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‘Right to Work’: From Racist Roots to Recent Resurgence

March 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

In the last seven years, laws prohibiting the union shop have been enacted in six states. All six were in the industrial Midwest and Ohio Valley, breaching what was once the heartland of American unionism.

Trump Budget Would Cut Labor Department 21%

March 24, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, released March 16, would cut funds for the Department of Labor by more than 20%, from the current $12.2 billion to $9.6 billion.

After Working Under A Contract That Expired In 2009…

March 23, 2017 
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell 
   
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Niagara Falls, NY - Negotiations on a new contract between Employees represented by the United Steelworkers (USW) Union and the Niagara Falls Water Board (NFWB) resumed today (Friday, March 17).

32BJ Protests ICE Seizure of Member’s Husband

March 22, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY  - Pastor Kaji Dousa bowed her head in the sun behind 26 Federal Plaza and prayed “to help us turn ICE into warmth.” Dousa was delivering the invocation at a March 21 rally urging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to free Juan Vivares, a 29-year-old Colombian immigrant.

Rauner Asks to Skip Appeals-Court Level in AFSCME Case

March 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Springfield, IL - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner filed a request Mar. 17 asking the state Supreme Court to rule immediately on whether it can impose its contract terms on state workers, skipping over the appeals-court level.

The Guise of Workers’ Compensation Reform

March 21, 2017 
By  NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento

Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento in response to Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan's proposed Workers' Compensation Reforms

“The only proposals we’ve seen so far under the guise of workers’ compensation reform would result in steep cuts in benefits to injured workers without any guarantee of savings to employers.

NYC Revitalizes Commercial Corridors

March 21, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY – New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop has announced nearly $9 million in public and private investments to revitalize commercial corridors across the five boroughs.

N.J. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Step Increases

March 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Trenton, NJ - The New Jersey Supreme Court heard oral arguments Mar. 13 on whether public employees should get “step” pay increases after their contract’s expired.

Trump Hiring Freeze Closes Philly Historic Sites

March 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA, Seven Revolutionary-era historic sites in Philadelphia have had to close because of President Donald Trump’s freeze on federal hiring, David Fitzpatrick, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2058, told Philly.com.

Farm Laborers March on Mexico City

March 18, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Mexicali, Baja California—A march by a group of jornaleros—farm laborers— that began at the U.S. border early this month will culminate with a rally in Mexico City Mar. 17.

Western New York Labor Rejects Actions That Blame…

March 15, 2017 
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
 
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Buffalo, NY -  Following a report in The Buffalo News that stated a local Union was tipping off Federal Agents to any Undocumented Immigrants employed on constructions sites across Western New York, the AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation and Buffalo AFL-CIO Council has issued a formal statement that “resoundingly rejects any action that blames Immigrant and Undocumented Workers for undercutting the living standards of the American Working Class.”

Barasch McGarry Whistle-Blowing Attorney Protects Union Members Sickened By 9/11

March 14, 2017 
By Barasch McGarry 

Background: I blew the whistle to the New York Attorney General on a lender trying to scam disabled former NYPD Officer Elmer Santiago out a huge portion of the federal compensation award he was awaiting.

Illinois Court Backs AFSCME, Imposes Truce on Rauner

March 14, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Springfield, IL - A state appeals court ruled March 3 that Gov. Bruce Rauner can’t impose his contract terms on state workers until it decides whether there is a genuine impasse between his administration and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31.

Missouri House Votes to Block St. Louis Minimum-Wage Hike

March 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Jefferson City, MO - The state House approved a bill March 9 that would prohibit local governments from setting a minimum wage higher than the state’s $7.70 an hour.


 

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