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Labor News Briefs

Weekly Digest – October 29, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel FairPoint Strikers Say They’re in it for Long Haul Striking workers at the FairPoint telecommunications company in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont say they’re going to stand strong rather than accept $700 million in contract concessions. “Some of us are going to have to go and find some…

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Weekly Digest – October 22, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Nurses’ Unions Hit CDC on Ebola The nation’s two largest nurses’ unions sharply criticized the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Oct. 15 for claiming that “a breach in protocol” caused a Texas nurse treating an Ebola victim to become infected. National Nurses United said that claim…

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Weekly Digest – October 15, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Philly Teachers Say They Give Enough Facing calls for them to make the “sacrifice” of paying more for health care, Philadelphia teachers responded to the School Reform Commission’s Oct. 6 cancellation of their contract by saying they already send hundreds of dollars a year buying supplies. Kindergarten teacher…

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Weekly Digest – October 8, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Philly Schools Cancel Teachers’ Contract Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission unilaterally cancelled city teachers’ contract Oct. 6. The move, approved unanimously at a meeting held with virtually no public notice, means that the 15,000 teachers, counselors, nurses, secretaries, and others who are members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers…

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Weekly Digest – October 1, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel L.A. City Council OKs $15 Minimum for Hotel Workers The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-3 on Sept. 24 to require the city’s large hotels to pay workers at least $15.37 an hour. It will go into effect next July for hotels with at least 300 rooms, and…

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Weekly Digest – September 17, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel AFSCME Calls Scott Walker Top Target Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a top target for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in this November’s election, union president Lee Saunders told the Washington Post. “We have a score to settle with Scott Walker,” Saunders said in…

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Weekly Digest – September 10, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Pension Foe Wins RI Gov Primary Rhode Island State Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, who pushed through a 2011 law that raised the retirement age for state workers, cut their pension benefits, and suspended annual cost-of-living increases until the state’s retirement system is 80 percent funded, won the Democratic…

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Weekly Digest – September 3, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Court Says FedEx Drivers Aren’t ‘Contractors’ FedEx can’t legally claim that its drivers are “independent contractors,” the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 27.  A three-judge panel in San Francisco held that because the company dictates details of the drivers’ jobs from the shelving in their…

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Weekly Digest – August 27, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Minnesota Home-Care Workers Vote Union Yes! Minnesota home health-care workers, first allowed to form unions by a state law last year, have voted to join the Service Employees International Union. Results announced Aug. 26 showed that about 60% of the 5,800 workers who voted endorsed the union. The…

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Weekly Digest – August 20, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Labor Mourns Robin Williams “Last night we all lost a union brother,” SAG-AFTRA said in a statement after the suicide of actor Robin Williams Aug. 11, accompanying it with a photo of Williams walking in solidarity on a Writers Guild of America picket line. “He was a performer…

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