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NLRB Election Rule to Take Effect April 30

A new rule on the way union elections are conducted will take effect April 30, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced today. The rule will help alleviate the delays, inefficiencies, abuse of process and unnecessary litigation which plague the current system for workers who want to vote on whether to have a union. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says it’s “good news”that the NLRB has taken

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Nurses Charge Equity Firm with Putting Profits Over Patient Care

On New York City’s Park Avenue today, hundreds of nurses from National Nurses United (NNU) and their supporters rallied outside the offices of Cerberus Capital Management to protest the practices of the multi-billion dollar private equity firm’s health care unit, Steward Health Care System.

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Kentucky Union Members Offer Cross Border Solidarity for Indiana Right to Work Fight

The Republican-majority Indiana legislature says passing a so-called right to work law is the top priority in the 2012 session.

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Video, Website Highlight AFSCME’s 75th Anniversary

AFSCME is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a special website, a brand new video on the union’s history and a yearlong series of events.

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Workers Offer Indiana Right to Work Scrooge a Holiday Song


Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) may be trying to deliver lumps of coal to Hoosier workers with so-called right to work legislation, but that didn’t discourage a chorus of worker carolers from offering Bosma a gift, along with a song of holiday cheer.

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Court Upholds Fair Election Rule for Air and Rail Workers

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., today upheld the new democratic union election rule for aviation and rail workers issued by the National Mediation Board (NMBM) in 2010.

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Swedish Multinational AAK Tries to Bust Kentucky Union

Amy Masciola, campaign consultant for the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers District of Local 32BJ/SEIU (NCFO/SEIU), sends us this.

This week at the Biennial Convention of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, union members from around the state kicked off a campaign in support of workers at AAK in Louisville. Nearly 50 employees of the oils and fats processor, formerly Golden Brands, are currently working without a contract after voting overwhelmingly to reject the company’s final offer in November. According to unfair labor practice charges the union filed, workers describe a hostile atmosphere in the workplace after managers threatened to fire members of the bargaining committee if they did not recommend the contract offer to co-workers. One worker was fired after he spoke to authorities about management’s threats.

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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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