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Philly Public-Radio Staff Votes to Join SAG-AFTRA
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Philly Public-Radio Staff Votes to Join SAG-AFTRA

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—News staff at WHYY, Philadelphia’s public radio and TV station, voted 70-1 on Oct. 30 to join SAG-AFTRA. “It’s official! With 99% of the vote, we have won our union!” the WHYY Union exulted on Twitter. The union will represent almost 90 workers, but management is disputing whether 11 of them are eligible to…

National Endowment for Democracy Workers Join OPEIU
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National Endowment for Democracy Workers Join OPEIU

WASHINGTON—Workers at the National Endowment for Democracy voted to join Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 2 on Oct. 30. The union said it won by a 7-1 margin after about 10 months of organizing. It will represent about 150 workers, including program and grant officers, compliance experts, auditors, researchers, communications specialists, and public…

UAW Recommends Workers Ratify Deal With Ford
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UAW Recommends Workers Ratify Deal With Ford

DETROIT, Mich.—The United Auto Workers’ National Ford Council voted Nov. 1 to recommend that members ratify the tentative agreement the union reached with Ford Motor Co. Oct. 30. Like the UAW’s new contract with General Motors, the four-year deal would give workers 3% raises in its second and fourth years, with lump-sum bonuses of 4% of their…

General Mills Workers Nix ‘Last, Best’ Contract Offer
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General Mills Workers Nix ‘Last, Best’ Contract Offer

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—Union workers at General Mills’ cereal plant voted almost unanimously Nov. 6 to reject the company’s “last, best, and final” contract offer. Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union Local 110 told KCRG-TV that 99% had voted no. The about 520 workers at the facility joined Local 110 in January, over opposition from management,…

Google Workers Charge Company Put Anti-Union Spy Tool in Browser
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Google Workers Charge Company Put Anti-Union Spy Tool in Browser

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google employees charge that the company’s leadership is developing an addition to the custom Google Chrome browser they use on the job that is intended to spy on union organizing. According to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News, the tool automatically reports staffers who create a calendar event that involves more than 10…

New Mexico, CWA Settle Lawsuit Against Union Fees
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New Mexico, CWA Settle Lawsuit Against Union Fees

SANTA FE, N.M.—The state of New Mexico and the Communications Workers of America have agreed to pay about $41,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit over the collection of fees for union representation. U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez dismissed the suit Oct. 21 after the settlement was approved. Filed by information technology technician David McCutcheon and…

17-Day Strike Ends at Canadian Utilities
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17-Day Strike Ends at Canadian Utilities

REGINA, Saskatchewan—Strikers at six Saskatchewan utilities began returning to work Oct. 21, after they reached a tentative contract agreement with the Unifor union. The five-year deal, announced by the provincial government Oct. 20, ends a 17-day strike at SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskTel, Directwest, SecurTek, and SaskWater. The six are “Crown corporations,” government-owned businesses that provide water,…

Michigan Gov Wants More Workers to Get Overtime Pay
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Michigan Gov Wants More Workers to Get Overtime Pay

LANSING, Mich.—Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Oct. 24 that she plans to increase the number of workers in the state eligible for overtime pay. Only 5% of Michigan workers now get overtime, down from 63% in 1975, according to Whitmer’s office, because the current federal standard allows employers to exempt salaried workers from getting time-and-a-half when…

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