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Pueblo, Colorado Teachers Strike Ends
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Pueblo, Colorado Teachers Strike Ends

PUEBLO, Colo.—The first teachers’ strike in Colorado since 1994 ended May 13, after unions representing teachers and paraprofessionals in the city of Pueblo overwhelmingly ratified new two-year contracts. Pueblo Education Association members voted 495-62 to approve a deal that will give them a 2% cost-of-living adjustment retroactive to January, a 2.5% adjustment in September, and…

Talking Points Memo Editorial Staff Forms a Union
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Talking Points Memo Editorial Staff Forms a Union

WASHINGTON—The 11 editorial staffers at the Talking Points Memo Website have voted unanimously to join the Writers Guild of America East, they announced May 10. Editor and publisher Josh Marshall responded that he was “happy” to recognize the union voluntarily, saying it was consistent with the news and opinion site’s values. “Our effort to unionize…

Delaware Legislators Probe Job-Training Program for Wage Theft
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Delaware Legislators Probe Job-Training Program for Wage Theft

DOVER, Del.—A state-subsidized “pre-apprenticeship” program had participants work for free while giving them inadequate credentials to get building-trades jobs, Delaware state legislators said May 7. The Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware’s HomeWorks program received more than $167,000 in state funds, state Labor Department education head Stacey Laing told the state Senate Labor Committee, with more…

Federal Judge Nixes Teachers Union’s Suit to Stop Attack Video
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Federal Judge Nixes Teachers Union’s Suit to Stop Attack Video

DETROIT, Mich.—A federal judge on May 8 once again rejected a request by the American Federation of Teachers to stop Project Veritas from releasing information it obtained by sending a spy to work as an intern at the union’s Michigan affiliate under a false name. U.S. District Judge Linda Parker, citing the First Amendment, denied…

Missouri Legislature Moves to Undermine ‘Right-to-Work’ Repeal Vote
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Missouri Legislature Moves to Undermine ‘Right-to-Work’ Repeal Vote

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—Republicans in the Missouri legislature are pushing two measures intended to undermine the Proposition A ballot initiative to repeal the state’s 2017 ban on union shops. The state Senate passed a resolution May 11 that would move the vote on the union-backed initiative from November to August—when turnout would likely be lower—and the…

Colorado City Teachers Say They’ll Strike ‘As Long as It Takes’
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Colorado City Teachers Say They’ll Strike ‘As Long as It Takes’

PUEBLO, Colo.—More than 2,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, and supporters marched through downtown Pueblo May 9, the third day of a strike by education workers in this city of 110,000. Their two unions, the Pueblo Education Association and the Pueblo ParaProfessional Education Association, are seeking a 2% cost-of-living increase plus $30 a month for health insurance, which…

Study: Minnesota’s Economy Far Outpaced Wisconsin’s in Walker Era
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Study: Minnesota’s Economy Far Outpaced Wisconsin’s in Walker Era

WASHINGTON—Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Minnesota’s Mark Dayton have pursued diametrically opposed labor policies since they took office in 2011—and the result, says a study released by the Economic Policy Institute May 8, it that “by virtually every metric, Minnesota’s economy has performed far better for working families.”

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