Municipal Government

213,000 Letter Carriers Reach Tentative New Labor Deal With Postal Service

May 16, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - The National Association of Letter Carriers has reached a tentative new labor agreement with the U.S. Postal Service covering 213,000 active city letter carriers nationwide.

People and Profits, Are the Two Really that Difficult to Balance?

May 15, 2017  
By Bill Hohlfeld

On last night’s American Labor History segment of Blue Collar Buzz, we briefly discussed the Pullman Strike of May of 1894. There was nothing terribly complicated about it. Neither the cause nor the effect is difficult to understand, economically.

Strong Safeguards Needed that Protect Civil Service Workers

May 14, 2017 
By AFGE President J. David Cox Sr.

Washington, DC -  J. David Cox Sr. Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. released the following statement in response to President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey:"Now more than ever, we must uphold the principle that there be strong safeguards protecting the civil service from politically motivated firing.

A ‘Look Back’ At The 2017 WNY Area Labor Federation’s Annual Awards Dinner…

May 11, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

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Buffalo, NY - “We are in a moment of ‘unique’ attack,” American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders told the more than 500 area Labor Leaders, Unionists, Elected Leaders and Friends of Labor who attended the 2017 Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) Appreciation Awards Dinner in Downtown Buffalo, adding: “But when the Labor Movement ‘fights,’ the Labor Movement ‘wins.’

Indiana Republican Admits Prevailing Wage Repeal Hasn't Saved Money

May 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Milwaukee, WI - In April, Indiana’s House assistant majority leader, Ed Soliday, traveled to Wisconsin, where the Republican-led state Senate is considering a bill to repeal the law that workers on public construction projects must be paid a union-level prevailing wage.

Budget Deal Saves Coal Miners’ Health Fund

May 10, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC -A bipartisan congressional budget committee agreed to a deal May 1 that will bail out a health-care fund covering for 22,000 retired coal miners, including many who suffer from black lung.

Spotlight on American Labor History

May 9, 2017 
By Bill Hohlfeld

Elements of Greatness
This week’s broadcast of “Blue Collar Buzz” highlighted the passing of Walter Reuther, President of the C.I.O.  He was, to be sure, an icon of the American Labor Movement.

Dennis Trainor to be Honored at LaborPress Leadership Awards in June

May 9, 2017  
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – Dennis G. Trainor, Vice President of CWA District One, will be the recipient of a LaborPress Leadership Award on June 1st, 2017. Trainor has a long history of being both a worker and a leader.


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