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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.

Contract Fight Revives ATU Local in ‘Right-to-Work’ Virginia

June 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Fairfax, VA - A year ago, only about half the 600 bus drivers, mechanics, and utilities staff at the Fairfax Connector bus service in Washington’s Virginia suburbs were members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1764.

Ohio Judge Voids State Ban of Local Minimum-Wage Hikes

June 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Columbus, OH - A county judge here on June 2 voided the state law that prohibits local governments from setting their own minimum wage. Common Pleas Judge Richard A. Frye held that the measure, enacted in a lame-duck session last December, violated the Ohio Constitution's rule that bills can only be about one subject.

Illinois Senate Sends $15 Minimum Wage to Rauner

June 7, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Springfield, IL - The Illinois Senate passed a bill May 31 that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2022, beginning with a raise to $9 on Jan. 1.

OSHA Becomes Quiet About Enforcement Under Trump (2)

June 7, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Since President Donald Trump took office, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued only four press releases announcing the names of employers it has penalized for job-safety violations—down from 199 issued in the same period last year.

Unions React to the MAX Killings

June 6, 2017 
By Don McIntosh
Reprinted:
nwLaborPress.org

Portland, OR -  The May 26 attacks on the MAX light rail train hit close to home for many local union members. Jeremy Christian, an ex-con and self-described political nihilist, got on a westbound train at Lloyd Center at about 4:30 Friday and immediately targeted two African-American girls, one of them wearing a hijab, with a loud and frightening racist rant.

SEIU: Improving Dialysis Patient Care is Critical

June 6, 2017 
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress USA

Sacramento, CA -  California is closer to enacting major reforms in the dialysis industry that would improve patient care for 66,000 people and staffing at 562 dialysis clinics under legislation passed by the California Senate.

21st Century Has Fewer Women in U.S. Workforce

June 5, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - Since 2000, the percentage of women participating in the U.S. workforce has declined slightly, reversing more than a half-century of dramatic growth.

Canadian Media Guild Organizing Reality TV

June 5, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Toronto, Canada - Reality-TV employment is called the “Wild West” by many in the entertainment industry because workers have so few rights.

House Republicans Revive Anti-Union Bill

June 4, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - House Republicans reintroduced a bill May 25 that would seriously weaken labor unions’ ability to organize workplaces and continue to represent them.

Bill for National $15 Minimum Wage Introduced

June 4, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - A coalition of Democratic and independent Congressmembers introduced a bill May 25 that would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 by 2024.

FL State Workers Getting First Real Raise in 11 Years – Thanks to AFSCME

June 2, 2017 
By Mark McCullough

REPRINTED:  AFSCME.ORG


Tallahassee, FL - State workers in Florida will get their first real pay raise in 11 years thanks to AFSCME Florida’s hard work during the recently-concluded 2017 legislative session.

CBO Report Confirms Worst Fears


June 1, 2017 
By 1199SEIU President George Gresham

Washington, DC - Earlier this month, the House of Representatives irresponsibly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) without an impact analysis from the Congressional Budget Office and clearly without consideration of the human cost.

OPEIU Hauls Menards Stands Before A Judge For First Time On Federal Labor Law Violations

May 31, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - Menard's - the midwest home improvement chain owned by billionaire Scott Walker supporter John Menard - is on trial for breaking federal labor law.

6 Reasons Curtis Ellis Is a Terrible Pick for Trade Post

May 31, 2017 
Kenneth Quinnell
Reprinted:
Aflcio.Org

Washington, DC - News has emerged that Curtis Ellis is being considered by President Donald Trump as one of the finalists to run the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB).

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