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What the NLRB Announcement on McDonald's Means

May 2013 Fast Food Strike in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Cathy Sherwin.

In case you missed it, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin made a pretty significant announcement about McDonald's and its role as an employer to workers in franchise locations all over the country. 

Historically McDonald's has claimed it has no authority over wages or complaints of workers' rights violations at its franchise locations because that is up to the individual owners, but the NLRB general counsel determined McDonald's could be liable as a joint employer in these kinds of situations. 

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What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

What Union Summer Interns Have Been Up To This Summer in Pictures

Union Summer interns were pretty busy this summer at sites all over the United States. Check out some highlights in the photo slideshow (after the jump). 

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Golden Gate Bridge Workers Trying to Bridge the Gap, but Management Balking

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The 450 workers in the 13 unions that comprise the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition have authorized a strike if a new agreement cannot be reached. The ferry deckhands and captains; bus servicers and mechanics; bridge ironworkers and inspectors; and construction tradesmen and women have been working without a contract since July 1.

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Kaptur Finds New 'Harvest of Shame' on N.C. Tobacco Farms

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Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) recently got a firsthand look at deplorable working and living conditions that thousands of tobacco farm workers in North Carolina endure. She was part of a delegation that included two members of Britain’s Parliament, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) President Baldemar Velasquez, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and several AFL-CIO Union Summer interns who are taking part in FLOC's "Respect, Recognition, Raise" campaign and fight for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, respect in the workplace and union recognition. Kaptur wrote about her findings in a column for The Nation

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Maryland Taxi Drivers Join National Taxi Workers Alliance

Photo by Chris Garlock

The newly formed Montgomery County Professional Drivers Union (MCPDU) will affiliate with the National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA). The group signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday to affiliate by Aug. 10. NTWA President Bhairavi Desai said:

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Judge Orders Kellogg to End Lockout, Reinstate Workers

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A federal judge granted an injunction Wednesday ordering the Kellogg Company to end its lockout of 226 workers—members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G—at its Memphis cereal plant and reinstate them to their jobs within five days. The lockout began Oct. 22.

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Unions Hope to Avert Off-Stage Tragedy at N.Y.’s Metropolitan Opera

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An epic tragedy is unfolding at the Metropolitan Opera, but the drama isn’t onstage. Six local unions of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) represent backstage employees at the Metropolitan Opera and they, along with the other Met Opera unions, are getting blamed for the Met’s growing financial crisis.

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Survey: Incoming College Football Players Support Unionization

Photo courtesy West Point on Flickr

In an ESPN survey of the top incoming college football recruits for the 2015 season, well over half of the respondents (60%) favored the right of college athletes to form unions to address their concerns as student-athletes. More than 85% said athletes should receive stipends from the schools they play for. ESPN sent the survey to the top 300 recruits for 2015 and more than 150 responded.

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Bloomsbury, N.J., Subway Workers Vote to Join Union

Photo courtesy Chapstickaddict on Flickr

Notoriously anti-union Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) can't be happy about this story. Haslam's family owns Pilot Flying J, a chain of travel centers, and workers at a Subway sandwich shop in Bloomsbury, N.J., just voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Earlier this year, Haslam was one of the key players in the effort to defeat a union vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. The company run by his brother, Jimmy, hasn't been as successful in denying workers their rights, as other workers at the Bloomsbury Pilot Flying J location voted to join RWDSU earlier this year.

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Tobacco Growers Rep Resigns Following Punching Incident

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Last week, we reported on an incident caught on video where a representative of the North Carolina Growers Association (NCGA) punched an organizer from the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in the face during an outdoor meeting with workers. Now, FLOC reports that the NCGA accepted the resignation of the representative identified by BuzzFeed and FLOC as Paul Saffle.

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