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NLRB Recommends Revote on Union at Harvard

April 26, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cambridge, MA - The National Labor Relations Board ruled Apr. 19 that the union organizing Harvard University graduate student workers had “valid” concerns about the vote it lost last November.

TV Work Rules, Health Care Issues as Writers Guild Votes on Strike

April 26, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - As members of the Writers’ Guild of America voted Apr. 24 on whether to authorize a strike, TV work rules and health care were the main issues.

New Contract a Gateway to Better Jobs

April 25, 2017 
Reprinted: RWDSU.INFO

Newark, NJ - Gateway shuttle bus drivers in Newark, New Jersey, joined RWDSU/UFCW Local 108 last year to improve their pay and treatment.

Illinois Legislature Considers $15 Minimum

April 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Peoria, IL - With a bill to raise the Illinois minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $15 now on the state House floor, the measure’s sponsors are touring the state to drum up support.

Judge Rules California Fruit Company Bargained in Bad Faith

April 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sacramento, CA - A California Agricultural Labor Relations Board judge ruled Apr. 14 that a fruit company that has resisted the United Farm Workers for more than 25 years bargained in bad faith during contract talks in 2013.

XPO Ordered To Pay $855K In Stolen Wages To 4 Port Truckers

April 23, 2017   
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Los Angeles, CA - California's Labor Commissioner is ordering XPO logistics to re-pay more than $850,000 in stolen port trucker wages to four Port Of Los Angeles/Long Beach drivers. The workers were illegally mis-classified as independent contractors instead as what they are - employees.

Wisconsin Building Trades Rip Walker Proposal to Nix Licensing Exams

April 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Madison, WI - A proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to exempt journeyman plumbers, electricians, and sprinkler fitters from having to take an exam to get their license after they finish a state-approved apprenticeship program has drawn sharp criticism from construction unions and some contractors.

Union Plumbers to Fix Flint’s Pipes

April 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Flint, MI - A federal-court settlement approved Mar. 28 requires the state of Michigan to replace the pipes that caused Flint’s water supply to be contaminated with lead—and most of the work will be done by union plumbers.

Penn. Governor Says $12 Minimum Would Reduce Medicaid Costs

April 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed raising the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, saying it would save the state almost $50 million in public-assistance costs such as Medicaid.

Machinists Organize Ground-Service Workers at Two New Airlines

April 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sea-tac, WA - In the last 10 months, the International Association of Machinists has organized more than 2,000 ground-service workers at two new subsidiaries of Alaska and United airlines.

Missouri Union-Shop Ban Backers Try to Stop Vote to Repeal It

April 20, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Jefferson City, MO - Supporters of Missouri’s new union-shop ban are trying again to have the courts block a voter referendum to repeal the law.

Midwest ‘Right to Work’ States Have Lower Wages Than Neighbors

April 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

La Grange, IL - Wages are lower in the three industrial-Midwest states that have banned the union shop than they are in the three that haven’t, according to a study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute released Apr. 3.

Students 'Hungry For Justice' Fast, Urge Boycott Of Wendy's

April 19, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Ohio, IL - College students are spreading a fast for justice aimed at the Wendy’s fast food chain. Sarasota Florida New College students went on a five day fast in solidarity with fasting Ohio State students urging a boycott against Wendy’s.

Walker Signs Law to Ban Local Project-Labor Agreements

April 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Madison, WI - Gov. Scott Walker signed a law Apr. 17 prohibiting local governments from making project-labor agreements that require contractors to use union labor.

United Pilots’ Union ‘Infuriated’ by Passenger-Dragging

April 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL The union representing United Airlines’ 12,500 pilots says it is “infuriated” by passenger Dr. David Dao being violently dragged off a United Express flight Apr. 9, an incident that provoked public outrage after a video of it went viral.

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