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Pennsylvania Flooring Company Locks Out 180 Workers
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Pennsylvania Flooring Company Locks Out 180 Workers

LANCASTER, Pa.—As the day shift at the Armstrong Flooring factory and distribution center here ended at 4 p.m. July 2, the company locked out all 180 members of United Steelworkers Local 285. The workers’ last contract expired in October 2017, and Local 285 members have rejected three tentative agreements since then. Armstrong spokesman Steve Trapnell…

Trump NLRB Head Moves to Oust Agency Inspector
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Trump NLRB Head Moves to Oust Agency Inspector

WASHINGTON—National Labor Relations Board Chair John Ring has filed a formal complaint against agency Inspector General David Berry, the official who got a 2017 NLRB decision reversing an Obama-era “joint employer” rule voided. Ring’s complaint to the panel overseeing federal inspectors is that Berry allegedly treated agency employees harshly. But three current and former senior…

Mining Unions Call for Lower Silica-Exposure Standard
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Mining Unions Call for Lower Silica-Exposure Standard

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Saying there is “a disturbing trend in black lung cases,” United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts and United Steelworkers President Leo W. Gerard called on the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to adopt stronger standards to protect miners from silica dust. Lowering the level considered unsafe from 100 micrograms per cubic meter of…

Federal Judge Prohibits Alleged Slowdown at American Airlines
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Federal Judge Prohibits Alleged Slowdown at American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Tex.—Federal District Judge John McBryde issued a temporary restraining order June 14 barring the two unions that represent American Airlines mechanics from abetting a slowdown, including refusing to work overtime. The Transport Workers Union and the International Association of Machinists have both denied encouraging a slowdown, but American told the court that in…

N.J. State Workers Rally for ‘Millionaires Tax,’ Against Benefit Cuts
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N.J. State Workers Rally for ‘Millionaires Tax,’ Against Benefit Cuts

TRENTON, N.J.—New Jersey public workers rallied outside the Statehouse June 13, supporting Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed tax on income over $1 million and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s plans to cut their pension and health benefits. “Come July 1, there will be a full accounting of who was on which side,” Communications Workers of America…

SEIU Endorses Green New Deal
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SEIU Endorses Green New Deal

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Saying “we only have 12 years to accomplish the massive shifts necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change,” the SEIU’s International Executive Board passed a resolution supporting the Green New Deal June 6. The resolution said it would combine the “urgent action” needed to avert catastrophe with a strong commitment to creating…

Ontario Pipe Trades End Strike; Sheet-Metal Workers Still Out
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Ontario Pipe Trades End Strike; Sheet-Metal Workers Still Out

SARNIA, Ontario—The first strike in 30 years by Ontario plumbers and steamfitters ended with a tentative agreement June 5. The deal came after the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario dropped its demand to adjust work hours and lengthen the 36-hour week to five days, Ontario Pipe Trades Council business manager Jim Hogarth told the Sarnia…

Washington State Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay for Salaried Workers
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Washington State Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay for Salaried Workers

OLYMPIA, Wash.—The Washington Department of Labor and Industries proposed a rule change June 5 that would extend eligibility for overtime pay to more than 250,000 workers. The rule would gradually raise the minimum salary where administrative workers can be denied time-and-a-half pay from the current federal standard of $23,660 a year to 2.5 times the…

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