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Weekly Digest – August 14, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Chicago Guitar Center Workers Vote for Union Workers at a Guitar Center store in Chicago voted Aug. 9 to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. It’s the second Guitar Center where employees have joined the RWDSU, which may take the organizing campaign national. The $2 billion…

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Weekly Digest – August 8, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Walmart Empire Strikes Back Walmart has fired about two dozen workers who joined a one-week strike in early June, and issued warnings to about another 35. Brandon Garrett, a worker from Baker, Louisiana, was fired June 28, three weeks after he joined OUR Walmart members protesting at the…

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Weekly Digest – August 1, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Fast-Food Workers Stage One-Day Strike Chanting “Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages super-size,” fast-food workers in New York and five other cities staged a one-day strike July 29, demanding a raise to $15 an hour and the right to join unions without retaliation. “I can’t…

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Weekly Digest – July 17, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel   Obama Picks Two for NLRB After Senate Filibuster Deal President Obama chose two longtime labor lawyers for the National Labor Relations Board July 16: Nancy Schiffer, a retired AFL-CIO attorney, and Kent Hirozawa, counsel to the NLRB’s chair. The appointments came after Senate Republicans agreed to stop…

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Weekly Digest – July 10, 2013

Compilied By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Walmart, Other Chains Release Rival Bangladesh Safety Plan Seventeen major American retailers who refused to sign a safety accord for factories in Bangladesh released their own rival plan July 10. The 17, including Walmart, Target, J.C. Penney, Gap, Sears, and Macy’s, objected to the legally binding Accord on…

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Weekly Digest – July 3, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Bay Area Rapid Transit Workers Strike Bay Area Rapid Transit System workers went on strike July 1 for the first time in 16 years, as almost 2,400 members of the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Service Employees International Union walked out after negotiations broke down. The workers have…

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Weekly Digest – June 26, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Bay Area Transit Workers Authorize Strike The two largest unions in California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system have voted almost unanimously to authorize a strike, officials said June 26. With their contracts expiring Sunday night, the unions—Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555,…

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Weekly Digest – June 19, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Turkish Unions Strike to Support Protesters Turkish labor unions staged a one-day strike June 17 to support protesters against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule. Two labor groups that represent about 330,000 workers held rallies in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and other cities after a weekend in…

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Weekly Digest – June 12, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal for Picketing Ban The U.S. Supreme Court June 10 refused to review a California court decision that the state’s laws letting unions picket on private property are constitutional. The owners of the Ralphs supermarket chain had filed a suit against the United Food…

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Weekly Digest – June 5, 2013

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Connecticut Workers Win Case Against Layoffs Almost ten years after former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland laid off about 2,800 union state workers, a federal appeals court ruled they were illegally dismissed. Rowland axed the workers after union leaders refused to accept a wage freeze, while non-union employees…

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