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Pueblo, Colorado Teachers Strike Ends
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Pueblo, Colorado Teachers Strike Ends

PUEBLO, Colo.—The first teachers’ strike in Colorado since 1994 ended May 13, after unions representing teachers and paraprofessionals in the city of Pueblo overwhelmingly ratified new two-year contracts. Pueblo Education Association members voted 495-62 to approve a deal that will give them a 2% cost-of-living adjustment retroactive to January, a 2.5% adjustment in September, and…

Talking Points Memo Editorial Staff Forms a Union
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Talking Points Memo Editorial Staff Forms a Union

WASHINGTON—The 11 editorial staffers at the Talking Points Memo Website have voted unanimously to join the Writers Guild of America East, they announced May 10. Editor and publisher Josh Marshall responded that he was “happy” to recognize the union voluntarily, saying it was consistent with the news and opinion site’s values. “Our effort to unionize…

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…

Chattanooga School Bus Employees  Join Teamsters
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Chattanooga School Bus Employees Join Teamsters

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – School bus drivers and monitors who work at Durham School Services voted to join Teamsters Local 327. The 269 workers will join thousands of other Durham employees nationwide already represented by the Teamsters. From the beginning of the nearly yearlong organizing effort, safety issues have been at the top of the agenda. Drivers…

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