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213,000 Letter Carriers Reach Tentative New Labor Deal With Postal Service

May 16, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - The National Association of Letter Carriers has reached a tentative new labor agreement with the U.S. Postal Service covering 213,000 active city letter carriers nationwide.

Strong Safeguards Needed that Protect Civil Service Workers

May 14, 2017 
By AFGE President J. David Cox Sr.

Washington, DC -  J. David Cox Sr. Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. released the following statement in response to President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey:"Now more than ever, we must uphold the principle that there be strong safeguards protecting the civil service from politically motivated firing.

UFCW Local 555: Safeway/Albertsons organizing drive brings in 4,400 new members

May 13, 2017 
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Salem, Oregon - Oregon’s largest private sector union has just completed its biggest-ever organizing campaign. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555, which reported 20,140 members as of September, is in the process of adding 4,400 new members.

Teamsters Unionize S.F. Shuttle-Van Service

May 13, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Francisco, CA - Drivers for the San Francisco commuter-van service Chariot have joined Teamsters Local 665. The company, which was acquired by Ford Motor Co.

Canadian Muslim School’s Teachers Join UFCW

May 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Scarborough, Canada - Teachers at the Islamic Foundation School in this Toronto suburb voted overwhelmingly to join the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 175 on May 1.

Trumka Calls Talks With Trump 'Not Very Satisfying’

May 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pittsburg, PA - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said May 6 that his recent talks with President Donald Trump about how to revive manufacturing in the United States were “not very satisfying.”

New Jersey Genesis Workers Demand and Win Respect, Union Voice

May 11, 2017  
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RWDSU

Plainfield, NJ- The RWDSU scored another major nursing home victory for workers, with employees at Genesis Woodlands, in, Plainfield New Jersey, voting to join the union by an overwhelming margin on April 28.

Congress Repeals Rule Allowing State-Run Retirement Plans

May 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted May 3 to repeal an Obama-era rule that lets states sponsor their own retirement-savings programs for low-income workers.

Indiana Republican Admits Prevailing Wage Repeal Hasn't Saved Money

May 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Milwaukee, WI - In April, Indiana’s House assistant majority leader, Ed Soliday, traveled to Wisconsin, where the Republican-led state Senate is considering a bill to repeal the law that workers on public construction projects must be paid a union-level prevailing wage.

Washington Lawmakers Eye Tying Boeing Tax Breaks to Jobs

May 10, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Olympia, WA - Frustrated that Boeing has eliminated almost 13,000 jobs in the state after receiving a 40% tax cut in 2013, Washington legislators are considering two bills that would reduce the multibillion-dollar tax break.

Budget Deal Saves Coal Miners’ Health Fund

May 10, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC -A bipartisan congressional budget committee agreed to a deal May 1 that will bail out a health-care fund covering for 22,000 retired coal miners, including many who suffer from black lung.

Philly Airport Workers Rally for Minimum Wage

May 9, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - In a rally at Philadelphia International Airport May 1, dozens of Philadelphia-area workers took the day off without pay to demand that airline subcontractors pay workers the city’s $12.10 an hour minimum wage.

New NLRB Rules Accelerate Union Elections

May 9, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The amount of time workers have to wait to vote on union representation has dropped by 38% since the National Labor Relations Board adopted new rules intended to speed up the process, according to a study by the management law firm Fisher Phillips.

Teamsters Strike Follows Clare Rose to D.C.

May 8, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - An ongoing strike followed Long Island beer distributor Clare Rose to the nation’s capital today. The Teamsters Union protested outside of the National Beer Wholesalers Association’s Legislative Conference, handing out fliers and waving signs reading, “Clare Rose Destroys Jobs, Hurts Families.”

Last-Minute Deal Averts Screenwriters’ Strike

May 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - After late-night talks May 1, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers agreed on a tentative three-year contract just before the union’s strike deadline.

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