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AFSA Members Vote No for Ed Secretary Duncan

March 27, 2013
Neal Tepel, LaborPress USA

Washington DC - In a survey to members of the American Federation of School Administrators, 49 percent of the respondents said they felt negative or very negative about U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's reappointment.
Washington DC - In a survey to members of the American Federation of School Administrators, 49 percent of the respondents said they felt negative or very negative about U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's reappointment.

APWU Fights Abuse - Management Forces Workers to ‘Voluntarily’ Take Pay Cuts

March 27, 2013
Diane Cohen, LaborPress USA


Washington DC - “The Postal Service is abusing Postal Support Employees in small offices and systematically violating contractual restrictions governing PSEs, Clerk Craft Director Rob Strunk has declared.  “And we intend to do something about it.“Locals and state organizations must take note of these violations and file grievances based on the specific circumstances in their area,” he said.

John Zogby: Obama Weekly Report Card Featured in the Washington Examiner Grade for March 18 - March 25: C

March 26, 2013

"The president got a chance to look presidential on his trip to the Middle East. He was chummy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that puts a Band-aid on a first-term open sore. He reassured a nervous Israel that he supports its security and is on the same page with them on the Iranian nuclear issue.
 

Continuing Resolution Passed by the House and Senate is a Mixed Blessing

March 25, 2013
By J. David Cox Sr., AFGE National President


However, Congress did provide some agencies, particularly the Defense and Agriculture departments, with funding flexibility that should allow them to revisit previously announced personnel actions, including furloughs and firing of temporary and term employees. Instead of imposing such actions indiscriminately, these personnel decisions should be based on mission requirements, program needs and other priorities.

OPEIU California Local 29 Organizes Therapists

March 25, 2013
By Stephanie West


Sacramento, California –  Local 29 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO announces that certified massage therapists employed by Massage Bar Inc., at the Sacramento International Airport have voted for Local 29 representation.

Faith In a Higher Minimum Wage!

March 21, 2013
Joe Maniscalco

Brooklyn fast food workers putting in long hours for very little pay got a spiritual boost from the Flatbush Reformed Church on Tuesday as a once-hopeful deal in Albany to raise the minimum wage to $9, now appears to be deteriorating rapidly. (Read More/Watch Video)

SEIU Welcomes Senator Rand Paul's Support for Commonsense Immigration Reform (2)

March 20, 2013
Labor World by Neal Tepel
Senator Rand Paul

WASHINGTON, DC - As more bipartisan support continues to grow in America for commonsense immigration reform, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R- KY) today added his voice on March 19, 2013 to the national discussion, urging his party to relent its long-standing opposition to a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country and work towards a solution.

AFGE President Says Knives Do Not Belong On Airplanes (2)

March 20, 2013
Labor World By Neal Tepel

president of AFGE
TSA Administrator John Pistole's testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee recently didn't do much to slow down criticism of his decision to allow certain knives to be carried onto airplanes. J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, joined the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA to reject the TSA's policy change that would allow small knives on airplanes.

Ryan Budget Proposal Devastates Municipal Services

March 18, 2013
By Stephanie West

Budget Chairman Paul Ryan
Washington DC - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced a budget  proposal last week that passed through his committee  22 to 17 along party-lines with no Democratic support. His budget would impose considerable hardships on those who can least afford them in order to slash taxes for the wealthy and corporations.

NJEA Endorses Barbara Buono

March 18, 2013
Labor World by Diane Cohen

Barbara Bowen for new Jersey governor

Trenton NJ - The 195,000-member New Jersey Education Association has endorsed Senator Barbara Buono for governor.

“Barbara Buono has supported public education for her entire career in the Legislature,” said NJEA President Barbara Keshishian. “She is a proud graduate of New Jersey’s public schools, and understands the vital role they play in the aspirations of middle class citizens.

Stop & Shop Workers Ratify Contracts

March 18, 2013
Labor World by Neal Tepel

stop & shop ratifies contract
Washington DC - After several months of challenging bargaining, members of UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459 at Stop & Shop, voted Sunday March 10, 2013 to ratify new three-year contracts. the locals crafted creative solutions that invest resources back into workers’ paychecks and provide stability for the existing Taft-Hartley benefit plans.

AFGE President Cox Testifies - Cost Based Insourcing Saves Money

March 11, 2013
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher


WASHINGTON DC -- American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. testified before a public meeting conducted March 5, 2013 by the Office of Management and Budget on the need to finally develop a methodology that would allow agencies other than the Department of Defense to in-source in order to save money.

Solve Sequestration Issue Now

March 11, 2013
By Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA


Congress should take responsibility and propose solutions that don’t place full burden on working people.

LIUNA members and all working people will soon be paying the price for political gamesmanship in Congress, which could put our economic recovery at risk.

Postal Work Stays In-house

March 11, 2013
Labor World By Neal Tepel

The American Postal Workers Union won an important arbitration case on subcontracting in the Motor Vehicle Craft that has important implications for the entire APWU, Motor Vehicle Craft Director Bob Pritchard announced on March 5, 2013. “This is a big achievement for the union,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “It confirms that the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement gives us more teeth to protect APWU jobs.

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