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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.

Brown Signs Calif. Workers Contracts, But Raises Will Wait

March 20, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sacramento, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown on Mar. 15 signed contracts with five unions that represent about 126,000 state workers—but many will have to wait at least until May to get the raises and bonuses agreed to in the pacts.

Trump Hiring Freeze Closes Philly Historic Sites

March 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA, Seven Revolutionary-era historic sites in Philadelphia have had to close because of President Donald Trump’s freeze on federal hiring, David Fitzpatrick, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2058, told Philly.com.

Illinois Court Backs AFSCME, Imposes Truce on Rauner

March 14, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Springfield, IL - A state appeals court ruled March 3 that Gov. Bruce Rauner can’t impose his contract terms on state workers until it decides whether there is a genuine impasse between his administration and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31.

Winnipeg ATU Calls for Bus Safety After Passengers Disarm Man With Axe

March 13, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Winnipeg, Canada - Less than three weeks after a city bus driver was murdered, passengers on another Winnipeg bus disarmed a man who was carrying an axe and brass knuckles.

DC AFL-CIO Defends Union Members And Immigrant Workers

March 12, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - The Metro Washington D.C. Council of the AFL-CIO is launching a new immigration program. It's aim is to defend union members and immigrant workers in the DC region.

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