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EMS Pilots Ratify New Contract

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) helicopter pilots, members of Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 109 and employed by Air Methods Corporation based in Denver, have ratified a new agreement.  The 1,000 pilots operate in 45 states and transport nearly 100,000 patients a year. AMC is the nation’s largest provider of air medical emergency transport services and systems.

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Carols—and Coals—for Verizon

This is a cross-post from the Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) Central Labor Council Council.

Holiday carolers serenaded Verizon board member Rodney Slater yesterday with new words to an old favorite:

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Recall Walker Signatures Pass 500,000 Mark

   

United Wisconsin, the coalition spearheading the movement to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R), announced today that volunteers have collected more than 500,000 signatures on petitions to put the recall on the ballot.

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Reagan’s Union-Busting in PATCO Strike Reverberates Today

Jim Morin was a former Air Force air traffic controller when he joined the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1977 and was assigned to one of the busiest airports in the nation, New York’s LaGuardia, where he became secretary-treasurer of the PATCO local.

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Report: Walker Costing Wisconsin More than 18,000 Jobs a Year

This is a cross-post by Karen Hickey, communications director at  the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.

A report released by the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future entitled The Price of Extremismclearly and systematically outlines that Gov. Scott Walker’s policies are not working. In fact, the indirect, ripple affects of Gov. Walker’s actions are costing Wisconsin more than 18,000 full-time, private-sector jobs during the first year of Walker’s budget.

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Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s Parent, Fails to Live Up to Its Claims on Labor Rights

Teresa Casertano in the AFL-CIO Organizing Department’s Global Campaigns section sends us this report.

T-Mobile USA workers were not surprised to learn that a recent report by the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD revealed that T-Mobile owner, Deutsche Telekom, had failed to meet its own claims about corporate social responsibility.  Under the corporate social responsibility reporting standards set by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Deutsche Telekom gives itself an A+ rating, yet it provides little evidence to justify granting itself such superior marks.

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Union Plus Mortgage Helped Striking Verizon Workers

Jennifer Wright Dorr of Union Plus reports on the Union Plus Mortgage Assistance program.

This past August, thousands of Communications Workers of America (CWA) members, from Virginia to New England, went on strike against Verizon to protect their jobs, pay and benefits. Thanks to Union Plus, workers on the picket line didn’t need to worry about missing a home payment when their paychecks stopped.

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NLRB Drops Boeing Case as Machinists Requested

After months of contention that drew the attention of presidential candidates and members of Congress, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today announced that the Machinists (IAM) District 751 dropped its charge against the Boeing Co. after negotiating agreeable terms with the company.

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Special AFL-CIO Event Will Explore 30-Year Impact of PATCO Strike

Thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan fired the nation’s air traffic controllers after they walked out on strike, signaling an escalation in the war on workers and the middle class that is still being waged three decades later.

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Voters and Academics Say So-Called Right to Work Is Wrong for Indiana

Indiana Republican lawmakers—with the backing of the corporate-backed right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)—are readying another push to ram through a so-called right to work bill. But there are two pieces of good news for Hoosier working families.

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