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Teachers Urge GM Not to Close Lordstown Plant
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Teachers Urge GM Not to Close Lordstown Plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio—More than 200 students, teachers, and General Motors workers rallied at Lordstown High School Jan. 24, part of the Drive It Home Ohio coalition’s campaign to persuade General Motors to keep its Lordstown factory open instead of closing it in March. Many said the closing would devastate the community by forcing people to leave….

Foxconn Won’t Do Manufacturing in Wisconsin
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Foxconn Won’t Do Manufacturing in Wisconsin

RACINE, Wisc.—The Foxconn Technology Group likely won’t be making LCD televisions in southeast Wisconsin, despite being promised almost $5 billion in state and local subsidies to build a $10 billion high-tech manufacturing campus. “In Wisconsin we’re not building a factory,” Foxconn executive Louis Woo told Reuters in a story published Jan. 29. He explained that…

Luxury-Apartment Contractor Ordered to Pay $192G for Wage Theft
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Luxury-Apartment Contractor Ordered to Pay $192G for Wage Theft

WORCESTER, Mass.—A federal court has ordered a New Jersey construction company to pay almost $200,000 in back pay and penalties for cheating 50 nonunion workers out of pay. The order came after the U.S. Department of Labor found that P&B Partitions had not given overtime pay to carpenters, drywall hangers, and others who’d worked on…

Atlanta Super Bowl Stadium Workers All Nonunion
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Atlanta Super Bowl Stadium Workers All Nonunion

ATLANTA, Ga.—When the Los Angeles Rams meet the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium here Feb. 3, the players, referees, camera crews, entertainers, and stagehands will all be union members—but none of the concession-stand workers, security guards, or groundskeepers will be. CBS camera crews are members of the International Brotherhood of…

AFGE Calls for Federal Workers to Join Back-Pay Lawsuit
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AFGE Calls for Federal Workers to Join Back-Pay Lawsuit

WASHINGTON—The five-week shutdown of several federal agencies ended at least temporarily Jan. 25, ebut the American Federation of Government Employees union is urging the 450,000 federal employees who had to work without pay to join its lawsuit to recover “damages for the financial harm they suffered.” The suit alleges that the shutdown violated federal minimum-wage…

Buffalo Unions Protest New Era Plant Closing
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Buffalo Unions Protest New Era Plant Closing

Oorchard Park, N.Y.—Union members from around Western New York rallied outside the Buffalo Bills’ football stadium Jan. 26 to protest the New Era baseball cap-maker’s closure of its factory in Derby. The company announced in November that it planned to shut the Derby plant, about 17 miles southwest of Buffalo, in March, as part of…

Trump NLRB Counsel Wants to Ban ‘Scabby the Rat’
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Trump NLRB Counsel Wants to Ban ‘Scabby the Rat’

WASHINGTON—National Labor Relations Board general counsel Peter Robb is desperately seeking a legalnlrb justification to ban “Scabby,” the giant inflatable rat unions use to picket employers accused of unfair labor practices. Robb “hates the rat,” a senior NLRB official who asked not to be left anonymous told Bloomberg Law, and “wants to find it unlawful…

L.I. Legislators Launch Food Drive for Federal Workers
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L.I. Legislators Launch Food Drive for Federal Workers

OYSTER BAY, N.Y.—Two Long Island state legislators joined with local unions and charities Jan. 11 to launch a drive to collect food and other goods for federal workers either furloughed or working without pay during the partial shutdown of the federal government. “These federal workers have mortgages, rent payments, kids in college, and every day…

Arkansas Legislator Introduces Minimum-Wage Cut
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Arkansas Legislator Introduces Minimum-Wage Cut

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—More than two-thirds of Arkansas voters last November approved a law that will raise the state’s minimum wage from $8.50 an hour to $11—but now, a state legislator wants to lower it to $7.25 for thousands of workers. State Sen. Bob Ballinger (R-Hindsville) introduced a bill Jan. 16 that would make workers ineligible…

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