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July 16, 2013
By Neal Tepel


UNITE HERE has been in negotiations with Gate Gourmet since May 2012 and was able to reach a possible agreement with the company. The major sticking point during negotiations was a wage increase. Workers are scheduled to vote on the tentative contract this week. The 900 O’Hare Gate Gourmet workers are represented by UNITE HERE Local 1.

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July 8, 2013
By Neal Tepel


Chicago, Illinois - Hyatt Hotels Corp. and UNITE HERE, the union of hospitality workers in the United States and Canada, announced a national agreement that resolves longstanding disputes between the two organizations. The agreement creates a framework for the company and the union to work together moving forward. As part of the accord, UNITE HERE will end its global boycott of Hyatt.

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July 12, 2013
By Neal Tepel


Washington DC - EPI’s family budget calculator demonstrates that it is impossible for families living on minimum-wage jobs to make ends. The real costs for families to live modest, economically secure lives are much higher than conventional estimates show for all cities across the country.

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July 8, 2013
By Neal Tepel


Albany, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the formation of a “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption” under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced he will appoint the members of the Commission as Deputy Attorneys General, giving the Commission broad-based authority to investigate all matters that “involve public peace, public safety, and public justice.”

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July 10, 2013
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC - Fast-food workers' are continuing their fight for a $15 living wage and the right to form a union without retaliation. McDonald's and Taco Bell workers from Milwaukee and St. Louis who are campaigning for higher wages were featured in a front-page New York Times story about the rising use of 'pay cards' among the nation's largest low-wage employers. Under the system of pay cards, workers pay hefty fees in order obtain their paltry, minimum wage salaries. 

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July 5, 2013
By Neal Tepel


New York, NY  – The  NYC Department of Education (DOE) has notified thousands of students, including some with passing and even excellent academic records, that  they have not been promoted to the next grade. Shocked parents, teachers and principals have been left scrambling to keep children from being unfairly held back.

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July 9, 2013
By Neal Tepel


Pittsburgh, Penn - The United Steelworkers (USW) Union is reassuring its members employed by National Envelope, as well as the company’s customers and suppliers, that the union is committed to seeing the business remain strong as it works through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.

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July 1, 2013
By Neal Tepel


The D.C. Council gave its initial approval to The Large Retailer Accountability Act, that would raise the minimum wage of workers at large retail stores from the D.C.’s current minimum of $8.25 an hour to $12.50. Thanks to political action of the UFCW and allies, this significant upgrade would improve the quality of life for many employees.

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