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Postal Workers Say PowerPoint Proves Privatization Plans

February 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 


Washington, DC - The American Postal Workers Union says a confidential document revealed during National Labor Relations Board proceedings involving the Staples office-supply chain proves that the U.S. Postal Service plans to privatize most services.

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Iowa Leading Way for Equal Pay

February 8, 2016
By David Paterson
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http://www.afscme.org 

Des Moines, Iowa -  State legislators here, joined by supporters from around the state, introduced a new bill aimed at closing the gender pay gap. Iowa was one of 21 states to introduce equal pay legislation during the week of the seventh anniversary of President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Jan. 29.

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Detroit Schools Emergency Manager Resigns

February 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - The state-imposed emergency manager of the city’s public schools announced Feb. 2 that he would resign, less than a week after the Detroit Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit demanding his ouster.

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Ford Workers Get Record Bonuses

February 8, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - Union workers at the Ford Motor Company will get record profit-sharing bonuses of $9,300 for 2015. The company made record profits in North America and Asia, it announced Jan. 28, and cleared $7.4 billion after taxes on worldwide revenues of $149.6 billion.

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Can Jersey Teachers Roll Back Health-Care Payments?

February 8, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pleasantville, NJ - New Jersey’s 2010 law requiring public employees to pay part of their health-insurance premiums expired last year, and teachers’ unions are likely to try to roll back those payments in their next contracts.

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From Hard Fought Clinton Win in Iowa We Head Onward

February 7, 2016
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Washington, DC -  In the face of stagnant wages, right-wing extremist attacks on workers’ rights, broken criminal justice and immigration systems, and an increasing need for affordable home and child care, hundreds of SEIU members have knocked doors and walked blocks across early primary states, and turned out a close, hard fought win for Hillary Clinton in Iowa, where she won union households by 9 points.

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