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Catholic Church Backing Unions in Janus Case
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Catholic Church Backing Unions in Janus Case

WASHINGTON, DC — In an amicus brief recently filed by U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Church has sided with the union. Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees could have long-term negative consequences for municipal unions across the country and support from religious organizations is greatly appreciated. U.S. Roman Catholic bishops…

By the Sweat of Their Brows…
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By the Sweat of Their Brows…

In 2017, Sweat won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Playwright Lynn Nottage based her play on interviews with steelworkers in Reading, Pennsylvania, conducted in 2011, at a time when the U.S. Census Bureau officially ranked Reading as one of the poorest cities in America.  Nottage cast her factory worker characters against a background of job…

LaborPress Is Unionized! Listen Here!
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LaborPress Is Unionized! Listen Here!

LaborPress is unionized! OPEIU VP Michael Goodwin joins us to talk about union membership; WNYLaborToday’s Tom Campbell; Union Members Radio’s Dr. Marick Masters: UCOMMBlog’s Kris LaGrange; and The Labor Network’s Mark Harrison join us to talk about the importance of having independent journalists cover labor news. LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airs every Sunday night on…

Working People Need A Voice
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Working People Need A Voice

Washington DC – Working people remain resilient and strong despite “relentless, dishonest attacks from wealthy special interests,” AFSCME President Lee Saunders said in response to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing that last year’s union-membership rate was unchanged from 2016.

Wisconsin GOP Pushes Bill to Pre-Empt Local Labor Laws
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Wisconsin GOP Pushes Bill to Pre-Empt Local Labor Laws

MADISON, Wisc.—Wisconsin Republicans are pushing a bill that would prohibit local governments from setting stronger labor standards than the state’s, including enacting or enforcing measures against discrimination, project-labor agreements that require public-works contractors to pay prevailing wages, and labor-peace agreements that prevent contractors from blocking union organizing.

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