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Missouri Union-Shop Ban Backers Try to Stop Vote to Repeal It

April 20, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Jefferson City, MO - Supporters of Missouri’s new union-shop ban are trying again to have the courts block a voter referendum to repeal the law.

Midwest ‘Right to Work’ States Have Lower Wages Than Neighbors

April 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

La Grange, IL - Wages are lower in the three industrial-Midwest states that have banned the union shop than they are in the three that haven’t, according to a study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute released Apr. 3.

Students 'Hungry For Justice' Fast, Urge Boycott Of Wendy's

April 19, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Ohio, IL - College students are spreading a fast for justice aimed at the Wendy’s fast food chain. Sarasota Florida New College students went on a five day fast in solidarity with fasting Ohio State students urging a boycott against Wendy’s.

Walker Signs Law to Ban Local Project-Labor Agreements

April 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Madison, WI - Gov. Scott Walker signed a law Apr. 17 prohibiting local governments from making project-labor agreements that require contractors to use union labor.

United Pilots’ Union ‘Infuriated’ by Passenger-Dragging

April 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL The union representing United Airlines’ 12,500 pilots says it is “infuriated” by passenger Dr. David Dao being violently dragged off a United Express flight Apr. 9, an incident that provoked public outrage after a video of it went viral.


Labor For Our Revolution: Four National Unions Support May Day Actions

April 18, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Washington, DC - Four national unions that are part of a new Labor For Our Revolution network are supporting the May 1st worker protests dubbed "A Day Without Immigrants".

Trump Hires Federal Administrator Who Purged Gay Workers

April 18, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - A top Agriculture Department official appointed by President Donald Trump in January was a “key player” in an effort to get rid of gay and lesbian workers in his agency during the Bush administration, ProPublica reports.

California Court Upholds San Diego Pension Cuts

April 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Diego, CA - A California court on Apr. 11 upheld a 2012 San Diego ballot initiative that cut retirement benefits for city workers. The 4th District Court of Appeal unanimously overturned the state Public Employee Relations Board’s 2015 ruling that the measure violated state law on public employees’ collective-bargaining rights.

N.H. Labor Nominee Draws Union Ire

April 17, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire AFL-CIO sharply criticized Gov. Chris Sununu nomination of union-shop ban supporter Ken Merrifield to head the state Department of Labor.

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Minimum-Wage Increases

April 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Santa Fe, NM - Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed two bills that would have raised the state’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 on Apr. 6, saying they would hurt small businesses.

Nissan, Temp Agency Face More NLRB Charges at Mississippi Plant

April 15, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Jackson, MS - The National Labor Relations Board has added three new charges to accusations pending against Nissan Motor Co. and a temporary-work agency at the company’s Canton, Mississippi plant.

San Diego Building-Trades Activists Protest Trump

April 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Diego, CA - When President Donald Trump spoke to the national Building Trades legislative conference in Washington April 4, six members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 turned their backs and held up signs saying “Resist.”

Pennsylvania State Workers Sign Deal for 11.75% Raise

April 14, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - Service Employees International Union Local 668 has officially finalized a contract covering more than 9,000 Pennsylvania state government employees, the union announced Apr. 7.

Union Charges Minneapolis Hospital’s Layoffs Were Discriminatory

April 13, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Minneapolis, MN - The union representing workers at Hennepin County Medical Center filed a lawsuit Apr. 5 seeking a temporary injunction to reverse the Minneapolis hospital’s decision to lay off or demote 200 workers.

Judge Stays Seattle Law Letting Uber, Lyft Drivers Unionize

April 9, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Seattle, WA - A federal judge in Seattle issued a preliminary injunction Apr. 4 delaying the city’s law that lets “ride sharing” taxi drivers unionize, until a legal challenge to the law is settled.

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