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CWA Slams Verizon for Rejecting Broadband Funds

September 3, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Verizon has refused $3.4 million in federal funds to expand high-speed Internet service in the Buffalo area—and a Communications Workers of America spokesperson says it’s because the company “clearly just decided they don’t want to invest in their landline infrastructure.” Verizon was one of 10 telecommunications companies that is receiving money from the Federal Communications Commission under a program to expand broadband service to rural and underserved communities.

Birmingham Raises Minimum to $10.10

September 3, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Birmingham, Alabama became the first Southern city to set a higher local minimum wage on Aug. 18, when the City Council on Aug. 18 passed an ordinance to increase the city’s minimum to $10.10 an hour. The vote was 7-0 with one abstention. Low-wage workers’ pay would rise from the federal $7.25 minimum to $8.50 in July 2016, and reach $10.10 in July 2017.

September Labor History - The Battle for Blair Mountain

September 3, 2015
Bill Hohlfeld

Whether or not we choose to attend our local parade, most of us manage to connect the month of September with Labor Day. Unfortunately, for many of us it signifies little more than a three-day weekend and the last big barbecue of the summer before the kids head off for school. But September of 1921 had little to do with department store sales and hot dogs for the coal miners of West Virginia who participated in what was probably the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War.

Never Too Young to Learn

September 2, 2015
By Bill Hohlfeld

In her new children’s book Joelitos Big Decision, Ann Berlak takes on the daunting but necessary task of introducing American youth to the concept of personal responsibility when making consumer choices. Her fictional fast food chain, Mac Manns, is representative of an ever growing number of fast food and retail outlets that reap substantial profits for CEOs and shareholders by neglecting to pay their workers a living wage.

St. Louis Enacts $11 Minimum Wage

September 2, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed a bill on Aug. 28 raising the city’s minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2018, about an hour after the city’s aldermen passed it by a 16-8 margin. The measure will raise the minimum in four steps, beginning at $8.25 on Oct. 15, but it does not cover workers at small businesses, defined as enterprises with 15 or fewer employees or less than $500,000 in annual gross revenue.

The President’s First Job is to Preserve the Middle-Class

September 1, 2015
By Gregory Floyd, President Teamsters Local 237 and Trustee on the General Executive Board of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

While I’m heartened that some presidential candidates have already opened the dialogue on jobs and the middle-class, every candidate vying for the American presidency must understand and address the importance of protecting the American worker.

‘It’s a Big Deal’: NLRB Expands Law on Joint Employers

September 1, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

A National Labor Relations Board ruling last week could eliminate a common way employers insulate themselves from responsibility for wages and conditions, unions trying to organize low-wage workers say. The board ruled Aug. 27 that a California recycling company qualified as the “joint employer” of workers at one of its recycling plants, even though it had a staffing agency hire them.

School Safety Agents And The Fight For Gender Pay Parity

August 31, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Local 237 President Greg Floyd with NOW's Sonia Ossorio in 2014.

New York, NY - Without the steadfast courage of Corinthians Andrews, Bernice Christopher and Patricia Williams — lead plaintiffs in the landmark Equal Pay Act case — the gender gap that once marked the lives of 5,000 mostly female school safety agents throughout NYC might never have been shut. On October 8, the inspiring trio will be honored at LaborPress’ annual Heroes of Labor Awards ceremony. 


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