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Washington State Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay for Salaried Workers
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Washington State Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay for Salaried Workers

OLYMPIA, Wash.—The Washington Department of Labor and Industries proposed a rule change June 5 that would extend eligibility for overtime pay to more than 250,000 workers. The rule would gradually raise the minimum salary where administrative workers can be denied time-and-a-half pay from the current federal standard of $23,660 a year to 2.5 times the…

Bill to Pre-Empt Local Labor Laws Dies in Texas Legislature
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Bill to Pre-Empt Local Labor Laws Dies in Texas Legislature

AUSTIN, Tex.—A bill to prohibit local governments from enacting paid sick-leave laws and other labor protections stronger than the state’s died May 27 when it failed to pass the state House before the legislative session ended. The Consistent Employment Regulations Act, sponsored by state Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), would have voided the paid-sick-leave laws enacted…

Airport Contractor Cheats Workers
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Airport Contractor Cheats Workers

BOSTON, MASS.  – Local 32BJ has alleged nonpayment of wages and earned sick time violations against Flight Services & Systems Inc. FSS is an Ohio-based company that provides non-TSA related security, wheelchair assistance, and other services for airlines. As a result of an investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, citations totaling $74,250 in penalties…

NY Unions Push for Law Giving Farmworkers Rights
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NY Unions Push for Law Giving Farmworkers Rights

ALBANY, N.Y.—With Democrats controlling the New York State Legislature for the first time in more than 50 years, state Senate Labor Committee chair Jessica Ramos (D-Queens) hopes to pass a bill that would give the state’s 80,000 to 100,000 farmworkers the protections other workers have had since the 1930s. “We must ensure that farmworkers are…

Westchester Day Laborers Win $370G in Wage-Theft Case
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Westchester Day Laborers Win $370G in Wage-Theft Case

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—A federal court in from Westchester County has awarded about $373,000 to three day laborers cheated out of pay by a construction contractor. “This case stands out for the magnitude of the wages that were stolen from these workers,” Robert McCreanor, legal director for the Worker Justice Center of New York and lead…

Ironworkers Raise $128G for Families of Workers Killed in Crane Collapse
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Ironworkers Raise $128G for Families of Workers Killed in Crane Collapse

SEATTLE, Wash.—The Ironworkers union has raised more than $128,000 in donations for the families of two members killed when a tower crane collapsed in downtown Seattle April 27. The Ironworkers USA Credit Union set up a fund to assist the families of Travis Corbet, 33, a member of Local 29 in Portland, Oregon, and Andrew…

NLRB Orders Palms Casino to Bargain with Culinary and Bartenders Unions
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NLRB Orders Palms Casino to Bargain with Culinary and Bartenders Unions

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Station Casinos’ Palms Casino Resort to recognize and bargain with the Culinary and Bartenders Unions, the two unions announced May 22. The board voted unanimously May 13 to certify the April 2018 election in which the workers voted by a 5–1 margin to join the Culinary…

Musicians’ Pension Fund Says It’s Going Broke
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Musicians’ Pension Fund Says It’s Going Broke

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Retired musicians are joining truckers and miners in singing the financial blues. The American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund announced May 24, that it is applying to the Treasury Department to reduce benefits on the grounds that it has entered “critical and declining” status.  That “means the Fund is projected to…

NYC Comptroller Questions Con Ed Energy Plan
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NYC Comptroller Questions Con Ed Energy Plan

New York, NY — New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer called on Con Edison to proactively invest in green energy and energy efficiency instead of doubling down on fossil fuel infrastructure. The Comptroller sent a letter to Con Edison demanding the company produce evidence to support their threat of a natural gas moratorium should the Williams…

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