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Chicago Cabbies’ Union Says City’s Taxi Industry Is Failing

June 18, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Competition from unregulated ride-share companies is decimating Chicago’s taxi industry, according to a report released earlier this month by Cab Drivers United, AFSCME Local 2500.

Unions, Environmentalists Celebrate First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

June 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

North Kingstown, RI, - Rhode Island building-trades unions and environmentalists celebrated the nation’s first offshore wind-power farm on a chartered-boat cruise June 13.

California Hospital Workers Begin Three-Day Strike

June 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Watsonville, CA - More than 100 union workers at Watsonville Community Hospital began a three-day strike June 14, their second in the last month.

Labor Secretary Reverses Rules on Employer Responsibility

June 16, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has reversed two department policies regulating employers who claim their workers are independent contractors or employed by third parties.

Oregon ATU Opposes ‘Regressive’ Tax Hikes for Transportation

June 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Portland, OR, - Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, Oregon's largest transit workers’ union, has come out against the $8.2 billion transportation bill pending in the state legislature, saying it would be funded by “one regressive tax after another” in a June 14 posting on its Web site.

Writers’ Union Tries to Get Ebony Freelancers Paid

June 15, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - As Ebony magazine was developing plans to lay off almost one-third of its 35 editorial staffers in May, 14 freelance writers were asking the National Writers Union to help them recover $30,000 it owes them for articles.

Deal Ends R.I. Casino Strike After 3 Minutes

June 13, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Lincoln, RI, - A wee-hours strike by workers at the Twin River Casino June 9 ended after about three minutes when casino officials and UNITE HERE Local 26 announced a tentative settlement agreement.

Labor Department Moves to Allow Secret Anti-Union Campaigns

June 13, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Labor Department began taking public comments June 12 on its plans to get rid of the Obama administration’s “persuader rule,” which requires employers to reveal when they’ve contacted outside consultants on how to handle union organizing.

SF Airport Probes Food Contractor’s Wage Theft

June 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Franciso, CA - Airline food contractor LSG Sky Chefs failed to pay 136 workers at San Francisco International Airport the minimum wage, UNITE HERE charged in a report issued June 8.

Union Leaders Say ‘Buy American’ Is The Path To Prosperity

June 12, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Three major union leaders want Congress to enact “Buy American” laws strengthening requirements that the federal government purchase U.S.-made products.

Verizon Agrees to Fix Copper Lines in Pennsylvania

June 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - Resolving a complaint to state regulators by the Communications Workers of America, Verizon agreed June 5 to make repairs and upgrades to its network of copper-wire lines in Pennsylvania.

AT&T and CWA Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

June 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - AT&T West and DirecTV workers represented by the Communications Workers of America District 9 have reached a tentative contract agreement, the union announced June 3.

Ohio Democrats Urge Broader Definition of ‘Infrastructure’

June 10, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Four members of Ohio’s congressional delegation signed an open letter to President Donald Trump June 7 urging him to use a broader definition of “infrastructure” when constructing or repairing public works.

Chicago Charter-School Teachers Voting on Merger With CTU

June 10, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Unionized teachers at Chicago charter schools began voting June 5 on whether to join the Chicago Teachers Union, which represents teachers in the city’s regular public schools.

Trump Policies Make America Safe for Wage Theft

June 9, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Immigrants who are victims of wage theft are increasingly afraid to complain about it under the rule of Donald Trump.

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