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Bill to Pre-Empt Local Labor Laws Dies in Texas Legislature
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Bill to Pre-Empt Local Labor Laws Dies in Texas Legislature

AUSTIN, Tex.—A bill to prohibit local governments from enacting paid sick-leave laws and other labor protections stronger than the state’s died May 27 when it failed to pass the state House before the legislative session ended. The Consistent Employment Regulations Act, sponsored by state Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), would have voided the paid-sick-leave laws enacted…

NY Unions Push for Law Giving Farmworkers Rights
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NY Unions Push for Law Giving Farmworkers Rights

ALBANY, N.Y.—With Democrats controlling the New York State Legislature for the first time in more than 50 years, state Senate Labor Committee chair Jessica Ramos (D-Queens) hopes to pass a bill that would give the state’s 80,000 to 100,000 farmworkers the protections other workers have had since the 1930s. “We must ensure that farmworkers are…

Westchester Day Laborers Win $370G in Wage-Theft Case
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Westchester Day Laborers Win $370G in Wage-Theft Case

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—A federal court in from Westchester County has awarded about $373,000 to three day laborers cheated out of pay by a construction contractor. “This case stands out for the magnitude of the wages that were stolen from these workers,” Robert McCreanor, legal director for the Worker Justice Center of New York and lead…

Ironworkers Raise $128G for Families of Workers Killed in Crane Collapse
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Ironworkers Raise $128G for Families of Workers Killed in Crane Collapse

SEATTLE, Wash.—The Ironworkers union has raised more than $128,000 in donations for the families of two members killed when a tower crane collapsed in downtown Seattle April 27. The Ironworkers USA Credit Union set up a fund to assist the families of Travis Corbet, 33, a member of Local 29 in Portland, Oregon, and Andrew…

NLRB Orders Palms Casino to Bargain with Culinary and Bartenders Unions
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NLRB Orders Palms Casino to Bargain with Culinary and Bartenders Unions

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Station Casinos’ Palms Casino Resort to recognize and bargain with the Culinary and Bartenders Unions, the two unions announced May 22. The board voted unanimously May 13 to certify the April 2018 election in which the workers voted by a 5–1 margin to join the Culinary…

Labor Secretary’s Chief of Staff Ousted
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Labor Secretary’s Chief of Staff Ousted

WASHINGTON—Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s chief of staff, Nick Geale, will be forced out of office by May 31, the result of complaints about him bullying subordinates and the Trump administration’s desire for harsher treatment of unions. A Department of Labor spokesperson confirmed May 14 that Geale was quitting. Administration sources told Axios and Politico that…

Chinese Rail Workers Remembered on 150th Anniversary of ‘Golden Spike’
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Chinese Rail Workers Remembered on 150th Anniversary of ‘Golden Spike’

OGDEN, Utah—The descendants of Chinese immigrants who worked on the first transcontinental railroad marked the 150th anniversary of its completion May 9. Margaret Yee of the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association helped Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and a descendant of Union Pacific’s chief engineer on the project tap a ceremonial spike in Ogden. “They say…

Toledo Nurses Strike Over Understaffing, Scheduling
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Toledo Nurses Strike Over Understaffing, Scheduling

TOLEDO, Ohio—Before almost 1,900 nurses, lab technicians, and support staff went on strike at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center May 6, United Auto Workers Locals 2213 and 12 had already agreed that a three-year contract would raise pay by 2%. But money’s not the main problem, union leaders and rank-and-file members say: Understaffing and…

Oregon Teachers’ Walkout Shuts 600 Schools for a Day
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Oregon Teachers’ Walkout Shuts 600 Schools for a Day

PORTLAND, Ore.—A one-day walkout by thousands of teachers May 8 closed 600 schools, including those in Portland. They took unpaid days off to go to rallies around the state to demand smaller class sizes; restoring music, art, and gym classes; and hiring more counselors, librarians, and school nurses. “Nearly 45% of all reported classes in…

Nevada Assembly Votes to Reverse Prevailing-Wage Rollbacks
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Nevada Assembly Votes to Reverse Prevailing-Wage Rollbacks

CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada state Assembly voted Apr. 29 to repeal a 2015 state law that weakened the state’s prevailing wage requirements. Assembly Bill 136, which passed on a 28-12 party-line vote, would reverse the 2015 law’s reducing wages for school construction projects to 90% of the local prevailing wage, eliminate its exemption for charter-school…

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