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S.F. Tech-Shuttle Companies Hire Scab Drivers—Before Strike Vote
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S.F. Tech-Shuttle Companies Hire Scab Drivers—Before Strike Vote

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—After tech-shuttle drivers in San Francisco rejected a contract offer in mid-August, the two companies involved began training strikebreaker drivers—even though Teamsters Local 853 members have not authorized a walkout. “This is really extraordinary, considering the members have not voted to strike,” Doug Bloch, political director of Teamsters Joint Council 7, told the…

Denver Airport Workers Launch Ballot Initiative for $15 an Hour
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Denver Airport Workers Launch Ballot Initiative for $15 an Hour

DENVER, Colo.—Workers at Denver International Airport launched a campaign to win a $15-an-hour minimum wage with a rally Aug. 23 in front of the Denver City and County Building. Backed by UNITE HERE, they are collecting signatures to put an initiative for an airport-specific minimum on the city’s May 2019 ballot. If passed, the measure…

SEIU Hit With Another Suit for Fair-Share Refunds
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SEIU Hit With Another Suit for Fair-Share Refunds

SAN JOSE, Calif.—The union Service Employees International Union local representing local government employees in Central California is the latest to get hit with a lawsuit demanding that it refund fees paid by nonmembers. The National Right to Work Foundation filed a claim seeking “millions of dollars” from Service Employees International Union Local 521 on behalf…

Sanders Proposes Taxing Corporations for Workers’ Food Stamps
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Sanders Proposes Taxing Corporations for Workers’ Food Stamps

WASHINGTON, DC—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to introduce a bill Sept. 5 that would force corporations such as Amazon, Walmart and McDonald’s to pay the government the full cost of benefits for low-wage workers their employees receive. The measure would assess a 100% tax on benefits such as food stamps, public housing, and Medicaid received…

SPIRIT OF THE LAW:  Incentivizing Benefit-Corporations Should Be A Mid-Terms Issue
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SPIRIT OF THE LAW: Incentivizing Benefit-Corporations Should Be A Mid-Terms Issue

Large for-profit corporations are necessary in modern American society. They employ large numbers of people. They produce goods and services with cost-reducing efficiencies that are not achievable by individuals or smaller enterprises. But the benefits provided by powerful corporate interests should not cause voters or elected officials to disregard the detriments they bring.

Judge Voids Most of Trump’s Anti-Union Executive Orders
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Judge Voids Most of Trump’s Anti-Union Executive Orders

WASHINGTON, DC—A federal judge has barred the federal government from enforcing most of three executive orders by President Donald Trump intended to weaken federal workers’ labor unions. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled that the President did not have the authority to limit the amount of on-the-job time union officials can spend representing workers…

Federal Panel Clears Way for United Airlines Union Vote
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Federal Panel Clears Way for United Airlines Union Vote

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Mediation Board dismissed accusations by United Airlines against UNITE HERE on Aug. 22, clearing the way for 2,700 in-flight catering workers to vote on whether to join the union. UNITE HERE submitted a petition for the vote in January with cards signed by three-fourths of the workers, who prepare and transport food…

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