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Unions fending off GOP Nevada state senate recall bid

LAS VEGAS—Nevada’s unions, having worked hard to successfully elect a narrow pro-worker majority in the state senate, now are battling a nasty Republican recall bid against three pro-worker senators, the Southern California Teamster reports. The endangered senators are Nicole Cannizzaro and Patricia Farley, both D-Las Vegas, and Joyce Woodhouse, D-Henderson, the co-majority whip. “This is just a naked, scurrilous attempt [...]

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Union solution to Janus case: Wall-to-wall organizing

ST. LOUIS—Key unions representing state and local government workers are responding to the looming threat of a devastating U.S. Supreme Court decision with wall-to-wall organizing, re-signing their own members in union shops and signing up non-unionists. Their aim: Lock in members for long terms of voluntary dues-paying, before the justices declare each of the nation’s seven million state and local [...]

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Spokane transit union wins free speech right vs bosses

SPOKANE, Wash.—The union representing bus drivers and other transit workers in Spokane, Wash., has won a federal court fight over the U.S. Constitution’s 1st Amendment rights to free speech, specifically in advertising, in federal court. Federal District Judge Justin Quackenbush ruled on September 28 the Spokane Transit Authority violated the Constitution when it banned an August 2016 ad from Amalgamated Transit [...]

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Seafarers celebrate 50th anniversary of Paul Hall Academy

PINEY POINT, Md.—On the eve of their union’s convention, the Seafarers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of their industry-leading training school, the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education. The name honors the union’s second president, who combined four regional schools into one and located it at Piney Point, Md., just off Chesapeake Bay. “If I had [...]

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Washington-Baltimore News Guild wins another union recognition vote

WASHINGTON—Call it delightful monotony. The Washington-Baltimore News Guild, TNG-CWA Local 32035, just won another union recognition election. The “overwhelming” vote for the Guild at M&R Strategic Services came on Sept. 21, organizer Bruce Jett reported. The firm is a progressive PR company for non-profit organizations, including UNICEF, Planned Parenthood, the Nature Conservancy and the American Nurses Association, its website shows. [...]

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ATU: Fatal Queens charter bus crash reveals another “sweatshop on wheels” – and consequences

NEW YORK—The charter bus accident in Queens that killed three people and injured 16 more is yet another example of the consequences of such “sweatshops on wheels,” says Amalgamated Transit Union President Larry Hanley. And it again shows why Congress should enact, and the federal government should enforce, legislation and rules to prevent the driver fatigue that may have caused [...]

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Columbia TAs, RAs tell lawmakers about university stalling on bargaining

NEW YORK—Even though Columbia University’s teaching assistants and research assistants voted overwhelmingly nine months ago to unionize with the Auto Workers, the university’s administration still refuses to recognize and bargain with the union, the students told two U.S. representatives and other officeholders on Sept. 20. And that not only hurts the students, but also hampers the research they do for [...]

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Treasury Employees to challenge judge’s ruling freeing govt. of responsibility for big cyberattack

WASHINGTON—The Treasury Employees (NTEU) will challenge a federal judge’s ruling freeing the government – their employer – of responsibility for a big data breach/cyberattack of its computers that disclosed personal information of 22 million present and former federal workers and their families. “We immediately appealed the district court’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit,” said [...]

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Ellison goes 0-for-3 in fighting for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

WASHINGTON—It’s a measure of Congress’ ruling Republicans’ hatred for workers and consumers who could still be victims of finagling financiers that when Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-Minn., tried to aid the workers on the U.S. House floor, he went 0-for-3. And he even struck out on his move to let the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continue to regulate the shadiest [...]

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Four top Dems on trade push Trump agencies for stronger worker rights enforcement

WASHINGTON—Four top Democratic legislators who deal with trade are pushing the Republican Trump administration for stronger enforcement of trading rules. And current “new NAFTA” talks with Mexico are a particular target. “Vigilant enforcement of international labor rules is a crucial component of any strategy to level the playing field” for U.S. workers, Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., [...]

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