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Laborers Urge Virginia Senators to Back Gas Pipeline

April 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Amherst, VA - The Laborers International Union of America hand-delivered about 1,600 letters to Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner Mar. 31, urging them to support the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Lehigh Valley Warehouse Workers to Vote on Union

April 7, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Weisenberg Township, PA - More than 500 workers at the Advance Auto Parts warehouse in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley will vote Apr. 5-7 on whether to join the Laborers' International Union of North America.

Fight Racism, Raise Pay Marcher Says Memphis Workers Are Struggling

April 6, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Memphis, TN - Fight Racism, Raise Pay Protests happened in two dozen cities Tuesday, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's assassination in Memphis. The actions included a march to the Lorraine Motel, the cite of Dr. King's killing.

Teamster Carhaul Members Ratify Contract

April 6, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Teamster carhaul members have ratified a new national auto transporters contract, the union announced Mar. 30, with more than 86% voting yes.

Baltimore Unlikely to Override Mayor’s Veto of $15 Minimum Wage

April 5, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Baltimore, MD - Efforts to get the Baltimore City Council to override Mayor Catherine Pugh's veto of a bill raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour have hit technical obstacles.

SEIU’s Henry: Power of  Communities Defeats Healthcare Repeal

April 3, 2017 
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Washington, DC - Extremists have tried time and again to take away our healthcare but working families and our communities have come out in record numbers to show our opposition to repeal. Today, working people and our communities prevailed.

Minnesota Plumbers Fix Elderly’s Faucets for Free

April 3, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Rochester, MN - More than 20 members of Local 6 Plumbers and Pipefitters spent their Saturday Mar. 25 fixing faucets and installing new toilets for poor and elderly people here.

AFL-CIO Says It’ll Sue If Trump Weakens Overtime Regulations

April 2, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The AFL-CIO will sue if the Department of Labor tries to weaken the Obama administration’s expansion of the number of workers eligible for overtime pay, federation President Richard Trumka told Bloomberg News. “Anything that dilutes it is bad,” he said.

UAW Ratifies Caterpillar Contract

April 2, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Decatur, IL,—United Auto Workers members at Caterpillar Inc. voted Mar. 26 to ratify a six-year contract with the heavy-equipment manufacturer. The deal covers about 5,000 workers in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Pols Plot to Prohibit Union Shop

April 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA -Republican state legislators introduced seven bills Mar. 22 that would outlaw the union shop.

Trump Ends Wage-Theft Reporting for Federal Contractors

April 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - President Donald Trump signed a bill Mar. 27 repealing an Obama-era regulation that required companies bidding for federal contracts to disclose their labor-law violations from the previous three years.

NYSUT Avoids Cuts to Schools When Health Care Bill Pulled

March 31, 2017
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) dodged a bullet on Friday, March 24th, when the Republicans pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, without even going to a vote.

Maintenance Workers Join Holten Meat Strike

March 31, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sauget, IL - Maintenance workers at Holten Meat in Sauget, Illinois joined the nine-day-old strike by production workers Mar. 27.

Nissan Nixes Neutrality at Mississippi Plant

March 29, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Canton, MI - Nissan Motor Co. has refused a demand by the United Auto Workers that it stay neutral and not interfere with the union’s efforts to organize workers at its Mississippi plant here.

Boston Teachers Rally for New Contract

March 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - Several hundred teachers marched loudly outside the city School Department’s headquarters in Roxbury on the evening of Mar. 22 to demand that it move faster on negotiating their new contract.

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