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Cleveland Charter-School Teachers Win Union
Education, National

Cleveland Charter-School Teachers Win Union

February 5, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Cleveland, OH – Administrators at a Cleveland charter school have voluntarily agreed to recognize a teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers announced Feb. 1. The decision at Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School came after 94% of staff signed cards in January saying they wanted to…

S.C. Labor Leader Says ‘We Can Win’ at Boeing
Municipal Government, National

S.C. Labor Leader Says ‘We Can Win’ at Boeing

February 5, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Charleston, SC – Although South Carolina is the least unionized state in the nation, its best-known labor leader believes the International Association of Machinists has a good shot at winning their second campaign to organize the Boeing plant in North Charleston. “We can certainly win at…

CWA: Republicans Introduce ‘Right to Work’ Legislation
Municipal Government, National

CWA: Republicans Introduce ‘Right to Work’ Legislation

February 4, 2017  By Neal Tepel Washington, D.C. – Following is a statement by the Communications Workers of America on the introduction of so-called “right to work” legislation by Congressional Republicans. In introducing so-called “right to work” legislation, Republicans in Congress didn’t waste any time doing the bidding of corporate interests who have plotted for…

Workers at Trump’s DC Hotel Vote to Join UNITE HERE
Municipal Government, National

Workers at Trump’s DC Hotel Vote to Join UNITE HERE

February 4, 2017   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Washington, DC – The about 40 housekeepers and guest-room workers at the Trump International Hotel Washington have voted overwhelmingly to join UNITE HERE Local 25. Local 25 secretary-treasurer John Boardman told the Washington Post that they will seek to bring the recently opened hotel into the…

IAM & United Airlines Reach Deal
Municipal Government, National

IAM & United Airlines Reach Deal

February 3, 2017  By Stephanie West Washington, D.C. – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has announced it has reached seven tentative agreements with United Airlines for approximately 30,000 workers at the airline. The five-year accords run through 2021 and call for approximately 30 percent in pay increases over the term of…

Mayo Clinic Workers Reluctantly Agree to Outsourcing
Health and Safety, National

Mayo Clinic Workers Reluctantly Agree to Outsourcing

February 3, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Rochester, MN – Workers at the Mayo Clinic have reluctantly agreed to let the clinic outsource its food-service department, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota President Jamie Gulley announced Jan. 24. In one vote, about 500 dietary workers voted to drop grievances filed against Mayo last fall in exchange…

Colorado AFL-CIO Urges State to Protect Health Care
Municipal Government, National

Colorado AFL-CIO Urges State to Protect Health Care

January 30, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Denver, CO – In a rally at the state capitol Jan. 25, the Colorado AFL-CIO urged legislators to pass laws guaranteeing equal pay for women, keep employers from sending jobs overseas, and oppose Republican efforts to abolish the state’s Obamacare health-insurance exchange. “It’s unconscionable to me…

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