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Weekly Digest – October 30, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Kentucky Auto-Parts Supplier Recognizes UAW by Card Checks Faurecia Interior Systems Inc. has agreed to recognize the United Auto Workers at its plant in Louisville, Ky.. A majority of the 172 workers signed cards in favor of the union, UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel UAW said in…

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Weekly Digest – October 16, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Wildcat Strike by Boston School-Bus Drivers Boston school-bus drivers staged a surprise wildcat strike Oct. 8. The one-day walkout came after they found that the National Labor Relations Board, closed by the partial shutdown of the federal government, would not be able to hear their complaints against Veolia…

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Weekly Digest – October 10, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Mississippi Nissan Campaign Crucial to UAW’s Future With their membership less than one-third what it was in 1979, the United Auto Workers are undertaking an ambitious campaign to break the anti-union regime in the South. UAW President Bob King “has basically staked his legacy” on organizing Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz,…

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Weekly Digest – October 3, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Federal Workers Nationwide Protest Government Shutdown As the deadline for the U.S. government shutdown neared on Sept. 30, federal workers around the country protested Congressional Republicans' refusal to fund operations unless Obamacare is repealed. “We have dedicated public servants here. They’re basically being used as guinea pigs,” said…

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Weekly Digest – Sept. 25, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Angry Bangladesh Garment Workers Take Streets As many as 200,000 garment workers poured into the streets in Bangladesh Sept. 23, blocking roads and attacking vehicles in the industrial areas surrounding Dhaka. The workers are demanding that the government raise the minimum wage from $38 a month to $100….

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Weekly Digest – Sept. 19, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Indiana Judge Rules Union-Shop Ban Unconstitutional Responding to a lawsuit brought by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, an Indiana judge has declared the state’s so-called “right to work” law banning union shops unconstitutional. In a ruling issued Sept. 5, Lake County Superior Court Civil…

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Weekly Digest – Sept. 12, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel OUR Walmart Protests in 15 Cities Thousands of people protested Sept. 6 against Walmart firing 20 workers who participated in a week-long strike in June. The protests, organized by OUR Walmart, took place in 15 cities, and 100 people were arrested. In San Francisco, 11 people, including fired…

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Weekly Digest – Sept. 4, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Poll Finds Most Americans Approve of Unions Americans approve of labor unions by a 54%-39% margin, according to a Gallup poll released Aug. 30 and taken earlier in the month. The 54% favorable rating indicated that union support is rebounding from the all-time low of 48% in 2009,…

Weekly Digest – August 29, 2013
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Weekly Digest – August 29, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Unions’ Support Key in Great ’63 March It's often forgotten that unions played a key role making the 1963 March on Washington a success. A. Philip Randolph, leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, first pushed for a March on Washington in 1941, and led efforts to…

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Weekly Digest – August 22, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel SAG-AFTRA Re-Elects Ken Howard President SAG-AFTRA co-president Ken Howard won the union’s presidency in his own right Aug. 15, defeating Esai Morales in the merged union’s first national election. Howard won a two-year term with 57 percent of the 29,000 votes cast, and his running mate Amy Aquino…

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