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N.H. Electric Co-op Strike Goes to Mediation
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N.H. Electric Co-op Strike Goes to Mediation

PLYMOUTH, N.H.—A federal mediator joined talks between the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1837 May 11, seeking to resolve the strike that began May 7. The Laconia Daily Sun reported that “there was no immediate breakthrough,” but the mediator would work with bother sides to continue negotiations. The company…

New Buzz: Latest On The Charter Spectrum Strike And More!
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New Buzz: Latest On The Charter Spectrum Strike And More!

New York, NY – On this episode of LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz, we welcome Michael DeVito, progressive candidate for Congress in the 11th District, as well as an outspoken supporter of striking IBEW Local 3 workers at Charter/Spectrum. Sanela Djencic returns to the show to talk about the impact the more than 400-day Charter/Spectrum strike…

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…

Walmart Ordered to Stop Mistreating Workers
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Walmart Ordered to Stop Mistreating Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – In a landmark decision, Walmart has been ordered to stop threatening workers who support strikes or participate in union organizing activities. Walmart has settled a long-running battle with labor activists over the stores policy of  punishing workers that support union organize activities. The agreement forces Walmart to  acknowledge it has violated federal labor law in…

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…

Federal Judge Nixes Teachers Union’s Suit to Stop Attack Video
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Federal Judge Nixes Teachers Union’s Suit to Stop Attack Video

DETROIT, Mich.—A federal judge on May 8 once again rejected a request by the American Federation of Teachers to stop Project Veritas from releasing information it obtained by sending a spy to work as an intern at the union’s Michigan affiliate under a false name. U.S. District Judge Linda Parker, citing the First Amendment, denied…

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