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Huhtamaki Workers Stand Up for Safe Working Conditions at California Paper Products Plant

Waterville Huhtamaki workers show their support.

That Starbucks cup that held your morning skim latte or the Chinet paper plates you’ve got packed up for a picnic this weekend were likely made by workers at one of Huhtamaki’s 21 plants in the United States, where more than 3,500 people work for the global Finnish packaging and paper products corporation.

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Union, Yes: Machinists Win Back-to-Back Organizing Drives in Texas

Exciting things are happening in Texas. The Machinists (IAM) today announced a second important organizing victory, this time for 475 office and clerical personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi. This follows an April organizing win for 450 helicopter mechanics and technicians at the same facility.

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North Carolina Tobacco Farm Workers Organize for a Union Voice on the Job


Federico is one of about 100,000 tobacco farm workers working in North Carolina this harvest season. Every year, individuals like Federico put everything on the line and migrate from Mexico and Central America to North Carolina to work the tobacco harvest season. Expanding from early July to late September, the tobacco harvest season not only brings a lot of migrant workers to the state, but it also brings lots of revenue. North Carolina-grown tobacco accounts for more than half of the total U.S. production, making tobacco the most profitable cash crop in the state of North Carolina. Companies like Reynolds American Inc., Altria Group Inc. and Lorillard Inc., collectively known as “The Big Three,” hold nearly 90% of the tobacco market share in the United States, profiting from the hard labor performed by workers like Federico.

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Think About Moms Next Time You Shop at Walmart

During the annual Walmart shareholders meeting last week, moms who work at the retail giant walked off the job across the country. Joined by co-workers and allies, they have been calling for respect and decent wages—at least $25,000 a year—and demanding an end to retaliation against employees who speak out for better working conditions. Some Walmart associates even took their message to Walmart chairman and heir Rob Walton personally, and to the annual Walmart shareholders meeting in Bentonville, Ark.

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Teachers at Chávez Academy Bargain First Contract

CCA ACTS photo

The more than 130 education professionals who work at the César Chávez Academy (CCA), the largest charter school in Detroit, reached their first collective bargaining agreement last week. The teachers, counselors and social workers are members of The César Chávez Academy Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff (CCA ACTS).

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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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