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IBEW, CWA Members Strike for Fairness at FairPoint

Photo via Fairness at FairPoint on Facebook

Nearly 2,000 members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) struck FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont on Oct. 17 over what the unions say is the company’s unwillingness to bargain in good faith.

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Walmart Wouldn't Make a Dime Without Its Workers

Walmart Wouldn't Make a Dime Without Its Workers

A group of Walmart workers marched today from the AFL-CIO to the Washington, D.C., Walton Family Foundation's offices to deliver more signatures from 1,710 Walmart stores in all 50 states asking Walmart to publicly commit to pay $15 an hour and provide full-time hours. 

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T-Mobile a ‘Best Employer’? Ha!

Did you say "best employer"?

Hi, my name is Carolina Figueroa. I have worked eight years at a T-Mobile call center in Albuquerque, N.M. I am a union activist.

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Still Without a Contract, Golden Gate Ferry Captains Hold One-Day Strike

Golden Gate Bridge District photo via Facebook

The ferryboat captains—members of the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA)—who operate San Francisco’s commuter ferries between Sausalito, Larkspur and the city are holding a one-day unfair labor practice strike today. The action follows another round of negotiations with the Golden Gate Bridge District that failed to reach a settlement.

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APWU Victory: 9,000 New Jobs

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Some 9,000 new postal clerk jobs are on the way, thanks to action by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). The U.S. Postal Service in 2012 cut the hours of operation at small post offices around the country and filled new jobs at the offices with part-time, nonunion workers. APWU filed a grievance.

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At First, These Images Look Like a Bunch of Lazy Workers. But Then, You See They’re Actually Heroes

At First, These Images Look Like a Bunch of Lazy Workers. But Then, You See They’re Actually Heroes

The 1936 sit-down strike at General Motor’s Flint, Mich., plant was a pivotal event in the establishment of workers’ rights and power in the United States and the growth of the UAWThis installment of Upworthy’s miniseries on labor history examines the strike that it calls a turning point and game changer for workers and their unions. Read it here

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N.Y. Bike Share Workers Join Transport Workers

TWU photo

Next to food trucks, one of the fastest growing trends in cities across the country is bike sharing, with racks of bicycles for rent by the hour or longer positioned around town for easy pick up and drop off. But it takes dozens, and sometimes hundreds of workers, to make bike-sharing operations run smoothly. On Tuesday, the more than 200 workers in New York City’s Citi Bike program chose the Transport Workers (TWU) to help make their jobs run more smoothly, too.

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Study Takes Down T-Mobile’s ‘Facade of Good Behavior’ Toward Workers

If you looked at the list of awards T-Mobile has received over the past few years as a “Top Workplace,” “Best Place to Work,” “Best Employer,” etc., you might be knocking on the door to apply for a job—despite the history of National Labor Relations Board complaints against T-Mobile for its alleged mistreatment of workers.

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Golden Gate Bridge Workers Stage ULP Strike

IFPTE photo

Members of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition on Tuesday held a one-day unfair labor practice strike at Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District offices near the bridge’s tollbooths. The 450 workers in the unions that make up the coalition have been working without a contract since July 1.

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After 11 Years, CNN Techs Finally Get Justice

Photo courtesy Gregor Smith on Flickr

After 11 years, technicians working for a CNN subcontractor have received justice after the company initiated what Communications Workers of America called a "phony reorganization scheme to get rid of unionized workers." The National Labor Relations Board found overwhelming evidence that the news channel engaged in anti-union activity and that CNN was a joint employer of the technicians and subcontractor. CNN was ordered to rehire about 100 workers and compensate 200 others, with the total CNN has to pay expected to be tens of millions of dollars. Additionally, the channel is required to restore any bargaining unit work outsourced since previous contracts ended, recognize the employees' union, and begin bargaining with the two National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians locals that represent the workers.

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