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NLRB: Labor Law Protects Worker Recruiting Others to Sign Sexual Harassment Complaint

 WASHINGTON (PAI)–Federal labor law protects a worker who recruits her colleagues to sign her complaint about sexual harassment on the job, even if they later say they were signing just to ratify her findings and not because of harassment they suffered themselves, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled.   In a 3-1 decision in mid-August involving workers at [...]

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Appeals Court Panel Rules FedEx Drivers in Oregon, California are ‘Employees’ not ‘Independent’ Contractors

  PORTLAND, Ore. (PAI)–In a judicial slam against a top employer dodge that weakens workers and unions, a 3-judge federal appeals panel ruled on August 27 that FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery drivers – 363 drivers in Oregon and 2,300 drivers in California – are “employees” under labor law, not “independent contractors.”   If the rulings, by a panel of [...]

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Survey: Great Recession Leaves Workers ‘Unhappy, Worried and Pessimistic’

NEWARK, N.J. –The Great Recession was so bad for workers that it has apparently left them “unhappy, worried and pessimistic” about the present state of the economy, their own jobs and prospects, and the future, a new survey says. The survey, of 1,013 adults this summer by the Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., paints a [...]

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ATU Protests Injection of Racism into S.L. Contract Talks

ST. LOUIS (PAI)–As if St. Louis didn’t suffer enough racial tension already, due to the police shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown, management of the city’s Metro system has injected racism into contract talks with its top union.   That, and a subsequent gag order management wants to impose on the workers – to prevent them from telling bus [...]

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Study: Construction, Public Jobs Drive Rise in New York City Union Density

NEW YORK –Increasing employment in construction and already high density in education and public service jobs drove a rise in New York City union density in the last year and a half, reversing seven years of declines, a new study reveals. The City University of New York Graduate Center reports 24 percent of all workers within the city’s five boroughs [...]

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Labor News Around the Nation

OLEAN, N.Y. (PAI)–Teamsters Local 264 members at Stroehmann Bakeries and Grocery Haulers Inc., in Olean, N.Y., overwhelmingly ratified two contracts in late August, Local 264 President Brian Dickman said.  The 15 route sales drivers and garage mechanics at the bakery voted 14-1 for a successor agreement that improves wages and maintains health care benefits.  The 25 transport drivers for GHI, who distribute [...]

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Jimmy John’s Workers Launch Internet Campaign for Paid Sick Days

MINNEAPOLIS –Three years ago, the Jimmy John’s fast food chain fired six Minneapolis sandwich workers for putting up over 3,000 posters publicizing a grisly truth: Company policy and low pay routinely forced them to come to work and make sandwiches while they’re sick.

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Labor Sec. Perez Praises Building Trades Union Training Program, Partnerships

 ROSSFORD, Ohio (PAI)–While maintaining a smile, it was pretty clear U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was a bit out of his comfort zone when he strapped on a hardhat and harness and participated in a rescue safety exercise.   Perez accepted the offer to join the class exercise during a tour of the Toledo Electrical JATC in Rossford on July [...]

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AFT Pushes for Kidnapped Professor’s Release

WASHINGTON –The American Federation of Teachers is pushing the State Department to campaign for release of yet another U.S. hostage, retired SUNY-Oswego Professor Warren Weinstein, kidnapped three years ago by al-Qaida in Pakistan. Weinstein, now 73, is a member of SUNY’s AFT affiliate ,United University Professionals.  Late in 2013, in an al-Qaida video, he asked the Obama administration to negotiate [...]

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7,000 Fired New Orleans Unionized School Workers Headed for Big Payday?

NEW ORLEANS –It’s taken nine years, but some 7,000 former New Orleans school workers – teachers, principals, secretaries, social workers, para-professionals and others – may be headed for a multimillion-dollar win of back wages and penalties this fall. Whether they will get the money depends on the Louisiana Supreme Court, which heard the case on Sept. 4.  It set no [...]

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