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San Diego City Council Overrides Minimum Wage/Paid Sick Days Veto

Bill Walton addresses "Don't Sign It" rally.  Raise Up San Diego photo.

The San Diego City Council Monday voted to override Mayor Keven Faulconer’s veto of the recently passed ordinance that boosted the city’s minimum wage and requires employers to provide paid sick days to workers.  But some business owners have mounted a campaign to overturn the law. 

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Candidates School Graduates Largest Class

New Jersey State AFL-CIO Candidates School Graduates Largest Class

A record-size class of 37 rank-and-file union members, representing 23 local unions from across all sectors of the labor movement, took part in the 18th annual New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School Aug. 9–10 at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.

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Ga. Governor Agrees His State Is Great for Business Because Workers Are Cheap

Here's your rage-inducing video clip of the day. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal agrees in a CNBC interview his state is a real "deal" for businesses because workers are paid so little. Oh yeah, he directly ties this with being a "right to work" state. 

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‘Hit the Road, Mitch’: Union Members Rally with Grimes in Senate Race in Kentucky

photo by Berry Craig

Alison Lundergan Grimes says Bluegrass State union members are her “secret weapon.” Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, is seeking to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). This weekend, she told several hundred union members:

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If You're in Michigan's 14th Congressional District, Don't Forget to Vote Aug. 5 for Rudy Hobbs

Rudy Hobbs

Primary season is upon us already and if you're in the 14th Congressional District in Michigan, Aug. 5 is when you get to cast your ballot for the person you best think represents working families. 

Candidate Rudy Hobbs is that kind of person. Hobbs worked his way through college, taught first grade in the Detroit Public Schools and serves in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he was awarded the Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Municipal League. 

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300,000 More People Just Got Paid Sick Days

Photo courtesy Allan Ferguson on Flickr

Yesterday, the United States became a little bit better place to be a sick worker, as two more cities joined the growing wave of localities that have passed paid sick days laws. The city councils in San Diego and Eugene, Ore., each voted to require employers to make sure that workers don't have to choose between working sick and losing pay. Nine cities and the state of Connecticut now have paid sick leave laws.

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Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

When the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) begins modernizing its fleet with more than 800 next generation rail cars to replace its aging rolling stock—an estimated $2 billion project—bidders on that work will have to provide the number and type of new U.S. jobs they will create related to the production of the new rail cars. The U.S. employment provision is the result of the new Build Chicago partnership agreement reached between the CTA and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

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New Jersey Union Members Learn ‘Common Sense Economics'

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In New Jersey Monday, eight union members took part in the state’s first “Common Sense Economics” training, which at its core, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, has “a clear, simple message: Raising wages works.”

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Massachusetts Domestic Workers Win Nation’s Strongest Bill of Rights

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Housekeepers, nannies, caregivers for the elderly and other domestic workers in Massachusetts now are protected by the nation’s fourth and most comprehensive Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights.

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Detroit Rally Aims to Turn the Water Back On

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Detroit is shutting off water to thousands of city residents with outstanding debts, even if their debt was incurred by previous owners or is only 60 days late. On Friday afternoon, hundreds of union members from local, state and national unions, community members and activists from the groups at the Netroots Nation conference will hold a march and rally to call for an immediate moratorium on the water shutoffs and restoration of water service to those who have had their water cut off.

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