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AFL-CIO: Election An Indictment Against Political Elites,Anti-Worker Policies
Law and Politics, National

AFL-CIO: Election An Indictment Against Political Elites,Anti-Worker Policies

November 12, 2016   By Doug Cunningham Workers Independent News Washington, DC – AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka says more than anything the presidential election was an indictment of politics as usual. Trumka says for too long political elites embraced economic policies that “hold down wages, increase inequality, diminish opportunity and ship American jobs overseas.” Trump made…

New Missouri Gov Makes Union-Shop Ban Likely
Municipal Government, National

New Missouri Gov Makes Union-Shop Ban Likely

November 12, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel St.Louis, MO – Republican Eric Greitens’ election a governor makes it almost certain that Missouri will enact a ban on union shops. The self-styled “conservative outsider” vowed during the campaign that he would “fight to improve Missouri’s job climate with ‘Right to Work’ legislation.” The state…

D.C. Transit Union Rips ‘Death Spiral’ Budget Cuts
National, Transportation

D.C. Transit Union Rips ‘Death Spiral’ Budget Cuts

November 11, 2016 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Washington, DC – The union representing workers in DC’s Metro subway system has sharply criticized massive budget cuts and layoffs the system’s general manager proposed Oct. 31. General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, trying to close a budget gap of almost $300 million, said the system needed to…

SAG-AFTRA Video-Game Strike Lines Harden
Municipal Government, National

SAG-AFTRA Video-Game Strike Lines Harden

November 11, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Los Angeles, CA – “Death screams are on strike!” more than 350 people chanted Nov. 3 while picketing Warner Bros.’ WB Games unit in Burbank, supporting the strike by SAG-AFTRA video-game performers. Members of the American Federation of Musicians, The Animation Guild, IATSE, and the Writers…

Philly Transit Strike Ends
National, Transportation

Philly Transit Strike Ends

November 9, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Philadelphia, PA – The strike that stopped Philadelphia buses, trolleys, and subways for six days ended just before 5 a.m. Nov. 7, when Transport Workers Union Local 234 signed a tentative five-year contract with the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. The deal came several hours after a…

Cincinnati Transit Union Sues Over Living-Wage Violations
National, Transportation

Cincinnati Transit Union Sues Over Living-Wage Violations

November 9, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Cincinnati, OH, USA Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627 has filed a lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), charging that they are violating the city’s April living-wage law by paying some workers less than $15 an hour. The ordinance…

AFGE President Hails Voting Rights Court Ruling
Municipal Government, National

AFGE President Hails Voting Rights Court Ruling

November 8, 2016 By Neal Tepel, LaborPress   Washington, DC –  North Carolina native J. David Cox Sr., who leads the nation’s largest federal employee union,  hailed a court ruling restoring voting rights to thousands of mostly black residents who were illegally removed from the rolls. “A federal court judge has prevented the state of…

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