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Teamsters Win Vote for Google Delivery Temps

July 31, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Warehouse workers at Google Express, the company’s online-shopping and delivery service, will vote on whether to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the union announced July 27. The about 140 workers are currently hired through the Adecco temp agency, and make $13 to $17 an hour with no benefits.

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July Labor History - Part II Mother Jones on the March

July 30, 2015
By Bill Hohlfeld

The U.S Census Bureau tells us that as recently as the year 1900, there were approximately 1.75 million child laborers in America. Boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 15 (and sometimes younger) were working in our mines and in our factories. They often did so for 60 hours a week. It was a time when there were few laws to protect workers and even fewer laws to regulate child labor.

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Guardian US News Staff Joins News Media Guild

July 31, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Staffers at the British Guardian’s U.S. edition voted unanimously July 29 to join the News Media Guild union. Management "voluntarily recognized" the union, the workers said in a statement. The vote at the British newspaper’s U.S. edition, a Web site launched in 2011 with offices in New York, was the third organizing victory in the last two months at digital media for the NewsGuild, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America.

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Dodd-Frank Legislation Needed Now

July 29, 2015
By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka


Washington, DC -  On July 21, 2015 the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement: Working families have waited too long for changes required by Dodd-Frank legislation. Meanwhile, corporations continue to write their own rules.

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Airline-Food Workers Rally in S.F. Suburbs

July 30, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel


More than 100 workers protested July 22 outside the Flying Food Group plant near San Francisco Airport, demanding better pay and working conditions. Rosa Rojas, who works in the Burlingame plant preparing packaged meals for 70 airlines, including JetBlue and British Airways, said she works 10-hour shifts in near-freezing temperatures for about $9 an hour, California’s minimum wage.

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Teamsters Gain Pennsylvania Healthcare Workers

July 29, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA


Allentown, Pennsylvania — A majority of janitorial employees working for Crothall Healthcare at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, have voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 773. There are 233 employees in the group which consists of staff members assigned in the cleaning crews, room preparation and as floor technicians.

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