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Union Plumbers to Fix Flint’s Pipes
Health and Safety, National

Union Plumbers to Fix Flint’s Pipes

April 22, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Flint, MI – A federal-court settlement approved Mar. 28 requires the state of Michigan to replace the pipes that caused Flint’s water supply to be contaminated with lead—and most of the work will be done by union plumbers. The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed by Flint…

California Court Upholds San Diego Pension Cuts
Municipal Government, National

California Court Upholds San Diego Pension Cuts

April 17, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel San Diego, CA – A California court on Apr. 11 upheld a 2012 San Diego ballot initiative that cut retirement benefits for city workers. The 4th District Court of Appeal unanimously overturned the state Public Employee Relations Board’s 2015 ruling that the measure violated state law…

N.H. Labor Nominee Draws Union Ire
Municipal Government, National

N.H. Labor Nominee Draws Union Ire

April 17, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Concord, NH – The New Hampshire AFL-CIO sharply criticized Gov. Chris Sununu nomination of union-shop ban supporter Ken Merrifield to head the state Department of Labor. Sununu “has once again shown that conforming to a conservative ideology is more important than ensuring the protection of our…

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Minimum-Wage Increases
Finance, National

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Minimum-Wage Increases

April 16, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Santa Fe, NM – Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed two bills that would have raised the state’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 on Apr. 6, saying they would hurt small businesses. One, originally from the state House, would have increased the minimum from $7.50…

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