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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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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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Boston Fire Leaves 2 UNITEHERE Members Without a Home

April 16, 2014
By Brian Lang, UNITEHERE Local 26 President


Boston, Mass. - Dear Union Brothers and Sisters we need you help.

On April 9th, 2014 East Boston residents and UNITE HERE Local 26 members Candida (Candy) Gomes and Osmin Hernandez lost their homes in a tragic eight-alarm fire.  In the aftermath of this unimaginable loss, donations from our union family are appreciated. A fund has been set up to help deliver relief to these two families during this difficult time.

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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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Boston Firefighters Settle Contract

April 15, 2014
By Stephanie West


Boston, Mass - A labor contract between the city of Boston and its firefighters union, Local 718, has been concluded. This negotiated settlement is the first time since 2001 that the two sides have struck a deal without arbitration. The union is expected to present the details to its members this week. Passage of the contract by members of Local 718 is expected shortly.

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