Will Trump Tap Woman Sued for Stiffing Cleaners to Enforce Wage Laws?

July 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The woman President Donald Trump is considering to enforce federal laws against wage theft was sued last year for allegedly stiffing a house-cleaning service out of $360.

CSEA Endorses Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj for NYC Council

July 21, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -- Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 1000, the state’s largest public employees union, announced their endorsement of Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj in his campaign to represent the 13th District in the City Council.

Iowa Ends Overtime for 2,800 State Workers

July 17, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Des Moines, IA - Iowa state officials have reclassified more than 160 job titles to avoid paying overtime to about 2,800 workers.

Texas Eyes Banning Dues Checkoff for Government Workers

July 15, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Austin, TX - With a special session of the Texas Legislature beginning July 18, Gov. Greg Abbott wants to revive a bill that would prohibit the state or local governments from deducting union dues from workers’ paychecks.

AFL-CIO Warns of NLRB Nominees’ Bad Records

July 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - With President Donald Trump’s two nominees for the National Labor Relations Board scheduled to testify at a Senate confirmation hearing July 13, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka warned that their career histories “appear to be in direct conflict with the mission of the NLRB.”

N.J. State Workers Seeking Back Pay After Shutdown

July 13, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Trenton, NJ - New Jersey state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) has scheduled a special session for July 13 to vote on a bill that would give back pay to the 30,000 and 35,000 state employees furloughed during the July 1-3 shutdown of state government.

Iowa Union Says State Covered Up Prison ‘Riot’

July 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Fort Madison, IA - The head of Iowa’s largest public-employee union is accusing the state Department of Corrections of “basically trying to cover up” what he called a “riot” at the Iowa State Penitentiary here July 1.

Labor Dispute Update: DuPont Management Brings In “Scab Outfit”…

July 12, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

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Tonawanda, NY -  Management at DuPont’s Tonawanda/Yerkes Plant has brought in at least 50 “Scab Workers” in anticipation of what United Steelworkers (USW) Local 6992 might do after it submits a counter-proposal to the Buffalo area manufacturer of Corian and Tedlar Products’ “best, last and final offer,” Union Officials tell

In Search of a Working Class Agenda

July 11, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco
Reporter’s Notebook

Who's working hard for workers?

Brooklyn, NY - Choking off union funding, gutting prevailing wage, undermining workplace elections, out-sourcing, sub-contracting, misclassifying and so much worse — the American worker cannot turn around today, without being whacked on the head with some sort of new anti-worker scheme or another designed to keep him or down and desperate. So, where’s the overarching pro-worker agenda that working people need? 

Connecticut State Unions Prepare to Vote on Concessions

July 10, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Hartford, C0 - Connecticut’s public-sector workers are scheduled to begin voting next week on whether to give $1.5 billion in concessions to help balance the state budget over the next two years.

Missouri Gov OKs Repealing St. Louis Minimum Wage

July 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Jefferson City, MO - Workers in St. Louis who’ve been making the city’s new $10-an-hour minimum wage will get a drastic pay cut at the end of the summer.


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