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Nevada Assembly Votes to Reverse Prevailing-Wage Rollbacks
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Nevada Assembly Votes to Reverse Prevailing-Wage Rollbacks

CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada state Assembly voted Apr. 29 to repeal a 2015 state law that weakened the state’s prevailing wage requirements. Assembly Bill 136, which passed on a 28-12 party-line vote, would reverse the 2015 law’s reducing wages for school construction projects to 90% of the local prevailing wage, eliminate its exemption for charter-school…

NYC Continues Insuffient Oversight of Foster System
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

NYC Continues Insuffient Oversight of Foster System

New York, NY – New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has released a report indicate serious concerns about procedures at the City’s Administration for Children’s Services.  The Comptroller’s audit found that ACS performs insufficient oversight of the foster system that leads to the improper certification of foster homes across New York City. The report found…

South Carolina Teachers March in State Capital
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South Carolina Teachers March in State Capital

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Chanting “We teach. We vote,” about South Carolina 10,000 teachers and supporters marched on the Statehouse May 1 to call for higher salaries, smaller classes, and more state funding for education. Organized by SC for Ed with less than two weeks’ notice, teachers took personal days off to attend, forcing seven school districts with…

Shortage of Playgrounds in NYC
Environment and Energy, Features, Finance, New York

Shortage of Playgrounds in NYC

New York, NY — New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has documented a severe shortage of playgrounds in New York City. Also many are substandard and unsafe. In the Comptroller’s recent report, “State of Play: A New Model for NYC Playgrounds,” there are neighborhoods in the city lacking playgrounds for children. There is a particular shortage in…

Quebec Machinists OK Bombardier Contract; Vote to Strike at Airbus
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Quebec Machinists OK Bombardier Contract; Vote to Strike at Airbus

MONTREAL, Quebec—After months of negotiations with two semi-related aircraft manufacturers, one group of International Association of Machinists members voted Apr. 27 to ratify the proposed contract, while the other rejected it. The about 3,200 Bombardier employees working on the CRJ aircraft program approved a three-year agreement retroactive to Nov. 30 by a 2–1 margin. But…

D.C. Charter School Teachers Say ‘Union Yes’
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D.C. Charter School Teachers Say ‘Union Yes’

Washington, DC — Over 80 percent of teachers and staff at Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School have signed authorization cards to join the American Federation of Teachers— The petition at the high-performing school in the Truxton Circle neighborhood comes after a monthslong organizing effort to honor the school’s values of collaboration and cooperation and…

Neal’s Hard Choices on Healthcare to Lead Top Issue
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Neal’s Hard Choices on Healthcare to Lead Top Issue

National Report from Washington–A monthly Series exclusive to LaborPress The number one issue in the congressional elections of 2018 was health care and could be again in 2020.   Workers and unions have always understood that they will be the ones paying for healthcare for families if the government does not. Right now it’s a…

RWDSU Organizing Workers In The South
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RWDSU Organizing Workers In The South

Camilla, Georgia – Eighteen hundred poultry workers at the Equity / Tyson plant in Camilla, Georgia have ratified a new contract. These are members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).  According to the union, the contract was approved by 97 percent of the members at the plant and set a new standard for poultry workers in the South….

The NewsGuild and Teamsters Warn Gannett Shareholders about Alden Global Capital
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The NewsGuild and Teamsters Warn Gannett Shareholders about Alden Global Capital

Washington, DC – In a letter recently released, The NewsGuild-CWA and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters urged Gannett shareholders to reject the slate of directors nominated by vulture hedge fund Alden Global Capital. Through its subsidiary MNG Enterprises, Alden made a hostile bid to buy Gannett (NYSE:GCI) in January 2019. The offer was rejected in…

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