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Illinois Legislature Considers $15 Minimum

April 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Peoria, IL - With a bill to raise the Illinois minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $15 now on the state House floor, the measure’s sponsors are touring the state to drum up support.

Judge Rules California Fruit Company Bargained in Bad Faith

April 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sacramento, CA - A California Agricultural Labor Relations Board judge ruled Apr. 14 that a fruit company that has resisted the United Farm Workers for more than 25 years bargained in bad faith during contract talks in 2013.

XPO Ordered To Pay $855K In Stolen Wages To 4 Port Truckers

April 23, 2017   
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Los Angeles, CA - California's Labor Commissioner is ordering XPO logistics to re-pay more than $850,000 in stolen port trucker wages to four Port Of Los Angeles/Long Beach drivers. The workers were illegally mis-classified as independent contractors instead as what they are - employees.

Wisconsin Building Trades Rip Walker Proposal to Nix Licensing Exams

April 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Madison, WI - A proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to exempt journeyman plumbers, electricians, and sprinkler fitters from having to take an exam to get their license after they finish a state-approved apprenticeship program has drawn sharp criticism from construction unions and some contractors.

Union Plumbers to Fix Flint’s Pipes

April 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Flint, MI - A federal-court settlement approved Mar. 28 requires the state of Michigan to replace the pipes that caused Flint’s water supply to be contaminated with lead—and most of the work will be done by union plumbers.

Penn. Governor Says $12 Minimum Would Reduce Medicaid Costs

April 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed raising the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, saying it would save the state almost $50 million in public-assistance costs such as Medicaid.

Machinists Organize Ground-Service Workers at Two New Airlines

April 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sea-tac, WA - In the last 10 months, the International Association of Machinists has organized more than 2,000 ground-service workers at two new subsidiaries of Alaska and United airlines.

Missouri Union-Shop Ban Backers Try to Stop Vote to Repeal It

April 20, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Jefferson City, MO - Supporters of Missouri’s new union-shop ban are trying again to have the courts block a voter referendum to repeal the law.

Midwest ‘Right to Work’ States Have Lower Wages Than Neighbors

April 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

La Grange, IL - Wages are lower in the three industrial-Midwest states that have banned the union shop than they are in the three that haven’t, according to a study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute released Apr. 3.

Students 'Hungry For Justice' Fast, Urge Boycott Of Wendy's

April 19, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Ohio, IL - College students are spreading a fast for justice aimed at the Wendy’s fast food chain. Sarasota Florida New College students went on a five day fast in solidarity with fasting Ohio State students urging a boycott against Wendy’s.

Walker Signs Law to Ban Local Project-Labor Agreements

April 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Madison, WI - Gov. Scott Walker signed a law Apr. 17 prohibiting local governments from making project-labor agreements that require contractors to use union labor.

United Pilots’ Union ‘Infuriated’ by Passenger-Dragging

April 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL The union representing United Airlines’ 12,500 pilots says it is “infuriated” by passenger Dr. David Dao being violently dragged off a United Express flight Apr. 9, an incident that provoked public outrage after a video of it went viral.


Labor For Our Revolution: Four National Unions Support May Day Actions

April 18, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Washington, DC - Four national unions that are part of a new Labor For Our Revolution network are supporting the May 1st worker protests dubbed "A Day Without Immigrants".

Trump Hires Federal Administrator Who Purged Gay Workers

April 18, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - A top Agriculture Department official appointed by President Donald Trump in January was a “key player” in an effort to get rid of gay and lesbian workers in his agency during the Bush administration, ProPublica reports.

California Court Upholds San Diego Pension Cuts

April 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Diego, CA - A California court on Apr. 11 upheld a 2012 San Diego ballot initiative that cut retirement benefits for city workers. The 4th District Court of Appeal unanimously overturned the state Public Employee Relations Board’s 2015 ruling that the measure violated state law on public employees’ collective-bargaining rights.

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