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Oklahoma Legislator Urges $10.50 Minimum Wage
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Oklahoma Legislator Urges $10.50 Minimum Wage

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—Newly elected state Sen. George Young (D-Oklahoma City) says this might be the year his bill to raise Oklahoma’s minimum wage goes somewhere in the state legislature. The measure would increase it from $7.25 an hour, where it has been since 2009, to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2020. Young introduced similar measures during…

GM Becomes Leading Automaker in Mexico
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GM Becomes Leading Automaker in Mexico

DETROIT, Mich.—General Motors announced plans to close four U.S. factories just after it became the leading auto manufacturer in Mexico. The company increased production at its three Mexico assembly plants to more than 800,000 vehicles through November, 67,000 more than it did in the same period in 2017, while Nissan’s production at its four Mexican factories fell from 788,000 vehicles…

Federal Contract Workers Get Shafted in Shutdown
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Federal Contract Workers Get Shafted in Shutdown

WASHINGTON—Federal employees furloughed or forced to work without pay during the government’s partial shutdown will likely get back pay after it reopens—but the thousands of workers for federal contractors most likely won’t. “It is a cowardly disgrace,” SEIU 32BJ President Héctor Figueroa, said in a statement. The property-services union represents more than 2,000 federal workers…

L.A. Schools Hire 400 ‘Scabstitutes’ as Teachers’ Strike Looms
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L.A. Schools Hire 400 ‘Scabstitutes’ as Teachers’ Strike Looms

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—With the United Teachers Los Angeles union planning to strike Jan. 10, the Los Angeles Unified School District has hired 400 “substitutes” to keep schools open. “We have hired substitutes, we have made plans as to alternate curriculums for days that there is a strike,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said Dec. 27. “It is…

GM Lordstown Plant’s Closure Leads to Layoffs at Seat-Maker
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GM Lordstown Plant’s Closure Leads to Layoffs at Seat-Maker

LORDSTOWN, Ohio—In repercussions from General Motors’ decision to close its Lordstown assembly plant, a nearby car-seat manufacturer has warned workers that they will be laid off within two months. The Magna company filed a federally required Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the state labor department informing the 120 employees of its Lordstown Seating Systems…

Arizona Teachers Slam Bill That Could Ban ‘#RedForEd’ Shirts
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Arizona Teachers Slam Bill That Could Ban ‘#RedForEd’ Shirts

TUCSON, Ariz.—A proposed state law that would bar public and charter school teachers from discussing “political, ideological, or religious” issues in class has drawn sharp opposition from Arizona teachers. The bill, introduced in late December by state Rep. Mark Finchem, a Republican from the Tucson suburbs, would allow districts to fire teachers for introducing “controversial”…

Federal Workers’ Union Sues Trump Over ‘Inhumane’ Shutdown
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Federal Workers’ Union Sues Trump Over ‘Inhumane’ Shutdown

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Government Employees filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Dec. 31, charging that it is violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying the 420,000 “essential” federal employees working despite the partial shutdown of the federal government. Another 380,000 have been furloughed because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept…

Kohler Workers OK Contract That Shrinks Two-Tier Gap
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Kohler Workers OK Contract That Shrinks Two-Tier Gap

KOHLER, Wisc.—Production workers at the Kohler plumbing-products company here overwhelmingly ratified a contract Dec. 2 that will eliminate most of the two-tier pay differences established in 2010. The five-year deal won approval from 87% of the more than 1,000 United Auto Workers Local 833 members who voted—in contrast to 2015, when the company’s insistence on…

Teamsters OK Deal With 40% Raise for Frontier Air Maintenance Controllers
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Teamsters OK Deal With 40% Raise for Frontier Air Maintenance Controllers

DENVER, Colo.—Teamsters Local 455 has ratified its first contract with Frontier Airlines, giving the 12sters maintenance controllers covered a 40% raise. The five-year deal, announced by the union Dec. 3, includes up to ten years of pay increases. It will bring the average pay for maintenance controllers, who manage the airline’s maintenance schedule, from about…

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