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Unions Give Saskatchewan Government ‘Cold Heart Award’

June 29, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Saskatoon, Canada - Members of several Canadian unions presented the provincial government with a “Cold Heart Award” June 22 to protest its “heartless cuts” in social programs, privatization of public services, and tax breaks for large out-of-province corporations.

USA Auto Factories Close while Mexico’s Car Industry Expands

June 28, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - U.S. Companies are continuing to move manufacturing plants from our shores and American  jobs are disappearing at a record rate.

OSHA Plans to Weaken Beryllium Restrictions

June 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a proposal June 23 to weaken limits it established in January on workers’ exposure to beryllium.

1199 Reaches Strike-Averting Deal at 3 NJ Nursing Homes

June 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Perth Amboy, NJ - Three hours before a strike was scheduled to begin at three New Jersey nursing homes, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East reached a tentative contract agreement with operator Broadway Healthcare Management June 23.

Teamsters Appoints Murphy UPS Freight Director

June 27, 2017
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - June 22, 2017 -- International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa has appointed John A. Murphy as UPS Freight Director in the Teamsters Package Division.

Workers Deserve Protection in All Workplaces

June 26, 2017 
By Jessica Martinez, COSH Co-Executive Director

Washington, DC - “No matter where they work, U.S. workers deserve protection from exposure to hazardous – and potentially lethal – toxic materials.

Court Orders Burger King to Rehire Fight-for-$15 Organizer

June 26, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

St. Louis, MO - A federal appeals court on June 21 ordered a Burger King franchisee in Kansas City to rehire Fight-for-$15 organizer Terrance Wise.

Trump Names Republican Lawyer to NLRB

June 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - President Donald Trump appointed Washington lawyer Marvin Kaplan June 20 to fill a vacant seat on the National Labor Relations Board, ending its 2-1 Democratic and pro-union majority.

Union Ironworker Runs Against Paul Ryan

June 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Racine, WI - Union ironworker Randy Bryce announced June 18 that he was running to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan in his south-of-Milwaukee district.

Renegotiating NAFTA Important to Unions

June 23, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Trump appealed strongly to the  working-class union members particularly in the trades and auto industry. Trump’s message on jobs, trade and America First,  was critical in his 2016 election victory.  He won over  many rank and file union members who usually vote Democratic.

L.A. Port Truckers Work as ‘Indentured Servants’

June 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

 Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles’ port truckers, who haul almost half of the nation’s container imports from the city’s ports to Southern California warehouses and rail yards, work under conditions so onerous that they are effectively “modern-day indentured servants,” a year-long investigation by the USA Today network found.

Tallahassee Resists City Workers’ Union Campaign

June 22, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Tallahassee, FL - With city workers here making their third effort in 15 years to join a union, the Florida capital’s government is resisting. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers began helping city workers organize in February after several utility department workers asked for its assistance.

Trump Takes Employers’ Side in Supreme Court Class-Action Case

June 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Trump administration is taking employers’ side in a Supreme Court case involving whether workers can be forced to sign compulsory-arbitration agreements that prohibit them from filing class-action lawsuits.

Why Do We Need Medicaid?

June 20, 2017 
By Reprinted
: aflcio.org Shaun O'Brien

Washington, DC - Like many Americans, you may have parents or other loved ones in nursing homes because they require around-the-clock care. Nursing-home care is expensive, typically $80,000 per year for a semiprivate room—far more than the income of a typical senior.

AFL-CIO Housing  Trust Update

June 20, 2017 
AFL-CIO Housing  Trust Update
Reprinted
www.aflcio-hit.com

Washington, DC -  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has released the second installment of its HIT Podcast series, "Community Revitalization the Union Way."

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