Issues

Metropolitan Opera’s Salary Cut Demands Force Unions To Plan Strike

Deep salary cut demands, which its unions say are unjustified, and a company threat to close down, at least temporarily, are combining to force members of the 16 unions at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera to plan to strike, if necessary.

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AFSCME Gives Top Award To Longtime Leader Lillian Roberts

Citing her long and successful fights for public workers in New York City and Chicago, delegates to the AFSCME convention gave the union’s Lifetime Achievement Award to New York Executive Director Lillian Roberts.

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Student Privacy Advocates Praise Bill, But Say It Needs Strengthening

The bipartisan student privacy bill introduced today is getting mixed reviews, with privacy advocates praising the effort to update federal privacy law — but also warning that the legislation doesn’t go far enough.

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Citing Past Problems With Other Pay Schemes, AFGE’s Cox Warns Lawmakers Against Trashing Federal Pay Grades

Citing past problems, including discrimination against women and minorities, with so-called “merit” pay schemes tried in the Defense Department and a handful of other agencies, AFGE President J. David Cox is warning lawmakers against trashing federal pay grades.

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AFSCME Convention Lauds Organizing Wins, Strikes Defiant Note Vs. Right Wingers

Leaders and delegates to AFSCME’s convention in Chicago lauded the union’s organizing wins – which brought it more than 92,000 new members – while striking a defiant note against the Right Wingers who menace those gains, and the union overall.

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UAW Charters Chattanooga Local For VW Plant Workers

With Right Wing political interference having beaten the Auto Workers’ prior attempt to unionize and then establish a joint labor-management works council at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., the union is trying again. It’s chartering a new union local to accomplish the same goal – but possibly without a second vote.

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Home Care Workers File For Largest Union Election in Minnesota History

With support from the clients they serve, Minnesota workers who care for people in their homes officially filed representation election cards in early July to form a union. Organizing under the slogan, “Invisible No More,” they said unionizing will improve pay, working conditions and the quality of care.

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Union Contractors, Building Trades Doing Slow Burn Over Proposed Federal Coal Plant Emissions Rules; Mine Workers Plan Protest March

Union construction contractors, concerned about the availability of jobs in retrofitting and servicing the nation’s fleet of coal-burning power plants, are doing a slow burn over the Obama Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule curbing carbon emissions from those plants. And they’re not the only ones.

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City and Principals Union at Odds Over Back Pay for Former Teacher, Union Says

*Orignially appeared in Chalbeat NY* Hundreds of teachers-turned-administrators could lose out on tens of thousands of dollars in retroactive pay due to teachers if the city has its way in contract negotiations, according to principals union officials. City officials have insisted in negotiations that teachers who move into administrative positions any time during the life of the contract — from November 2009 [...]

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House Votes To Name Post Office After Late NALC President Sombrotto

By voice vote and without dissent, the GOP-run House voted July 14 to name a Manhattan post office after the late Letter Carriers President Vincent Sombrotto. The measure was one of a raft of post office-naming bills approved that day, including several honoring veterans and one for the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz.

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