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Wisconsin Republicans Silence Debate to Advance 'Right to Work' Bill

Photo courtesy Wisconsin AFL-CIO on Flickr

UPDATE, Feb. 26: The Wisconsin State Senate approved the right to work bill 17-15 late Wednesday night. Thousands of workers, community supporters and others rallied outside the Capitol earlier in the day to protest the bill and later packed the Senate chambers for the floor debate and vote. The bill now goes to the State Assembly for vote likely next week. We’ll bring you more details later today.

Wisconsin Republicans, led by state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) and state Sen. Steve Nass (R), have made it abundantly clear this week that they don't care about the voices of their state's working families. They had previously made it clear that they didn't care about the rights of working families. On Tuesday, Nass shut down debate on a proposed "right to work" bill, with hundreds of Wisconsin workers still waiting to testify about the bill. Nass previously admitted that the Fast Track process through which the bill was brought up was intentionally designed to limit public protests. But thousands gathered at the state House in protest of the legislature's actions, with more planned rallies already set to go. The Senate Labor Committee advanced the bill on a party-line vote, and it now goes to the full floor for a vote.

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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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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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Global Unions Defend Right to Strike

Global Unions Defend Right to Strike

In events and rallies around the world Wednesday the global labor movement acted together to defend the right to strike of workers everywhere. That basic labor right says the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is under attack by employer groups at the International Labor Organization (ILO)   

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Christie Says ‘NO!’ to Buy American

Christie Says ‘NO!’ to Buy American

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) made it very clear last week where he stands on American jobs and Buy American provisions in state laws—he’s firmly against them. He didn’t veto just one Buy American bill, he vetoed five Buy American bills that passed the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan support.

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USW Oil Strike Grows, Sign Petition for Safe Refineries

Photo via USW's facebook page

United Steelworkers (USW) members at BP refineries in Whiting, Ind., and Toledo, Ohio, joined the union’s unfair labor practice strike Sunday against the oil industry. The strike began Feb. 1, after the companies failed to address serious concerns regarding the health and safety of workers and their communities, according to the USW.

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USW Oil Workers Strike After Shell Leaves Talks

Some 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are on strike at nine refineries operated by Shell, Marathon, Tesoro and LyondellBasell after Shell, the lead company in the National Oil Bargaining talks, “refused to provide us with a counteroffer and left the bargaining table,” says USW President Leo W. Gerard.

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Late Steelworker Remembered for Battle of Bulge Bravery

Photo by Berry Craig

Kentucky steelworker Hargus Haywood had no idea where he was going when his outfit got orders to move out from Mourmelon, France, on Dec. 18, 1944.

“They loaded us into open trailer trucks and drove us all night,” said Haywood, a medic in the storied 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” Division. Enroute, rain turned to snow. 

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USW Welcomes Napoleón Gómez to Pittsburgh

USW Welcomes Napoleón Gómez to Pittsburgh

The United Steelworkers (USW) extended a warm welcome to Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president and general secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal and Steelworkers of Mexico (Los Mineros), as he visited Pittsburgh last week.

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Black Beans, Guac and Respect

Black Beans, Guac and Respect

In Los Angeles, more than 100 supporters rallied yesterday at a local Chipotle restaurant to ask it to intervene with its supplier, Huhtamaki.

Workers who make the packaging for Chipotle’s burrito bowls work at Huhtamaki, a giant Finland-based company, earn less than $15 per hour.

Stand with Huhtamaki workers and sign their petition today

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