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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.

The American Workplace: An Increasingly Dangerous Place to Be

April 29, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

Protesting construction worker deaths in NYC.

New York, NY - The American workplace is becoming increasingly deadly according to a new National Council for Occupational Safety & Health (COSH) report identifying a dozen of the most lethal employers in the country. 

NYC Workers Remember Their Dead, Defend the Living

April 29, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - With many holding red roses bearing the name of a worker killed on the job last year, about 150 people gathered outside District Council 37’s Lower Manhattan headquarters April 28 for Workers’ Memorial Day.

California UFCW Member Gets Cannabis Journeyman’s License

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.

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.

NYC Expands Solar Power

April 25, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -  Solar capacity continues to expand in New York City. In the last three years,  solar power has more than quadrupled, providing nearly 105 megawatts of electricity and directly supporting over 2,700 jobs across the five boroughs. The City is on track to reach more than 140 MW of solar capacity this year.

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.

Penn. Governor Says $12 Minimum Would Reduce Medicaid Costs

April 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed raising the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, saying it would save the state almost $50 million in public-assistance costs such as Medicaid.

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