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‘It’s Working People and Poor People Who Will Be Sent to Fight This War’
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‘It’s Working People and Poor People Who Will Be Sent to Fight This War’

New York, NY – “I don’t think there’s a single one of our colleagues who’s for this war.” On January 9, an energized group of New Yorkers concerned that the Trump administration’s assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleiman and a number of other Iranian officials earlier this month is being used to plunge the…

W.Va. Supreme Court to Rule on Union-Shop Ban
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W.Va. Supreme Court to Rule on Union-Shop Ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The West Virginia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Jan. 15 on the state’s appeal of a lower-court decision striking down its 2016 law banning the union shop. The state AFL-CIO challenged the so-called “right-to-work” law’s constitutionality just before it went into effect, arguing that it was an unconstitutional “taking” of unions’ property because…

Trump Labor Dept. Narrows ‘Joint Employer’ Rule to Favor Franchises
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Trump Labor Dept. Narrows ‘Joint Employer’ Rule to Favor Franchises

WASHINGTON—A rule released by the federal Department of Labor Jan. 12 will narrow when companies can be considered “joint employers,” making it harder for them to be held responsible for wages or working conditions at their franchises or contractors. The rule, which will go into effect March 16, is intended to reverse a 2015 decision…

Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally
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Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally

LAKELAND, Fla.—The Florida Department of Education’s lead lawyer warned teachers Jan. 10 that if enough of them took Jan. 13 off to go to a union rally in Tallahassee, they could be fired for participating in an illegal strike. The warning came after Polk County Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd told the department that she expected between…

SAG-AFTRA/AFL-CIO’s  Second Annual Labor Tech Summit
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SAG-AFTRA/AFL-CIO’s Second Annual Labor Tech Summit

Las Vegas, Nevada – Presented by SAG-AFTRA and the AFL-CIO, the second annual Labor Innovation and Technology Summit in Las Vegas on January 8th  brought together leaders in labor, entertainment, technology, and academia to discuss the impact of emerging technology on labor.  The summit featured opening remarks by SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and a keynote address by SAG-AFTRA National…

Montreal Airport Refuelers on Strike
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Montreal Airport Refuelers on Strike

MONTREAL, QUEBEC—More than 100 workers who refuel the planes at two Montreal airports went on strike Dec. 31, after working under an expired contract since August. Swissport Canada, the airports’ refueling contractor, immediately complained to the federal Canada Industrial Relations Board that their union, the International Association of Machinists, was negotiating in bad faith. The…

Hoffa Joins ASARCO Strikers on Picket Line
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Hoffa Joins ASARCO Strikers on Picket Line

TUCSON, Ariz.—Teamsters General President James Hoffa joined striking ASARCO workers the picket line in Sahuarita Dec. 29, telling them their struggle is an “a national strike.” “This company is owned by a Mexican company that’s exploiting the American workers,” he said. “They haven’t had a raise in 10 years… and this is from a company,…

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