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300+ Workers at NASA’s Washington Headquarters Vote to Form a Union

300+ Workers at NASA’s Washington Headquarters Vote to Form a Union

Professional support specialists employed at NASA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to form a union. The vote was 97% in favor of partnering with the NASA Headquarters Professional Association, Local 9 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE); 320 NASA workers were eligible to vote in the election. The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) conducted the vote.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Virgin America Flight Attendants Vote to Join TWU

TWU's Virgin America organizing team stands in front of the projected election results at the headquarters of the National Mediation Board in Washington, D.C. TWU photo.

Presenting TWU's newest members...Virgin America Inflight Team Members (ITMs)!

On Wednesday, in a decisive 430 to 307 vote, the 900 flight attendants at Virgin America chose Transport Workers Union (TWU) membership and a brighter future for themselves and their families. In doing so, they made history at the airline. Until today, Virgin held the distinction of being the largest U.S. air carrier to have an entire workforce completely without union protections on the job. Said TWU President Harry Lombardo:

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our latest feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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As Summit Concludes, U.S. and African Unions Pledge Partnership, Push Pro-Worker Policies

As Summit Concludes, U.S. and African Unions Pledge Partnership, Push Pro-Worker Policies

Last week African trade union leaders from across the continent converged on Washington, D.C., to push U.S. and African leaders to focus on decent work, worker rights and job creation during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. They challenged the growing “Africa Rising" narrative, which mainly focuses on macro-level economic growth, trade opportunities and growing consumer markets for international corporations, and sought to refocus the debate on policy changes that would improve the lives of working families.

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What the NLRB Announcement on McDonald's Means

May 2013 Fast Food Strike in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Cathy Sherwin.

In case you missed it, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin made a pretty significant announcement about McDonald's and its role as an employer to workers in franchise locations all over the country. 

Historically McDonald's has claimed it has no authority over wages or complaints of workers' rights violations at its franchise locations because that is up to the individual owners, but the NLRB general counsel determined McDonald's could be liable as a joint employer in these kinds of situations. 

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

Union Summer interns were pretty busy this summer at sites all over the United States. Check out some highlights in the photo slideshow (after the jump). 

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Fewer Groceries for Today’s Minimum Wage Worker

This video from Time.com tracks the value and purchasing power of the minimum wage since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first minimum wage law in 1938 as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act, through 22 times Congress has raised the federal wage; the last time was in 2009.

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Robin Williams Used Humor for Good Causes

Actor and comedian Robin Williams—a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner—was “not only a talented man, but a true humanitarian,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard. Williams, 63, died Monday in an apparent suicide, according to authorities.

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