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Plattsburgh Hospital Workers Rally for Safe Staffing
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Plattsburgh Hospital Workers Rally for Safe Staffing

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.—More than 100 people rallied here Sept. 14 to call on the University of Vermont Health Network’s Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital to maintain safe staffing levels. “We believe our patients and community deserve to have the best care possible, not just at their bedside. Right down to their meal preparations and delivery, the cleanliness…

Rauner Vetoes Raising Minimum Teacher Salary to $40,000
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Rauner Vetoes Raising Minimum Teacher Salary to $40,000

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill Sept. 16 that would have raised the minimum salary for teachers in the state to $40,000 in the 2022-23 school year. Teachers deserve to be well-compensated, the governor wrote in his veto message, but “minimum pay legislation is neither the most efficient nor the most effective way.”…

Tacoma Teachers’ Strike Ends; Wins 14% Raise
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Tacoma Teachers’ Strike Ends; Wins 14% Raise

TACOMA, Wash.—Teachers in Tacoma voted almost unanimously Sept. 14 to ratify a contract that will give them raises averaging 14.4%, and returned to work Sept. 17, ending their seven-day strike. The vote was 2,022-23 in favor. The district had offered a 3.1% raise before the strike, and 7.5% after it started. The deal will increase…

Locked-Out Workers Seek to Help After Massachusetts Gas Explosion
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Locked-Out Workers Seek to Help After Massachusetts Gas Explosion

LAWRENCE, Mass.—Locked-out gas workers’ offer to help after a series of explosions Sept. 12 killed one person, injured at least 25, and damaged over 80 homes has gone unheeded. The presidents of the two unions locked out by the National Grid utility since June, United Steelworkers Locals 12003 and 12012, said in a statement Sept….

Federal Agencies Rolling Back Trump Orders—But Not All the Way
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Federal Agencies Rolling Back Trump Orders—But Not All the Way

WASHINGTON—After an August court ruling invalidating most of President Donald Trump’s executive orders to curtail federal employees’ unions and make it easier to fire workers, some federal agencies are complying—but others, not so much, say the unions involved. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Aug. 24 held that provisions limiting what unions could bargain…

Labor Dept. OKs Funds for Training Laid-Off Ohio Autoworkers
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Labor Dept. OKs Funds for Training Laid-Off Ohio Autoworkers

LORDSTOWN, Ohio—The U.S. Department of Labor announced Sept. 12 that it will give an $875,000 grant to help workers laid off from the General Motors plant in Lordstown and three nearby auto-parts suppliers find new jobs. The funding will provide training, job-hunting assistance, and other support services, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services…

Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel Offer ‘Bad-Faith Attempt’
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Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel Offer ‘Bad-Faith Attempt’

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—The week after more than 16,000 United Steelworkers members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike at U.S. Steel, union leaders dismissed the company’s revised contract offer as “another clumsy and bad-faith attempt.” The proposed six-year deal would raise wages by a total of 14%, slightly more than the offer the union rejected. But, the…

Tacoma Teachers Strike Might Last Rest of Month
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Tacoma Teachers Strike Might Last Rest of Month

TACOMA, Wash.—The 2,200 teachers on strike in Tacoma, Washington believe their walkout might last the rest of the month. “Teachers have the patience of saints,” first-year high-school teacher Megan Holyoke told USA Today on the picket line Sept. 10. “I think the district doesn’t understand that. We will wait this out.” The Tacoma strike was…

Talks to Resume in Montana Talc-Mill Lockout
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Talks to Resume in Montana Talc-Mill Lockout

THREE FORKS, Mont.—The company that locked out workers at its talc-milling plant in Three Forks Aug. 2 has agreed to return to the bargaining table in September, under federal mediation. Imerys America and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers agreed Aug. 27 to schedule the talks for Sept. 11 and 12. The lockout began after members…

Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel’s Two-Tier Contract Offer ‘Insulting’
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Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel’s Two-Tier Contract Offer ‘Insulting’

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—With the United Steelworkers’ contracts with two major steelmakers expiring at midnight Sept. 1, U.S. Steel has proposed a seven-year deal that would cut wages and benefits for future hires—and phase out raises for all workers in favor of profit-sharing bonuses. The proposal would give the more than 16,000 union employees signing bonuses of…

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