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USW Oil Workers Expand Strike, Cite Safety Concerns

Photo via USW Facebook page

Oil workers at three more refineries and a chemical plant joined the United Steelworkers’ (USW’s) unfair labor practice strike against the oil industry over the weekend. With workers and plant safety a major concern, USW President Leo W. Gerard said:

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Here’s the IBEW Photo Contest Winner

Here’s the IBEW Photo Contest Winner

Seattle Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 77 member Derek Williams’ shot of linemen carefully replacing high-voltage equipment that was battered by Washington’s winter, framed with towering evergreens and a mountainous backdrop, was voted winner of the 17th IBEW Photo Contest.

 

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Black History Month Labor Profiles: A. Philip Randolph

Black History Month Labor Profiles: A. Philip Randolph

During Black History Month, we will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of African Americans and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present. Today, we take a look at A. Philip Randolph.

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Collective Action Pays Off, Just Look at These 24 Hours

Collective Action Pays Off, Just Look at These 24 Hours

In 24 hours starting late Wednesday, workers who have been standing together in collective action scored three major victories.  Walmart workers got a raise, Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members settled their strike with FairPoint, and United Steelworkers made safety at oil refinery plants a national issue.

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Postal Workers and Postal Service Open Talks

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the U.S. Postal Service began negotiations Thursday over a new contract, the first time the two have bargained in four and a half [KRC1] years. Heading into the negotiations, the USPS has a new postmaster general, Megan Brennan. Postal workers are calling not only for fair wages and benefits, but for longer and more convenient hours for customers. APWU has also endorsed a series of bold improvements, including postal banking, public notary services and the sale of licenses.

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Refinery Blast Exemplifies Striking Oil Workers Safety Concerns

An explosion at an ExxonMobil refineryin Torrance, Calif., earlier this week that injured four workers and shook homes for miles around was a chilling reinforcement of the safety concerns that striking oil workers have stressed, as the above video from the United Steelworkers (USW) shows.

 

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Fairpoint Workers to Vote on Tentative Agreement

Photo via Fairness@FairPoint

After a 17-week strike that began in October, unions representing workers at FairPoint Communications have reached a tentative agreement with the company to go back to work. Following six weeks of federally mediated negotiations, the two sides agreed on a deal that members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) will vote on starting today. Member briefings will be held before the votes. If the deal is approved, workers will return to their jobs on Wednesday

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Poll Shows Voters Will Hold Lawmakers Accountable for Fast Track Support

Poll Shows Voters Will Hold Lawmakers Accountable for Fast Track Support

A new poll shows that the controversy and concern over fast track trade authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement resonates far beyond Washington, D.C., and that lawmakers who support flawed, job-killing trade deals do so at their own risk.

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Labor Communications Association Launches New Resource-Filled Website

Labor Communications Association Launches New Resource-Filled Website

The International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) has revamped its website with a great new look and plenty of resources for those reporting on issues important to working families. The goal is to provide communicators with everything they need to get their message out in the best way possible.  The site is a hub of tools, training resources and inspiration for communicators—from the most experienced to those new to the labor movement.  As they describe the site, "Chances are, if you have a question, or need some information, the answer is on our website."

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Black History Month Labor Profiles: Keith Richardson

Black History Month Labor Profiles: Keith Richardson

During Black History Month, we will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of African Americans and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present. Today, we take a look at Keith Richardson.

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