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Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally
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Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally

LAKELAND, Fla.—The Florida Department of Education’s lead lawyer warned teachers Jan. 10 that if enough of them took Jan. 13 off to go to a union rally in Tallahassee, they could be fired for participating in an illegal strike. The warning came after Polk County Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd told the department that she expected between…

Montreal Airport Refuelers on Strike
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Montreal Airport Refuelers on Strike

MONTREAL, QUEBEC—More than 100 workers who refuel the planes at two Montreal airports went on strike Dec. 31, after working under an expired contract since August. Swissport Canada, the airports’ refueling contractor, immediately complained to the federal Canada Industrial Relations Board that their union, the International Association of Machinists, was negotiating in bad faith. The…

Hoffa Joins ASARCO Strikers on Picket Line
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Hoffa Joins ASARCO Strikers on Picket Line

TUCSON, Ariz.—Teamsters General President James Hoffa joined striking ASARCO workers the picket line in Sahuarita Dec. 29, telling them their struggle is an “a national strike.” “This company is owned by a Mexican company that’s exploiting the American workers,” he said. “They haven’t had a raise in 10 years… and this is from a company,…

Step Up – War with Iran is a Disaster for Working People Everywhere
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Step Up – War with Iran is a Disaster for Working People Everywhere

New York, NY – This past weekend, opponents of Trump’s lunatic drive for more war moved swiftly to denounce the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleiman and the administration’s disastrous push for further military intervention in the Middle East. Additional acts of civil disobedience and protest will continue in NYC and around the country…

Uber and Postmates Sue to Kill California Gig-Economy Law
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Uber and Postmates Sue to Kill California Gig-Economy Law

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Uber and Postmates filed a suit in federal court Dec. 30 arguing that California’s new law limiting when employers can classify workers as “independent contractors.” The suit against the state of California and Attorney General Xavier Becerra calls the Assembly Bill 5 law, which went into effect Jan. 1, an “irrational and unconstitutional…

NY Farm Trade Groups Sue to Block State Labor Law
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NY Farm Trade Groups Sue to Block State Labor Law

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Two farmers’ trade associations filed a lawsuit in federal court in Buffalo Dec. 30 to stop New York State’s new farm-labor law from going into effect Jan. 1. The Northeast Dairy Producers Association and the New York State Vegetable Growers Association argue that the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act is unclear about who qualifies…

With State Workers Contracts Expired, Missouri Stops Dues Checkoff
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With State Workers Contracts Expired, Missouri Stops Dues Checkoff

COLUMBIA, Mo.—Missouri has stopped collecting union dues from the paychecks of state employees working under expired contracts. The change comes from a rule established last May, state Office of Administration accounting director Stacy Neal told the Missouri Correction Officers Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the Communications Workers of America in letters dated Dec….

Seattle ‘Secure Scheduling’ Statute Sees Some Success
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Seattle ‘Secure Scheduling’ Statute Sees Some Success

SEATTLE, Wash.—The percentage of Seattle workers who got their schedules at two weeks in advance went up by about 20% after the city’s “secure scheduling” law went into effect, according to a survey released Dec. 27 by the city auditor’s office. The law requires retail and restaurant chains to give employees their schedules at least…

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