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AFT Rips Betsy DeVos’ ‘Insane’ Guns-for-Teachers Plan
Education, Finance, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, National

AFT Rips Betsy DeVos’ ‘Insane’ Guns-for-Teachers Plan

WASHINGTON—A possible Education Department plan to use federal funds to buy teachers guns is “insane,” American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said in a statement Aug. 23. The plan, reported by the New York Times Aug. 22, would enable states to use money from federal Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants to purchase weapons…

Gig-Economy Firms Lobby California Dems to Void Court Ruling
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Gig-Economy Firms Lobby California Dems to Void Court Ruling

SACRAMENTO, CA.—Several leading gig-economy companies, including Uber and Lyft, are lobbying California’s top Democrats to take action that would blunt a court ruling that makes it much harder for them to claim their workers are “independent contractors” and not employees. The California Supreme Court’s April ruling in Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of…

U.S. Labor Dept Allows Employers to Avoid Prosecution
Building Trades, Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

U.S. Labor Dept Allows Employers to Avoid Prosecution

NEW YORK, N.Y.  – New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor for failing to respond to her requests to review records  concerning a new program that allows employers who violate labor laws to  avoid prosecution and penalties. The suit asks the court to compel the Federal…

Nassau County Opens Hotline for Wage-Theft Complaints
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Nassau County Opens Hotline for Wage-Theft Complaints

MINEOLA, N.Y.—Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman announced on Aug. 2 that the county was launching a hotline for workers to report county vendors that are failing to pay their employees the county’s “living wage.” The number, (516) 571-WAGE, is available in both English and Spanish. Staff at the comptroller’s office will answer it during business…

California Court Rules San Diego Pension Cuts Shouldn’t Have Been on Ballot
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California Court Rules San Diego Pension Cuts Shouldn’t Have Been on Ballot

SAN DIEGO, CA.—The California Supreme Court ruled that San Diego’s 2012 initiative eliminating pensions for future city workers was not legally placed on the ballot. The court held that the measure, which replaced pensions with 401(k)-style plans for all newly hired city workers except police officers, should not have been on the ballot because then-Mayor…

1199 and NYC Hospitals Settle Contract
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

1199 and NYC Hospitals Settle Contract

NEW YORK, N.Y. – 1199 SEIU and the League of Voluntary Hospitals have settled a contract covering over 112,000 healthcare workers in New York City. The agreement protects health and childcare benefits, increases money to a struggling pension, and adds temp workers to the union. The  agreement includes an outstanding healthcare plan free of  co-pays or premiums….

CWA: Working on Electrical Equipment Requires Qualified Personnel
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CWA: Working on Electrical Equipment Requires Qualified Personnel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Skilled CWA telecommunications workers have been outspoken that moving electrical equipment on poles is dangerous work. A nationwide “One Touch, Make Ready” (OTMR) policy being considered by the FCC would allow companies to add or remove equipment to a utility pole without using qualified personnel. Dangerous mistakes while working on electrical equipment…

CWA, IBEW Reach Tentative 4-Year Contract Extension With Verizon
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CWA, IBEW Reach Tentative 4-Year Contract Extension With Verizon

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Verizon has reached a tentative deal with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to extend their current contract from 2019 to 2023. If ratified, the agreement would raise wages by a total of 11.2%. It will cover about 34,000 workers, primarily wireline workers in New York, New Jersey,…

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