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Weekly Digest – August 13, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Kansas Teachers Challenge Tenure Ban The Kansas National Education Association filed a lawsuit Aug. 11 to overturn the state’s new law ending tenure for public-school teachers. The union is arguing that the Republican-dominated legislature violated the state constitution’s provision that bills should generally have only one subject by…

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Weekly Digest – August 6, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Who’s Funding Campbell Brown’s Campaign Against Teachers? Former CNN news anchor Campbell Brown won’t say who’s paying for the lawsuit she’s organized to challenge teachers’ tenure protections in New York, telling TV show host Stephen Colbert July 31 that critics “are also going to go after people who…

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Weekly Digest – July 30, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Federal Contract Workers Strike Again Federal contractors who work minimum-wage jobs at Union Station, Ronald Reagan National Airport, the National Zoo, and the Pentagon staged their ninth mini-strike July 29. About 100 people, mostly women and children, protested outside Union Station, saying that President Barack Obama’s executive order…

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Weekly Digest – July 16, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Detroit Retirees Plead for Pensions The federal judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy plan opened his courtroom to public testimony July 15, and 46 people urged him to prevent cuts to pensions and health care benefits. “I want to live the last few years of my life,” said retired police…

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Weekly Digest – July 23, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Only 6 Minutes a Shift for Bathroom? Teamsters Local 743 has filed a complaint againstChicago's WaterSaver Faucet factory with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that the company disciplined 19 workers because they averaged more than 6 minutes a shift in the bathroom. Management installed a system last…

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Weekly Digest – July 9, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 1199 Wins Raises at Johns Hopkins Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Local 1199 SEIU reached a tentative agreement July 8 on a new contract that will raise the minimum pay for current workers to $13 an hour by 2018. The 4½-year deal, which covers about 2,000 service…

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Weekly Digest – July 2, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Massachusetts 1199 Members The Supreme Court’s June 30 decision on union fees for “partial public employees” might affect home health-care workers in Massachusetts, who work under a collective bargaining system set up with the state eight years ago. The ruling would likely bolster…

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Weekly Digest – June 25, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Wage Theft: Employers Steal More Than Armed Robbers According to the Economic Policy Institute, robbers took $139 million from banks, gas stations, and convenience stores in the U.S. in 2012—half of the $280 million in illegally withheld back wages that the Department of Labor recovered from U.S. companies…

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Weekly Digest – June 18, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Rhode Island Blocks $15 Minimum in Providence Rhode Island’s legislature approved a state budget June 16 that prohibits local governments from raising their minimum wage higher than the state’s. The provision pre-empts a proposed Providence ordinance that would set a $15-an-hour minimum for hotel workers. Three members of…

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Weekly Digest – June 11, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel California Judge Voids Teacher Tenure A California judge ruled June 10 that the state’s teacher tenure laws violated students’ civil right to an education by letting ineffective teachers keep their jobs. Judge Rolf M. Treu of Los Angeles Superior Court also criticized protecting teachers with seniority from layoffs,…

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