MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The Teamsters Union is determined to organize XPO Logistics’ warehouse and shipping facilities in Memphis, President James P. Hoffa said at a rally here Apr. 3. “There’s only one hope, the union, the Teamsters union.
DENVER, Colo.—On the eve of another wave of layoffs, the Denver Post ran a front-page editorial Apr. 6 calling on its owner, the Alden Global Capital hedge fund, to sell the paper. “Denver deserves a newspaper owner who supports its newsroom,” it said. “If Alden isn’t willing to do good journalism here, it should sell…
AUGUSTA, Me.—The Maine House narrowly defeated a bill Apr. 5 that would have prevented the state’s minimum wage from rising to $12 an hour in 2020. The measure would have reduced the increases state voters enacted in a 2016 ballot initiative from $1 a year to 50 cents, so the minimum would not reach $12…
FRANKFORT, KY.—Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed legislation Mar. 30 that will limit workers’ compensation benefits for permanent partial disability to 15 years from the date of their on-the-job injury.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—State Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) has introduced a bill that would place an amendment to the state constitution banning the union shop on the ballot in November’s general election.
FAIRFAX, Va.—The woman forced to quit her job last fall after she was photographed giving Donald Trump the finger sued her former employer Apr. 4. Juli Briskman, 50, a former marketing executive, charged that the government contractor Akima violated state employment law by penalizing her for political opinions expressed outside work.
MADISON, Wisc.—Labor-backed judge Rebecca Dallet won election to a vacant seat on the state Supreme Court Apr. 3, defeating Michael Screnock, a circuit judge from rural Sauk County backed by Gov. Scott Walker. Dallet, a Milwaukee County circuit judge for 11 years, won a 10-year term by a 56%-44% margin, reducing the court’s pro-Walker majority…
ALBANY, N.Y.—The budget passed by the New York state legislature on the night of Mar. 30-31 includes a provision that would let public-sector unions reduce the services they provide to employees who don’t pay them dues or fees.
DENVER, Colo.—Bus drivers and train engineers for the Denver area’s Regional Transportation District have ratified a contract that will give them the biggest raise they’ve had since the authority was established in 1969.
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The number of women in union apprenticeship programs increased by 96% from 2016 to 2017, the Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT) Ohio announced Mar. 28. In 2017, the group said, 460 of the 9,044 people enrolled in its Joint Apprenticeship Training programs were female, up from 262 of 8,730 the previous year.