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Yale Grad Students Go On Hunger Strike to Win Talks

April 29, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New Haven CO - Eight graduate students at Yale University began a hunger strike Apr. 25 to pressure the university administration to begin contract talks.

Screenwriters Union Authorizes Strike

April 29, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - Members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly Apr. 24 to authorize a strike if the union can’t negotiate a contract with major Hollywood studios and broadcast-TV networks.

New Study Shows “Right-to-Work” Laws Harm Workers

April 28, 2017 
By Pablo Ros
Reprinted:  
afscme.org 

Washington, DC - “Right-to-work” laws are nothing new. The first states to adopt such laws did so in the 1940s and 50s. But between 1960 and 2012, a span of 52 years, only four states became “right to work.” In contrast, since 2012, six states have adopted so-called “right-to-work” laws – Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and, just this year, Kentucky and Missouri.

House GOP Pushes Overtime-Pay Substitution

April 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - House Republicans are quietly advancing a bill called the Working Families Flexibility Act that would end the federal requirement of time-and-a-half pay for overtime and let private-sector employers offer comp time off instead.

California UFCW Member Gets Cannabis Journeyman’s License (2)

April 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sacramento, CA - A 27-year-old manager at the River City Phoenix medical-cannabis dispensary on Sacramento’s north side has become California’s first official cannabis pharmacy technician, thanks to an apprenticeship program spearheaded by the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Congressmembers Urge Boston Not to Privatize Transit Jobs

April 27, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - All 11 members of the state’s congressional delegation have asked the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to work out a deal with Machinists Local 264 rather than insist on outsourcing dozens of jobs.

EPA Union Asks Pruitt Not to Close Chicago Office

April 27, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

East Chicago, IN - As Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt visited the Chicago area Apr. 19, the union representing agency workers urged him to meet with them “to discuss the devastating impact of your proposed EPA cuts.”

NLRB Recommends Revote on Union at Harvard

April 26, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cambridge, MA - The National Labor Relations Board ruled Apr. 19 that the union organizing Harvard University graduate student workers had “valid” concerns about the vote it lost last November.

TV Work Rules, Health Care Issues as Writers Guild Votes on Strike

April 26, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - As members of the Writers’ Guild of America voted Apr. 24 on whether to authorize a strike, TV work rules and health care were the main issues.

New Contract a Gateway to Better Jobs

April 25, 2017 
Reprinted: RWDSU.INFO

Newark, NJ - Gateway shuttle bus drivers in Newark, New Jersey, joined RWDSU/UFCW Local 108 last year to improve their pay and treatment.

Illinois Legislature Considers $15 Minimum

April 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Peoria, IL - With a bill to raise the Illinois minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $15 now on the state House floor, the measure’s sponsors are touring the state to drum up support.

Judge Rules California Fruit Company Bargained in Bad Faith

April 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sacramento, CA - A California Agricultural Labor Relations Board judge ruled Apr. 14 that a fruit company that has resisted the United Farm Workers for more than 25 years bargained in bad faith during contract talks in 2013.

XPO Ordered To Pay $855K In Stolen Wages To 4 Port Truckers

April 23, 2017   
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Los Angeles, CA - California's Labor Commissioner is ordering XPO logistics to re-pay more than $850,000 in stolen port trucker wages to four Port Of Los Angeles/Long Beach drivers. The workers were illegally mis-classified as independent contractors instead as what they are - employees.

Wisconsin Building Trades Rip Walker Proposal to Nix Licensing Exams

April 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Madison, WI - A proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to exempt journeyman plumbers, electricians, and sprinkler fitters from having to take an exam to get their license after they finish a state-approved apprenticeship program has drawn sharp criticism from construction unions and some contractors.

Union Plumbers to Fix Flint’s Pipes

April 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Flint, MI - A federal-court settlement approved Mar. 28 requires the state of Michigan to replace the pipes that caused Flint’s water supply to be contaminated with lead—and most of the work will be done by union plumbers.

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