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More Women Come Forward Alleging  ‘Unchecked’ Sexual Harassment of Teens at McDonald’s
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More Women Come Forward Alleging ‘Unchecked’ Sexual Harassment of Teens at McDonald’s

New York, NY – Two more women who were teenagers when they worked at a McDonald’s in Lansing, Michigan added their names to a growing class action sexual harassment lawsuit that was first filed last fall.  In November, the ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of former McDonald’s worker Jenna Ries and a class of…

Labor Groups Construct Virtual ‘Memorial Wall’  For Workers Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic
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Labor Groups Construct Virtual ‘Memorial Wall’ For Workers Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY – Two organizations, Jobs with Justice and UnionBase, have come together during the coronavirus pandemic to offer a new website, WorkersMemorialWall.org, where people can post pictures of their co-workers who have been lost to COVID-19. LaborPress recently talked with Jobs with Justice Executive Director Erica Smiley to learn more about the project,…

Rope Found In Bubba Wallace’s Garage Was Not a Noose, FBI Says
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Rope Found In Bubba Wallace’s Garage Was Not a Noose, FBI Says

ALABAMA – Law enforcement officials in Alabama have concluded their investigation into the rope found at the Talladega Superspeedway on Tuesday, and have determined that it was not a noose that was found in the garage recently assigned to Bubba Wallace — the lone full-time Black NASCAR driver. Wallace is in his third season driving…

Law of the Land: Civil Rights Act of ’64 Protects LGBTQ Workers, Too
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Law of the Land: Civil Rights Act of ’64 Protects LGBTQ Workers, Too

WASHINGTON—In a landmark 6-3 decision June 15, the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s ban on employment discrimination on the basis of sex extends to sexual orientation and gender identity. “Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote, joined…

Court Says Workers Don’t Need New Safety Rules For COVID-19
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Court Says Workers Don’t Need New Safety Rules For COVID-19

WASHINGTON—One day after the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. passed 2 million, the nation’s second most powerful court denied the AFL-CIO’s petition to force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue emergency safety rules to protect workers from being exposed to the virus. In a one-paragraph ruling issued June 11, a…

Labor Veterans React to Presidents ‘Photo-Op’ that Used Military
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Labor Veterans React to Presidents ‘Photo-Op’ that Used Military

The AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council has called for the resignation of both U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley for their participation in the violent clearing of peaceful protesters in Washington DC. The event was staged for a President Trump photo-op.   On the evening…

Protect Residents of NJ’s Nursing Homes
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Protect Residents of NJ’s Nursing Homes

“1199SEIU applauds the release of the Manatt report, which covers concrete recommendations for next steps to protect residents of NJ’s nursing homes and address the systemic, underlying conditions that contributed to the situation we are in today. “We need a long-term care vision that truly learns the lessons of the past two years—the tragedy at…

Helicopter Crash Kills Two IBEW Members
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Helicopter Crash Kills Two IBEW Members

Solano County, Calif. — Two members of IBEW were killed in a tragic accident while on-the-job working for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Their helicopter hit a power line which resulted in the copter going out of control. It smashed into the ground causing the entire plane to erupt into a ball of fire. The two…

IronWorkers Statement In Response To Nationwide Protest
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IronWorkers Statement In Response To Nationwide Protest

Washington, D.C. –  The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers’ General President Eric Dean issued the following statement in response to the nationwide protests: As a union, the Iron Workers have fought long and hard to overcome the discriminatory policies of the past and to create an environment of inclusion and fairness in…

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