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Lack of Ebola Protection, Health Care Issues Force Brief Nurses’ Strike

Can you imagine a hospital emergency room that lacks enough saline solution, a common and vital supply?  Jowita Lyn can – because her emergency room at Washington’s Providence Hospital has that problem every day.   And it’s a lack of such basic supplies, along with high nurse-to-patient ratios and hospitals’ lack of protection for nurses and doctors exposed to the dangerous [...]

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Locked Capitol Doors, Stuffed Gallery Lead to Michigan Unions’ Right-to-Work Lawsuit

DETROIT (PAI)–The long-running war over Michigan’s controversial, Republican-engineered “Right to Work” law is headed to court.   The state American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of unions asked a state court to rule that officials blatantly violated Michigan’s Open Meetings Act when they locked the public out of the state Capitol in 2012 as lawmakers debated the two controversial [...]

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Teamsters, Human Rights Groups Demand Salvadoran Govt. End Coverup of Perpetrators of Organizer’s Murders

WASHINGTON (PAI)–It’s been 10 years since Teamsters organizer Gilberto Soto was murdered in El Salvador, and that’s too long to wait for justice, union President Jim Hoffa says.  It’s time for the Salvadoran government to end the coverup of the crime, he adds.   So to put public pressure on El Salvador, the Teamsters and 14 human rights groups bought a [...]

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Unions, Allies Conduct Week-Long Anti-Fast Track Drive; Obama Ignores It

Unions and their allies, led by the Communications Workers and the Teamsters, mobilized the week of November 8-14 to stop Congress and Democratic President Barack Obama from greasing the skids on Capitol Hill to quickly push through so-called “fast-track” Trade Promotion Authority, plus three anti-worker “free trade” treaties that TPA would permit.   And they started their drive by delivering [...]

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Insight: Global Media Couldn’t Best Local Guild Journalists in Ferguson

By David Carson United Media Guild   ST.LOUIS (PAI)–The August events in Ferguson, Mo., are known around the world.  A police officer shot and killed an unarmed teenager and the resulting protests, rioting and looting went viral.   The only thing that spread more quickly than images of Michael Brown’s lifeless body in the street were social media-fueled rumors and speculation. [...]

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Speakers Advocate Massive Education Campaign About Value of Unions

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Labor must launch a massive education campaign about the value of unions to the U.S. throughout its history, to counter Right Wing propaganda and to forestall deepening nationwide cynicism that could lead people to turn to demagogues, speakers at an  Economic Policy Institute event said.   Author Robert Morris, former Gov. James Blanchard, D-Mich., and EPI economist Ross Eisenbrey, made [...]

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NLRB Judge Orders Employer to Hire Seven Union Painters; Owner Had Threatened to Shut Down Rather than Obey Labor Law

By: Northwest labor Press OREGON CITY, Ore. (PAI)–On October 13, union painters held signs outside the South Waterfront headquarters of Reach CDC, a non-profit developer of low-income housing.  Reach hired general contractor R&H, which in turn hired Edwards Painting, a non-union contractor which – spectacularly – broke labor law.   And National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge John McCarrick [...]

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Teamsters Organizing Gains at FedEx: Win in N.J.;Election Campaign OKD in VA.

WASHINGTON (PAI)–The Teamsters’ campaign to organize truckers at FedEx, the nation’s largest package shipper – whose management is notoriously anti-worker and anti-union – is gaining steam.  Local 701 won a recognition vote in New Brunswick, N.J., on October 31, four days after a National Labor Relations Board regional director ruled that Local 592 could campaign for recognition among FedEx drivers in [...]

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New Orleans Union Teachers to Take Backpay-Plus-Damages Case to U.S. Supreme Court

NEW ORLEANS (PAI)–Recipients of an unwelcome Halloween “trick,” the 7,500 union teachers and staff of New Orleans’ schools, summarily fired after the state took over the schools following Hurricane Katrina nine years ago – and turned them all into charter schools — are taking their case for back pay and damages to the U.S. Supreme Court.   That’s because, reversing [...]

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Steelworkers’ Oil Refinery Members Voting on Bargaining Agenda

PITTSBURGH (PAI)–Contracting out, rising health care costs, erosion of bargaining units, staffing, fatigue and wages are among the major issues in bargaining proposals for the nation’s oil refinery workers.   The 160,000 workers, represented by the Steelworkers, started voting after October 31 on a bargaining agenda covering those items and more, USW oil sector President Gary Beevers said.   Some [...]

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