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Pennsylvania Nursing-Home Chain Won’t Recognize Union Contracts
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Pennsylvania Nursing-Home Chain Won’t Recognize Union Contracts

BANGOR, Pa.—A Cleveland-based company in the process of taking over more than 10 Pennsylvania nursing homes is refusing to recognize their contracts with SEIU Healthcare, sparking fears among workers that their job security and benefits are on the chopping block. Saber Healthcare Group has already frozen wages at four facilities, SEIU spokesperson Jenn Landolina Wood…

Canadian Pacific Rail Train Operators on Strike
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Canadian Pacific Rail Train Operators on Strike

MONTREAL, Quebec—Canadian Pacific Rail’s more than 3,000 train operators went on strike on the night of late May 29, affecting intercity passenger and freight service from Montreal to Vancouver. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said it is “willing to remain at the bargaining table during the strike,” and talks continued with the aid of federal…

Oaxaca Teachers Say Strike Closes 10,000 Schools
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Oaxaca Teachers Say Strike Closes 10,000 Schools

OAXACA, Mexico—Thousands of teachers in Oaxaca occupied the city’s zócalo central plaza May 28, the first day of a strike union leaders said would continue indefinitely. An estimated 20,000 teachers marched through the surrounding streets during the afternoon rush hour, blocking traffic for several hours. Eloy López Hernández, secretary general of Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores…

Staten Island Nurses Rally for Safer Staffing
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Staten Island Nurses Rally for Safer Staffing

NEW YORK, N.Y.—About 50 nurses and supporters demonstrated outside Staten Island University Hospital June 10, calling on the state legislature to pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act. The bill would set nurse-to-patient ratios for hospitals such as 1:2 in intensive-care units and 1:1 in operating rooms, trauma emergency, and the latter stages of…

Workers’ Comp System ‘Is Failing Workers’
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Workers’ Comp System ‘Is Failing Workers’

WASHINGTON—The workers’ compensation system that covers an estimated 129 million people “is failing workers—especially low-wage workers in dangerous industries,” Deborah Berkowitz, head of the National Employment Law Project’s worker health and safety program, wrote in WC Magazine June 1. The state-based systems are supposed to pay injured workers’ medical and rehab bills and reimburse them…

Nabisco Unilaterally Imposes Contract, Axing Pensions
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Nabisco Unilaterally Imposes Contract, Axing Pensions

PORTLAND, Ore.—The Mondelēz International corporation announced May 23 that it would end pensions for about 2,000 workers at Nabisco bakeries, unilaterally implementing parts of a contract offer their union had rejected.  The company, which has not negotiated with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers union since their last contract expired two years ago, had…

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