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Senator’s Pension-Cut Proposal Infuriates N.J. Unions
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Senator’s Pension-Cut Proposal Infuriates N.J. Unions

TRENTON, N.J.—A top New Jersey politician’s proposal to set up a two-tier pension system for government workers and cut their health benefits immediately infuriated public-sector unions. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) introduced a 27-bill package May 16 that would move non-uniformed public-sector workers on the job for five years or less to a hybrid…

Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President
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Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Earlier this week, I got an email from a PR person touting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s impending run for President. It included five questions he said he could answer. I decided it would be unprofessionally snarky to reply with my own answers, but now that the mayor has officially announced, here they are:…

Chinese Rail Workers Remembered on 150th Anniversary of ‘Golden Spike’
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Chinese Rail Workers Remembered on 150th Anniversary of ‘Golden Spike’

OGDEN, Utah—The descendants of Chinese immigrants who worked on the first transcontinental railroad marked the 150th anniversary of its completion May 9. Margaret Yee of the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association helped Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and a descendant of Union Pacific’s chief engineer on the project tap a ceremonial spike in Ogden. “They say…

Toledo Nurses Strike Over Understaffing, Scheduling
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Toledo Nurses Strike Over Understaffing, Scheduling

TOLEDO, Ohio—Before almost 1,900 nurses, lab technicians, and support staff went on strike at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center May 6, United Auto Workers Locals 2213 and 12 had already agreed that a three-year contract would raise pay by 2%. But money’s not the main problem, union leaders and rank-and-file members say: Understaffing and…

New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!
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New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!

New York,, NY – Shut. It. Down. Amalgamated Transit Union VP Bruce Hamilton, this weekend, urged U.S. trade unionists to “learn from our past” and start building towards a general strike in a last ditch effort to avert climate disaster.  “What we need to understand is that climate struggle is class struggle,” Hamilton told the…

Oregon Teachers’ Walkout Shuts 600 Schools for a Day
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Oregon Teachers’ Walkout Shuts 600 Schools for a Day

PORTLAND, Ore.—A one-day walkout by thousands of teachers May 8 closed 600 schools, including those in Portland. They took unpaid days off to go to rallies around the state to demand smaller class sizes; restoring music, art, and gym classes; and hiring more counselors, librarians, and school nurses. “Nearly 45% of all reported classes in…

Labor Movement Mourns Loss of ATU President Larry Hanley
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Labor Movement Mourns Loss of ATU President Larry Hanley

HARRISBURG, Pa. –  The American Labor Movement mourns the passing of our union brother and International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union Lawrence J. Hanley.  The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, on behalf of our Vice Presidents and more than 700,000 union members in our Commonwealth, have issued the following statement: “Brother Larry…

Cleveland Janitors Win Raises
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Cleveland Janitors Win Raises

CLEVELAND, Ohio—Janitors in downtown Cleveland office buildings unanimously ratified a new contract that will bring their average wage up to $15 an hour by 2023, Service Employees International Union Local 1 announced Apr. 27. The five-year master agreement covers about 500 janitors. Local 1 said the raises it won will average between $2,600 and $3,400 a…

Nevada Assembly Votes to Reverse Prevailing-Wage Rollbacks
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Nevada Assembly Votes to Reverse Prevailing-Wage Rollbacks

CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada state Assembly voted Apr. 29 to repeal a 2015 state law that weakened the state’s prevailing wage requirements. Assembly Bill 136, which passed on a 28-12 party-line vote, would reverse the 2015 law’s reducing wages for school construction projects to 90% of the local prevailing wage, eliminate its exemption for charter-school…

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