January

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Today in labor history: Federal employees gain right to collective bargaining

On January 17, 1962, President John Kennedy signs Executive Order 10988, recognizing the right of federal employees to bargain collectively.

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Ruling by Labor Board is most damning ever against Walmart

The NLRB asserts illegal activities in 14 states at 34 stores and shows that company executives conceived of an unlawful retaliation policy for store managers to execute.

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Harkin predicts Senate vote on minimum wage hike after recess

The Senate will vote on raising the minimum wage, in three steps of 95 cents each to $10.10 hourly in 2016.

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Unions gear up for new fast track fight

Unions are gearing up for yet another fight over so-called "fast track," also known as trade promotion authority.

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Miners’ deaths increased in 2013

Deaths in the nation's mines rose from 36 in 2012 to 42 in 2013, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported.

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IAM Boeing workers narrowly approve 8-year contract extension

Machinists who work for Boeing in the Puget Sound area, around Portland, Ore., and in Wichita, Kansas, narrowly approved an eight-year contract extension with Boeing.

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More than 400,000 New Jerseyans get a raise January 1

New Jersey is one of the 13 states that saw a bump in the minimum wage starting Jan. 1.The minimum wage became $8.25, up one dollar from $7.25.

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City ordinance: All Portland workers get sick leave

On Jan. 1, more than a quarter of a million Portland workers gained a human right - the right to stay home when they're sick.

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Emergency action urged on unemployment benefits

Call Congress at 1-877-318-0483 with the message "extend unemployment insurance now."

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Workers' rights under fire in Supreme Court

The justices will hear arguments in the dispute over the power of the NLRB and tackle a case involving yet another challenge to worker representation.

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