July

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McDonald’s to workers: Get a second job and go without heat

McDonald's aims to "help" its workers who make, on average, $8.25 per hour - not by raising their salaries, but by telling them how to budget their income.

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Pennsylvania American Water slapped by NLRB

Pennsylvania American Water, subsidiary of one of the nation's richest utilities, apparently isn't content with letting its executives feed at the ratepayers' trough, the Utility Workers note.

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Today in labor history: 1934 San Francisco longshoremen strike

The International Longshoremen's Association led the battle for better pay and better hours.

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Canada’s conservative government presses anti-union bill

The right-wing Conservative government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has launched yet another assault on working people in Canada.

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Today in labor history: Black farmer-union leader murdered by sheriff’s posse

A leader of the Croppers' and Farm Workers Union in Tallapoosa County was brutally murdered July 15, 1931, by a heavily armed white mob.

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NEA votes $3 member fee for school improvement

Delegates to the union's annual convention, the first week in July in Atlanta, approved the fee at the urging of President Dennis Van Roekel.

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Unions call Walmart’s Bangladesh safety pact “weak and worthless”

The pact was negotiated behind closed doors with a D.C. think tank partially funded by Walmart, without any input from workers or unions, here or in Bangladesh.

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Reid, with labor’s support, moves toward “nuclear option” in Senate

The U.S. Senate could be about to make some historic changes in the way it operates if Harry Reid, the labor movement, and its allies have their way.

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Today in labor history: Labor activist Oscar Neebe is born

Oscar William Neebe, an anarchist and labor activist, was born on this day in 1850, in New York City.

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Today in labor history: New York’s Triborough Bridge opens

On July 11, 1936, one of the great construction jobs in U.S. history was completed. It was opening day in New York City of the Triborough Bridge.

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