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Trumka: We Must Upgrade Our Infrastructure
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Trumka: We Must Upgrade Our Infrastructure

Washington, DC — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is pushing hard for a comprehensive  infrastructure repair and upgrade program. Trumka is urging Congress to provide more tax dollars to rebuild and replace the nation’s breaking bridges, crumbling roads, creaky railroads, aging airports and deteriorating subways. Rebuilding infrastructure also includes new pipelines, transmission lines, electrical grid upgrades,…

Slain IWW Leader’s Memory Lives on in Montana
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Slain IWW Leader’s Memory Lives on in Montana

BUTTE, Mont.—Industrial Workers of the World organizer Frank Little was kidnapped and murdered in 1917, but more than 100 years later, people are still leaving mementos at his grave in Mountain View Cemetery here. “That gravesite is its own little museum at times, because people leave marvelous things there,” Ellen Crain, director of the Butte-Silver…

Florida College Suggests Adjuncts Should Apply for Medicaid
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Florida College Suggests Adjuncts Should Apply for Medicaid

MIAMI, Fla.—Administrators at Florida’s Miami Dade community college have advice for adjunct professors seeking higher pay: If you can’t afford health insurance for your kids, you should apply for public assistance instead of joining a union. In January, a vice provost at Miami Dade, which with more than 100,000 students is the nation’s largest local…

AFL-CIO Won’t Urge Labor Secretary to Quit Over Teen-Pimping Case
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AFL-CIO Won’t Urge Labor Secretary to Quit Over Teen-Pimping Case

WASHINGTON—The AFL-CIO will hold off on demanding that Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resign for letting Miami hedge-fund magnate Jeffrey Epstein get a light sentence for trafficking dozens of teenage girls for sex.  Bloomberg Law reported that at a meeting Feb. 26, federation officials decided to wait for the results of a lawsuit and Justice Department…

Allentown Newspaper Staff Join NewsGuild
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Allentown Newspaper Staff Join NewsGuild

ALLENTOWN, Pa.—Editorial staff at the Allentown Morning Call, the Lehigh Valley’s largest newspaper,have joined the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America. The Morning Call Guild said staff were suffering from “stagnant pay, shrinking newsrooms and an ever-growing workload.” “We know unionizing doesn’t magically solve the problems with the news industry,” said reporter Michelle Merlin. “But it does…

WBUR Employees Vote  SAG-AFTRA
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WBUR Employees Vote SAG-AFTRA

Boston, Mass. – WBUR in Boston voted SAG-AFTRA as their union. With an overwhelming election result of 73 to 3 the journalists at WBUR decided the union way was best. The bargaining unit will cover producers, editors, hosts, reporters and writers at the NPR affiliate in Boston. This new SAG-AFTRA affiliate is now preparing for negotiations with Boston…

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