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Indianapolis Janitors Win Raise in Battle Over Outsourcing
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Indianapolis Janitors Win Raise in Battle Over Outsourcing

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Eight Indianapolis cleaning companies have reached a tentative agreement with SEIU Local 1 that would increase janitors’ starting wages from $9.75 per hour to $11.50 over three years, as well as lowering health-insurance premiums to $100 per month and adding paid sick days. The deal, which has not yet been ratified by the about…

Oregon Mental-Health Workers Join AFSCME
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Oregon Mental-Health Workers Join AFSCME

PORTLAND, Ore.—After two years of organizing, about 270 mental-health and addiction-recovery workers at Oregon’s largest behavioral health provider voted to join Oregon AFSCME in October and November. The votes came at a mobile mental-health crisis-response team and five outpatient clinics in Portland and its Milwaukie suburb run by the nonprofit Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. Low pay…

AFL-CIO Sees ‘No Progress’ Protecting Workers From Serious Injuries
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AFL-CIO Sees ‘No Progress’ Protecting Workers From Serious Injuries

WASHINGTON—The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual job injury and illness report “shows no overall progress protecting workers from serious injuries and illnesses on the job, and that workplace violence is getting worse,” AFL-CIO Safety and Health Director Peg Seminario said Nov. 14. The 2.8 million work-related injuries reported were not significantly changed from 2016,…

Texas Bookstore Staff Vote for OPEIU Representation
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Texas Bookstore Staff Vote for OPEIU Representation

AUSTIN, Tex.—Employees at Texas’s largest independent bookstore, BookPeople, have voted foreiu representation by the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 277, the union announced Nov. 14. “BookPeople workers were organizing months before we contacted OPEIU, and to see our efforts finally lead to representation is exhilarating,” inventory manager Patrick Watson said in a statement…

Canada Post Offers ‘Time-Limited’ Deal; Strikes Continue
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Canada Post Offers ‘Time-Limited’ Deal; Strikes Continue

MONTREAL, Quebec—Canadian postal workers began new rotating strikes in Montreal, Winnipeg, and six other places Nov. 15, the day after Canada Post gave their union a “time-limited” contract offer. Canada Post proposed a four-year contract with wage increases of 2% a year, signing bonuses of up to $1,000, and compensation to rural carriers—if the Canadian…

Building Trades’ Inflatable Rat Meets Villanova Wildcat
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Building Trades’ Inflatable Rat Meets Villanova Wildcat

RADNOR, Pa.—Members of the Sheet Metal Workers of Philadelphia brought a 12-foot inflatable rat to the home of the Villanova Wildcats Oct. 30, protesting the university’s use of nonunion laborers on its new Performing Arts Center. The nonunion Delaware contractor brought in to finish the project will pay its workers “easily” at least $8,000 less…

Union Leader Says Canadian Postal Strike Could Be a Long One
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Union Leader Says Canadian Postal Strike Could Be a Long One

CALGARY, Alberta—The rotating strikes by Canada Post workers look like they’ll continue for some time, a regional union head told the Global News network Nov. 3. Talks involving a federal mediator ended Nov. 2 without much progress on issues of health and safety concerns, workload, staffing, and wages, Gord Fischer, the Canadian Union of Postal…

IBEW Local Promises to Train 500 Detroit Residents
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IBEW Local Promises to Train 500 Detroit Residents

DETROIT, Mich.—International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 58 has agreed to bring at least 500 Detroit residents into its apprenticeship programs over the next 10 years, Mayor Mike Duggan’s office announced Nov. 1. The union signed a nonbinding deal to participate in the city’s Skilled Trades Employment Program, pledging to have 25% of its apprentices…

Teamsters Organize 7th XPO Logistics Center
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Teamsters Organize 7th XPO Logistics Center

CINNAMINSON, N.J.—The Teamsters Union won a small victory in its efforts to organize drivers at XPO Logistics, Inc. in late October, when drivers at the company’s facility in Cinnaminson, N.J., voted 19-4 to join Local 107. The union said it won “despite the company’s vicious anti-worker campaign in which they used in-house union busters.” “The…

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