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Indiana Republicans Continue RTW Fast Track Attack

With several thousand Indiana workers inside and outside the statehouse, a state Senate committee this afternoon approved a so-called right to work bill. The 6-4 vote included one Republican who voted against the bill.

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New Agreement Set for Sodexo Workers Worldwide

Elizabeth Boomer of the AFL-CIO International Affairs Department sends us this report.

Food service giant Sodexo, with 391,000 employees worldwide—including some 18,000 in the United States—and International Union of Food Workers (IUF), have signed an agreement confirming Sodexo’s commitment to respect fundamental rights at work, namely freedom of association and collective bargaining. The IUF includes 336 unions with 12 million members in 120 countries.

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Indiana Workers Call for Public Hearings on Right to Work for Less

Indiana workers are gathering again at the statehouse today to make sure their voices are heard as the Republican-controlled legislature attempts to ram through a so-called right to work (RTW) bill that Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) says is at the top of the state’s agenda.

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Judge Rolls Back Idaho’s Expanded RTW

A federal judge has invalidated both the anti-union laws pushed through by Idaho GOP lawmakers last session, saying they violate federal law, according to the Spokesman-Review.

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Operating Engineers’ Counsel Among Picks for NLRB

Operating Engineers (IUOE) General Counsel Richard Griffin is among the three new members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) President Obama will appoint through recess appointments, the White House announced.

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With Doors Open, Indiana Workers Flood Statehouse

The Indiana state legislature opened its session today as hundreds of workers descended on the statehouse to protest a proposed “right to work” for less bill. Earlier today, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) lifted his order that would have restricted citizens’ access to the statehouse, but not that of lobbyists.

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Obama Set to Name Three to NLRB

President Obama will use recess appointments to name three new members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the White House announced this  afternoon.

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With Fair Chance, Workers Choose Unions

Writing in Health Leaders Media, John Commins takes a look at the recent successes nurses have had in winning a voice on the job with National Nurses United (NNU) and finds that, once again, when workers are given a fair opportunity to join a union, they do.

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NLRB Ruling Is Right on Key to Musicians’ Ears

Musicians in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Texas can play a happy tune following a Dec. 27 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that says musicians in symphony orchestras are employees with the freedom to join unions—not independent contractors.

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AFM Musicians Talk Career Benefits of Union Membership

   

Most of the time here at AFL-CIO Now we deal with serious subjects like workers’ rights, health care, economic inequality to sometimes even wonkish matters such as currency manipulation and corporate governance rules.

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