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Mayo Clinic, SEIU at Odds on Outsourcing

September 30, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Rochester, MN - The Mayo Clinic is still refusing to retain its almost 700 dietary workers as employees. In talks with the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Sept. 19-20, the clinic, which has announced plans to outsource its food service to Morrison Healthcare, rejected two proposals by the union that would let the workers stay on as staff.

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VW’s ‘Anti-Union Union’ Loses Standing

September 29, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chattanooga, TN - Membership in the “anti-union union” trying to counter the United Auto Workers at Volkswagen’s plant here has dropped below the share needed to qualify for meetings with management, the company said Sept. 22.

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Boston Mayor Says He Won’t Cross Picket Line If Janitors Strike

September 30, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Sept. 25 that if the city’s office-building janitors go on strike this week, he won’t cross the picket line at the John Hancock Tower or the Prudential Center. He added that he would “gladly get involved” in contract talks if necessary.

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Cleveland Teachers Nix Contract

September 28, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Teachers Union members narrowly rejected a proposed three-year contract with city public schools, the union said Sept. 22. The vote on the deal, which had averted a strike scheduled for Sept. 1, was 1,832 to 1,730.

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Trump Lags Romney Among UAW members

September 29, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - Donald Trump’s support among United Auto Workers members is less than what the Republican presidential nominees had in 2008 and 2012, union President Dennis Williams said Sept. 23.

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Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

September 28, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Teachers Union has voted overwhelmingly to authorize its leaders to call a strike, the union announced Sept. 26. About 95% of its members who signed ballots last week approved a possible walkout, well over the 75% of total membership legally required.

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