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NYC To Reform Tax System
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NYC To Reform Tax System

NEW YORK, NY — Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Johnson announced the formation of an advisory commission to reform New York City’s property tax system. The group will be co-chaired by Vicki Been and Marc Shaw. The commission will be holding at least 10 public hearings.

Nabisco Unilaterally Imposes Contract, Axing Pensions
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Nabisco Unilaterally Imposes Contract, Axing Pensions

PORTLAND, Ore.—The Mondelēz International corporation announced May 23 that it would end pensions for about 2,000 workers at Nabisco bakeries, unilaterally implementing parts of a contract offer their union had rejected.  The company, which has not negotiated with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers union since their last contract expired two years ago, had…

Missouri Dilutes Prevailing-Wage Law; Passes ‘Paycheck Deception’
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Missouri Dilutes Prevailing-Wage Law; Passes ‘Paycheck Deception’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—Just before its session ended May 19, the Missouri legislature passed bills to weaken the state’s prevailing-wage law and make it harder for public-sector unions to collect dues. The Senate approved the prevailing-wage measure by 22-9 May 18, while the House, which had voted to repeal prevailing wage completely in March, passed it…

Michigan Court Puts Hold on Prevailing-Wage Repeal
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Michigan Court Puts Hold on Prevailing-Wage Repeal

LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Supreme Court on May 15 suspended a lower-court ruling that would have cleared the way to put an initiative to repeal the state’s prevailing-wage law on the November ballot. A state appeals court had ordered the Board of State Canvassers to certify petition signatures for the initiative, but the high-court ruling puts…

Michigan Court Orders Prevailing-Wage Repeal on Ballot
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Michigan Court Orders Prevailing-Wage Repeal on Ballot

LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered state election officials to certify a measure to repeal the state’s prevailing-wage law for the November ballot. A three-judge panel unanimously held that the Board of State Canvassers had wrongly disqualified the petition because people collecting signatures for it had listed non-residential buildings as their addresses. Judge…

Delaware Legislators Probe Job-Training Program for Wage Theft
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Delaware Legislators Probe Job-Training Program for Wage Theft

DOVER, Del.—A state-subsidized “pre-apprenticeship” program had participants work for free while giving them inadequate credentials to get building-trades jobs, Delaware state legislators said May 7. The Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware’s HomeWorks program received more than $167,000 in state funds, state Labor Department education head Stacey Laing told the state Senate Labor Committee, with more…

Federal Judge Nixes Teachers Union’s Suit to Stop Attack Video
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Federal Judge Nixes Teachers Union’s Suit to Stop Attack Video

DETROIT, Mich.—A federal judge on May 8 once again rejected a request by the American Federation of Teachers to stop Project Veritas from releasing information it obtained by sending a spy to work as an intern at the union’s Michigan affiliate under a false name. U.S. District Judge Linda Parker, citing the First Amendment, denied…

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