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California Domestic Workers Celebrate Mother's Day with Visit to Lawmakers

David Bacon

Mother's Day in California will be extra special this Sunday, as working families, students and elected officials honor mothers by recognizing the role of domestic workers in our households. The events coincide with the launch of video highlighting the work of domestic workers around the state and the need for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

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Virginia Rail Fight over Metrorail PLAs Blatant Politics

The second phase of the Silver Line Metrorail project to Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia was nearly ready to move—but now it’s mired in a lot of noise over the proposed inclusion of a project labor agreement (PLA)—even though a PLA was used successfully on the first phase. Project labor agreements are pre-hire agreements between labor and management that require all construction jobs be filled by local workers, include diversity requirements, establish wages and work rules covering overtime, working hours and dispute resolution and ensure safety guidelines on the jobsite are enforced.

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3,100 Florida RNs Celebrate Landmark First Contract

Kudos to Florida nurses, members of the National Nurses United (NNU), on a fantastic new contract!

This out this morning from PR Wire:

Registered nurses at 10 Florida hospitals that are a part of the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain, Nashville-based HCA, have achieved their first collective bargaining contract with important improvements in patient care protections and enhanced professional and economic standards. Together, these provisions will help keep experienced RNs on staff at the bedside, National Nurses United (NNU) announced today. NNU is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the U.S., with 170,000 members.

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Black Car Drivers Unionize in NYC!

More than 235 mostly immigrant Black Car (limo service) Drivers from Town Car International, located in Long Island City, N.Y., voted by a 2-to-1 margin to be represented by the Machinists (IAMDistrict 15 in their National Labor Relations Board election conducted at the company’s headquarters by the federal government.

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Workers and Allies Barnstorm Verizon Shareholder Meeting

Lorenzo Scott

Members of the 99% Power coalition disrupted Verizon's annual shareholder meeting in Huntsville, Ala., six separate times today. In each instance, a group of protesters interrupted the proceedings using “Mic Check” tactics, followed by chants such as “Shame on you!” “Verigreedy!” and “People over profit!”  After each occurrence, the chanting group was led out by security people, with many in the audience applauding them. There were no arrests.

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Call Verizon Now and Tell It to Give Workers a Fair Shake

Thousands of working families are gathering outside the Verizon shareholder meeting this morning in Huntsville, Ala., to protest the company's "VeriGreedy" treatment of customers, workers and taxpayers.

Even as Verizon tripled the compensation of CEO Lowell McAdam to $23.1 million last year, the corporation was outsourcing U.S. jobs, gutting worker pensions and charging current and retired employees and their families thousands of dollars more for health benefits while cutting disability coverage. Meanwhile, employees have been struggling to win a new contract for nearly a year.

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Day Laborers Unite with North Bay Labor Council on May Day

In a historic move to strengthen advocacy and mobilization efforts for day laborers, domestic workers and all working people, the Graton Day Labor Center today formally affiliated with the North Bay Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

The partnership announcement fittingly comes on May Day, International Workers’ Day, when working people across the country and around the world are highlighting and celebrating the contributions of workers every day and the role immigrants play in our economy.

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