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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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Weekly Digest – August 14, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Chicago Guitar Center Workers Vote for Union Workers at a Guitar Center store in Chicago voted Aug. 9 to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. It’s the second Guitar Center where employees have joined the RWDSU, which may take the organizing campaign national. The $2 billion…

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Weekly Digest – August 8, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Walmart Empire Strikes Back Walmart has fired about two dozen workers who joined a one-week strike in early June, and issued warnings to about another 35. Brandon Garrett, a worker from Baker, Louisiana, was fired June 28, three weeks after he joined OUR Walmart members protesting at the…

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Weekly Digest – August 1, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Fast-Food Workers Stage One-Day Strike Chanting “Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages super-size,” fast-food workers in New York and five other cities staged a one-day strike July 29, demanding a raise to $15 an hour and the right to join unions without retaliation. “I can’t…

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Weekly Digest – July 17, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel   Obama Picks Two for NLRB After Senate Filibuster Deal President Obama chose two longtime labor lawyers for the National Labor Relations Board July 16: Nancy Schiffer, a retired AFL-CIO attorney, and Kent Hirozawa, counsel to the NLRB’s chair. The appointments came after Senate Republicans agreed to stop…

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Weekly Digest – July 10, 2013

Compilied By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Walmart, Other Chains Release Rival Bangladesh Safety Plan Seventeen major American retailers who refused to sign a safety accord for factories in Bangladesh released their own rival plan July 10. The 17, including Walmart, Target, J.C. Penney, Gap, Sears, and Macy’s, objected to the legally binding Accord on…

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