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Durazo to Lead Hotel Workers on Immigration/Civil Rights

October 31, 2014
By Stephanie West


Los Angeles, CA – Maria Elena Durazo, recognized as one of the most influential labor leaders in the nation, will resign her position as the leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO to become a national officer of UNITE HERE, the hotel, casino and food service workers’ union. Durazo will serve as General Vice President on Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity for the union.

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Oakland School Bus Drivers Choose Teamsters

October 29, 2014
By Stephanie West


Oakland, California - First Student school bus drivers in Oakland, California, have voted in favor of representation by Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro, California. The drivers transport children in the Oakland Unified School District.

 

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Canada's Legislation Strips Agriculture Workers of Human Rights

October 30, 2014
By Stephanie West


Toronto, Ontario - UFCW Canada expresses shock and dismay with Quebec's Liberal government for ramming through legislation that has the potential to strip many agriculture workers of their basic human rights. The government has passed into law Bill 8, which will effectively deny workers in small agriculture operations the right to unionize and bargain collectively.

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Fast-Food Workers’ Fight for $15 Update

October 28, 2014
By Stephanie West


Washington DC - Labor Secretary Tom Perez spoke bluntly last week about the country’s lagging efforts to address the crisis of low-wage work – when asked how the U.S. compares to other advanced economies in raising pay for workers, Perez stated, “I mean, we suck. We really do.”

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D.C. Taxi Drivers Affected by Council Votes

October 30, 2014
By Stephanie West


Washington, DC - Hundreds of D.C. taxi drivers circled Freedom Plaza and packed a D.C. City Council hearing room October 28th to protest a bill to regulate private sedan services that drivers say continues to give the services a huge competitive edge.

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Manhattan May Be An Island – But Health Care Businesses Are Not

October 27, 2014
Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor
and Special Accounts

 

New York continues to show improvement on a number of health measures – from AIDS to childhood obesity to life expectancy.  The intense commitment of New Yorkers to personal fitness and a focus on healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices has had a positive impact (e.g., New Yorkersspend more money than all but two other cities on gym memberships).  Legislators continue to drill down on controlling prescription drug abuses and stopping the spread of contagious diseases.  

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