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Brown, Georgetown Grad Employees File for Union Elections
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Brown, Georgetown Grad Employees File for Union Elections

Grad employees at Brown University and Georgetown University have given notice of their intent to hold union elections. This will set the stage for union  recognition. At Brown, a strong majority of the 1,250 graduate employees have indicated support for their union, Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees, and at Georgetown, a similarly robust majority…

A new NLRB decision will open up unions to more lawsuits
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A new NLRB decision will open up unions to more lawsuits

Reprinted from: Ucomm Radio The new policy says that Unions that don’t properly process workers’ grievances will now be presumptivelynlrb considered liable unless they can prove otherwise, a change that could cause a major increase in litigation. Similarly, a union’s failure to keep a worker fully apprised of its efforts to pursue a grievance “constitutes…

Canada Post Workers Ban Overtime as Rotating Strikes Continue
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Canada Post Workers Ban Overtime as Rotating Strikes Continue

OTTAWA, Ontario—The Canadian Union of Postal Workers banned overtime Nov. 1, instructing members to refuse to work more than eight hours a day as Canada Post tries to cope with a backlog of parcel deliveries caused by rotating strikes around the country since Oct. 22. “We’ve had it,” said CUPW national president Mike Palecek. “Overburdening, overtime,…

Strikebreakers Accuse Marriott of Wage Theft
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Strikebreakers Accuse Marriott of Wage Theft

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Temporary workers Marriott has hired to clean rooms at its seven San Francisco hotels while the 2,500 regular workers are on strike are accusing the chain of cheating them out of their pay. The company hires about 200 workers a day—mostly Latino immigrants—for $17 an hour through a contractor, Environmental Service Partners Inc.,…

Canadian Postal Strikes Spread to Manitoba
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Canadian Postal Strikes Spread to Manitoba

OTTAWA, Ontario—Canadian postal workers’ rotating strikes have spread to Manitoba. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said with 1,500 workers walked out in Winnipeg at 10 p.m. on Oct. 28, with those in Brandon, the province’s second-largest city, following two hours later. Strikes started over the weekend in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, were…

Marriott Workers Protest in S.F.; Eight-City Strike Continues
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Marriott Workers Protest in S.F.; Eight-City Strike Continues

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—More than 1,000 striking Marriott hotel workers and supporters marched in San Francisco Oct. 20 as the eight-city national strike against the chain entered its third week. “I’m fighting for my rights, for my daughter, for good benefits and pay,” cook Elizabeth Jimenez told the San Francisco Examiner. “Our hours are not enough…

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