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Conn. Unions Protest Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

February 26, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Hartford, CT - Connecticut union members traveled to the state capitol here Feb. 20 to protest a bill that would prohibit the government’s “recently hired and future employees” from bargaining over retirement benefits.

Iowa AFSCME Sues to Void ‘Draconian’ Bargaining Law

February 23, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia

Des Moines, IA - USA The union representing 40,000 Iowa public employees filed a lawsuit in state court here Feb. 20 arguing that the new law drastically restricting their collective-bargaining rights violates the state constitution.

COLA Increase for APWU

February 23, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 16 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective March 4, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Santander Bank U.S. Workers Launch Union Organizing Drive

February 23, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Dallas, TX - Bank workers Tuesday started a struggle for unionization in the U.S. 15,000 bank workers at Spain-based Santander Bank are declaring their intentions to form a union.

AT&T, CWA Extend Contract

February 22, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Diego, CA - AT&T and the Communications Workers of America agreed Feb. 11 to extend their about-to-expire contract while talks continue.

Iowa Unions Rush to Ink Contracts Before Law Passes

February 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cedar Rapids, IA - Public-sector unions in several Iowa cities are rushing to reach new contracts before the state enacts a law that would kill their ability to bargain over benefits.

Sexual Harassment Suits at Puzder’s Restaurants

February 19, 2017  
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - On the eve of Secretary of Labor nominee and CKE Restaurants CEO, Andrew Puzder’s confirmation hearing before the Senate HELP Committee, restaurant worker Jamie Dinkins will file sexual harassment charges against her employer, the CKE-owned Hardee’s fast food franchise.

Victory For Labor As New Hampshire Anti-Union Bill Fails (2)

February 19, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Concord, NH - Anti-union legislation has failed to pass in New Hampshire's state Assembly. The bill would have prevented workers from deciding to put a requirement to pay union dues in their labor contracts.

S.C. Boeing Workers Vote to Reject Union

February 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

North Charleston SC - Workers at Boeing’s South Carolina facilities voted Feb. 15 against being represented by the International Association of Machinists, by a margin of almost 3 to 1 out of about 2,800 ballots cast.

Tesla Workers Eye UAW Representation

February 18, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Fremont, CA - Workers at the Tesla Motors electric-car factory in Fremont, California, have “approached” the United Auto Workers about organizing the plant, the union said Feb. 10.

Unions React Cautiously to Trump’s New Labor Pick

February 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - American labor unions are reacting cautiously to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Florida law-school dean R. Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor Feb. 16, calling for a careful examination of his record.

AFLCIO Trust Invests in Connecticut

February 17, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Bridgeport, CT – A facelift has begun on Bridgeport’s most visible, dilapidated industrial site. Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim and state officials broke ground recently on the Cherry Street Lofts redevelopment project. The project includes 157 new residential apartments at the West End site along I-95.

Federal Hiring Freeze Spares Firefighters, Ices VA

February 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Tucson, AZ - President Donald Trump’s Jan. 23 executive order freezing federal hiring alarmed many people in Arizona, who feared it would prevent the Forest Service from adding extra firefighters during wildfire season.

Iowa Anti-Labor Bill Doesn’t Play Well in Sioux City

February 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sioux City, Iowa - Republican state legislators’ bill to dismember collective bargaining for public employees isn’t playing well in this city of 82,000 people along the Missouri River.

Iowa Republicans Push Ban on Local Minimum-Wage Raises

February 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Des Moines, IA - A state House committee on Feb. 9 approved a Republican-backed bill that would make it illegal for counties or cities to set minimum wages higher than the state’s, which has been $7.25 an hour since 2008.

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