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Bisbee Marks Centennial of IWW Deportation

July 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Bisbee, AZ - The border town of Bisbee on July 17 finished marking the 100th anniversary of what one local official called “the biggest mass kidnapping in American history”.

Union-Backed Investors Buy Chicago Sun-Times

July 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - A group of investors including several area labor unions purchased the Chicago Sun-Times July 12, preventing it from being taken over by Tronc, the parent company of the rival Chicago Tribune.

Will Trump Tap Woman Sued for Stiffing Cleaners to Enforce Wage Laws?

July 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The woman President Donald Trump is considering to enforce federal laws against wage theft was sued last year for allegedly stiffing a house-cleaning service out of $360.

R.I. Casino Workers Strike Over Weekend

July 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Lincoln, RI - About 40 union valet-parking attendants at the Twin River casino went on strike over the July 13-15 weekend to protest management-imposed cuts in their health coverage.

Regional Airlines Back Bill to Lower Training for Copilots

July 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - America’s regional airlines are backing a proposal now before Congress that would reduce the amount of flying time required to become an airline copilot.

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative Deal With NPR

July 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - and National Public Radio reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract just after midnight on July 15, a day and a half after almost 300 staffers asked the union’s national board to let them vote to authorize a strike.

AFT Urges Saudi Arabia to Not Behead Student

July 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Kalamazoo, MI - The American Federation of Teachers has joined the chorus urging Saudi Arabia not to behead a U.S.-bound student arrested for participating in a protest in 2012.

Iowa Ends Overtime for 2,800 State Workers

July 17, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Des Moines, IA - Iowa state officials have reclassified more than 160 job titles to avoid paying overtime to about 2,800 workers.

32BJ Suspends Strike at Four Northeast Airports

July 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - SEIU Local 32BJ suspended a strike by workers at four major Northeastern airports July 13 pending the outcome of negotiations with American Airlines.

Texas Eyes Banning Dues Checkoff for Government Workers

July 15, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Austin, TX - With a special session of the Texas Legislature beginning July 18, Gov. Greg Abbott wants to revive a bill that would prohibit the state or local governments from deducting union dues from workers’ paychecks.

AFL-CIO Warns of NLRB Nominees’ Bad Records

July 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - With President Donald Trump’s two nominees for the National Labor Relations Board scheduled to testify at a Senate confirmation hearing July 13, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka warned that their career histories “appear to be in direct conflict with the mission of the NLRB.”

UAW Requests Union Vote at Nissan's Mississippi Plant

July 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Canton, MI, - The United Auto Workers filed a petition July 10 requesting a vote on union representation at Nissan Motors’ Mississippi factory.

N.J. State Workers Seeking Back Pay After Shutdown

July 13, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Trenton, NJ - New Jersey state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) has scheduled a special session for July 13 to vote on a bill that would give back pay to the 30,000 and 35,000 state employees furloughed during the July 1-3 shutdown of state government.

Philly Building Trades Expand Apprenticeship Access

July 11, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - Working with the city’s building-trades unions, the city government, developers, and institutions have launched three pre-apprenticeship programs intended to increase the number of women and minorities in the city’s construction industry.

Connecticut State Unions Prepare to Vote on Concessions

July 10, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Hartford, C0 - Connecticut’s public-sector workers are scheduled to begin voting next week on whether to give $1.5 billion in concessions to help balance the state budget over the next two years.

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