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Teamsters Support Beer Distribution Workers On Strike In N.Y.

May 5, 2017 
Jerry Levine, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and its 1.4 million members in the U.S. and Canada fully support Teamsters Local 812 members on strike at Clare Rose in New York.

UAW Pushes VW to Stop Stalling and Accept Union

May 5, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Nashville, TN - The United Auto Workers began a petition campaign Apr. 26 to urge Volkswagen to recognize a union at its Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant.

May Day and the Labor Movement

May 4, 2017 
By Terry O’Sullivan,  LIUNA President

Washington, D.C. - As we marked the May Day Holiday on May 1st, it is time to reflect on the struggles that gave birth to the Labor movement and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the battle for dignity and justice while also re-dedicating ourselves to win justice and basic rights for all workers.

Samuelsen Named National TWU President

May 4, 2017
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - John Samuelsen, head of New York City’s transit workers’ union for seven years, has been tapped to become international president of the Transport Workers Union of America.

Arkansas Battery Maker Locks Out 200 Workers

May 4, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Fort Smith, AR - Exide Technologies in Fort Smith, a leading supplier of batteries for the U.S. Navy, locked out more than 200 workers at its Fort Smith plant Apr. 24 after they “overwhelmingly rejected the company’s final offer,” International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 700 said.

Chicago Nursing-Home Workers OK Strike

May 4, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Some 5,000 workers at Chicago-area nursing homes have authorized a strike that would begin May 4-6, SEIU Healthcare Illinois announced Apr. 27.

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.

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