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AFSCME Reports Membership Gains, Fewer Fee-Payers
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AFSCME Reports Membership Gains, Fewer Fee-Payers

Washington—In its first annual report to the Department of Labor since the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it gained more than 9,000 dues-paying members and 18,600 dues-paying retirees. However, it said the total number of members and fee-paying nonmembers it represents declined by…

Maine Unions Oppose Proposed Minimum-Wage Cuts
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Maine Unions Oppose Proposed Minimum-Wage Cuts

AUGUSTA, Me.—The Maine House Committee on Labor and Housing heard testimony March 18 on six bills that would roll back the minimum-wage increase the state’s voters enacted in 2016. One proposed measure would cut the minimum from $11 to $10 an hour and repeal the annual cost-of-living increases approved in 2016, while the others would…

Unions Urge Cuomo to Restore School-Bus Drivers’ Rights
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Unions Urge Cuomo to Restore School-Bus Drivers’ Rights

ALBANY, N.Y.—Three New York union leaders are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include a provision restoring labor protections for school-bus workers in the state’s budget. The three—Michael Cordiello, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, state AFL-CIO head Mario Cilento, and Hotel Trades Council leader Peter Ward, want him to revive the “employee protection provision”…

Staten Island Worker Accuses Amazon of Unfair Labor Practices
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Staten Island Worker Accuses Amazon of Unfair Labor Practices

NEW YORK, N.Y.—A worker fired from the fulfillment center on Staten Island filed unfair labor practiceAmazon charges with the National Labor Relations Board March 20, saying he was sacked for union activity. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which has been trying to organize workers at the warehouse, filed the charges on behalf of…

Kentucky Education Head Seeks Names of Teachers in Sickout
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Kentucky Education Head Seeks Names of Teachers in Sickout

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis has asked local school officials to turn over the names of teachers who called in sick on the days that sickouts forced them to close, according to email obtained by the Louisville Courier Journal. The sickouts, protesting pending state legislation to change the teachers’ pension plan and give parents…

Walmart Mexico Agrees to 5.5% Raise, but Strike Still Possible
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Walmart Mexico Agrees to 5.5% Raise, but Strike Still Possible

MEXICO CITY, Mexico—Walmart de Mexico has reached a deal with the Revolutionary Confederation of Laborers and Farmworkers (CROC) union to raise about 8,000 store workers’ pay by 5.5%, both sides announced on March 14. The deal, which would also give workers a bonus if the company meets annual sales targets, was supposed to avert a…

Stop & Shop Workers Rally Against ‘Draconian’ Cuts
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Stop & Shop Workers Rally Against ‘Draconian’ Cuts

CHICOPEE, Mass.—Hundreds of union members and their supporters rallied March 20 outside a Stop & Shop supermarket here, demanding that the company drop demands for cuts in their overtime pay, health and pension benefits, and vacation time. “This is the most draconian contract proposal we have ever had,” Jeff Jones, a business representative and organizer…

Dealers at 4 Vegas Casinos Join UAW
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Dealers at 4 Vegas Casinos Join UAW

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Almost 1,500 gaming workers at four Las Vegas casinos have voted to join the United Auto Workers, the union announced March 17. The vote at Bally’s, Harrah’s, Paris, and the Wynn Dealers will give them “a strong voice in the workplace,” UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson said in a statement, and will bring…

Canadian Cannabis Call-Center Workers Vote to Join UFCW
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Canadian Cannabis Call-Center Workers Vote to Join UFCW

TORONTO, Ontario—With legal marijuana stores scheduled to open in Ontario April 1, call-center workers at the province’s government-owned pot wholesaler voted unanimously March 12 to join the United Food and Commercial Workers. But Line One Contact Centres, which provides call-center services to the Ontario Cannabis Store, is challenging the results, saying that seven of the…

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