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N.C. Educators March for More Funds
Education, Features, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

N.C. Educators March for More Funds

RALEIGH, N.C.—Thousands of teachers, school staff, and supporters marched through downtown Raleigh May 1. Their five demands included a 5% raise for all school employees and a $15-an-hour minimum for school support staff; expanding Medicaid “to improve the health of our students and families”; restoring extra pay for teachers with advanced degrees; cancelling the elimination…

South Carolina Teachers March in State Capital
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South Carolina Teachers March in State Capital

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Chanting “We teach. We vote,” about South Carolina 10,000 teachers and supporters marched on the Statehouse May 1 to call for higher salaries, smaller classes, and more state funding for education. Organized by SC for Ed with less than two weeks’ notice, teachers took personal days off to attend, forcing seven school districts with…

Quebec Machinists OK Bombardier Contract; Vote to Strike at Airbus
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Quebec Machinists OK Bombardier Contract; Vote to Strike at Airbus

MONTREAL, Quebec—After months of negotiations with two semi-related aircraft manufacturers, one group of International Association of Machinists members voted Apr. 27 to ratify the proposed contract, while the other rejected it. The about 3,200 Bombardier employees working on the CRJ aircraft program approved a three-year agreement retroactive to Nov. 30 by a 2–1 margin. But…

NY Senate Slates Hearings on Farm-workers Fair Labor Practices Act
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NY Senate Slates Hearings on Farm-workers Fair Labor Practices Act

Albany, N.Y.—Two state senators have scheduled three public hearings on the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, a bill that would give farmworkers collective-bargaining rights, overtime pay, and at least one day a week off, and make them eligible for unemployment benefits and workers’ compensation. “It’s very important that we hear from farmers and farm workers…

GM Closed Lordstown After UAW Agreed to $118 Million in Concessions
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GM Closed Lordstown After UAW Agreed to $118 Million in Concessions

Lordstown, Ohio—Three weeks after General Motors suspended production at its factory here, workers at the United Auto Workers Local 1112 union hall were livid. They agreed to make $118 million a year in concessions to save the plant in mid-2017, only to see it idled, possibly forever. “Everything they asked us to do, we did,”…

AFSCME Reports Membership Gains, Fewer Fee-Payers
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AFSCME Reports Membership Gains, Fewer Fee-Payers

Washington—In its first annual report to the Department of Labor since the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it gained more than 9,000 dues-paying members and 18,600 dues-paying retirees. However, it said the total number of members and fee-paying nonmembers it represents declined by…

Maine Unions Oppose Proposed Minimum-Wage Cuts
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Maine Unions Oppose Proposed Minimum-Wage Cuts

AUGUSTA, Me.—The Maine House Committee on Labor and Housing heard testimony March 18 on six bills that would roll back the minimum-wage increase the state’s voters enacted in 2016. One proposed measure would cut the minimum from $11 to $10 an hour and repeal the annual cost-of-living increases approved in 2016, while the others would…

Unions Urge Cuomo to Restore School-Bus Drivers’ Rights
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Unions Urge Cuomo to Restore School-Bus Drivers’ Rights

ALBANY, N.Y.—Three New York union leaders are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include a provision restoring labor protections for school-bus workers in the state’s budget. The three—Michael Cordiello, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, state AFL-CIO head Mario Cilento, and Hotel Trades Council leader Peter Ward, want him to revive the “employee protection provision”…

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