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Postal Workers Union Endorses Sanders; UNITE HERE Local Backs Him & Warren
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Postal Workers Union Endorses Sanders; UNITE HERE Local Backs Him & Warren

WASHINGTON—Citing his opposition to privatizing mail service, the American Postal Workers Union endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the Democratic presidential nomination on Jan. 30. “We’re pleased that a number of presidential candidates have taken positions and actions supportive of postal workers and expanding union rights,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement. “But when…

House to Vote Thursday on Landmark Labor Bill
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House to Vote Thursday on Landmark Labor Bill

WASHINGTON—The House it scheduled to vote Thursday, Feb. 6 on a landmark labor bill that would greatly expand workers’ rights to form and keep unions, from outlawing the replacement of strikers to voiding state laws banning the union shop. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019, sponsored by House Education and Labor Committee…

NYC Housing Plan Leaves Behind Lowest-Income Households
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NYC Housing Plan Leaves Behind Lowest-Income Households

New York, NY – The ‘affordable’ housing created by the City’s Housing New York plan is too expensive for at least 435,000 of the city’s lowest-income households.  New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has released an analysis of the City’s plan that indicates only one-third of the newly-constructed housing units through the end of FY…

Locked-Out Canadian Oil Workers Blockade Refinery
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Locked-Out Canadian Oil Workers Blockade Refinery

REGINA, Saskatchewan—Workers locked out of the Co-op Refinery Complex here since Dec. 5 have begun blockading the refinery to prevent strikebreakers from getting in and trucks from getting out. Federated Co-operatives Limited locked out the about 800 workers after Unifor Local 594 rejected a contract offer that would end FCL’s contributions to workers’ pensions and…

Virginia Teachers Rally for More School Funding
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Virginia Teachers Rally for More School Funding

RICHMOND, Va.—More than 2,000 red-clad teachers and supporters rallied outside the state capitol Jan. 27, calling on the state government to increase school funding and pay teachers more. “It is time, it is time, it is past time to fund our future!” Virginia Education Association President Jim Livingston called out. While the state raised teachers’…

Union Labor to Build Virginia Offshore Wind Farm
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Union Labor to Build Virginia Offshore Wind Farm

RICHMOND, Va.—A massive planned offshore wind farm will be built by union labor, the Dominion Energy company and three building-trades unions announced Jan. 29. Dominion, the Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the Laborers International Union of North America Mid-Atlantic Region said they would negotiate a project…

Seattle Nurses End 3-Day Strike; Hospital Keeps Scabs on for Weekend
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Seattle Nurses End 3-Day Strike; Hospital Keeps Scabs on for Weekend

SEATTLE, Wash.—Some 7,800 nurses and caregivers at Swedish Medical Center’s seven Seattle-area facilities went on strike from Jan. 28-31 after working without a contract for almost six months. Key issues for their union, Service Employees International Union Healthcare 1199NW, include understaffing, inadequate equipment and poor security. However, management at the hospital chain said it would…

Brooklyn Bicycle Lanes
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Brooklyn Bicycle Lanes

New York, NY — NYC planning more bike lanes in Brooklyn. This plan will include lanes along 4th Avenue north to Barclays Center and along Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, connecting the Williamsburg Bridge to the new Kosciusko Bridge bike path.  “I can’t imagine a better place to kick off this year’s Green Wave than my beloved Brooklyn,” said Mayor…

Illinois Cannabis Workers Unionize
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Illinois Cannabis Workers Unionize

Springfield, Illinois – Workers at Cresco Labs, one of the largest cannabis companies in Illinois, voted to join UFCW Local 881. The group was the first in Illinois to join a union. Because Cresco’s cultivation employees are already covered under federal labor laws for agricultural workers, only non-cultivation personnel are eligible to join the bargaining…

Professional Union Membership Grows, But Not as Fast as Jobs
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Professional Union Membership Grows, But Not as Fast as Jobs

WASHINGTON—The number of professional workers who are union members reached a record high of 6.27 million in 2019, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual report released Jan. 22. The news was a bright spot for organized labor in a year where union membership declined from 10.5% to 10.3% of the workforce, as…

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