April

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Senate GOP defeats minimum wage hike

The Senate tried to raise the nation's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. But its Democratic sponsors needed 60 votes to start debate, and got six fewer than that.

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Alabama says it can fire workers for telling the truth

In certain circumstances, the state of Alabama says, it can fire or discipline a state worker who tells the truth - even if the truth exposes fraud and corruption.

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Firefighters battle cancer as well as flames in toxic homes

Firefighters can smell smoke on their hair and skin for days after a fire; chemicals get into skin through the pores.

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Mississippi Nissan workers seek State Department help in dealing with company

The UAW and IndustriALL asked the State Department to mediate the battle between the auto giant and workers at its plant who are trying to unionize.

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Weak laws let whistleblower at Caterpillar plant hang out to dry

A veteran UAW worker and safety committeeman at Caterpillar's big plant in Peoria, Ill. found out that federal job safety and health law protecting whistle-blowers is weak - very weak.

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Community and labor unite in fundraiser for VW workers

 Chattanooga for Workers hosted a potluck fundraiser to help send some Volkswagen workers to Washington DC for a national speak out on the truth about working at Volkswagen.

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Cleveland workers protest Staples post office counters

The Postal Service has set up U.S. mail service counters in 82 Staples stores throughout the country. The workers at those counters are non-union Staples employees, not union postal workers.

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Postal workers march to save the mail in 50 states

Chanting "Whose post office? The people's post office!" Postal Workers and their union allies marched in Washington protesting the USPS scheme to run postal services out of Staples stores.

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Postal workers in 27 states rally against Staples privatization plan

Postal Workers members and community allies are rallying today at 50 Staples stores in 27 states as part of a National Day of Action.

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ALPA wins recognition vote at JetBlue

The third time was the charm for ALPA as they won union recognition at JetBlue Airways Corporation with 71 percent of ballots cast, the union announced on April 22.

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