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Weekly Digest – January 21, 2015

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Richest 1% Own Half World’s Wealth The world’s richest 1% will own more than everyone else on the planet combined by next year, according to a report released Jan. 19 by the British anti-hunger group Oxfam. With an average wealth of $2.7 million per adult in 2014, they…

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Weekly Digest – January 14, 2015

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel AFL-CIO Plans Push for Wage Increases “Raising wages is the single standard by which leadership will be judged,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced Jan. 7. The federation’s political agenda for the next year, he said, will include projects in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina—the first four…

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Weekly Digest – January 7, 2015

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Two More Kentucky Counties Ban Union Shop Two small Kentucky counties enacted local laws banning the union shop Dec. 30. Simpson and Fulton counties, both on the Tennessee border, followed Warren County in approving a so-called right-to-work law. They are the first local governments in the nation to…

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Weekly Digest – December 31, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 21 States Raising Minimum Wage Twenty-one states, more than any at one time in U.S. history, will raise their minimum wage this week. Washington’s minimum will go up to $9.47 per hour, and workers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont will get $9 or more. The…

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Weekly Digest – December 24, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel NLRB Says McDonald’s Retaliated The National Labor Relations Board filed 13 complaints against McDonald’s on Dec. 19, alleging that it illegally retaliated against workers who took part in protests demanding higher wages. The cases are the first time the board has held the company to be a “joint…

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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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