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Flint Water, Immigrant Child Cages: Prosecute Abusive Public Officials
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Flint Water, Immigrant Child Cages: Prosecute Abusive Public Officials

National Report from Washington–A monthly Series exclusive to LaborPress by Robert Weiner, Ben Lasky, and on this piece Madeline Cusick Unlike the private sector, where white collar criminals like conmen Bernie Madoff, and Enron’s Kenneth Lay and Jeffery Skilling went to jail, public officials have often gotten by unscathed for abuses of power.  People occupying…

Building Trades’ Inflatable Rat Meets Villanova Wildcat
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Building Trades’ Inflatable Rat Meets Villanova Wildcat

RADNOR, Pa.—Members of the Sheet Metal Workers of Philadelphia brought a 12-foot inflatable rat to the home of the Villanova Wildcats Oct. 30, protesting the university’s use of nonunion laborers on its new Performing Arts Center. The nonunion Delaware contractor brought in to finish the project will pay its workers “easily” at least $8,000 less…

Union Leader Says Canadian Postal Strike Could Be a Long One
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Union Leader Says Canadian Postal Strike Could Be a Long One

CALGARY, Alberta—The rotating strikes by Canada Post workers look like they’ll continue for some time, a regional union head told the Global News network Nov. 3. Talks involving a federal mediator ended Nov. 2 without much progress on issues of health and safety concerns, workload, staffing, and wages, Gord Fischer, the Canadian Union of Postal…

IBEW Local Promises to Train 500 Detroit Residents
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IBEW Local Promises to Train 500 Detroit Residents

DETROIT, Mich.—International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 58 has agreed to bring at least 500 Detroit residents into its apprenticeship programs over the next 10 years, Mayor Mike Duggan’s office announced Nov. 1. The union signed a nonbinding deal to participate in the city’s Skilled Trades Employment Program, pledging to have 25% of its apprentices…

Teamsters Organize 7th XPO Logistics Center
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Teamsters Organize 7th XPO Logistics Center

CINNAMINSON, N.J.—The Teamsters Union won a small victory in its efforts to organize drivers at XPO Logistics, Inc. in late October, when drivers at the company’s facility in Cinnaminson, N.J., voted 19-4 to join Local 107. The union said it won “despite the company’s vicious anti-worker campaign in which they used in-house union busters.” “The…

United Steelworkers, ArcelorMittal Have Deal
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United Steelworkers, ArcelorMittal Have Deal

Washington, DC – United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal have reached a tentative four-year labor agreement. The USW issued this statement indicating a tentative agreement has been reached. “The proposed four-year agreement mirrors the industry standard on wages, lump-sum payments and pensions and maintains or improves our existing health insurance benefits for active and retired Steelworkers and…

Brown, Georgetown Grad Employees File for Union Elections
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Brown, Georgetown Grad Employees File for Union Elections

Grad employees at Brown University and Georgetown University have given notice of their intent to hold union elections. This will set the stage for union  recognition. At Brown, a strong majority of the 1,250 graduate employees have indicated support for their union, Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees, and at Georgetown, a similarly robust majority…

A new NLRB decision will open up unions to more lawsuits
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A new NLRB decision will open up unions to more lawsuits

Reprinted from: Ucomm Radio The new policy says that Unions that don’t properly process workers’ grievances will now be presumptivelynlrb considered liable unless they can prove otherwise, a change that could cause a major increase in litigation. Similarly, a union’s failure to keep a worker fully apprised of its efforts to pursue a grievance “constitutes…

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