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Canadian Cannabis Call-Center Workers Vote to Join UFCW
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Canadian Cannabis Call-Center Workers Vote to Join UFCW

TORONTO, Ontario—With legal marijuana stores scheduled to open in Ontario April 1, call-center workers at the province’s government-owned pot wholesaler voted unanimously March 12 to join the United Food and Commercial Workers. But Line One Contact Centres, which provides call-center services to the Ontario Cannabis Store, is challenging the results, saying that seven of the…

Coming In April: Milliman Multi-Employer Healthcare Plans Seminar
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Coming In April: Milliman Multi-Employer Healthcare Plans Seminar

New York, NY – On April 10, a breakfast seminar on multi-employer healthcare plans will be held at the American Labor Museum in Haledon, NJ. Actuaries Milliman, accountants Novak Francella and attorneys O’Brien, Belland & Bushinsky will share what leading multi-employer healthcare plans are doing to control costs, reduce risk, and better serve their members….

Lead Contamination Addressed by NYC Council
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Lead Contamination Addressed by NYC Council

New York, NY — On March 18th,  Mayor de Blasio signed legislation to protect workers in the commercial hauling industry. Collecting and transporting trade waste, particularly in New York City, is a dangerous and strenuous job.  The collection trucks are huge and must share the road with many other motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians: Intro. 1329-A gives…

SEIU Staff Authorize Strike
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SEIU Staff Authorize Strike

WASHINGTON—Staff at the Service Employees International Union’s national headquarters here have voted to authorize a strike, Office of Professional Employees International Union Local 2 announced March 12.  The OPEIU said the size of its bargaining unit has fallen by half since 2005, and it blames that on SEIU outsourcing work out to non-union contractors, such…

NYC Planning Climate Protection Strategy
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NYC Planning Climate Protection Strategy

New York, NY —  On March 15th, New York City issued its comprehensive recommendations for the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) project. The study identified a set of strategies to build resilience in Lower Manhattan. Recommendations include extending the Manhattan shoreline into the East River. This will protect the low-lying and highly constrained Seaport and Financial…

Slain IWW Leader’s Memory Lives on in Montana
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Slain IWW Leader’s Memory Lives on in Montana

BUTTE, Mont.—Industrial Workers of the World organizer Frank Little was kidnapped and murdered in 1917, but more than 100 years later, people are still leaving mementos at his grave in Mountain View Cemetery here. “That gravesite is its own little museum at times, because people leave marvelous things there,” Ellen Crain, director of the Butte-Silver…

Florida College Suggests Adjuncts Should Apply for Medicaid
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Florida College Suggests Adjuncts Should Apply for Medicaid

MIAMI, Fla.—Administrators at Florida’s Miami Dade community college have advice for adjunct professors seeking higher pay: If you can’t afford health insurance for your kids, you should apply for public assistance instead of joining a union. In January, a vice provost at Miami Dade, which with more than 100,000 students is the nation’s largest local…

Leaders in Labor with Michael Jordan: Tony Petillo and Local 125
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Leaders in Labor with Michael Jordan: Tony Petillo and Local 125

Union members rely on their Local’s leadership to get the most value possible out of their compensation and benefits. Every wage and benefit negotiated greatly impacts members’ pockets. This is something Michael Jordan deeply believes in. Michael has spent the last 25 years working in benefits and insurance, and currently serves as One Call’s General…

AFL-CIO Won’t Urge Labor Secretary to Quit Over Teen-Pimping Case
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AFL-CIO Won’t Urge Labor Secretary to Quit Over Teen-Pimping Case

WASHINGTON—The AFL-CIO will hold off on demanding that Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resign for letting Miami hedge-fund magnate Jeffrey Epstein get a light sentence for trafficking dozens of teenage girls for sex.  Bloomberg Law reported that at a meeting Feb. 26, federation officials decided to wait for the results of a lawsuit and Justice Department…

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