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New Hampshire Workers Build Bridges to Push Equal Pay

New Hampshire's elected and community leaders marked Equal Pay Day with the traditional press conference—and a critical step toward ensuring that women receive a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. Shortly before a paycheck fairness bill, S.B. 207, was heard in the New Hampshire House Labor Committee, representatives from women’s groups and labor joined elected leaders at the Statehouse to commemorate the strides being made in New Hampshire to address pay inequity.

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Why Do Elections Matter? Look No Further Than New York City

Photo via Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's Flickr page

For evidence that elections have impact on working family issues, look no further than New York City, where the New York City Central Labor Council and its affiliates’ grassroots mobilization during the election appear to be paying off. If the transition teams of New York’s future mayor and comptroller are any indication, working people will once again have a seat at the table.

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Boston Elects Labor Leader as New Mayor

Photo courtesy WEBN-TV

Working people saw many victories this Election Day, but for Bostonians, Tuesday was especially poignant. Martin J. Walsh, a longtime labor leader and state representative, swept to victory to become the city’s first union mayor.

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See Why Joining a Union Was No Gamble for Casino Workers

New York Hotel Trades Council photo

After years of organizing and a prolonged contract fight, the 1,750 workers at the Resorts World Casino New York City finally may have hit their own jackpot: a living wage.

Under the new agreement with the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council (HTC), the casino and racetrack complex will increase the salaries of 1,400 of its workers to more than $60,000 per year by 2016, doubling the take-home pay of many of those workers. In addition to the pay raise, the contract provides free family health care, training programs for career advancement and retirement security for workers.

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Vermont Home Health Care Providers Vote for a Voice on the Job, Join AFSCME

After two years of organizing, more than 7,000 independent home care providers in Vermont have voted overwhelmingly to be represented by AFSCME Vermont Homecare United in negotiations with the state of Vermont. The vote, which concluded yesterday, marks a major milestone in the fight for home health care workers and is the largest organizing win in Vermont’s history. Out of the 7,500 eligible home care providers, 71% voted for AFSCME.

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LIUNA 223 Leader Martin Walsh Wins Top Spot in Boston Mayoral Preliminary

Photo by Rosa Blumenfeld at the Greater Boston Labor Council

After 20 years, longtime Boston mayor Tom Menino is stepping down. And after Tuesday, the people of Boston are one step closer to electing a pro-labor champion to follow in his footsteps.

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Pa. Voter ID Court Case: 'We Know Injustice When We See It'

Photo courtesy of Zach Hause

Jake Long, chair of the Harrisburg Region Central Labor Council’s COPE committee and a baker by trade, does not spend most of his days in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg, but it did not take him long to form an opinion of the proceedings surrounding the court’s review of the state's contested voter ID law.

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Conn. Construction Workers Build Support for Project Labor Agreement

It may have taken two years, but construction workers in Meriden, Conn., finally will have access to well-paying quality construction jobs on two major renovation projects at local high schools after the Meriden City Council voted this week to uphold a project labor agreement (PLA).

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Rhode Island Unions Roll Up their 'Greensleeves' this Holiday Season

Rhode Island Unions Roll Up their 'Greensleeves' this Holiday Season

Jon Israel, a Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) member, didn’t plan on falling off the roof of a house he was working on in Barrington, R.I. a few weeks ago. He also didn’t plan on the local labor movement organizing a holiday fundraiser to help his family get through his recovery from the serious injuries he sustained from the fall.

Yet there is a long history in the labor movement of stepping up community service during the holiday season. In Rhode Island, local labor unions are starting early with the holiday cheer this year. In addition to the fundraiser for Jon Israel, union members in Rhode Island are organizing a wide variety of community service opportunities.

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Self-Proclaimed 'Scott Walker on Steroids' Wins N.H. Gubernatorial Primary

Workers in New Hampshire have fought for two years to block attempts to pass "right to work" for less laws and dismantle collective bargaining. Now, depending on the election in November, they could face two more years of attacks on their rights.

An anti-labor Republican who has labeled himself "Scott Walker on steroids" swept the Republican nomination in New Hampshire's gubernatorial race last night. Ovide Lamontagne, a Manchester lawyer and perennial candidate for New Hampshire's higher offices, is a Koch brothers' dream candidate: he vocally supports "right to work," believes in abolishing the minimum wage and supports funneling taxpayer dollars for education into private religious schools.

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