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Boston Teachers Rally for New Contract

March 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - Several hundred teachers marched loudly outside the city School Department’s headquarters in Roxbury on the evening of Mar. 22 to demand that it move faster on negotiating their new contract.

Win Week In Review

March 26, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Los Angeles, CA - The Communications Workers of America say that 11 of its AT&T locals in California and Nevada - some 17,000 workers - went on strike Wednesday. The union says they are on a grievance strike due to AT&T violations of previously negotiated job duties of technicians. These are landline AT&T workers.

Trump Takes  Meat Cleaver to Public Education

March 26, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washinton, DC - The 2018 budget proposal released by the White House on March 16 "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

Boston Hospital Workers Vote to Join 1199

March 26, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - The 500 support workers at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital voted Mar. 22 to join the 1199SEIU health-care union.

AT&T Technicians’ Strike Ends After One Day

March 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - A strike by about 17,000 AT&T technicians in California and Nevada ended after one day Mar. 23, after the company reached a settlement with the Communications Workers of America.

AFL-CIO Opposes Trump’s Labor Pick

March 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The AFL-CIO announced Mar. 22 that it was opposed to the confirmation of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor.

Undermining Federal Employees

March 24, 2017 
By AFLCIO President Richard Trumka

Washington DC - All attention in Congress right now is focused on the awful health care plan put forward by extremist Republicans. But Congress also is moving fast to pass three bills that would take away the rights of working people in the federal government to have a collective voice on the job.

Trump Budget Would Cut Labor Department 21%

March 24, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, released March 16, would cut funds for the Department of Labor by more than 20%, from the current $12.2 billion to $9.6 billion.

Midwestern Meatpackers Go on Strike

March 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sauget, IL - Workers at the Holten Meats plant here went on strike Mar. 18 after overwhelmingly rejecting the company’s latest contract offer. “76% of the people here have voted to authorize a strike," said David Cook, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655.

AFL-CIO Launches Good Jobs Campaign

March 22, 2017 
BY Stephanie West, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC -  The AFL-CIO  has launched a national good jobs campaign to call out corporations that ship jobs overseas. These companies that send American jobs overseas are not considering the importance of investing in the USA including our schools, transportation, energy and communications systems.

Career and Tech Education Programs Essential

March 22, 2017 
By Stephanie West, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - Career and technical education is crucial to maintaining a strong American economy with well-paying jobs, but it cannot succeed on a "skinny" budget that provides insufficient funding.

Rauner Asks to Skip Appeals-Court Level in AFSCME Case

March 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Springfield, IL - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner filed a request Mar. 17 asking the state Supreme Court to rule immediately on whether it can impose its contract terms on state workers, skipping over the appeals-court level.

Grammar Quirk Wins Maine Truckers Overtime-Pay Lawsuit

March 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - A comma missing from a Maine state law about overtime tipped a federal appeals-court decision that will give 75 truck drivers up to $10 million in back pay. On Mar. 13, the First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower-court ruling and held that drivers at the Oakhurst Dairy in Portland, Maine, were eligible for overtime pay.

Texas Teachers Lobby for Funding, Union Rights

March 21, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Austin, TX - Thousands of Texas public-school teachers and students spent Mar. 13, the first Monday of their spring vacation, at the state capitol, lobbying for the Texas American Federation of Teachers’s legislative agenda.

N.J. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Step Increases

March 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Trenton, NJ - The New Jersey Supreme Court heard oral arguments Mar. 13 on whether public employees should get “step” pay increases after their contract’s expired.

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