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Trump Budget Would Hurt Everyone – Except the Wealthy

May 30, 2017 
By Omar Tewfik

Reprinted: AFSCME.ORG

Washington, DC - The White House’s plan, released last night, would provide huge tax cuts to rich people like Trump and corporations and slash funding for many of the programs that millions of lower- and middle-class Americans depend on every day.

Brandeis, Tufts Grad Students Vote to Unionize

May 30, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Waltham, MA - Graduate students at Brandeis and Tufts universities became the first at Boston-area private colleges to unionize earlier this month. Service Employees International Union Local 509 announced May 2 that the Brandeis graduate students had voted to join the union by a 2-to-1 margin, and those at Tufts followed suit on May 18

Weingarten Calls Trump Education Budget ‘Catastrophic’

May 30, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

War, W.Va - Visiting a school in one of the most impoverished parts of Appalachia May 22, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts to education are “cruel” and would be “catastrophic” for West Virginia schools.

Kentucky Unions File Suit Against ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

May 29, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky AFL-CIO and Teamsters Local 89 filed a lawsuit May 25, asking a Franklin County judge to stop enforcement of the state’s union-shop ban.

Rehab Center Locks Out 120 Workers

May 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Lafayette, NJ - Workers at the Sunrise House drug-rehab center here were locked out on the evening of May 23, the night before they had scheduled a three-day strike to protest alleged unfair labor practices.

Teamsters Stand With Striking AT&T Workers

May 28, 2017 
By Teamsters President James P. Hoffa

Washington DC -  "The 1.4 million members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters stand in solidarity with 40,000 AT&T workers and their union, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), for taking a strong stand for justice and economic fairness. 

Video-Game Strikers See Progress on Voice Royalties

May 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - Seven months into a strike by voice actors against 11 video-game companies, SAG-AFTRA says it is getting some companies to pay the actors residuals based on a game's sales.

Standing up to Yale

May 27, 2017  
By Liz Shuler Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

Washington DC - Yale is one of the most prestigious and influential universities in America. Every year, the school recruits from the best and brightest students and teachers in the world to create an academic environment that should be a shining example of what the best college education in the United States should be.

175,000 Quebec Construction Workers Strike

May 27, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Montreal, Canada - Some 175,000 construction workers in Quebec went on strike May 24, shutting down projects across the province such as the new Champlain Bridge.

Chicago Has ‘More Sweatshops than Starbucks’

May 26, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Chicago has more than 180 low-wage workplaces where workers regularly experience unsafe conditions, wage theft, injuries, sexual harassment, and discrimination and are afraid to complain about it, according to a study released May 18.

UAW Says GM’s Lordstown Plant Won’t Slow Production

May 26, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Lordstown, OH - General Motors has indefinitely postponed plans to slow down the assembly line at its Lordstown factory, the two United Auto Workers locals representing about 3,000 workers there announced on Facebook on May 16.

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Agreement With Uptown Productions

May 25, 2017 
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress USA

Los Angeles, CA - SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with Uptown Productions that covers production of Nickelodeon exhibition programs. The new four-year agreement was reached on May 3 following negotiations that began on December 6, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Nabisco Workers Protest at Mondelēz Shareholders’ Meeting

May 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Lincolnshire, IL - Protesting the company’s closing U.S. factories and moving jobs abroad, members and supporters of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union demonstrated outside Nabisco/Mondelēz’s annual shareholder meeting in this Chicago suburb May 17.

New Jersey Adjuncts Join AFT

May 25, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Newark, NJ - More than 300 adjunct professors at the New Jersey Institute of Technology here have voted to join the American Federation of Teachers, the union announced.

AFGE Fights for Quality Healthcare at VA

May 24, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - A Senate bill that would allow VA managers to fire rank-and-file workers based on scant evidence of wrongdoing and with little ability to appeal is a dangerous step toward politicizing the federal government's career civil service, the head of the largest government employee union testified today.

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