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Laborers Graduate Apprentices, Urge Union-Built Affordable Housing
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Laborers Graduate Apprentices, Urge Union-Built Affordable Housing

NEW YORK, N.Y.–The about 60 Laborers International Union apprentices lined up in a side room at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in Manhattan Apr. 17, clad in brilliant saffron-orange caps and gowns.  “When you graduate, you’re part of this forever,” Local 79 apprentice coordinator Timmy Valentine told them. They marched into the cathedral’s main room, chanting…

Stop & Shop Strike Enters Day 8
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Stop & Shop Strike Enters Day 8

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—New England’s Stop & Shop strike entered its eighth day on Thursday. More than 30,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England went on strike Apr. 11, after the five United Food & Commercial Workers locals representing them rejected a contract offer from the supermarket chain that would have sharply increased their health-care costs….

More Death On The Job: ‘Somebody Needs To Speak To It’
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More Death On The Job: ‘Somebody Needs To Speak To It’

New York, NY – “Somebody needs to pass a law saying this can’t happen anymore.” That’s how Donald Nesbit, Local 372 executive vice-president, is reacting to the death of his friend since childhood, Gregory Echevarria — one of a trio of construction workers tragically killed on non-union job sites last week.  Nesbit and Echevarria grew…

NABTU Prez Calls Infrastructure Renewal ‘Critical’
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NABTU Prez Calls Infrastructure Renewal ‘Critical’

“We want all of our resources to support our value and that includesleveraging our own money while also securing competitive returns,” saidNABTU President Sean McGarvey on April 9, 2019 as McGarvey kicked off theannual North America’s Building Trades Unions’ Washington D.C. Conference. More than 2,000 construction workers and industry leaders attended thisyear’s NABTU legislative conference…

Chicago Symphony Strikers Reject ‘Final Offer’
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Chicago Symphony Strikers Reject ‘Final Offer’

CHICAGO, Ill.—Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians voted Apr. 8 to reject what the orchestra’s management called its “last, best and final offer.” “We are extremely disappointed that management refuses to hear the musicians’ concerns about a secure retirement for the musicians and a secure future for the CSO,” bassist Steve Lester, chair of the Chicago Federation of…

NewsGuild, Teamsters Urge Gannett Shareholders to Stop Alden Takeover
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NewsGuild, Teamsters Urge Gannett Shareholders to Stop Alden Takeover

WASHINGTON—In a letter released April 11, The NewsGuild-CWA and the Teamsters urged stockholders in the Gannett newspaper chain to vote for the incumbent board of directors to block a hostile takeover by what they called the “vulture hedge fund” Alden Global Capital. The two unions, which represent a total of about 1,300 workers at Gannett…

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