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Congressman Says Locked-Out Gas Workers Needed to Fix Explosion Damage
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Congressman Says Locked-Out Gas Workers Needed to Fix Explosion Damage

SALEM, Mass.—The Congressmember representing northeast Massachusetts is calling on local utilities to use locked-put gas workers to repair damage from the more than 80 explosions and fires caused by overpressurized gas lines last month. More than 1,000 workers at National Grid had been locked out for more than two months when the disaster hit Columbia…

California Orders Date Farm to Rehire Workers Fired for Safety Complaints
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California Orders Date Farm to Rehire Workers Fired for Safety Complaints

VISALIA, Calif.—A Coachella Valley date farm will rehire four workers and has paid them almost $40,000 in lost wages after the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board found they were illegally fired for complaining about health and safety problems. The four said they had been fired or switched to lower-paying jobs after they complained to supervisors…

Alcoa Demands More Concessions in Nine-Month Lockout
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Alcoa Demands More Concessions in Nine-Month Lockout

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Quebec—The Alcoa aluminum company “is indicating clearly that it is not interested in settling a nine-month lockout” of 1,030 employees at its ABI smelter in Bécancour, Quebec, the United Steelworkers charged Oct. 10. The union’s statement came five days after former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard, appointed by the provincial government as a special mediator,…

Steelworkers Prepare for ArcelorMittal Strike
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Steelworkers Prepare for ArcelorMittal Strike

BURNS HARBOR, Ind.—With more than three months of contract talks failing to yield a deal, the United Steelworkers have begun preparations for a possible strike against ArcelorMittal. Union representatives are asking the more than 7,400 union workers at the company’s Indiana Harbor and Burns Harbor plants in northwest Indiana when they’d be available for picket…

Amazon Training Video Says Managers Can Call Unions ‘Cheating Rats’
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Amazon Training Video Says Managers Can Call Unions ‘Cheating Rats’

SEATTLE, Wash.—A 45-minute training video Amazon sent managers at Whole Foods last month tells them it’s OK to tell workers that “unions are lying, cheating rats”—as long as it’s their personal opinion and not a direct threat. “We are not anti-union, but we are not neutral either,” the video, obtained by Gizmodo, states. “Our business…

Federal Court Denies Uber Drivers Class-Action Suit
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Federal Court Denies Uber Drivers Class-Action Suit

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—A federal appeals court ruled Sept. 25 that Uber drivers in California cannot file a class-action suit to be treated as employees instead of independent contractors. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that they had to file their complaints against the company through individual…

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