LANSING, Mich.—Michigan election officials will review petitions to put a measure repealing the state’s prevailing-wage law on the ballot after opponents said a random sample had more than one-third invalid signatures.
Washington DC – “This nation is the only home these children have ever known. Yet too many lawmakers, most of whom repeatedly make a point of saying they stand up for families, are turning their backs on them in their time of need. That’s not right and is plain un-American.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—More than 500 people marched to Memphis City Hall Feb. 12 to demand a $15-an-hour minimum, taking the same route city sanitation workers did when they launched their historic strike on Feb. 12, 1968.
HUNTINGTON, W. Va.—Teachers in four West Virginia counties went on strike Feb. 16 to demand better pay and protest the state’s plans to increase their health-insurance costs. The one-day walkout closed schools in Cabell County—which includes Huntington, the state’s second-largest city—and the neighboring Wayne, Mason, and Lincoln counties.
Anyone who has been listening to “the Buzz” lately, or reading Joe Maniscalco’s articles or my editorials, knows where Labor Press stands on the issue of striking Spectrum workers. If you don’t have Spectrum now, don’t order it. Don’t fall into the “give me something for only $29.95 per month” trap. Long term, it’s not…
HARTFORD, Conn.—Finally given a chance to speak before the state’s “competitiveness commission” Feb. 9, Connecticut labor leaders said that strengthening unions and closing tax loopholes for the rich would benefit the state’s economy.
WASHINGTON—Leaders of the nation’s two largest teachers’ unions found the doors to the Department of Education locked on Feb. 8 when they tried to deliver “report cards” on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s first year in office.
SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Chiapas—Teachers from Section 40 of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (National Union of Education Workers) blocked highways at three places in Mexico’s southernmost state Feb. 8 to demand the rebuilding of classrooms damaged in last September’s earthquake and pay for teachers and other workers hired in the…
BOSTON, Mass.—The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority approved a new four-year contract with its bus mechanics Feb. 5 that drops its plan to outsource work at up to three garages. In exchange, Machinists Union Local 264 agreed to work-rule and overtime-pay changes expected to save the authority $60 million over the next 10 years.
Federal courts are divided over whether a police officer or government official can be sued for arresting someone merely for exercising their right to free speech. Several courts have created a legal barrier to such suits that makes it almost impossible for wrongly arrested citizens to prevail, even if there is overwhelming evidence that the arrest…