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Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel’s Two-Tier Contract Offer ‘Insulting’
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Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel’s Two-Tier Contract Offer ‘Insulting’

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—With the United Steelworkers’ contracts with two major steelmakers expiring at midnight Sept. 1, U.S. Steel has proposed a seven-year deal that would cut wages and benefits for future hires—and phase out raises for all workers in favor of profit-sharing bonuses. The proposal would give the more than 16,000 union employees signing bonuses of…

Alaska City Workers Protest Expired Contracts
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Alaska City Workers Protest Expired Contracts

FAIRBANKS, Alaska—About 100 people rallied in a park across from City Hall here Aug. 23 to protest that the city’s firefighters, police, and office staff are all working under expired contracts. “If you can’t bargain in good faith, you need to go,” Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami declared, in comments aimed at an apparently absent…

N.E. Pa. Unions Revive Labor Day Festivities
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N.E. Pa. Unions Revive Labor Day Festivities

WILKES-BARRE, Pa.—Labor unions in northeast Pennsylvania are reviving the annual Labor Day parade and festivities, which drew thousands of people to downtown Wilkes-Barre in the early 20th century before fading out in the 1930s. The Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council’s 6th Annual NEPA Labor Day Celebration and Festival Sept. 3 will open with a parade and…

S.F. Tech-Shuttle Companies Hire Scab Drivers—Before Strike Vote
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S.F. Tech-Shuttle Companies Hire Scab Drivers—Before Strike Vote

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—After tech-shuttle drivers in San Francisco rejected a contract offer in mid-August, the two companies involved began training strikebreaker drivers—even though Teamsters Local 853 members have not authorized a walkout. “This is really extraordinary, considering the members have not voted to strike,” Doug Bloch, political director of Teamsters Joint Council 7, told the…

Denver Airport Workers Launch Ballot Initiative for $15 an Hour
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Denver Airport Workers Launch Ballot Initiative for $15 an Hour

DENVER, Colo.—Workers at Denver International Airport launched a campaign to win a $15-an-hour minimum wage with a rally Aug. 23 in front of the Denver City and County Building. Backed by UNITE HERE, they are collecting signatures to put an initiative for an airport-specific minimum on the city’s May 2019 ballot. If passed, the measure…

Machinists on Strike at Kansas Auto-Parts Company
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Machinists on Strike at Kansas Auto-Parts Company

WICHITA, Kan.—Workers at a Wichita auto-parts retailer and warehouse went out on strike Aug. 17, the morning after they’d rejected the company’s final contract offer by a 35-2 vote. International Association of Machinists District 70 President Cornell Beard told the Wichita Eagle that Garnett Auto Supply and Jobbers Automotive Warehouse had been demanding “all take-aways”…

1199 Rallies Against ‘Intimidation’ at W. Va. Hospital
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1199 Rallies Against ‘Intimidation’ at W. Va. Hospital

HUNTINGTON, W. Va.—About 200 people in purple Service Employees International Union Local 1199 T-shirts marched past St. Mary’s Medical Center Aug. 13, where management has resisted its campaign to organize workers. “These workers are being harassed, they’re being intimidated,” Joyce Gibson, SEIU division director for West Virginia, southern Ohio, and Kentucky, told the Huntington Herald-Dispatch….

Labor Dept. Eyes Wage Theft by Pentagon Cafeteria Contractor
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Labor Dept. Eyes Wage Theft by Pentagon Cafeteria Contractor

ARLINGTON. Va.—The contractor that manages the Pentagon’s food court is once again being probed by the Department of Labor over wage-theft allegations. Workers in the Pentagon’s cafeteria, employed by the Seven Hills food-services company, told the U.K. Guardian that department investigators have interviewed them several times, and Good Jobs Nation organizer Connie Linares said they…

Three More Towns Deny National Grid Permits Until Lockout Ends
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Three More Towns Deny National Grid Permits Until Lockout Ends

QUINCY, Mass.—Three more Massachusetts towns have announced that they will deny the National Grid gas company permits for any non-emergency work until it ends its two-month lockout of more than 1,200 union workers. On Aug. 14, Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch told the company that would be “the formal policy of my administration,” and the Melrose…

AFT Rips Betsy DeVos’ ‘Insane’ Guns-for-Teachers Plan
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AFT Rips Betsy DeVos’ ‘Insane’ Guns-for-Teachers Plan

WASHINGTON—A possible Education Department plan to use federal funds to buy teachers guns is “insane,” American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said in a statement Aug. 23. The plan, reported by the New York Times Aug. 22, would enable states to use money from federal Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants to purchase weapons…

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