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Teamsters, Highway Safety Groups Sue Feds to Force Tougher Rule for New Trucker Training

WASHINGTON (PAI)–What happened to Dorothy Wert’s late husband, David, on an unlit Pennsylvania highway three years ago shouldn’t happen to anyone.  Thanks to the lack of a tough federal rule for training rookie tractor-trailer drivers, the Teamsters and highway safety groups say, it did.  Now they’re suing in federal court to try to prevent such further tragedies.   What happened?  David Wert was [...]

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California Gov. Brown Vetoes Pro-Farmworker Bill

  SACRAMENTO (PAI)–Calling the legislation unbalanced, Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., vetoed a bill, pushed by the United Farm Workers, to let the state Agricultural Resources Board implement union contracts  with growers, through mediation, even if growers appealed.   “Both contract enforcement and election disputes should be dealt with so that the due process is fair,” Brown’s Sept. 28 veto message said.  “This [...]

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Oct. 12 Deadline Looms for Injured and Ailing 9/11 Survivors Seeking Health Care Aid

NEW YORK (PAI)–Injured and ailing survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York — including first responders and other unionists from around the country who came to assist in searching for the dead or cleaning up the rubble — have only until Oct. 12  to seek federal aid for paying their health [...]

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Low-Wage Workers Get Two Big Wins, One Each in N.Y. and D.C., in Two Days

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON (PAI)–More than 200,000 low-wage workers got two big wins in two days, one each in New York and Washington.  On Sept. 30, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order mandating a living wage for employees who toil for city contractors.  Then, on Oct. 1, the Obama administration’s Labor Department issued final rules implementing a $10.10 [...]

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St. Louis Metro ATU Workers Declare Victory, Secure Agreement Preserving Retirement Security; Union Calls on Metro Board, Officials to Address Racist ‘Oreo’ Incident

ST. LOUIS (PAI)–After Metro Transit workers waged an aggressive campaign that included leafleting passengers and the general public at garages, bus stops and MetroLink stops all over the St. Louis area, the Bi-State Development Agency (Metro) and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 agreed on a fair contract that preserves workers’ retirement security in the form of a defined benefit pension [...]

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Locked-Out Nuclear Steelworkers Take Dispute with Honeywell to D.C.

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Locked-out Steelworkers from Honeywell’s nuclear materials processing plant in Metropolis, Ill., took their dispute to the Nation’s Capital on Sept. 26, with picket lines in front of Honeywell’s D.C. office as well as at the offices of three heavyweight lobbying firms the company hires to influence lawmakers and executive branch officials.   Honeywell locked out 150 workers, members of [...]

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Communications Workers President Cohen to Reitre in June

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Larry Cohen, the Communications Workers president known for his emphasis on organizing and for his successful marshaling of a grand coalition of groups in a pro-democracy crusade, will retire from his post at the end of CWA’s convention next June.   Cohen, CWA president for a decade, said in an open letter posted on the union’s website at the [...]

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PAI Special Report: From Pregnancy Discrimination to Retiree Health Care, High Court Cases to Affect Millions

WASHINGTON (PAI)–It’s the first Monday in October, and that means the U.S. Supreme Court comes back on the job, with cases – from pregnancy discrimination to whether retirees get health care – that will affect millions of workers.   As the justices’ rulings in 2013-14 showed, their decisions have a strong effect on workers’ rights.  In the most-obvious example, the full 5-member National [...]

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300 Illegally Fired CWA Members Win Big vs. CNN

  NEW YORK and WASHINGTON (PAI)–After an 11-year legal struggle, prolonged by company obstruction, some 300 Communications Workers members, whom Cable News Network (CNN) illegally fired in an alleged 2003 “reorganization,” won big on Sept. 10.  One hundred will get their old jobs back and all will get millions of dollars in back pay, combined, the National Labor Relations Board ruled.   [...]

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Steelworkers: Lawmakers Support Feds’ Probe of Dumped Chinese Tires

      WASHINGTON (PAI)–The federal government’s investigation of whether China is illegally dumping car and light truck tires on the U.S. market – again – drew the support of 31 U.S. senators, the Steelworkers, who filed the tire-dumping complaint, report.   And the lawmakers’ letter, sent Sept. 11, will increase the onus on the Commerce Department to decide whether to [...]

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