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Hard Rock Band L.A. Guns Supports 'Fair Play Fair Pay' Act

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L.A. Guns, an influential hard rock/glam metal band, best known for hits like "The Ballad of Jayne" and "It's Over Now," has issued a statement in support of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015 and are headlining a gig in Los Angeles today in support of the legislation. The act would correct a glaring error in the way musicians are compensated for their work. As hard as it is to believe, artists are not paid when radio stations air their recordings in the United States, which makes us one of only five countries that allow this, along with China, Iran, North Korea and Rwanda.

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Worker Wins Update: From Coast to Coast, Workers Winning on Raising Wages Agenda

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Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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Montgomery County Taxi Drivers Push for Massive Reforms

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Everyone is talking about the “gig economy.” From Hillary Clinton to Jeb Bush, companies like Uber and their impact on the economy are on the minds of every reporter and a lot of workers these days. Today, taxi drivers in Montgomery County, Md.—working with the National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA)—helped pass a sweeping set of reforms to the taxi industry that have the potential to shift this conversation yet again. This victory will help level the playing field and put power back into the hands of workers. It also presents an alternative vision for how taxi drivers and workers in general can take the lead in the new and changing economy rather than letting corporate behemoths like Uber set the agenda.

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Worker Wins Update: From Podiatry to Peanuts, Workers Win Big in July

Worker Wins Update: From Podiatry to Peanuts, Workers Win Big in July

Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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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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New York Bike Workers Agree to Industry's First-Ever Union Contract

New York Bike Workers Agree to Industry's First-Ever Union Contract

Workers for Citi Bike in New York, represented by Transport Workers (TWU) Local 100, have agreed to terms on the first-ever union contract for bike share workers in North America. The union's board voted unanimously in favor of the agreement with NYC Bike Share-Motivate, which owns Citi Bike. Some 200 workers for the company will see hourly wages rise by more than 20% over five years and will receive numerous other improvements to their working situation once the contract goes into effect.

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New NLRB Election Rules Aid Alabama Workers in Joining the BCTGM

Pictured: After the final votes were counted is (from left, front row) Intl. Rep. David Woods, Randy Williams, George Key, Tony Sanders, L. 42 Pres./GEB member Letitia Malone, (from left, back row) Vanessa Corbitt, Allan Wright, Joseph Dickens and Phyllis Dickens.

The unwavering strength and courage of 80 workers at a peanut-shelling plant in Alabama prevailed in their fight for dignity and respect through Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union representation.

Workers were regularly subjected to harassment, favoritism, prejudice and unfair work rules from management at the Golden Peanut plant in Headland, Ala.

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Show Solidarity with Ink Master Workers

Show Solidarity with Ink Master Workers

We want to see your pro-labor, pro-worker and pro-union tattoos!

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Worker Wins Update: From Night Shifts to Nightclubs, Workers See Big Wins in June

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Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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Surprise, Surprise: Union Members Earn More Money

Surprise, Surprise: Union Members Earn More Money

Hat tip to Gawker's Hamilton Nolan (also a new member of the Writers Guild of America, East), for lifting up the latest research that shows union members earn more money than their nonunion counterparts. 

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