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President's Pension Tax Destroying Retirement Security

February 13, 2016
By LIUNA President Terry O’Sullivan

Washington, DC - The President’s proposed fivefold tax increase on pensions is a raid on the retirement security of working class Americans. The tax will cost LIUNA's multiemployer pension funds millions of dollars every single year. 

Free To Be What You Will Be

February 11, 2016
By Barry Saltzman

NYC Human Rights Commission Issues Policy Guidlines Fighting Gender Discrimination

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has released powerful guidelines to counter gender-identity discrimination by fleshing out the broad protections listed in the New York City Human Rights Law. Employers who violate the NYCHRL are subject to fines or civil penalties of up to $250,000, as well as damages including back and front pay, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.

Nurses Urge ‘Safe Staffing’ Laws

February 10, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Albany, NY - Nurses’ labor unions in New York have been lobbying local governments to support requiring hospitals to have a minimum number of nurses per unit. The Assembly Health Committee approved the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act on Jan. 21, but similar bills have failed to advance in the past.

Can Jersey Teachers Roll Back Health-Care Payments?

February 8, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pleasantville, NJ - New Jersey’s 2010 law requiring public employees to pay part of their health-insurance premiums expired last year, and teachers’ unions are likely to try to roll back those payments in their next contracts.

Quest Diagnostics Workers Join UFCW

February 4, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

San Diego California - Quest Diagnostics workers in San Diego voted to join UFCW Local 135 in order improve their jobs and working conditions. Better wages, respect on the job, stable schedules, vacation time and sick days are some of the priorities for these employees. Negotiations for their first contract are beginning with the entire group very excited.

Illinois AFSCME Responds to Rauner Accusations

February 1, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Springfield, IL - Illinois’ largest state employees union responded Jan. 22 to Gov. Bruce Rauner telling workers that it was stalling contract talks by demanding “across-the-board wage and step increases” and “expensive platinum health-care plans.

January Labor Bulletin

January 27, 2016
By Michael Jordan

What the Cadillac Tax Delay Means for Labor   
The $1.1 trillion budget deal approved by Congress on Dec. 18, 2015, delays the Cadillac tax for two years – from 2018 to 2020 – and raises the possibility of a repeal. In this issue of the Labor Bulletin, we’ll examine what this means for labor unions.

Stale Cookies Don’t Stop Nurses From Voting Union

January 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA- Nurses at Hahnemann University Hospital voted overwhelmingly Jan. 20 to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals union.

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