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Tacoma Teachers Strike Might Last Rest of Month
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Tacoma Teachers Strike Might Last Rest of Month

TACOMA, Wash.—The 2,200 teachers on strike in Tacoma, Washington believe their walkout might last the rest of the month. “Teachers have the patience of saints,” first-year high-school teacher Megan Holyoke told USA Today on the picket line Sept. 10. “I think the district doesn’t understand that. We will wait this out.” The Tacoma strike was…

Talks to Resume in Montana Talc-Mill Lockout
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Talks to Resume in Montana Talc-Mill Lockout

THREE FORKS, Mont.—The company that locked out workers at its talc-milling plant in Three Forks Aug. 2 has agreed to return to the bargaining table in September, under federal mediation. Imerys America and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers agreed Aug. 27 to schedule the talks for Sept. 11 and 12. The lockout began after members…

Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel’s Two-Tier Contract Offer ‘Insulting’
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Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel’s Two-Tier Contract Offer ‘Insulting’

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—With the United Steelworkers’ contracts with two major steelmakers expiring at midnight Sept. 1, U.S. Steel has proposed a seven-year deal that would cut wages and benefits for future hires—and phase out raises for all workers in favor of profit-sharing bonuses. The proposal would give the more than 16,000 union employees signing bonuses of…

Alaska City Workers Protest Expired Contracts
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Alaska City Workers Protest Expired Contracts

FAIRBANKS, Alaska—About 100 people rallied in a park across from City Hall here Aug. 23 to protest that the city’s firefighters, police, and office staff are all working under expired contracts. “If you can’t bargain in good faith, you need to go,” Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami declared, in comments aimed at an apparently absent…

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