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Oregon Legislature Approves Unemployment Extension for Locked-Out Workers

Oregon Legislature Approves Unemployment Extension for Locked-Out Workers

The Oregon state Senate last week approved an unemployment insurance extension for locked-out workers that previously passed the state House, and the bill now goes to the governor for final approval. The bill will extend unemployment insurance to workers who are locked out as a result of a labor dispute. The legislation was introduced after Allegheny Technologies Inc. locked out members of the United Steelworkers (USW) in August of last year. Last week, the lockout ended when USW and ATI ratified a new contract.

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Burn the TPP

Burn the TPP

Middle America is smoldering. For too long, average citizens worked harder and produced more, yet corporations cut pay and benefits, off-shore community-sustaining factories, kill family-supporting jobs and crush opportunity. 

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National Apprenticeship Week: IMT Apprenticeship Prepares Workers for Today’s Advanced Manufacturing Environment

Today’s advanced manufacturing environment calls for highly skilled workers and the the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship is designed to train workers to both meet industry need and provide a career pathway for workers to advance. The IMT apprenticeship is implemented through a joint labor-management structure and was developed by Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) in collaboration with the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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Cruz-ing for a Losing: Winners and Losers of the Week

Pic courtesy USW

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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A Pizza Shop Owner Wrote a Facebook Post About Locked-Out Union Members. Then Something Amazing Happened

It's good to be union. Especially when your family is by your side. 

Check out this video from the United Steelworkers (USW) about Maddio's Pizza and Subs owner Matt Struhar who wrote a Facebook post in solidarity with the locked-out steelworkers at ATI Technologies a few weeks ago. 

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Allegheny Technologies Unfairly Locks Out Steelworkers from Their Jobs

Allegheny Technologies Unfairly Locks Out Steelworkers from Their Jobs

The contract between Allegheny Technologies (ATI) and more than 2,200 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) at 12 work sites across the country expired on June 30. The steelworkers have offered concessions that would help the company move forward, but ATI's management is demanding that workers submit to massive cuts that would jeopardize family-sustaining jobs. And last Friday, ATI unfairly locked out the working people at the company.

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School’s Out but Teachers Are Organizing in Allegheny County

Adjuncts Luke Niebler, Jennie Snyder and Gene Marsh outside the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hearing room after the final vote count

For teachers, summer is typically sloooooooow, a much-needed break after wearing the multiple hats of social worker, soccer coach and career counselor all year long. Not so for adjuncts, who take off their hats and grab their aprons. Luke Niebler, an adjunct from the English department at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pennsylvania, said, “Summers are rough. I have an interview at Whole Foods to help make ends meet.” Adjuncts get no guarantee of summer employment and scramble when their classes get canceled last minute. Hence many turn to the service sector to supplement their meager incomes and lack of job security, which is like having to shoot yourself in the foot...twice.

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How to Find Union-Made Tires

How to Find Union-Made Tires

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made it very easy to find union-made tires by requiring that each tire carry a code that shows the company and the location of the plant that manufactured the tire. DOT requires that each tire sold in the United States carry a code that looks something like this: DOT BE XX XXX XXX. The two letters or numbers that follow the DOT identify a particular factory as listed below.

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TAA Works—Just Ask Michael Smith

Michael Smith worked for 13 years as a crane operator at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point, Md., plant. But in 2012 the plant—then owned by R.G. Steel—was forced to shut its doors after a series of flawed trade deals and U.S. policy decisions allowed cheap, subsidized foreign steel to flood the market. Smith was among 2,500 United Steelworkers members who lost their jobs. 

 

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Week of Action Against Fast Track Capped by Rally and March in D.C.

Photo courtesy Campaign for America's Future

On Monday, hundreds of workers and their allies rallied in front of the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., then marched to the U.S. Trade Representative's office in opposition to Fast Track trade legislation that would allow the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to pass with little oversight or public input. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was a featured speaker at the rally and joined AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen, political commentator Jim Hightower, Campaign for America's Future, National People's Action, Alliance for a Just Society, USAction and workers from numerous unions in the rally, which also featured a giant TPP Trojan horse.

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