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Ironworker Receives Eight Million
Municipal Government, National

Ironworker Receives Eight Million

December 7, 2016  By Stephanie West Chicago, IL –  On November 3, 2016, 12 jurors unanimously agreed to award Anthony Fonte, a 61-year-old Local 1 Union Iron Worker, a record-setting $8,000,000.00 jury verdict.This is the highest reported verdict in Illinois history for an adult male shoulder injury. The previous record was $3.8 million and that…

AFT : Betsy Devos Wants To De-Fund Public Education
Education, National

AFT : Betsy Devos Wants To De-Fund Public Education

December 7, 2016  By Doug Cunningham Workers Independent News To hear the audio click the following link Washington, DC – [Randi Weingarten]: “The nominee for the Secretary of Education slot is the most ideological and anti-public education nominee that any party has ever selected. How someone can be selected to be the chief spokesperson about…

Michigan Legislators Prepare Assault on Pensions
Municipal Government, National

Michigan Legislators Prepare Assault on Pensions

December 7, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Lansing, MI – In a move reminiscent of the way they pushed through a law banning the union shop in December 2012, Republican legislators in Michigan have introduced a raft of bills in their lame-duck session to cut retired public workers’ benefits. A state Senate committee…

Pipeline a plus for Pennsylvania
Municipal Government, National

Pipeline a plus for Pennsylvania

December 3, 2016  By James Kunz Jr Pittsburgh, PA – According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, pipelines are the safest way to transport energy resources. This fact is critical as Pennsylvania considers how to take advantage of the vast energy resources of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. Another critical fact is…

Chicago Airport Workers Strike for $15 and a Union
National, Transportation

Chicago Airport Workers Strike for $15 and a Union

December 3, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Chicago, IL – About 500 support workers at O’Hare Airport here staged a one-day strike Nov. 29 to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union. “We’re not asking for special treatment, we’re asking for decent treatment,” cabin cleaner Kisha Rivera, 41,…

Wind Farms Provide Future Energy & Jobs
Municipal Government, National

Wind Farms Provide Future Energy & Jobs

December 2, 2016  By Stephanie West Block Island, RI – The Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island is a model for our future energy needs. Offshore wind energy is an opportunity to reduce pollution, create thousands of local jobs, stabilize electric rates, and protect people and wildlife from climate…

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