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Clinton Accepts NEA White House Endorsement

The presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has accepted her endorsement from the National Education Association (NEA). Clinton has acknowledged this support by offering education leaders a “seat at the table.” “Because I have this idea that when we’re making decisions about education, we should actually listen to educators,” she said. Her proposition involves de-emphasizing standardized testing by shifting the [...]

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Union Leaders Express Horror at Orlando Mass Killings

Union leaders expressed horror and outrage at a gunman’s mass killing of 49 people, and wounding of 53 more, at an Orlando, Fla., club that catered to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Several leaders again demanded increased gun control. The unionists, including Randi Weingarten, the openly gay president of the American Federation of Teachers, joined other leaders across the [...]

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AFL-CIO Endorses Clinton for President

WASHINGTON—The AFL-CIO formally endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president on June 16. The decision was from the General Executive Board, and required votes from delegates representing a supermajority of the federation’s 12.5 million members. Clinton had won four of five primaries in early June, including California and New Jersey, securing the number of delegates she needed to [...]

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AFT and Jewish Labor Committee to Advocate for Welcoming Refugees

WASHINGTON —The American Federation of Teachers and the Jewish Labor Committee are teaming up to advocate welcoming refugees into the U.S., AFT President Randi Weingarten says. Weingarten says this is necessary for two reasons: The world faces a refugee crisis not seen since World War II and because anti-refugee nativism has reared its ugly head – in the guise of [...]

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Illinois Mayors Back Bill to End Lawsuits Against Fire Fighters

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—The Illinois Association of Fire Fighters and the state’s mayors are backing legislation, SB1070, to end frivolous lawsuits against first responders and local governments, the Will County Labor Record reports. SB1070 would let first responders prioritize resources without fear of being sued, when they’re handling multiple calls and emergencies. The state’s public duty rule was enacted in the 1800s, [...]

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Maryland Enacts Equal Pay Law

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Recently, the Democratic Maryland legislature enacted, and GOP Gov. Larry Hogan signed a tough equal pay law. The law was pushed by the Maryland affiliate of the Working Families Party. It would particularly help working poor and working women, especially minority-group women. The Maryland equal pay law outlaws pay discrimination on the basis of sex or gender identity. It [...]

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Letter Carriers President Testifies Coalition’s Postal Reforms

WASHINGTON—Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando is urging the House committee that writes Postal Service legislation to follow a reform bill outline that all sides concerned with the Postal Service’s future already agree upon. Testifying on behalf of all four postal unions, Rolando said the coalition’s proposals, which also include input from postal managers, major mailers and USPS business clients, would [...]

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Airline Workers Demand Obama to Veto ‘Flag of Convenience’ Foreign Airline

WASHINGTON—Airline workers and pilots from three unions, Machinists, Communications Workers, Transport Workers and Flight Attendants descended on and picketed in front of the White House against letting a “flag of convenience” foreign airline serve the continent while undercutting U.S. airline jobs and standards. Workers and union leaders explained NAI’s cut-rate business model would endanger U.S. jobs and U.S. air passengers, [...]

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Eleanor Roosevelt to be First Unionist on U.S. Currency

WASHINGTON –For the first time in U.S. history, a committed union member, Eleanor Roosevelt of what was then the American Newspaper Guild, will be on U.S. currency, announced Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Roosevelt will join Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Marian Anderson on the reverse side of the to-be-redesigned $5 bill. President Abraham Lincoln will remain on the front [...]

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Unionists Back Clinton in NY Primary

NEW YORK — The 2016 New York primaries were wildly important for both parties this year. Fighting for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both call the Empire state home. In the end, Hillary won the night with 57% of the vote over opponent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Exit polls showed that one out of three people who [...]

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