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NYC Emergency Management Distributes Coats
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

NYC Emergency Management Distributes Coats

NEW YORK, NY – On Wednesday December 5th, the New York City Emergency Management Department and New York Cares  distributed more than 300 winter coats at the Salvation Army in Harlem. “Each winter, many New Yorkers face the extreme cold without a warm coat. Prolonged exposure to cold weather can lead to hypothermia, frostbite, and can…

Teamsters OK Deal With 40% Raise for Frontier Air Maintenance Controllers
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Teamsters OK Deal With 40% Raise for Frontier Air Maintenance Controllers

DENVER, Colo.—Teamsters Local 455 has ratified its first contract with Frontier Airlines, giving the 12sters maintenance controllers covered a 40% raise. The five-year deal, announced by the union Dec. 3, includes up to ten years of pay increases. It will bring the average pay for maintenance controllers, who manage the airline’s maintenance schedule, from about…

UAW Says New Trade Deal Won’t Stop GM Seeking Cheap Labor in Mexico
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UAW Says New Trade Deal Won’t Stop GM Seeking Cheap Labor in Mexico

DETROIT, Mich.—The United Auto Workers says General Motors’ plans to close five plants in the U.S. and Canada might be part of a strategy to take advantage of cheaper labor in Mexico—and the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement isn’t going to stop that. “We were hopeful that this new agreement would rein in the corporate greed that…

Connecticut Unions Denounce Execs’ Call for Wage Freeze
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Connecticut Unions Denounce Execs’ Call for Wage Freeze

HARTFORD, Conn.—Connecticut labor unions denounced a state commission report calling for a wage freeze for state employees and teachers while cutting taxes on the rich. The Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth’s report on the state’s fiscal health, released Nov. 28, says that in order to reduce its budget deficit, Connecticut should cut $1…

Charter Boycott Back On After Negotiations To End 20-Month-Old Strike Break Down
Building Trades, Features, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York, Retail

Charter Boycott Back On After Negotiations To End 20-Month-Old Strike Break Down

New York, NY – Striking Charter/Spectrum workers, on Monday, resumed their Governor Cuomo-backed boycott of NY1 and other corporate-run cable-TV channels following the breakdown of negotiations that could have finally ended IBEW Local 3’s nearly two-year standoff with the multi-billion-dollar telecom giant. 

Postal Strikes Continue as Canadian Senate Mulls Back-to-Work Bill
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Postal Strikes Continue as Canadian Senate Mulls Back-to-Work Bill

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia—Canadian postal workers began another rotating strike in the Halifax area Nov. 26, the day the Senate was expected to vote on legislation to force them back to work. Workers stopped processing and delivering mail in Halifax and Dartmouth, the Nova Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said, but continued to…

Canadian Auto Workers Walk Out After GM Announces Plant Closing
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Canadian Auto Workers Walk Out After GM Announces Plant Closing

OSHAWA, Ontario—Workers at the General Motors plant here walked out Nov. 26 after the company announced it was one of five that will be closed by the end of 2019. “They are not closing our damn plant without one hell of a fight,” Unifor President Jerry Dias told a rally outside the factory. The closing…

Anti-Union Groups Try to Force Oregon Unions to Give Up Dues
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Anti-Union Groups Try to Force Oregon Unions to Give Up Dues

PORTLAND, Ore.—Two anti-union groups filed a lawsuit in federal court here Nov. 20, trying to force public-employee unions to let workers who quit them stop paying dues immediately. The Freedom Foundation, based in Washington state, and National Right to Work Foundation are trying to win approval for a class-action suit against AFSCME Local 75 and…

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