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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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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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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Players and Northwestern to battle at NLRB after Apr. 25 vote

College football players who want to unionize and their foe, Northwestern University, filed their written arguments with the NLRB on Apr. 16.

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Autoworkers drop appeal of election loss at Chattanooga VW plant

Union President Bob King says, they will concentrate on a probe by congressional Democrats of political interference that led to the Valentine's Day defeat.

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UPS firing of Teamster drivers rescinded

All those struggling in New York and nationally for a better life could not help but take notice: Labor solidarity worked!

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Minnesota raises state minimum wage; teachers say hike will benefit kids

 Joined by legislators, advocates, and Minnesotans from across the state, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law raising Minnesota's minimum wage for the first time since 2005.

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NYC AFSCME wins reinstatement for disabled workers Bloomberg fired

 Eleven disabled workers, whom former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid off (fired) will get their jobs back, thanks to their AFSCME local.

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Thousands turn out for Labor Notes conference

Over 2,000 trade union activists and friends attended the conference, which was geared toward helping unionists find ways to build coalitions and win struggles in today's difficult political climate.

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