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Arkansas Battery Maker Locks Out 200 Workers
Municipal Government, National

Arkansas Battery Maker Locks Out 200 Workers

May 4, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Fort Smith, AR – Exide Technologies in Fort Smith, a leading supplier of batteries for the U.S. Navy, locked out more than 200 workers at its Fort Smith plant Apr. 24 after they “overwhelmingly rejected the company’s final offer,” International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 700…

Chicago Nursing-Home Workers OK Strike
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Chicago Nursing-Home Workers OK Strike

May 4, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Chicago, IL – Some 5,000 workers at Chicago-area nursing homes have authorized a strike that would begin May 4-6, SEIU Healthcare Illinois announced Apr. 27. The union’s contract with the Illinois Association of Healthcare Facilities, which operates 53 nursing homes in the metropolitan area, expired Feb….

Massachusetts Workplace Deaths Hit 10-Year High
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Massachusetts Workplace Deaths Hit 10-Year High

May 3, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Boston, MA – The number of work-related deaths in Massachusetts has more than doubled in the last five years, according to a report released Apr. 28 by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. The 70 workers who died in 2016—62…

Senate Confirms Acosta as Secretary of Labor
Law and Politics, National

Senate Confirms Acosta as Secretary of Labor

May 3, 2017   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Washington, DC – The Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Alex Acosta as Secretary of Labor Apr. 27. Eight Democrats and independent Angus King of Maine joined 51 Republicans in approving Donald Trump’s second nominee to the post. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said in a statement he…

Safety Before Profits
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Safety Before Profits

May 2, 2017 By Jerry Cohen Vancouver, Canada – B.C. Coalition for Safety Before Profits and its members have launched an online campaign to tell Kinder Morgan to keep its promise to British Columbians to put safety before profits. In response to a growing community of British Columbians who are concerned about Kinder Morgan’s level…

Ohio Steelworkers Talk Trade With Congressmembers
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Ohio Steelworkers Talk Trade With Congressmembers

May 2, 2017   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Warren, OH – Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Tim Ryan met with United Steelworkers leaders in Northeast Ohio Apr. 24 to discuss how to combat unfair trade practices effectively. Mark Murray, who works at Thomas Steel Strip in Warren, said the Steelworkers have filed “numerous” complaints…

Win Week In Review
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Win Week In Review

April 30, 2017  By Doug Cunningham Workers Independent News To hear the audio click the following link Washington, DC – [Peg Seminario]: “The future of safety and health for working people in this country I think is uncertain and indeed may be in danger.” AFL-CIO Safety Director Peg Seminario. The AFL-CIO Wednesday released the report…

IUPAT Union Support Communities
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IUPAT Union Support Communities

April 30, 2017   By Stephanie West Hanover, MD –  On Saturday, April 22, over 2,000 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) members across the United States and Canada put their hearts and skills to work for their neighbors to honor the union’s second annual IUPAT Community Day of Action. With materials donated by the IUPAT, union employers and…

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