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Renegotiating NAFTA Important to Unions

June 23, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Trump appealed strongly to the  working-class union members particularly in the trades and auto industry. Trump’s message on jobs, trade and America First,  was critical in his 2016 election victory.  He won over  many rank and file union members who usually vote Democratic.

L.A. Port Truckers Work as ‘Indentured Servants’

June 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

 Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles’ port truckers, who haul almost half of the nation’s container imports from the city’s ports to Southern California warehouses and rail yards, work under conditions so onerous that they are effectively “modern-day indentured servants,” a year-long investigation by the USA Today network found.

Tallahassee Resists City Workers’ Union Campaign

June 22, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Tallahassee, FL - With city workers here making their third effort in 15 years to join a union, the Florida capital’s government is resisting. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers began helping city workers organize in February after several utility department workers asked for its assistance.

Trump Takes Employers’ Side in Supreme Court Class-Action Case

June 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Trump administration is taking employers’ side in a Supreme Court case involving whether workers can be forced to sign compulsory-arbitration agreements that prohibit them from filing class-action lawsuits.

Why Do We Need Medicaid?

June 20, 2017 
By Reprinted
: aflcio.org Shaun O'Brien

Washington, DC - Like many Americans, you may have parents or other loved ones in nursing homes because they require around-the-clock care. Nursing-home care is expensive, typically $80,000 per year for a semiprivate room—far more than the income of a typical senior.

AFL-CIO Housing  Trust Update

June 20, 2017 
AFL-CIO Housing  Trust Update
Reprinted
www.aflcio-hit.com

Washington, DC -  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has released the second installment of its HIT Podcast series, "Community Revitalization the Union Way."

Chicago Cabbies’ Union Says City’s Taxi Industry Is Failing

June 18, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Competition from unregulated ride-share companies is decimating Chicago’s taxi industry, according to a report released earlier this month by Cab Drivers United, AFSCME Local 2500.

Unions, Environmentalists Celebrate First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

June 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

North Kingstown, RI, - Rhode Island building-trades unions and environmentalists celebrated the nation’s first offshore wind-power farm on a chartered-boat cruise June 13.

California Hospital Workers Begin Three-Day Strike

June 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Watsonville, CA - More than 100 union workers at Watsonville Community Hospital began a three-day strike June 14, their second in the last month.

Labor Secretary Reverses Rules on Employer Responsibility

June 16, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has reversed two department policies regulating employers who claim their workers are independent contractors or employed by third parties.

Oregon ATU Opposes ‘Regressive’ Tax Hikes for Transportation

June 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Portland, OR, - Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, Oregon's largest transit workers’ union, has come out against the $8.2 billion transportation bill pending in the state legislature, saying it would be funded by “one regressive tax after another” in a June 14 posting on its Web site.

Writers’ Union Tries to Get Ebony Freelancers Paid

June 15, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - As Ebony magazine was developing plans to lay off almost one-third of its 35 editorial staffers in May, 14 freelance writers were asking the National Writers Union to help them recover $30,000 it owes them for articles.

Deal Ends R.I. Casino Strike After 3 Minutes

June 13, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Lincoln, RI, - A wee-hours strike by workers at the Twin River Casino June 9 ended after about three minutes when casino officials and UNITE HERE Local 26 announced a tentative settlement agreement.

Labor Department Moves to Allow Secret Anti-Union Campaigns

June 13, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Labor Department began taking public comments June 12 on its plans to get rid of the Obama administration’s “persuader rule,” which requires employers to reveal when they’ve contacted outside consultants on how to handle union organizing.

SF Airport Probes Food Contractor’s Wage Theft

June 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Franciso, CA - Airline food contractor LSG Sky Chefs failed to pay 136 workers at San Francisco International Airport the minimum wage, UNITE HERE charged in a report issued June 8.

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