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Fight Racism, Raise Pay Marcher Says Memphis Workers Are Struggling

April 6, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Memphis, TN - Fight Racism, Raise Pay Protests happened in two dozen cities Tuesday, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's assassination in Memphis. The actions included a march to the Lorraine Motel, the cite of Dr. King's killing.

Baltimore Unlikely to Override Mayor’s Veto of $15 Minimum Wage

April 5, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Baltimore, MD - Efforts to get the Baltimore City Council to override Mayor Catherine Pugh's veto of a bill raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour have hit technical obstacles.

Spotlight on American Labor History

April 3, 2017 
By Bill Hohlfeld

Last night’s broadcast was about the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an agency brought into existence in April of 1933. As praiseworthy as that organization was, I think it is important to remember that it was only one of several life- saving initiatives that came to light thanks to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his New Deal politics.

Organized Labor Described As “Integral Part” Of Annual Variety Kids Telethon…

April 3, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
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Niagara Falls, NY - The Western New York Labor Movement “fits perfectly into” the theme of Sunday’s 2017 Variety Kids Telethon - Variety is Western New York, whom Richard Goldstein, the fundraising group’s executive director, tells “has been with us for ‘all fifty-five of our years.’”

The 2017 WNY Area Labor Federation Annual Meeting:…

April 2, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

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Amherst, NY - While the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) outlined what must be done in the months to come to combat the Anti-Worker agenda of the Trump Administration, noted keynote speaker and Labor Activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. outlined “four things Unions need to do” to bring about results that will ultimately benefit Working People over the course of time.

AFL-CIO Says It’ll Sue If Trump Weakens Overtime Regulations

April 2, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The AFL-CIO will sue if the Department of Labor tries to weaken the Obama administration’s expansion of the number of workers eligible for overtime pay, federation President Richard Trumka told Bloomberg News. “Anything that dilutes it is bad,” he said.

Pennsylvania Pols Plot to Prohibit Union Shop

April 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA -Republican state legislators introduced seven bills Mar. 22 that would outlaw the union shop.

This Week's Buzz Word: Greed, And It's Effect On Workplace Safety

March 31, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Greed endangers workers - in any era.

New York, NY - This week, on LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’re  taking a hard look at greed past and present. In 1911, greed caused the deaths of 146 people in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. In 2017, it looks like greed is behind everything from the dissolution of New York City iconic garment industry; the recent deaths of 31 NYC construction workers; and brazen union-busting efforts at Planet Waste in Maspeth, Queens. On a brighter note, the Ironworkers have decided to stand up for female members in an almost unprecedented way. Ironworkers President Eric Dean; Workers United Secretary-Treasurer Edgar Romney; IBT Local 813 President Sean Campbell; and Building & Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera are among the voices of labor on this week’s episode. 


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