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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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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the 5th Anniversary of Last Minimum Wage Increase

Today is a reminder of what is possible with just an ounce of political will.  If our leaders have the courage, they can lift millions of hardworking Americans out of poverty by raising the minimum wage. It’s a tragedy that workers have been trapped in a poverty-level minimum wage for five years. It must not go a day longer. We [...]

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Chicago School Board Apprives $5.8B Budget

While officials acknowledged the potential pitfalls of using a one-time accounting maneuver to cover a gaping deficit, Chicago’s Board of Education Wednesday unanimously approved a $5.8 billion operating budget and another $1 billion in spending on capital projects and debt payments.

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Teachers Unions to Education Secretary Duncan: Leave!

LOS ANGELES–The American Federation of Teachers’ convention has a blunt message for Obama administration Education Secretary Arne Duncan:  You flunk the test of helping the nation’s schools and kids, so leave. And they’re not the first to tell the former Chicago Public Schools CEO to go: Earlier in July, at its own convention in Denver, National Education Association delegates sent the [...]

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USW’s Gerard Takes Case Vs. Foreign Oil Pipe Dumping To Feds; Commerce Dept. Probes Dumped Chinese Tires

Saying foreign dumping of subsidized oil tubular pipe could cost jobs not just of Steel Workers but of other U.S. workers, too, Steel Workers President Leo Gerard urged federal officials to ratify proposed tariffs against the pipe imports from Korea and eight other nations.

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AFL-CIO Launches National Petition Vs. Deporting Undocumented People

Fed up with congressional refusal to tackle comprehensive immigration reform, the AFL-CIO launched a national petition campaign to demand Democratic President Barack Obama take administrative action to remove the threat of deportation hanging over 11 million people.

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