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San Diego County Workers Ratify Five-Year Contract
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San Diego County Workers Ratify Five-Year Contract

San Diego, Calif.—The union representing most of San Diego County’s 17,000 employees has ratified a new contract. More than 75% of the voters approved the five-year agreement, Service Employees International Union Local 221 announced Sept. 14. It will give about 10,000 county workers, including librarians, social workers, and nurses, raises ranging from 13% to 17%,…

Trump Right on China The First Time
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Trump Right on China The First Time

National Report from Washington – first in a monthly series by Robert Weiner and Ben Lasky After deferring to China for Korea and seeing no results, President Trump’s return to disciplining China over trade crimes is the right position. On Aug. 14, President Trump authorized a probe on China’s trade practices, with a focus on…

W.Va. Court Lets Union-Shop Ban Take Effect
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W.Va. Court Lets Union-Shop Ban Take Effect

Parkersburg, W. Va.—The state Supreme Court on Sept. 15 overturned a lower court’s injunction that had prevented the state’s ban on the union shop from going into effect since February. Justice Menis Ketchum wrote that the state AFL-CIO and other unions challenging the constitutionality of the “Workplace Freedom Act” enacted in 2016 had failed to…

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