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Massachusetts Workplace Deaths Hit 10-Year High

May 3, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - The number of work-related deaths in Massachusetts has more than doubled in the last five years, according to a report released Apr. 28 by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health.

Senate Confirms Acosta as Secretary of Labor

May 3, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Alex Acosta as Secretary of Labor Apr. 27. Eight Democrats and independent Angus King of Maine joined 51 Republicans in approving Donald Trump’s second nominee to the post.

Safety Before Profits

May 2, 2017
By Jerry Cohen 

Vancouver, Canada - B.C. Coalition for Safety Before Profits and its members have launched an online campaign to tell Kinder Morgan to keep its promise to British Columbians to put safety before profits.

Ivanka Trump’s Chinese Subcontractor Pays $1 an Hour

May 2, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Workers in a Chinese factory that makes Ivanka Trump’s brand of clothing get paid barely $62 a week to knit blouses that sell for $79—and they have to toil almost 60 hours a week for it, according to an audit by the Fair Labor Association released Apr. 24.

Ohio Steelworkers Talk Trade With Congressmembers

May 2, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Warren, OH - Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Tim Ryan met with United Steelworkers leaders in Northeast Ohio Apr. 24 to discuss how to combat unfair trade practices effectively.

YRC Freight Rescinds Pay Cuts—But Not for All Workers

May 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Kansas City, MO - Three years after the Teamsters agreed to pay cuts to prevent the YRC Freight trucking company from going bankrupt, the company is rescinding the cuts—but only for workers in some areas.

Win Week In Review

April 30, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Washington, DC - [Peg Seminario]: "The future of safety and health for working people in this country I think is uncertain and indeed may be in danger."

IUPAT Union Supports Communities

April 30, 2017  
By Stephanie West

Hanover, MD -  On Saturday, April 22, over 2,000 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) members across the United States and Canada put their hearts and skills to work for their neighbors to honor the union's second annual IUPAT Community Day of Action.

800 Hospital Workers Join 1199 Northwest

April 30, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Richland, WA - Workers at the largest hospital in central Washington state voted Apr. 19-20 to join SEIU Healthcare 1199NW.

Yale Grad Students Go On Hunger Strike to Win Talks

April 29, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New Haven CO - Eight graduate students at Yale University began a hunger strike Apr. 25 to pressure the university administration to begin contract talks.

Screenwriters Union Authorizes Strike

April 29, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - Members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly Apr. 24 to authorize a strike if the union can’t negotiate a contract with major Hollywood studios and broadcast-TV networks.

New Study Shows “Right-to-Work” Laws Harm Workers

April 28, 2017 
By Pablo Ros
Reprinted:  
afscme.org 

Washington, DC - “Right-to-work” laws are nothing new. The first states to adopt such laws did so in the 1940s and 50s. But between 1960 and 2012, a span of 52 years, only four states became “right to work.” In contrast, since 2012, six states have adopted so-called “right-to-work” laws – Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and, just this year, Kentucky and Missouri.

House GOP Pushes Overtime-Pay Substitution

April 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - House Republicans are quietly advancing a bill called the Working Families Flexibility Act that would end the federal requirement of time-and-a-half pay for overtime and let private-sector employers offer comp time off instead.

California UFCW Member Gets Cannabis Journeyman’s License (2)

April 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sacramento, CA - A 27-year-old manager at the River City Phoenix medical-cannabis dispensary on Sacramento’s north side has become California’s first official cannabis pharmacy technician, thanks to an apprenticeship program spearheaded by the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Congressmembers Urge Boston Not to Privatize Transit Jobs

April 27, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - All 11 members of the state’s congressional delegation have asked the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to work out a deal with Machinists Local 264 rather than insist on outsourcing dozens of jobs.

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