Municipal Government

U.S. Steel Reopens Illinois Mill

February 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Granite City, IL - About 200 laid-off steelworkers will get their jobs back as U.S. Steel partially restarts its mill here. It will start up the 80-inch hot-strip mill, which flattens steel slabs into thin coils, but will not be firing up the furnaces that process iron ore into steel.

Momentive Strike Ends With Concessions

February 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Waterford, NY - Workers at the Momentive chemical plant north of Albany voted Feb. 14 to end their 105-day strike and approve a contract that will reduce their vacation days and eliminate health insurance for retirees.

House OKs Drug-Testing Unemployment-Benefit Applicants

February 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The U.S. House voted 236-189 Feb. 15 to overturn a Labor Department rule that limits states’ power to drug-test applicants for unemployment benefits.

Sexual Harassment Suits at Puzder’s Restaurants

February 19, 2017  
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - On the eve of Secretary of Labor nominee and CKE Restaurants CEO, Andrew Puzder’s confirmation hearing before the Senate HELP Committee, restaurant worker Jamie Dinkins filed sexual harassment charges against her employer, the CKE-owned Hardee’s fast food franchise.

Victory For Labor As New Hampshire Anti-Union Bill Fails

February 19, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Concord, NH - Anti-union legislation has failed to pass in New Hampshire's state Assembly. The bill would have prevented workers from deciding to put a requirement to pay union dues in their labor contracts.

S.C. Boeing Workers Vote to Reject Union

February 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

North Charleston SC - Workers at Boeing’s South Carolina facilities voted Feb. 15 against being represented by the International Association of Machinists, by a margin of almost 3 to 1 out of about 2,800 ballots cast.

Minority Firefighters Call Out the Roots of FDNY 'Hazing'

February 18, 2017
By Joe Maniscalc

Council Member Andy King.

Brooklyn, NY - The alleged sexual assault of a rookie firefighter inside a Midtown firehouse in 2015, is re-igniting calls for the FDNY to confront an enduring culture of so-called “hazing” that many minority firefighters say is actually rooted in on-the-job racism. 

Comptroller's NYC Preliminary Budget Analysis

Febraury 18, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - “Our economy is strong, but with the pace of growth slowing and with uncertainty surrounding the Trump White House mounting, we have to prepare for whatever comes our way. I believe that we must prepare for the challenges ahead,” New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said.


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