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LA Minimum Wage Increase Shows the Way

September 2, 2014
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial


Los Angeles, California – The fight to raise the minimum wage in fast food stores has reached California. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti has recommended the raising of the city’s minimum wage by $4.25 and plans to index it to inflation. His goal is to reach a $15 minimum for all workers. Clearly the LA initiative demonstrates the success of the fast-food workers’ movement. For two years, fast-food workers have been calling for $15 an hour and a union—it's an amount that will allow them to support their families and lift communities across America.
 

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Machinists File for Mediation at Southwest Airlines

August 28, 2014
By Stephanie West


Washington, DC - After more than two years of direct talks with Southwest Airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees contract negotiations in the airline industry.

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UFCW and Food 4 Less Reach Agreement

September 1, 2014
By Stephanie West


Los Angeles, California - Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union employed by Food 4 Less
have agreed to a contract. The UFCW was prepared to go on strike. However, the Union and Kroger, the parent company, were able to break the stalemate and negotiate an agreement Monday August 27th.

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Electrical Workers Union Lights the Way

August 28, 2014
By Stephanie West


Boston, Mass. - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 has installed 19 Clear Blue/Illumient solar and wind powered street lights at their Boston headquarters. These "Smart Off-Grid" lights communicate wirelessly with Clear Blue’s advanced cloud-based software to enable IBEW personnel to remotely control, maintain and operate them over the Internet.

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Shirley Newell: Fighting for What We Deserve

August 29, 2014
Reproduced: http://www.seiu32bj.org/


Trenton, NJ - For over 12 years Shirley has worked for the Trenton School District with children of all ages. When she describes what she does on a daily basis, it is always dependent on the time of day, the day of the week or the activities that are going on in the school.

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Democrats Lead Battle for Congress

August 28, 2014
By John Zogby


The latest Zogby Analytics poll shows that neither party has much to brag about heading into the 2014 congressional elections. The poll of 1,223 likely voters nationwide, indicates that "if the election were held today", more voters would choose the Democratic candidate in their district than the Republican by a margin of 39% to 34%, with 6% selecting "other" and 21% still not sure.

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