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Harvard Food Strike Ends as Workers OK Contract
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Harvard Food Strike Ends as Workers OK Contract

October 31, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Cambridge, MA – The three-week strike by dining-hall workers at Harvard University ended Oct. 27, the morning after they voted 583-1 to ratify a five-year contract. The agreement, according to UNITE HERE Local 26, will give the about 750 workers their main demands: a minimum salary…

Win Week In Review
Multimedia, National

Win Week In Review

October 30, 2016   By Doug Cunningham Workers Independent News Hartford, CT – 750 striking Harvard dining hall workers have won their three-week strike. UNITE-HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang says the union’s bargaining committee believes the tentative agreement “addresses all of the concerns” raised by the striking workers. They demanded at least $35,000 a year…

Innovators: Tapping into Public Employee Potential
Features, Municipal Government, National

Innovators: Tapping into Public Employee Potential

October 30, 2016   By Deirdre O’Neill Reprinted: afscme.org Ashtabula County, OH – Innovators: Tapping into Public Employee Potential ODOT District 4 mechanics from Ashtabula County, Tim Wood (left) and Tim Rogers, are innovators who thought outside the box to develop a snow- and ice-free truck step that has virtually eliminated slips and falls for ODOT…

Labor Hopes for Pro-Clinton Clout in Youngstown
Municipal Government, National

Labor Hopes for Pro-Clinton Clout in Youngstown

October 29, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Youngstown, OH – Donald Trump has pitched his hopes of winning the Presidency on places like this Northeast Ohio city, whose population has dropped by half since its steel mills closed in the 1970s. Labor unions in the area, including the United Auto Workers and the…

California Hospital Workers Protest 175 Layoffs
Municipal Government, National

California Hospital Workers Protest 175 Layoffs

October 28, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Orange County, CA – About 200 union members and supporters picketed UC Irvine Medical Center Oct. 18 to protest the layoffs of 175 hospital workers that began earlier this month. The hospital, one of five run by the University of California system, is getting rid of…

Connecticut State Attorneys Vote to Join AFT
Education, National

Connecticut State Attorneys Vote to Join AFT

October 27, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Hartford, CO – Connecticut’s 179 assistant attorneys general have voted by a nearly 2-to-1 margin to join the American Federation of Teachers Connecticut. The results were announced Oct. 18. “This is a historic day for us, not just as assistant attorneys general, but as state employees,”…

Elvis Costello Won’t Cross Pittsburgh Picket Line
Entertainment, National

Elvis Costello Won’t Cross Pittsburgh Picket Line

October 27, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Pittsburgh, PA – British rock singer Elvis Costello has cancelled his concert scheduled for Nov. 1 at Heinz Hall, where the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have been on strike since Sept. 30. “I regret to inform you that our ‘Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers’…

CTA: Trump Is Result Of GOP Putting Party Over Country
Education, National

CTA: Trump Is Result Of GOP Putting Party Over Country

October 26, 2016  By Doug Cunningham Workers Independent News Los Angeles, California – Teacher’s Association President Eric Heins says educators are with Secretary Clinton for President because she has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to kids and education. [Eric Heins]: “Secretary Clinton has had a history of working for children for her entire career. And so…

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