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Most National Union Leaders Back Buffalo Native & Former U.S. Secretary Of Labor Thomas Perez…

March 3, 2017 
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
 
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Washington, DC - Though most - if not all - Union Leaders on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) supported the runner-up in the Committee Chair Race, they quickly fell into line once former U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez (pictured above/WNYLaborToday.com File Photo), a Buffalo native, won the job.

Illinois State Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

March 3, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Springfield, IL - After more than a year of Gov. Bruce Rauner refusing to bargain for a new contract, the union representing 28,000 Illinois state workers voted to authorize a strike.

Working Families Issues Will Lead a United Democratic Party

March 2, 2017 
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Washington DC –  “For working families demanding a say in America’s economic and political systems at this pivotal time in our democracy, DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison will unite the Democratic National Party and get to the important work of rebuilding a party in which the needs of America’s working families lead. 

A WNYLaborToday.com Report: “To Help Ease The Pain,”…

March 2, 2017  
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
 
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Philadelphia, PA - In the wake of more than 100 headstones toppled over at a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia, which authorities say is the latest in a wave of anti-Semitic incidents across the country in recent weeks, Union Workers represented by the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council will donate their time on Saturday (March 4th) to help reset the toppled tombstones and re-sod the damaged gravesites.

Anti-Union Teachers File ‘Friedrichs 2.0’ Lawsuit

March 2, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Santa Ana, CA - SantaThe organization behind last year’s unsuccessful attempt to outlaw the union shop for public-sector workers is trying to bring a similar case to the Supreme Court.

New Hampshire Votes No “Right-to-Work”

March 1, 2017  
By Stephanie West

New Hampshire, OH - The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted against so-called “Right-to-Work”! Following the House vote Glenn Brackett, president of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO, made the following statement:

House Republicans Go After Federal Unions’ ‘Official Time’

March 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - More than 300 Veterans Administration employees spent all their work time doing union business, House Republicans charged at a joint-subcommittee hearing Feb. 16. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee said that Office of Personnel Management figures showed 345 VA employees “they were essentially full time on official time.”

Three Construction Unions Back Trump Labor Nominee

March 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Three of the nation’s main building-trades unions have endorsed Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s new nominee for Secretary of Labor. Douglas McCarron, general president of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, said in a Feb. 16 statement that Acosta is an “advocate for the middle class” committed to fighting payroll fraud.

UAW Preparing ‘Buy American’ Ad Campaign

February 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Lords town, OH - Hoping to bring back manufacturing jobs, United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams announced Feb. 17 that the union is preparing an ad campaign urging consumers to buy U.S.-made cars and trucks, with union-made vehicles their first choice.

Federal Hiring Freeze Will Hit Worst in Rural, Indian Areas

February 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - President Donald Trump’s January executive order forbidding the hiring of new federal employees is likely to hit hardest at rural and Native American communities, according to the American Federation of Government Employees.

Conn. Unions Protest Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

February 26, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Hartford, CT - Connecticut union members traveled to the state capitol here Feb. 20 to protest a bill that would prohibit the government’s “recently hired and future employees” from bargaining over retirement benefits.

Iowa AFSCME Sues to Void ‘Draconian’ Bargaining Law

February 23, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia

Des Moines, IA - USA The union representing 40,000 Iowa public employees filed a lawsuit in state court here Feb. 20 arguing that the new law drastically restricting their collective-bargaining rights violates the state constitution.

COLA Increase for APWU

February 23, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 16 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective March 4, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Santander Bank U.S. Workers Launch Union Organizing Drive

February 23, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Dallas, TX - Bank workers Tuesday started a struggle for unionization in the U.S. 15,000 bank workers at Spain-based Santander Bank are declaring their intentions to form a union.

AT&T, CWA Extend Contract

February 22, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Diego, CA - AT&T and the Communications Workers of America agreed Feb. 11 to extend their about-to-expire contract while talks continue.

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