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Nevada Assembly Votes to Reverse Prevailing-Wage Rollbacks
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Nevada Assembly Votes to Reverse Prevailing-Wage Rollbacks

CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada state Assembly voted Apr. 29 to repeal a 2015 state law that weakened the state’s prevailing wage requirements. Assembly Bill 136, which passed on a 28-12 party-line vote, would reverse the 2015 law’s reducing wages for school construction projects to 90% of the local prevailing wage, eliminate its exemption for charter-school…

N.C. Educators March for More Funds
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N.C. Educators March for More Funds

RALEIGH, N.C.—Thousands of teachers, school staff, and supporters marched through downtown Raleigh May 1. Their five demands included a 5% raise for all school employees and a $15-an-hour minimum for school support staff; expanding Medicaid “to improve the health of our students and families”; restoring extra pay for teachers with advanced degrees; cancelling the elimination…

South Carolina Teachers March in State Capital
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South Carolina Teachers March in State Capital

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Chanting “We teach. We vote,” about South Carolina 10,000 teachers and supporters marched on the Statehouse May 1 to call for higher salaries, smaller classes, and more state funding for education. Organized by SC for Ed with less than two weeks’ notice, teachers took personal days off to attend, forcing seven school districts with…

Quebec Machinists OK Bombardier Contract; Vote to Strike at Airbus
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Quebec Machinists OK Bombardier Contract; Vote to Strike at Airbus

MONTREAL, Quebec—After months of negotiations with two semi-related aircraft manufacturers, one group of International Association of Machinists members voted Apr. 27 to ratify the proposed contract, while the other rejected it. The about 3,200 Bombardier employees working on the CRJ aircraft program approved a three-year agreement retroactive to Nov. 30 by a 2–1 margin. But…

State Begins Probe of Seattle Crane-Collapse Contractors
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State Begins Probe of Seattle Crane-Collapse Contractors

SEATTLE, Wash.—The state of Washington has begun investigating the four contractors involved in dismantling the tower crane that killed four people when it collapsed Apr. 27. The Washington Department of Labor and Industries said it was probing GLY Construction, the general contractor, and the three subcontractors that owned the tower crane, that unbolted 20-foot sections…

Green New Deal Town Hall At 32BJ Does Little To Win Over Labor Skeptics
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Green New Deal Town Hall At 32BJ Does Little To Win Over Labor Skeptics

New York, NY – Despite a profound need to confront climate change charging the room — Friday night’s Green New Deal Town Hall at 32BJ’s W18th Street HQ, demonstrated the movement’s frustrating failure to fully draft organized labor into the cause.  Earlier this month, the AFL-CIO’s Climate Committee penned a letter to Green New Deal…

D.C. Charter School Teachers Say ‘Union Yes’
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D.C. Charter School Teachers Say ‘Union Yes’

Washington, DC — Over 80 percent of teachers and staff at Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School have signed authorization cards to join the American Federation of Teachers— The petition at the high-performing school in the Truxton Circle neighborhood comes after a monthslong organizing effort to honor the school’s values of collaboration and cooperation and…

Neal’s Hard Choices on Healthcare to Lead Top Issue
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Neal’s Hard Choices on Healthcare to Lead Top Issue

National Report from Washington–A monthly Series exclusive to LaborPress The number one issue in the congressional elections of 2018 was health care and could be again in 2020.   Workers and unions have always understood that they will be the ones paying for healthcare for families if the government does not. Right now it’s a…

Pro-Union Amazon Worker fired In NJ After Eye Injury; Online Giant Makes ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Of Employers – Again!
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Pro-Union Amazon Worker fired In NJ After Eye Injury; Online Giant Makes ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Of Employers – Again!

New York, NY – Another metropolitan area man who lost his job after he dared challenge Amazon’s piss-poor treatment of its warehouse employees is speaking out this week — just in time for the notoriously anti-union retail giant to be welcomed back onto National COSH’s annual list of “Dirty Dozen” employers.  David Jamel Williams told…

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