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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…

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…

The Lordstown Strike of ’72: Dreams Of Factory Liberation Deferred
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The Lordstown Strike of ’72: Dreams Of Factory Liberation Deferred

LORDSTOWN, Ohio—The General Motors plant that sprawls over a former cornfield along Interstate 80, shuttered since the company stopped production there earlier this month, is the site of one of the great what-ifs of American labor history: a three-week strike in 1972 by 7,500 workers who were not just demanding better wages, but rebelling against…

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…

Chicago Symphony Musicians Strike to Save Pensions
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Chicago Symphony Musicians Strike to Save Pensions

CHICAGO, Ill.—Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians went on strike March 10, resisting management’s demand to change their retirement plan from a defined-benefit pension to a 401(k)-style defined-contribution plan. “Individuals would have a retirement account which the association would fund. But the value of that account would not be defined. It would not be guaranteed,” bassist Stephen…

UAW Head Says Job Security Will Be Top Priority in Contract Talks
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UAW Head Says Job Security Will Be Top Priority in Contract Talks

DETROIT, Mich.—Job security and keeping work in the U.S. will be the United Auto Workers’ top priorities in contract talks with the “Detroit Three” auto manufacturers, union President Gary Jones said March 13. “There will be no more quiet closing of plants, no more shipping jobs to Mexico and abroad without a sound,” Jones told…

Kansas Teamsters Argue For School Bus Driver Summer Unemployment Insurance
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Kansas Teamsters Argue For School Bus Driver Summer Unemployment Insurance

TOPEKA, Kan. – Members from Teamsters Locals 696, 795 and 838 in Kanses are lobbying for the extension of unemployment insurance (UI) in the summer months for school bus drivers employed by private companies. Pending Kanses state legislation would extend unemployment insurance (UI) in the summer months to school bus drivers employed by private companies….

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