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Seattle Photojournalists Gain Contract
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Seattle Photojournalists Gain Contract

December 21, 2016  By John Quinn, LaborPress USA Seattle, WA – With newsrooms shrinking around the country, and TV news crews being asked to do far more with far less staff, there was good news for the camera crews at KING5 in Seattle. On Thursday they finally ratified their most recent contract. The present number…

Five-Week Lockout Ends at Newfoundland Quarry
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Five-Week Lockout Ends at Newfoundland Quarry

December 21, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Piccadilly, UK – The five-week lockout at the Atlantic Minerals Ltd. quarry on Newfoundland’s west coast ended Dec. 15, when International Union of Operating Engineers Local 904 members voted 90-19 to ratify a contract offer. The company had locked out 130 truck drivers and heavy-equipment operators…

OPEIU Local 29 Members Reject offer from Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld
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OPEIU Local 29 Members Reject offer from Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld

December 20, 2016  By Stephanie West Oakland, CA – After four contract negotiation sessions, spokesperson Caren P. Sencer, attorney for Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld, presented to the OPEIU Local 29 negotiating team their last best and final offer. OPEIU contacted Federal Mediation to facilitate Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld to return to the bargaining table, according…

Michigan Gov Plots Pension-Reduction Plans
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Michigan Gov Plots Pension-Reduction Plans

December 20, 2016 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Lansing, MI – Republican legislators in Michigan have dropped plans to enact bills during the lame-duck session that would eliminate pensions for future teachers and cut health care for retired local government employees, but Gov. Rick Snyder says the issue will be a top priority for…

NLRB Says Mayo Clinic Workers Have Valid Complaint
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NLRB Says Mayo Clinic Workers Have Valid Complaint

December 19, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Washington, DC – The National Labor Relations Board said Dec. 9 that it will hold a hearing on SEIU Healthcare Minnesota’s complaint that the Mayo Clinic “failed to bargain in good faith” with maintenance workers at its facility in Albert Lea, Minn. The decision means the…

Toronto Laborers’ Local Reaches 50,000 Members
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Toronto Laborers’ Local Reaches 50,000 Members

December 18, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Toronto, CA -The Toronto-area local of the Laborers’ International Union of North America announced Dec. 1 that it now has more than 50,000 members, making it the largest construction-union local in North America. LIUNA Local 183 business manager Jack Oliveira credited “a tireless commitment to organizing”…

Unions Hope for Best in Telecom Sale
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Unions Hope for Best in Telecom Sale

December 15, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Montpelier, Vt – FairPoint Communications, the phone company that provoked a bitter four-month strike in northern New England two years ago, is being acquired by the Illinois-based Consolidated Communications Holdings for $1.5 billion. Leaders of the two unions representing FairPoint’s 1,550 union workers said they were…

Texas SEIU Files for Bankruptcy
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Texas SEIU Files for Bankruptcy

December 15, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Houston, TX – The Texas branch of the Service Employees International Union in Texas filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Dec. 4, three months after a jury in ordered it to pay $5.3 million to a Houston office-cleaning company it had accused of cheating workers out…

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