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Missouri GOP lawmakers looking at prevailing wage repeal again

By Tim Rowden, Editor, St. Louis Labor Tribune And Press Associates JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.–Members of a special State Senate panel are signaling that a Republican-led effort to roll back labor protections in Missouri is far from over. Following a legislative session that saw the GOP lawmakers and Republican Gov. Eric Greitens approve a so-called “right-to-work” law and other anti-worker measures, a GOP [...]

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CLUW elects Bryant as president

DETROIT—Longtime Washington-Baltimore News Guild member Elise Bryant, who also directs the Labor Heritage Foundation and the Washington, D.C., Labor Chorus, and who is a former professor at the National Labor College, now wears yet another hat: She’s the new president of CLUW. Coalition of Labor Union Women convention delegates, meeting in Detroit on Sept. 8, elected her to the top [...]

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Laborers, Asian-Pacific workers urge straight Dream Act OK

WASHINGTON—Amid rampant confusion over what GOP President Donald Trump and congressional Democratic leaders Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi agreed to do about the nation’s 800,000 Dreamers, two labor groups – the Asian-Pacific American Labor Alliance and the Laborers Union – are urging a simple solution with no strings attached. Pass a law, the Dream Act, to eventually legalize the Dreamers [...]

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More unions jump on single-payer caravan

WASHINGTON—More unions are endorsing single-payer government-run health care, a sign the issue resonates with leaders – and with predominantly Democratic voters among unionists. At the same time, more outside organizations, led by the giant American Association for Retired Persons (AARP), joined the cavalcade of protests and lobbying against the latest last-ditch Republican scheme to destroy the Affordable Care Act, and [...]

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AFGE launches ‘Save the EPA’ drive

WASHINGTON—Saying massive grass-roots pressure on lawmakers to force them to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink would succeed, the Government Employees (AFGE) and two top environmental groups launched a “Save the EPA” campaign. “The only way you can make sure that” cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency “don’t succeed is because people are screaming loud and [...]

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Weingarten warns unionists of last-ditch GOP try to repeal ACA, substitute block grants

WASHINGTON—Teachers President Randi Weingarten is warning unionists they must resist Senate Republicans’ last-ditch attempt to repeal and “sabotage” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), replacing it with block grants that would throw up to 32 million people off health care coverage. Weingarten issued her warning while also announcing AFT supports Medicare for All, the single-payer universal government-run health care bill Sen. [...]

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House Dems hit ideological schemes, budget cuts in GOP money bill

WASHINGTON—Ideological schemes and cuts in domestic spending are rife in the House GOP’s version of a money bill for a wide range of federal agencies for the year starting Oct. 1, Democrats on the committee that helps dole out such federal funds say. The GOP-run House took up the money bill the week of Sept. 15, covering the departments of [...]

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Union leader: In “New NAFTA” talks, Canada demands end to U.S. ‘right to work’ laws

Union leader: In “New NAFTA” talks, Canada demands end to U.S. ‘right to work’ laws

TORONTO—Prodded by the president of Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union – which includes its auto workers – Canada is formally demanding, in talks on a “new NAFTA,” that any such pact force the U.S. to eliminate so-called “right to work” laws. Not only that, adds Jerry Dias, the Unifor president, but our neighbors to the North also want any [...]

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SEIU Attorney: Labor Cases Before High Court Part of Concerned Corporate Against Workers

Anti-Worker High Court Cases Part Of Concerted Campaign. A top SEIU attorney says the cases the justices will consider this fall – one forcing workers into mandatory arbitration and the other to make every state and local employee a “free rider” – are part of a concerted corporate campaign against unions. WASHINGTON—The two top labor cases pending before the U.S. [...]

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House defeats GOP federal job privatizing plan

WASHINGTON—By a bipartisan 253-172 vote, the GOP-run House rejected a Republican attempt to continue privatizing tens of thousands of federal jobs. If the plan, included in an omnibus money bill to keep the government going – a long-range measure that now will come up after Oct. 1 – had won, workers ranging from janitors on up would be jeopardized, said [...]

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