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USW Lays Out Action Platform as gerard Denounces ‘Shrewd Greedy and Powerful’ Forces Set to Destroy Workers

LAS VEGAS (PAI)–Steelworkers convention delegates adopted a multi-point action platform for their union for coming years to battle what re-elected President Leo Gerard called “shrewd, greedy and powerful” forces out to destroy workers.   The plan was touchstone of the 4-day convention, in Las Vegas , August 11-15.   The platform calls for the union, which represents workers in steel, [...]

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A Congressman In Trouble For Trying To Be…A Congressman

A short article in Roll Call, a small newspaper that circulates mainly among lawmakers, staffers, newspaper people and other denizens of Capitol Hill, caught our eye the other day. With Congress headed out of town for a month-long recess, it’s relevant.

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Ariz. GOP House Speaker Shelves Anti-Worker Legislation

PHOENIX–In an interesting demonstration of labor’s political clout, the Republican Speaker of the Arizona House is shelving two controversial anti-worker bills, fearing that passing them would drive unions, their allies, and anti-GOP voters to the polls this fall.

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Marlborough, Mass., Charter School Teachers Join Teamsters

MARLBOROUGH, Mass.–Some 80 teachers and staffers at the math and science charter school in Marlborough, Mass., voted in July to unionize with Teamsters Local 170 in Worcester, the union announced. They’re the Teamsters’ first charter school group in the U.S.

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Newark residents make legal bid to stop controversial school reorganization plan

NEWARK — While about 350 students were attending their first day of charter school, parents, residents, union officials and community advocates gathered outside to unveil their latest effort to derail the Newark school district’s controversial reorganization.

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Second Indiana Judge Bounces State Right-To-Work Law

CROWN POINT, Ind.–As far as Indiana’s so-called “right-to-work” law, the legal question now becomes “Will it be three strikes and you’re out?” That’s because a second Lake County, Ind., circuit court judge, George Paras, acting on a challenge from the Steelworkers, has bounced the law, again citing the state constitution. Appeals of both that case and a previously successful challenge, by the Operating Engineers, are headed for a state Supreme Court hearing in Indianapolis on Sept. 4.

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D.C. Administrative Law Judges Unionize with IFPTE

WASHINGTON–After a 2-year struggle, administrative law judges employed by the D.C. government voted 19-5 to unionize with the Professional and Technical Engineers. Their campaign had to overcome opposition by a since-disgraced former chief judge, Mary Walker, to bar unionization on the grounds that joining the union would present a conflict of interest and that the ALJs are supervisors.

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Women’s Groups And Workers Lobby For Paid Sick And Family Leave

WASHINGTON–Working women and groups representing them took their case for paid sick and family leave to Capitol Hill on July 30. They drew support from Senate Labor Committee Democrats, but the legislation – thanks to potential GOP filibusters and a jammed congressional schedule after the August recess – may go nowhere in this Congress.

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Series Exposing Coal Industry Conspiracy To Deny Black Lung Benefits Wins Newspaper Guild’s Heywood Broun Award

WASHINGTON–A coal industry conspiracy to deny black lung benefits to tens of thousands of coal miners has won the Heywood Broun Award – given annually to honor outstanding investigative and public service reporting – from The Newspaper Guild.

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NLRB Official: Mercedes Breaks Labor Law Vs. UAW At Alabama Plant

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.–Daimler-Benz broke U.S. labor law in contesting the United Auto Workers’ organizing efforts at the firm’s Mercedes-Benz vehicle plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala., National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge Keltner Locke has ruled.

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