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Trumka: Yes, You Should Ask for a Raise

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In 2015, nearly 5 million American workers might get a pay raise. By joining together to ask for one. Through a union.

Minimum wage hikes, overtime expansion, paid sick leave and other policy improvements are important to raise wages in America. But the best way for workers to get a raise is by asking for one with a collective voice. That’s what workers do—bargain together in unions to improve our lives.

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T-Mobile Guilty of Violating Labor Law Workers’ Rights, NLRB Judge Rules

Photo via Lowering the Bar's Facebook page.

A judge at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday found T-Mobile U.S. guilty of engaging in nationwide labor law violations against workers. The unprecedented ruling comes after a rare move last year by the NLRB consolidating multiple complaints against T-Mobile U.S. for illegal actions and policies in Albuquerque, N.M.; Wichita, Kan.; Charleston, S.C., and New York City.

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Time to Raise the Curtain on Fair Wages for Actors in LA’s Small Theater Scene

Time to Raise the Curtain on Fair Wages for Actors in LA’s Small Theater Scene

It’s not surprising that actors in small theaters (99 seats or fewer) in Los Angeles earn far less than the movie and TV mega-salaries we’re so familiar with. But it is shocking that these hardworking actors are paid as little as $7 to $15 a performance—and nothing for rehearsal—for shows that can run as long as 80 performances with as many as 36 hours a week of rehearsal.

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Tentative Deal Reached in Oil Strike

The United Steelworkers (USW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Shell Oil Co., the union announced Thursday. The deal will serve as a pattern agreement for the rest of the industry. USW members at several refineries struck on Feb. 1, and the strike grew to include about 7,000 workers at 15 sites across the country.

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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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Collective Action Pays Off, Just Look at These 24 Hours

Collective Action Pays Off, Just Look at These 24 Hours

In 24 hours starting late Wednesday, workers who have been standing together in collective action scored three major victories.  Walmart workers got a raise, Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members settled their strike with FairPoint, and United Steelworkers made safety at oil refinery plants a national issue.

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Postal Workers and Postal Service Open Talks

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the U.S. Postal Service began negotiations Thursday over a new contract, the first time the two have bargained in four and a half [KRC1] years. Heading into the negotiations, the USPS has a new postmaster general, Megan Brennan. Postal workers are calling not only for fair wages and benefits, but for longer and more convenient hours for customers. APWU has also endorsed a series of bold improvements, including postal banking, public notary services and the sale of licenses.

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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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Fairpoint Workers to Vote on Tentative Agreement

Photo via Fairness@FairPoint

After a 17-week strike that began in October, unions representing workers at FairPoint Communications have reached a tentative agreement with the company to go back to work. Following six weeks of federally mediated negotiations, the two sides agreed on a deal that members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) will vote on starting today. Member briefings will be held before the votes. If the deal is approved, workers will return to their jobs on Wednesday

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Brooklyn Cablevision Workers Ratify Contract with 'Significant' Pay Increases

Photo courtesy of CableVision99's Facebook page

Cablevision workers in Brooklyn, N.Y., have voted to ratify their first contract. Included in the agreement are significant wage increases and more job security. More than 260 employees are part of the new contract and are the only Cablevision employees who are unionized.

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