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Groundbreaking Minnesota labor website enters new era

MINNEAPOLIS–Workday Minnesota, the groundbreaking labor news website launched 17 years ago, will enter a new era with the departure of founding editor Barb Kucera. Kucera, a veteran labor journalist, joined the staff of the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota to develop and implement Workday, unveiled at the 2000 Minnesota AFL-CIO Convention. The federation and its unions provided [...]

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Even in Georgia: Unilateral wage cut rollout leads univ. workers to launch union drive

ATHENS, Ga.—Even in the heart of deep-red Georgia, an employer’s unilateral wage cut – in this case a botched wage change by the University of Georgia at Athens — has led its support staffers to consider unionizing with the Communications Workers. It was such a mess, especially around the holiday season last year, that workers got “only half a month’s [...]

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News Guild, others: Freedom risked by U.S. stand for unlimited cell phone snooping

WASHINGTON—Freedom of the press to report the news, guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, is at risk from a federal government stand to let law enforcement engage in unlimited snooping against citizens via their cell phones. That’s because the prospect of being tracked via the cell phone data phone firms store – and the police could plow through – would [...]

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Mine Workers to EPA: Repeal clean coal plan

CHARLESTON, W. Va.—Repeating their long-held stand – one that even prompted them to be one of the few unions not to back Hillary Clinton last year – the Mine Workers joined a parade of witnesses urging the Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency to repeal its Obama-era national Clean Coal Plan. Union Secretary-Treasurer Levi Allen and counsel Gene Chaska presented UMW’s [...]

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Dreamers demand immediate passage of legislation keeping them in the U.S.

WASHINGTON—Tamaris Gonzales is an organizer for Unite Here in Houston. She’s also an undocumented person, a DACA beneficiary whose work permit has expired. But that didn’t stop her from traveling to D.C. on Nov. 28 to join more than 100 other Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries and their allies in demanding lawmakers and GOP President Donald Trump immediately [...]

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Workers raise concerns about wage theft by Amazon subcontractors

EAGAN, Minn.–Workers subcontracted to deliver packages for Amazon, citing multiple instances of not being paid, took their concerns to the online shopping giant’s Eagan facility in the early morning hours of Nov. 20. The action in the Twin Cities suburb marked the first step in a campaign to raise awareness of wage theft occurring in the Amazon business model, which [...]

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Steelworkers: Korean tire firm, run by govt. bank, violated workers’ rights at Ga. plant

MACON, Ga.—A Korean tire company, partially owned and virtually controlled by a government bank, flagrantly broke labor law and violated workers’ rights at the firm’s Macon, Ga., plant in the run-up to and after the recognition vote the Steelworkers narrowly lost there, USW says. So besides filing charges against Kumho Tire with the National Labor Relations Board, the union asked [...]

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Oregon unions urge ‘yes’ vote on taxing health insurers, hospitals

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon’s unions are urging the state’s voters to back a special tax on insurers and hospitals in a special referendum set for Jan. 23, The Northwest Labor Press reports. The tax, approved by the legislature’s Democratic majorities this year, would have hospitals pay 6 percent of net revenue and health insurers pay 1.5 percent of their premiums to the [...]

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Tax cut vote leads to mass mobilization

WASHINGTON—With the Senate planning to vote on the massive GOP tax cut for the rich by or before the end of November, unions and progressive groups cranked up their campaign to convince enough dubious lawmakers to vote “no” and kill it. Urged on by leaders such as the Teachers’ Randi Weingarten and Lily Eskelsen-Garcia of the National Education Association, testimony [...]

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NALC’s Rolando: If stamp prices hadn’t dropped, USPS would have been profitable

WASHINGTON—If the price of stamps hadn’t dropped last year, the U.S. Postal Service would have finished fiscal 2017 with a $1.2 billion operating profit, not an $800 million loss, Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando says. But because the rollback occurred, USPS lost $2 billion in revenue, he added. Postmaster General Megan Brennan announced the financial results for the independent USPS – [...]

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