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San Diego County Workers Ratify Five-Year Contract
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San Diego County Workers Ratify Five-Year Contract

San Diego, Calif.—The union representing most of San Diego County’s 17,000 employees has ratified a new contract. More than 75% of the voters approved the five-year agreement, Service Employees International Union Local 221 announced Sept. 14. It will give about 10,000 county workers, including librarians, social workers, and nurses, raises ranging from 13% to 17%,…

W.Va. Court Lets Union-Shop Ban Take Effect
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W.Va. Court Lets Union-Shop Ban Take Effect

Parkersburg, W. Va.—The state Supreme Court on Sept. 15 overturned a lower court’s injunction that had prevented the state’s ban on the union shop from going into effect since February. Justice Menis Ketchum wrote that the state AFL-CIO and other unions challenging the constitutionality of the “Workplace Freedom Act” enacted in 2016 had failed to…

Hurricanes Force Firefighters to Miss IAFF Memorial
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Hurricanes Force Firefighters to Miss IAFF Memorial

Colorado Springs, Colo.— The International Association of Fire Fighters Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, held this year on the morning of Sept. 16, is normally a time when firefighters from throughout the U.S. and Canada come to honor their dead—but this year, some will miss it because they’re working on hurricane-recovery efforts.

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