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‘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.

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Beleaguered Steelworkers Rally in Minnesota Iron Range

August 28, 2015
By Steve Wishnis and Neal Tepel

With contracts about to expire for taconite-mine workers in Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range, more than 1,000 people rallied Aug. 20 in the small town of Virginia. Negotiations between the United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal, and Cliffs Natural Resources are underway in a year when 1,500 workers have been laid off, and prices for iron ore and steel have been plummeting.

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We’re Winning Raises Across the Country

August 31, 2015
By Jeanina Jenkins


St. Louis, MO. - When fast-food workers first started standing up and demanding $15, people told us we had no shot. But because we stuck together, we’re winning raises across the country and right here in St. Louis.

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Oregon State Workers Ratify Contract

August 28, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Oregon state workers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 503 have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new four-year contract. The deal, which covers about 20,000 workers, will give them a 1.48% cost-of-living increase this December and a 2.75% raise in December 2016.

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Teamsters Demand San Bernardino County Keep Its Promises

August 31, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA


Ontario, Calif.- More than 1,200 San Bernardino County public employees were joined by State Treasurer John Chiang and District Attorney Mike Ramos at a town hall meeting at the Ontario Convention Center August 22nd to protest the County Board of Supervisors' broken promises.

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Ulster Official Wants $15 Minimum for County Workers

August 27, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel


The chair of the Ulster County Legislature in upstate New York wants to raise the minimum wage for county workers to $15 per hour, saying that if it’s good enough for fast-food workers, it’s good enough for “the people that work in infirmaries cleaning bedpans, and all the other folks."

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