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Blue Collar Buzz: Strikes, Closures, Low-Wages and Andy Puzder

January 18, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

BCB Co-hosts Bill Hohlfeld and Neal Tepel.

New York, NY - This week’s episode of LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 is tackling the nomination of fast food kingpin Andy Puzder as U.S. Labor Secretary; the Momentive chemical plant strike in Waterford, NY; ROC-United’s onggoing One Fair Wage campaign; and the very suspect closure of the famed Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue and W. 55th St. 

Victory For APWU: U.S. Postal Service Ends Staples Post Office Work

January 7, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Washington, DC - The U.S. Postal Serice is ending post office services at Staples stores by March. The American Postal Workers Union protested the program for years as about 500 Staples stores did postal work that post office employees used to provide.

DirecTV Call-Center Workers Ratify First Contracts

January 7, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Englewood, CO - Workers at five DirecTV call centers have ratified their first union contracts, the company announced Dec. 29. AT&T, which bought the digital-TV provider for $48.5 billion in 2015, agreed to include the nearly 2,000 call-center workers in three existing contracts with the Communications Workers of America.

Four Seasons Restaurant Workers Win Contract

January 6, 2017
Reprinted:
unitehere100.org

New York, NY - One hundred Local 100 members were close to losing their jobs due to the relocation of the Four Seasons restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. The members chose to fight to keep their contract and on July 11th, 2016 Four Seasons signed a contract agreeing to retain all of the members and their seniority at the new location.

Retailers Stop On-Call Shift Scheduling

January 6, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -  Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, along with attorneys general from seven other states and the District of Columbia, announced that six major retailers have agreed to stop using on-call shift scheduling following an inquiry by the multi-state coalition of AGs.

UFCW Denounces Amazon’s Cashierless Grocery-Store Prototype

December 14, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Seattle, WA - United Food and Commercial Workers President Mark Perrone Dec. 6 denounced Amazon.com’s launch of a prototype grocery store that doesn’t have cashiers. “Amazon is masking its blind greed as progress,” he said in a statement.

Silicon Valley Activists Develop App to Report Wage Theft

December 5, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Jose, CA - Labor and community activists in Silicon Valley are now testing a phone app that would make it easier for workers to report wage theft.

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