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Trumka Calls for NLRB’s Flynn to Resign Immediately

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the report of the National Labor Relations Board’s inspector general into allegations of improper conduct by NLRB member Terence Flynn “confirms a pattern of ethical violations that are nothing less than shocking.” Flynn should resign immediately and possibly face criminal charges, he said. The report also indicates an adviser to presidential candidate Mitt Romney used his connections to Flynn to obtain information to fuel attacks on the NLRB.

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Panera Workers Vote for Representation by Bakery Workers Union

This is a cross-post from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union

Kalamazoo, MI. – If you drive by a Panera Bread Café on any given morning, you will be treated with the decadent smell of freshly baking bread and sweet goods, thanks to the artful skills of Panera Bread bakers. These bakers work from 10 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning making sure fresh bread, rolls, cakes and other baked goods are carefully molded and baked in time for the early morning Café opening. And if you were in Kalamazoo early [March 23], you may have heard the joyful screams of the Panera bakers celebrating their union victory after they voted by a two-to-one margin to be represented by the BCTGM.

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Casino Workers Seek Fair Process

Photo by Yvanna Cancela

The thousands of workers at Station Casinos, the third largest private employer in the Las Vegas area, have a simple request. They want a fair process, free of managerial interference, to decide whether to have union representation.

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D.C. Safeway Workers Protest Replacement Worker Hiring Sites

Photo by Chris Garlock

It was Safeway worker Vivian Sigouin’s day off, but at noon on Tuesday she was walking through the Piney Branch Safeway in northwest Washington, D.C.,  passing out union buttons and lanyards to her fellow Safeway workers.

Sigouin and other Safeway workers leafleted at three pop-up storefront hiring halls set up next to company stores to recruit and train “replacement workers” or "scabs" to staff the supermarkets if the workers strike when their contract, which covers some 25,000 metro-Washington area Giant and Safeway workers, expires at the end of the month.

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National Day of Action Supports Verizon Workers

National Day of Action Supports Verizon Workers

Join thousands of union members and community partners in a National Day of Action for Verizon workers who are trying to win a fair contract. Click here to find an event near you to support the 45,000 Verizon workers, who are members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the Electrical Workers (IBEW).

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St. Patrick Goes After Verizon’s Snakes

St. Patrick is known for driving the snakes out of Ireland. This St. Patrick’s Day, he tried to drive the snakes out of Verizon.

Chanting “Good jobs for Boston,” about two dozen young members of the Greater Boston Labor Council’s (GBLC) Futures Committee staged a quick in-and-out march through a Boston Verizon Wireless store on St. Patrick’s Day. See the video.

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USW Backs Arena Football Players

The Arena Football League Players Union (AFLPU) has a new teammate--the United Steelworkers (USW), which announced Friday that it will provide key assistance to the AFLPU’s drive to negotiate a fair labor agreement with team owners.

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Sutter Nurses Vote to Join CNA/NNU for Better Patient Care

Registered nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital in Northern California this week voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). The more than 150 nurses say they faced an aggressive anti-union campaign of surveillance and harassment. But according to many nurses who voted to join CNA/NNU, those tactics backfired, underscoring the need for union representation.

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Housekeepers Reveal Hyatt's 'Dirty Laundry'

Housekeepers at Hyatt Hotels shined a spotlight on what they say are unsafe and demeaning working conditions when they held rallies outside Hyatt properties—including this "Dirty Laundry Fashion Show" in Hawaii—as part of International Women’s Day observances. The video is fun.

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AFL-CIO Council: Organizing, Bargaining Key to Reversing Inequality

Inequality in both wealth and income is greater than at any time since the early part of the last century. At the same time, says the AFL-CIO Executive Council, the best remedy to inequality and injustice—collective bargaining—is under increasing political attack in the private and public sectors. But workers across the country are fighting for their right to join a union.   

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