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School Safety Agents And The Fight For Gender Pay Parity

August 28, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Local 237 President Greg Floyd with NOW's Sonia Ossorio in 2014.

New York, NY - Without the steadfast courage of Corinthians Andrews, Bernice Christopher and Patricia Williams — lead plaintiffs in the landmark Equal Pay Act case — the gender gap that once marked the lives of 5,000 mostly female school safety agents throughout NYC might never have been shut. On October 8, the inspiring trio will be honored at LaborPress’ annual Heroes of Labor Awards ceremony. 

Oregon State Workers Ratify Contract

August 28, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Oregon state workers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 503 have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new four-year contract. The deal, which covers about 20,000 workers, will give them a 1.48% cost-of-living increase this December and a 2.75% raise in December 2016.

Unionized Women Earn More than Nonunionized Women in Every U.S. State

August 28, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - A new briefing paper released by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) finds that women represented by a union in the United States earn an average of $212 more per week than women in nonunion jobs. In addition, union women earn more in every state, with the size of the union wage advantage varying across states: union women in Wyoming earn $349 per week more than their nonunion counterparts in the state, while union women in the District of Columbia earn $48 more per week than the D.C.'s nonunion women.

Ulster Official Wants $15 Minimum for County Workers

August 27, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

The chair of the Ulster County Legislature in upstate New York wants to raise the minimum wage for county workers to $15 per hour, saying that if it’s good enough for fast-food workers, it’s good enough for “the people that work in infirmaries cleaning bedpans, and all the other folks."

32BJ Protests Drug Company Firing Janitors

August 26, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Several hundred property-service workers protested Aug. 20 outside the Philadelphia-area headquarters of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, demanding that the company rehire 10 janitors it sacked in March. "What are you really saving when you cut workers that make $12 an hour?" Local 32BJ SEIU spokesperson Traci Benjamin said.

Some Question Strategy For Closing FDNY Gender Gap

August 25, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Efforts to expand FDNY training are meeting opposition.

New York, NY - Efforts to diversify the ranks of the FDNY through the use of a newly revived cadet training program are meeting with resistance this week from labor groups concerned that the strategy is flawed and susceptible to abuse. 

Surging Union Stats Are A Nice Gift Ahead Of Labor Day Parade

August 25, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

With more support, trade unionist in NYC are gearing up for a truly stellar parade.

New York, NY - This year's annual Labor Day Parade should be getting a big boost from a new Gallup Poll showing support for unions is now higher than it has been in the last seven years.

AFGE President J. David Cox Re-elected

August 24, 2015
By John Quinn, DC Bureau

Washington DC  - AFGE Delegates attending the American Federation of Government Employees' 40th National Convention have re-elected the union's top three national officers. AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr., National Secretary-Treasurer Eugene Hudson Jr., and National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices Augusta Y. Thomas all were returned to office for another three-year term. Cox and Hudson were first elected in 2012, while Thomas was first elected in 2009.


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