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California, Teamsters Appeal Denial of Truckers’ Breaks
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California, Teamsters Appeal Denial of Truckers’ Breaks

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have both asked federalteamters courts to reverse a federal agency’s voiding of state rules requiring rest and meal breaks for truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ruled last December that the state regulation, which mandated a 30-minute break after five hours of driving, could not…

Striking Chicago Teachers Protest at Charter Chain’s Office
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Striking Chicago Teachers Protest at Charter Chain’s Office

CHICAGO, Ill.—About 100 Chicago International Charter School teachers blocked the entrance to the school chain’s office building Feb. 13, the seventh day of their strike. “It’s unacceptable that people can have six-figure salaries and yet say they have no money to make sure our schools are properly invested in,” CICS Ralph Ellison High School English…

Teamsters Call XPO’s Closing of Memphis Warehouse ‘Retaliation’
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Teamsters Call XPO’s Closing of Memphis Warehouse ‘Retaliation’

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—XPO Logistics announced Feb. 13 that it will close its Verizon warehouse here in June,teamsters telling the about 400 workers that it would terminate them in April because of “an overall business model change initiated and completed by our customer.” “XPO-Verizon workers believe that the closure is in retaliation for exposing sexual harassment and…

Shutdown Deal Omits Back Pay for Federal Contractors
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Shutdown Deal Omits Back Pay for Federal Contractors

WASHINGTON—The federal spending deal passed Feb. 14 to avert another shutdown of federal agencies does not include back pay for more than a million employees of federal contractors, who lost five weeks of income during the shutdown in December and January. A Trump administration official told the Huffington Post that it would cost too much…

Denver Teachers’ Strike Wins 12% Raise
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Denver Teachers’ Strike Wins 12% Raise

DENVER, Colo.—Denver teachers ended their three-day strike Feb. 14 after reaching a tentative contract agreement that will give them raises averaging 11.7%. The three-year deal would also give cost-of-living increases in its second and third years and raise base pay to $45,800 a year, with a 20-step salary schedule leading up to a $100,000 top…

W.Va. Teachers Eye Walkout to Protest Privatization Bill
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W.Va. Teachers Eye Walkout to Protest Privatization Bill

CHARLESTON, W. Va.—West Virginia teachers will vote this week on whether to authorize a work stoppage to protest an omnibus education bill that would expand privatization of the state’s public schools. The measure, passed by the state Senate on a party-line vote Feb. 4, would give teachers a 5% raise, but also eliminate limits on…

Trump Administration Slashes Safety Rules During Shutdown
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Trump Administration Slashes Safety Rules During Shutdown

WASHINGTON—Just as the partial government shutdown was ending Jan. 25, the Trump administration gutted an Obama-era rule that required most employers to submit detailed annual reports of all workplace injuries to the Department of Labor. The Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule, established in 2016, was intended to get more complete and accurate…

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