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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.

Iowa Unions Rush to Ink Contracts Before Law Passes

February 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cedar Rapids, IA - Public-sector unions in several Iowa cities are rushing to reach new contracts before the state enacts a law that would kill their ability to bargain over benefits.

Sexual Harassment Suits at Puzder’s Restaurants

February 19, 2017  
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - On the eve of Secretary of Labor nominee and CKE Restaurants CEO, Andrew Puzder’s confirmation hearing before the Senate HELP Committee, restaurant worker Jamie Dinkins will file sexual harassment charges against her employer, the CKE-owned Hardee’s fast food franchise.

Victory For Labor As New Hampshire Anti-Union Bill Fails (2)

February 19, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Concord, NH - Anti-union legislation has failed to pass in New Hampshire's state Assembly. The bill would have prevented workers from deciding to put a requirement to pay union dues in their labor contracts.

S.C. Boeing Workers Vote to Reject Union

February 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

North Charleston SC - Workers at Boeing’s South Carolina facilities voted Feb. 15 against being represented by the International Association of Machinists, by a margin of almost 3 to 1 out of about 2,800 ballots cast.

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