Labor News Briefs

Labor News Briefs

Weekly Digest – September 10, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Pension Foe Wins RI Gov Primary Rhode Island State Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, who pushed through a 2011 law that raised the retirement age for state workers, cut their pension benefits, and suspended annual cost-of-living increases until the state’s retirement system is 80 percent funded, won the Democratic…

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Weekly Digest – September 3, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Court Says FedEx Drivers Aren’t ‘Contractors’ FedEx can’t legally claim that its drivers are “independent contractors,” the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 27.  A three-judge panel in San Francisco held that because the company dictates details of the drivers’ jobs from the shelving in their…

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Weekly Digest – August 27, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Minnesota Home-Care Workers Vote Union Yes! Minnesota home health-care workers, first allowed to form unions by a state law last year, have voted to join the Service Employees International Union. Results announced Aug. 26 showed that about 60% of the 5,800 workers who voted endorsed the union. The…

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Weekly Digest – August 20, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Labor Mourns Robin Williams “Last night we all lost a union brother,” SAG-AFTRA said in a statement after the suicide of actor Robin Williams Aug. 11, accompanying it with a photo of Williams walking in solidarity on a Writers Guild of America picket line. “He was a performer…

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Weekly Digest – August 13, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Kansas Teachers Challenge Tenure Ban The Kansas National Education Association filed a lawsuit Aug. 11 to overturn the state’s new law ending tenure for public-school teachers. The union is arguing that the Republican-dominated legislature violated the state constitution’s provision that bills should generally have only one subject by…

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Weekly Digest – August 6, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Who’s Funding Campbell Brown’s Campaign Against Teachers? Former CNN news anchor Campbell Brown won’t say who’s paying for the lawsuit she’s organized to challenge teachers’ tenure protections in New York, telling TV show host Stephen Colbert July 31 that critics “are also going to go after people who…

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Weekly Digest – July 30, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Federal Contract Workers Strike Again Federal contractors who work minimum-wage jobs at Union Station, Ronald Reagan National Airport, the National Zoo, and the Pentagon staged their ninth mini-strike July 29. About 100 people, mostly women and children, protested outside Union Station, saying that President Barack Obama’s executive order…

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Weekly Digest – July 16, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Detroit Retirees Plead for Pensions The federal judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy plan opened his courtroom to public testimony July 15, and 46 people urged him to prevent cuts to pensions and health care benefits. “I want to live the last few years of my life,” said retired police…

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Weekly Digest – July 23, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Only 6 Minutes a Shift for Bathroom? Teamsters Local 743 has filed a complaint againstChicago's WaterSaver Faucet factory with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that the company disciplined 19 workers because they averaged more than 6 minutes a shift in the bathroom. Management installed a system last…

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Weekly Digest – July 9, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 1199 Wins Raises at Johns Hopkins Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Local 1199 SEIU reached a tentative agreement July 8 on a new contract that will raise the minimum pay for current workers to $13 an hour by 2018. The 4½-year deal, which covers about 2,000 service…

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