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San Diego County Workers Prepare for Possible Strike
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San Diego County Workers Prepare for Possible Strike

San Diego, Calif.—The largest union of San Diego County employees is preparing for a possible strike, after working almost two months under an expired contract. Service Employees International Union Local 221, which represents about 10,000 of the county’s 17,000 employees, including librarians, social workers, and nurses, announced Aug. 11 that 90% of its members had voted to authorize a walkout.

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Weekly Digest – March 10, 2015

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Wisconsin Labor Eyes Tough Future With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signing a “right to work for less” bill March 9, unions in the state are mulling their options to fight back. A spokesperson for the AFL-CIO said the federation is “looking into the possibilities” for a legal challenge,…

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Weekly Digest – March 4, 2015

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Teachers Hold ‘Call Out Cuomo’ Rally in Massena Several hundred people turned out Feb. 28 for a “Call Out Cuomo” rally in the northern New York town of Massena. The speakers, who included American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and New York State United Teachers President Karen…

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Weekly Digest – February 27, 2015

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Wisconsin Senate Passes Union-Busting Bill By a 17-15 vote, the Wisconsin state Senate passed a bill outlawing the union shop Feb. 25, as about 2,000 people protested in and around the state capitol. The bill would make it a crime to require private-sector workers who aren't in a…

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Weekly Digest – February 24, 2015

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Jersey Judge Rules Christie Can’t Cut Pension Payments New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie must restore $1.57 billion he cut from payments to the state’s retirement fund for public workers, state Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled Feb. 23. The ruling came in a suit by several government workers’…

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Weekly Digest – February 20, 2015

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Walmart to Raise Its Minimum Wage to $9 Walmart, the largest private employer in the country, announced Feb. 19 that it would increase its minimum wage to $9 an hour by April. The company said that will mean raises for about 40 percent of its 1.3 million workers,…

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Weekly Digest – February 18, 2015

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel SUNY Cops Push for Pension Parity Police union officials say the State University of New York is having a hard time keeping campus police officers because their pensions are inadequate compared to those of other police. SUNY cops currently have to work until they are 63 before they…

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Weekly Digest – February 13, 2015

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Walker Caught Lying About ‘Teacher of the Year’ Late last month, Wisconsin Gov.Scott Walker told an Iowa audience that the state’s “outstanding teacher of the year” in 2010-11 had been laid off because union seniority rules. He was lying. The woman he mentioned had won a very obscure…

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