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FedEx Ran Massive ‘Union Avoidance’ Campaign
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FedEx Ran Massive ‘Union Avoidance’ Campaign

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—FedEx ran a massive campaign to ward off attempts by drivers to organize with the Teamsters over the past five years, spending at least $837,000 on union-avoidance between 2014 and 2018. According to recordings and videos obtained by the U.K. Guardian, workers at captive-audience meetings were told that union supporters were “very ungrateful,” and…

32BJ Rallies for $15 Minimum Wage in Delaware
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32BJ Rallies for $15 Minimum Wage in Delaware

DOVER, Del.—The 32BJ SEIU property-service workers union, which won a contract last month that will raise members’ wages in the Philadelphia-Delaware area to $15.35 an hour in 2021, rallied on the steps of the Delaware Capitol Jan. 14 to urge legislators to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15. “We won’t stop until all workers…

Asarco Strikers Ask Arizona Government to Intervene
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Asarco Strikers Ask Arizona Government to Intervene

PHOENIX, Ariz.—Striking workers at the Asarco copper-mining company rallied at the Arizona Capitol Jan. 13, calling on Gov. Doug Ducey and state legislators to intervene to protect them. More than 1,700 workers at the company, an Arizona-based subsidiary of the Grupo Mexico conglomerate, have been on strike for three months. Elected officials “have a choice…

Delaware Legislative Staff Announce Plans for Union
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Delaware Legislative Staff Announce Plans for Union

DOVER, Del.—Delaware legislative staff announced their plans to form what they call the first bipartisan state legislative union in the country Jan. 14, just before the opening of the 2020 legislative session. The Delaware General Assembly Union said it would affiliate with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 81, and asked…

The General Contractors Association of New York
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The General Contractors Association of New York

WASHINGTON—The United Steelworkers filed a lawsuit in federal court Jan. 9 to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from weakening its regulations to prevent chemical disasters. The union is asking the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to remove changes the agency made to the Obama-era Chemical Disaster Rule, which the Trump administration…

W.Va. Supreme Court to Rule on Union-Shop Ban
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W.Va. Supreme Court to Rule on Union-Shop Ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The West Virginia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Jan. 15 on the state’s appeal of a lower-court decision striking down its 2016 law banning the union shop. The state AFL-CIO challenged the so-called “right-to-work” law’s constitutionality just before it went into effect, arguing that it was an unconstitutional “taking” of unions’ property because…

Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally
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Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally

LAKELAND, Fla.—The Florida Department of Education’s lead lawyer warned teachers Jan. 10 that if enough of them took Jan. 13 off to go to a union rally in Tallahassee, they could be fired for participating in an illegal strike. The warning came after Polk County Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd told the department that she expected between…

Montreal Airport Refuelers on Strike
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Montreal Airport Refuelers on Strike

MONTREAL, QUEBEC—More than 100 workers who refuel the planes at two Montreal airports went on strike Dec. 31, after working under an expired contract since August. Swissport Canada, the airports’ refueling contractor, immediately complained to the federal Canada Industrial Relations Board that their union, the International Association of Machinists, was negotiating in bad faith. The…

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