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Operating Engineers Elect Callahan To First Full Term As President; Trumka Pledges Infrastructure Job Fight

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. —Delegates to the Operating Engineers convention unanimously elected James Callahan, who stepped up to the union’s presidency to fill an unexpired term, to his first full term as head of the 400,000-member union, on May 1. They also elected Brian Hickey as Secretary-Treasurer, the union’s #2 post. In his inaugural address to 600 union delegates, meeting in Hollywood, [...]

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Las Vegas Taxi Drivers Win After 2-Month Strike

LAS VEGAS —Some 1,800 Las Vegas taxi drivers, the first taxi drivers to unionize in the U.S., a decade ago, have won a 2-month strike against one of the city’s largest taxi firms, Yellow Checker Star, the Office and Professional Employees said. Bargainers for OPEIU Local 4873 and the cab company, known as YCS, signed the new pact on May [...]

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THIS POSTCARD REMINDS RECIPIENTS of the Letter Carriers’ nationwide food drive, scheduled for Saturday, May 11.

Letters Carriers Cite Huge Need In 21st Annual Food Drive

WASHINGTON —With huge need for food rampant in the U.S., the Letter Carriers (NALC) are revving up for their 21st annual food drive, on Saturday, May 11. Letter Carriers from coast to coast will collect non-perishable food, such as canned soup, vegetables, meats and fish, and boxed pasta, rice or cereal from their route customers or at big-city post offices. [...]

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Unions Nationwide Use May Day For Mass Rallies For Undocumented Workers’ Rights

With the Service Employees leading the way, unions nationwide used May Day, the international workers day, to hit the streets in mass campaigns for comprehensive immigration reform. From New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between unionists and their allies gathered in 70 rallies and marches for the cause. Not even another blizzard stopped the demonstrators. One photo SEIU [...]

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NLRB Judge Bans Hospital Chain’s ‘Overly Broad’ Social Media Rules

PITTSBURGH —A National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge has banned the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s “overly broad” rules against workers using social media. If upheld, his decision could aid union communications during organizing drives nationwide. But judge David Goldman’s April 19 ruling wasn’t a complete win for the Service Employees (SEIU), who challenged three UPMC communication rules. Goldman [...]

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ExxonMobil’s Refusal To Deal With Safety Leads To Lockout Threat Vs. USW At Biggest U.S Refinery

BAYTOWN, Texas —ExxonMobil’s flat refusal to deal with safety issues at the largest refinery in the U.S., in Baytown, Texas, has led the oil firm to threaten to lock out its 850 employees, members of the Steel Workers local there. USW, which is trying to negotiate a new contract, had to give ExxonMobil a 60-day notice of a possible strike. [...]

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Unemployment Drops 0.1% In April

WASHINGTON —The unemployment rate declined by 0.1% in April, to 7.5%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Businesses claimed to create 165,000 new jobs last month, a separate survey showed. The decline represents a continued slow recovery, statistically if not in workers’ real lives, from the Great Recession, otherwise known as the Bush Crash. But it still left 11.66 million [...]

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Teamsters In California, Nevada Rack Up Four Wins; Another On The Way?

LOS ANGELES —Teamsters locals in Southern California and in Las Vegas have racked up four organizing wins, garnering a total of approximately 400 new members, in the last few months, and another win may be on the way. The biggest win was in El Cajon, Calif., where Local 683 won a recognition vote by a 144-37 margin among Waste Management, [...]

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AFGE: 126 Lawmakers Protest Pentagon Civilian Furloughs

WASHINGTON —Some 126 lawmakers, led by the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, formally protested the Pentagon’s plan to furlough all civilian workers for 14 days each between now and Sept. 30, the American Federation of Government Employees reported. The furloughs, mandated by the “sequester” which cut billions of dollars in defense spending, hit all units equally even [...]

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Minnesota House Extending Rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. —Legislation is advancing through the Minnesota House and Senate to extend the right to collective bargaining to thousands of Minnesota wor-kers who work as individual home health care providers and family childcare providers. Proponents say the legislation is needed so these vital services will be provided by qualified individuals who will gain the ability to advocate together [...]

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