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Gig-Economy Firms Lobby California Dems to Void Court Ruling
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Gig-Economy Firms Lobby California Dems to Void Court Ruling

SACRAMENTO, CA.—Several leading gig-economy companies, including Uber and Lyft, are lobbying California’s top Democrats to take action that would blunt a court ruling that makes it much harder for them to claim their workers are “independent contractors” and not employees. The California Supreme Court’s April ruling in Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of…

‘No Movement’ From Company in National Grid Lockout
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‘No Movement’ From Company in National Grid Lockout

HAVERHILL, Mass.—The lockout of more than 1,100 National Grid gas workers in Massachusetts is now well into its second month with no sign of an end, union members say. “Every time we’ve met with the company’s negotiating team we’ve asked two questions,” Jeff Hamel of United Steelworkers Local 12012-04 told the Eagle-Tribune. “If they’ll allow…

California Court Rules San Diego Pension Cuts Shouldn’t Have Been on Ballot
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California Court Rules San Diego Pension Cuts Shouldn’t Have Been on Ballot

SAN DIEGO, CA.—The California Supreme Court ruled that San Diego’s 2012 initiative eliminating pensions for future city workers was not legally placed on the ballot. The court held that the measure, which replaced pensions with 401(k)-style plans for all newly hired city workers except police officers, should not have been on the ballot because then-Mayor…

California Court Rules San Diego Pension Cuts Shouldn’t Have Been on Ballot
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California Court Rules San Diego Pension Cuts Shouldn’t Have Been on Ballot

SAN DIEGO, Calif.—The California Supreme Court ruled Aug. 2 that San Diego’s 2012 initiative eliminating pensions for future city workers was not legally placed on the ballot. The court held that the measure, which replaced pensions with 401(k)-style plans for all newly hired city workers except police officers, should not have been on the ballot…

D.C. Subway Drops Plan for Train to White-Power Rally After ATU Protest
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D.C. Subway Drops Plan for Train to White-Power Rally After ATU Protest

WASHINGTON—The Washington D.C. Metro has dropped the idea of running separate trains for demonstrators coming to a “Unite the Right” white-nationalist rally scheduled for Aug. 12, after the city’s largest transit workers’ union said it would refuse to operate them. “Metro will not be providing a special train or special car for anyone next Sunday,”…

House Democrats Question Proposal to Let Teens Take Hazardous Jobs
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House Democrats Question Proposal to Let Teens Take Hazardous Jobs

WASHINGTON—Trump administration proposals to revamp regulations in order to let more 16- and 17-year-olds perform hazardous jobs has piqued the ire of 47 House Democrats. The Department of Labor has announced plans to revise “hazardous occupations orders” that prohibit workers under 18 from working in roofing or operating chainsaws, except for apprentices under close supervision…

CWA, IBEW Reach Tentative 4-Year Contract Extension With Verizon
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CWA, IBEW Reach Tentative 4-Year Contract Extension With Verizon

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Verizon has reached a tentative deal with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to extend their current contract from 2019 to 2023. If ratified, the agreement would raise wages by a total of 11.2%. It will cover about 34,000 workers, primarily wireline workers in New York, New Jersey,…

Detroit Janitors Authorize Strike for Aug. 1
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Detroit Janitors Authorize Strike for Aug. 1

DETROIT, Mich.—Service Employees International Union Local 1 janitors announced July 23 that they had voted to authorize a strike when their contract expires Aug. 1. The union, which represents about 1,700 janitors at downtown office buildings, city schools, and the airport, is seeking a three-year deal with a $15-an-hour wage. Most of the janitors start…

Kimberly-Clark Union OKs Concessions in Bid to Save Wisconsin Plant
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Kimberly-Clark Union OKs Concessions in Bid to Save Wisconsin Plant

FOX CROSSING, Wisc.—Union workers at Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s Cold Spring facility ratified a contract July 23 intended to stave off the plant’s closing, but the company says it still needs state tax breaks to commit to keeping it open. The agreement contains “concessions that would allow the facility to remain open,” United Steelworkers Local 2-482 president…

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