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T-Mobile U.S. Inc.’s Parent Company Deutsche Telekom Blocks Shareholder Proposal on Human Rights Risk Assessment

At today’s annual meeting of T-Mobile U.S. Inc. in Bellevue, Wash., shareholders voted on a proposal urging the T-Mobile board of directors to disclose how it assesses human rights risks in its operations and supply chain. 

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Las Vegas Culinary Workers and Bartenders Reach Agreement on New Contract

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On the day that a strike was set to begin at Las Vegas casinos, unions representing the workers reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract June 1, meaning that 44,000 workers on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas won't have to worry about taking care of their families. In a press release, the Culinary Workers said the new contract would protect health benefits and pensions and improve working conditions.

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Robert Reich, María Elena Durazo Headline IBEW 1245 Leadership Seminar

Robert Reich, María Elena Durazo Headline IBEW 1245 Leadership Seminar

At a leadership seminar this week with 56 Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 activists and Los Angeles labor leader María Elena Durazo, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich declared that the U.S. economy is “rigged” in favor of the rich.

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Culinary and Bartenders Unions Call for June 1 Strike in Las Vegas

Culinary and Bartenders Unions Call for June 1 Strike in Las Vegas

At 5 a.m. on June 1, workers associated with the Culinary and Bartenders unions, affiliated with UNITE HERE, will launch a strike against nine casinos in Las Vegas, with plans for the strike to continue until a fair contract settlement is reached. The strike will include housekeepers, restaurant workers, servers, bartenders and other union members who work at the casinos, which are Binion’s, The D, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Las Vegas Club, Main Street Station and the Plaza. Union members from all nine unsettled properties have been picketing in downtown Las Vegas after contracts were terminated.

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Fifth NFL Cheerleader Wage Theft Suit Filed

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A former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader has filed suit against the team alleging it violated federal wage and other labor laws during the 2012-13 season she was employed by the NFL club.  Since January, cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets have filed similar "wage theft" suits, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Walmart on Trial: Workers Seek Justice

Walmart on Trial: Workers Seek Justice

ome 60 Walmart workers in 13 states whom the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleges were fired or disciplined for protesting workplace conditions and wages last year are a step closer to justice after the NLRB began its case against the retail giant Monday.

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Denver SuperShuttle Drivers Oppose 30% Pay Cut

Denver SuperShuttle drivers.

Airport drivers who work for SuperShuttle in Denver are fighting back against the threat of reduced wages and lost jobs. The long battle began 5 years ago when drivers attempted to organize for a voice on the job with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) after the company hired new drivers and reduced pay for existing employees. The situation recently heated up as the drivers say the company stopped bargaining with them and imposed a new contract that cuts wages by 30% and forces them to reapply for their jobs.

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Human Rights Watch Releases Report Revealing Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco Fields

Human Rights Watch Releases Report Revealing Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco Fields

Today, Human Rights Watch released a new report revealing child labor in U.S. tobacco fields throughout North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, where 90% of the country’s tobacco is grown.

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Arena Football Players Join AFL-CIO

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The Arena Football League Players Union (AFLPU) will join the AFL-CIO after its Board of Player Representatives voted unanimously to affiliate with the 56 unions and 12.5 million members of the labor federation. The AFLPU, which began operations in 1987, now has 14 teams and is looking to expand into China. The union represents some 350 players, more than 90% of the league's players.

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Musicians Deliver More than 12,000 Petition Signatures to Lionsgate, Urging Them to Stop Shipping Jobs Overseas

Musicians Deliver More than 12,000 Petition Signatures to Lionsgate, Urging Them to Stop Shipping Jobs Overseas

Today in Santa Monica at Lionsgate headquarters, a group of musicians dropped off a petition with more than 12,000 signatures urging the production company, which benefits from taxpayer-funded film credits, to uphold industry standards and score their films in the United States, ensuring America's musicians are recording the music that makes movies come alive. 

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