Labor News Briefs

Labor News Briefs

Weekly Digest – December 18, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Cuomo Seeks to Make 1,000 PEF Members Nonunion New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration on Dec. 15 informed about 1,000 members of the Public Employees Federation that the state has applied to reclassify their jobs as nonunion managerial positions. The jobs, at more than three dozen state agencies, include…

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Weekly Digest – November 26, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Kmart Workers Resist Working on Thanksgiving Almost 5,000 people have signed a petition calling for Kmart to give its workers enough time off on Thanksgiving. “Kmart’s unnecessary hours are forcing its employees to miss out on important time with their families,” said the campaign’s organizer, 25-year-old Jillian Fisher…

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Weekly Digest – November 19, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Walmart Workers Stage Sit-Down Strike in L.A. Walmart retail workers in Southern California held the first sit-down strike in the company’s history Nov. 13, as workers from all over California blocked aisles in two stores in the Crenshaw and Pico Rivera sections of Los Angeles. Twenty-eight people were…

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Weekly Digest – November 12, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Striking FairPoint Workers Rally in Maine Workers at the FairPoint telecommunications company rallied in Portland, Maine Nov. 9 as their strike entered its fourth week. The company hasagreed to return to bargaining Nov. 18, but is still demanding about $700 million in concessions from the two unions that…

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Weekly Digest – November 5, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel National Nurses United Grows National Nurses United, formed by a merger of three nurses’ unions in 2009, has organized 20,000 new nurses in 50 new hospitals since then and grown to 190,000 members. President Rose Ann DeMoro says one advantage they have is that nurses aren’t just out…

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Weekly Digest – October 29, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel FairPoint Strikers Say They’re in it for Long Haul Striking workers at the FairPoint telecommunications company in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont say they’re going to stand strong rather than accept $700 million in contract concessions. “Some of us are going to have to go and find some…

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Weekly Digest – October 22, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Nurses’ Unions Hit CDC on Ebola The nation’s two largest nurses’ unions sharply criticized the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Oct. 15 for claiming that “a breach in protocol” caused a Texas nurse treating an Ebola victim to become infected. National Nurses United said that claim…

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Weekly Digest – October 15, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Philly Teachers Say They Give Enough Facing calls for them to make the “sacrifice” of paying more for health care, Philadelphia teachers responded to the School Reform Commission’s Oct. 6 cancellation of their contract by saying they already send hundreds of dollars a year buying supplies. Kindergarten teacher…

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Weekly Digest – October 8, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Philly Schools Cancel Teachers’ Contract Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission unilaterally cancelled city teachers’ contract Oct. 6. The move, approved unanimously at a meeting held with virtually no public notice, means that the 15,000 teachers, counselors, nurses, secretaries, and others who are members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers…

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Weekly Digest – October 1, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel L.A. City Council OKs $15 Minimum for Hotel Workers The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-3 on Sept. 24 to require the city’s large hotels to pay workers at least $15.37 an hour. It will go into effect next July for hotels with at least 300 rooms, and…

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