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BCTGM Kellogg Workers Locked Out While CEO Earns $8 Million

April 24, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Memphis, Tenn. - BCTGM Local 252G President Kevin Bradshaw, who along with more than 220 other union workers, has been locked out of the Kellogg cereal plant in Memphis, Tenn. since last October. While the locked union members have not received a paycheck since the illegal lockout began on October 22, 2013—Kellogg CEO John Bryant pocketed nearly $8 million in 2013 compensation, according to the AFL-CIO’s 2014 Executive PayWatch.

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Close Gender Pay Gap by Insourcing More Jobs

April 16, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC -- American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. has called on President Obama to close the gender pay gap by hiring more federal employees to take on work now performed by contractors. Women in the federal government on average make 11 cents less on the dollar than their male counterparts, compared to nearly 20 cents less in the private sector.

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AFT President Weingarten Receives Humphrey Award

April 23, 2014
By Stephanie West


Washington, DC - On May 15, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten will be honored by the civil and human rights community. Randi will receive the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for her lifelong commitment to improving America’s education system.

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Retail and the Battlefront for Fair Wages

April 16, 2014
By Neal Tepel


New York, NY - Since retail is one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States it has become the battlefront for worker rights and decent wages. Presently many workers, particularly in the expanding fast-food restaurant industry, are struggling to survive in low-wage, part-time jobs with little or no benefits. Our economy’s increasing reliance on low-wage, part-time work has widened the gap between the rich and poor.

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Minimum Wage Increase in NY

April 21, 2014
By Neal Tepel


New YorK, NY - As efforts to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour continue to move forward in Seattle and San Francisco, a group of New York lawmakers introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for many low-wage workers in the state. The minimum wage increase would affect business with yearly sales of $50 million or more and chains with at least 11 locations nationwide.

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Tampa Teamsters Win Contract

April 16, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Tampa, Fla. -- Pasco County employees have ratified their first Teamster contract. They. Now have strong IBT representation for more than 1,100 public sector workers across the county. "We fought to win a strong first contract for these hardworking public employees, and we won," said Ken Wood, President of Teamsters Local 79 in Tampa and Teamsters International Vice President.

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