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Happy Memorial Day 2017

May 29, 2017
By Tara Jessup  

“Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life.”

The Memorial Day Massacre of 1937

May 29, 2017 
By Bill Hohlfeld

On last night’s broadcast we referred to the Memorial Day Massacre of 1937 during our regular feature, “Spotlight on American Labor History.”

Kentucky Unions File Suit Against ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

May 29, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky AFL-CIO and Teamsters Local 89 filed a lawsuit May 25, asking a Franklin County judge to stop enforcement of the state’s union-shop ban.

Win Week In Review

May 28, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - Fight For $15 and the Trump resistance have a message for Trump and all politicians standing between them and their goal of $15 and hour and union rights.

175,000 Quebec Construction Workers Strike

May 27, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Montreal, Canada - Some 175,000 construction workers in Quebec went on strike May 24, shutting down projects across the province such as the new Champlain Bridge.

Chicago Has ‘More Sweatshops than Starbucks’

May 26, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Chicago has more than 180 low-wage workplaces where workers regularly experience unsafe conditions, wage theft, injuries, sexual harassment, and discrimination and are afraid to complain about it, according to a study released May 18.

NYC Just Got Closer to Unionizing the Fast Food Industry

May 25, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Up next for fast food workers: A union!

New York, NY - The City Council on Wednesday took important action that could finally bring the five-year-old “$15 and a Union” campaign to fruition by backing a package of Fair Work Week bills that includes one measure to create a non-profit worker advocacy group funded through contributions taken directly from employee paychecks.

AFGE Fights for Quality Healthcare at VA

May 24, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - A Senate bill that would allow VA managers to fire rank-and-file workers based on scant evidence of wrongdoing and with little ability to appeal is a dangerous step toward politicizing the federal government's career civil service, the head of the largest government employee union testified today.


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