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Kentucky Education Head Seeks Names of Teachers in Sickout
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Kentucky Education Head Seeks Names of Teachers in Sickout

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis has asked local school officials to turn over the names of teachers who called in sick on the days that sickouts forced them to close, according to email obtained by the Louisville Courier Journal. The sickouts, protesting pending state legislation to change the teachers’ pension plan and give parents…

Walmart Mexico Agrees to 5.5% Raise, but Strike Still Possible
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Walmart Mexico Agrees to 5.5% Raise, but Strike Still Possible

MEXICO CITY, Mexico—Walmart de Mexico has reached a deal with the Revolutionary Confederation of Laborers and Farmworkers (CROC) union to raise about 8,000 store workers’ pay by 5.5%, both sides announced on March 14. The deal, which would also give workers a bonus if the company meets annual sales targets, was supposed to avert a…

Stop & Shop Workers Rally Against ‘Draconian’ Cuts
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Stop & Shop Workers Rally Against ‘Draconian’ Cuts

CHICOPEE, Mass.—Hundreds of union members and their supporters rallied March 20 outside a Stop & Shop supermarket here, demanding that the company drop demands for cuts in their overtime pay, health and pension benefits, and vacation time. “This is the most draconian contract proposal we have ever had,” Jeff Jones, a business representative and organizer…

Dealers at 4 Vegas Casinos Join UAW
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Dealers at 4 Vegas Casinos Join UAW

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Almost 1,500 gaming workers at four Las Vegas casinos have voted to join the United Auto Workers, the union announced March 17. The vote at Bally’s, Harrah’s, Paris, and the Wynn Dealers will give them “a strong voice in the workplace,” UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson said in a statement, and will bring…

NYC to Set Up Credit Bank for Women Entrepreneurs
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NYC to Set Up Credit Bank for Women Entrepreneurs

New York, NY – New York City has launched a  program designed to help women entrepreneurs access affordable lines of credit. The new program, called WE Credit, will provide up to 250 women entrepreneurs with lines of credit averaging $50,000 at below-market interest rates. WE Credit is made possible through a public-private partnership between the City, Goldman Sachs, Squarespace…

City Announces $2.8 Million in Funding for Cultural Organizations
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City Announces $2.8 Million in Funding for Cultural Organizations

New York, NY – Over $2.8 million in additional funding will be allocated to over 175 cultural organizations in underserved communities. This funding is being made available thanks to an agreement allowing the Metropolitan Museum of Art to charge mandatory admission to visitors from outside of New York State in exchange for sharing a portion of the…

Michigan Nurses Association Munson RNs Ratify First Contract
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Michigan Nurses Association Munson RNs Ratify First Contract

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— More than 1,000 nurses at Munson Medical Center have voted to ratify their first contract with the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) The nurses led a massive community organizing campaign backed by the American Federation of Teachers. Also in support of unionizing hospital employees were the Traverse City’s mayor and a majority of patients who rely…

Mississippi House Votes to Quadruple Raise for Teachers
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Mississippi House Votes to Quadruple Raise for Teachers

JACKSON, Miss.—The Mississippi House voted March 11 to increase teachers’ pay by $4,000 over the next two years, four times the $500-a-year raises previously approved by the state Senate. Rep. Steve Holland, an independent from the Tupelo area, said he proposed the amendment to the teacher-pay bill after he visited a grandchild’s elementary school and…

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