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USW Members Ratify Cooper Tire Pact, Journey for Justice Wraps Up

Together, Journey for Justice photo

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 207L members ratified by a 2-to-1 margin a new five-year contract with Cooper Tire and Rubber Company  The vote ends a three-month lockout at the company's Findlay, Ohio tire plant. USW Local 207L President Rodney Nelson says:

We are proud to have remained united and delivered a fair contract, despite Cooper's best attempts to divide us.

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UVA Students, Football Player on Hunger Strike for Workers’ Living Wage

UVA Hunger Strike

More than a dozen students at the University of Virginia are the 11th day of a hunger strike organized by the Living Wage at UVA campaign. The students are demanding a living wage, safer working conditions and better job security for university and university contracted workers, some of whom make just $7.25 an hour.

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German Delegation Ends T-Mobile Tour Stunned by U.S. Anti-Unionism

German Delegation Ends T-Mobile Tour Stunned by U.S. Anti-Unionism

 Emmelle Israel, AFL-CIO Media Outreach fellow, sends us this.

Last week, Deutsche Telekom techs, customer service reps and retail employees from Germany toured the United States to visit with their T-Mobile USA counterparts in Washington, D.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Frisco, Texas, and learn more about the double standard practices the German company adopts when operating abroad.

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Van Halen’s ‘Tattoo’ Shouts Out to Unions

Van Halen

This is a cross-post from American Rights at Work’s Blog at Work.

Van Halen has really got us going. The legendary rock band has reunited with original lead singer David Lee Roth and their first studio album in 14 years has shot to the top of the charts nearly as fast as Eddie Van Halen’s fingers fly up and down the fretboard. We’re jumping for the hit record’s first single, “Tattoo,” which features this great union shout out:

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Phoenix Public Hearing Spotlights Bad AZ Anti-Worker Bills

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

Members of the community, including union members, met with four Democratic Arizona legislators at a public hearing to call attention to the package of harsh anti-worker bills making their way quickly through the Legislature this session. The anti-union bills would  prohibit collective bargaining and voluntary paycheck deductions for union dues for public-sector workers. Another bill, considered a pet project of Gov. Jan Brewer’s office, would strip state employees of their civil service protections and turn them into at-will political patronage hires.

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Van Halen’s ‘Tattoo’ Shouts Out to Unions

This is a cross-post from American Rights at Work’s Blog at Work.

Van Halen has really got us going. The legendary rock band has reunited with original lead singer David Lee Roth and their first studio album in 14 years has shot to the top of the charts nearly as fast as Eddie Van Halen’s fingers fly up and down the fretboard. We’re jumping for the hit record’s first single, “Tattoo,” which features this great union shout out:

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Finnish Corp. Ignores Mexican Workers’ Requests for Real Union

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

PKC, a Finnish auto parts corporation with production facilities located in more than 10 countries in Asia, South America, Europe and North America, recently acquired a subsidiary named Arneses y Accesorios de Mexico. The workers in the plants want the National Miners’ and Metalworkers Union (Los Mineros) to represent them, but PKC North America President and CEO Frank Sovis informed the workers that “to protect itself and jobs, the company has decided to sign a collective agreement with the Mexican Confederation of Workers” (CTM).

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