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AFGE Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Employee Morale

August 3, 2015
By Tara Jessup

Washington, DC -  AFGE Council 238 President Karen Kellen testified July 29th before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding the current state of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s workforce, and the retaliation and harassment that some employees have faced from management.

D.C.-Baltimore Janitors Approve New Contract

August 3, 2015
By Steve Wishmia and Neal Tepel

Local 32BJ SEIU has ratified a contract that will give about 10,500 commercial office cleaners in the Washington and Baltimore areas annual raises of 50 cents an hour for the next four years. The deal with the Washington Service Contractors Association, approved July 25, also increases the number of paid sick days from three to four for workers in the Baltimore area, who are not protected by the seven-day minimum required in Washington and Maryland’s Montgomery County.

Teamsters Win Vote for Google Delivery Temps

July 31, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Warehouse workers at Google Express, the company’s online-shopping and delivery service, will vote on whether to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the union announced July 27. The about 140 workers are currently hired through the Adecco temp agency, and make $13 to $17 an hour with no benefits.

July Labor History - Part II Mother Jones on the March

July 30, 2015
By Bill Hohlfeld

The U.S Census Bureau tells us that as recently as the year 1900, there were approximately 1.75 million child laborers in America. Boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 15 (and sometimes younger) were working in our mines and in our factories. They often did so for 60 hours a week. It was a time when there were few laws to protect workers and even fewer laws to regulate child labor.

AFGE Files Class Action Lawsuit Over Data Breach

July 30, 2015
By Tom Kenny, DC LaborPress

The largest federal employee union has filed a lawsuit alleging that Office of Personnel Management's leadership failed to heed warnings, obey security policies and are liable for one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history.

Washington, DC - The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has filed a class action complaint with a demand for jury trial against the Office of Personnel Management, Director Katherine Archuleta and Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour about one of the most devastating cyberattacks in U.S. history. The attack resulted in potentially 18 million current and former federal employees' personal and security files being compromised.

Miami-Dade Pay Cut Restored

July 29, 2015
Compiled By Steve Wishnia And Neal Tepel

AFSCME Local 199 flexes its muscles.

Workers in Florida’s Miami-Dade County who took a 1-percent pay cut in 2011 will get it back next year.

Ed Provider Denying Unemployment Benefits

July 29, 2015
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced a settlement agreement with On Location Education, Inc. for penalizing a teacher after she filed for unemployment insurance benefits.  The company provides teachers to educate children on location at film, theater, television and other productions. 

Address Wage Gap of State Workforce

July 27, 2015
By CSEA President Danny Donohue

Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on recommendations of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's wage board

Albany, NY -- Congratulations to the fast food workers for their brave fight that goes to the very heart of the income inequality that plagues New York more than any other state. It showed the determination of all low-wage workers looking to earn a decent wage for themselves and their families.


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