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SEIU Texas files for bankruptcy after losing suit

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Judiciary, Labor, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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SEIU Texas filed for bankruptcy over the weekend following a $7.8 million judgement in a lawsuit brought by a janitorial service company the union sought to destroy.

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Workers sue after union bosses ignore vote ending forced dues payment

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  District of Columbia, Labor  /  No Comments

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Two security guards at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington, D.C., are suing after their union bosses ignored a vote that eliminated the forced dues clause from the workplace bargaining agreement.

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Detroit teachers union boss nearly doubles her salary

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Education Blog, Labor, Michigan  /  No Comments

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Ivy Bailey, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, nearly doubled her salary from the 2013-14 school year to the next, from $70,176 to $134,70. Meanwhile, the teachers she represents were working without a pay raise and her employer required a state bailout to avoid bankruptcy. Read more here.    

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Occupational licensing rules spark backlash

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Jobs + Growth, Labor, Legislature, News, Regulations, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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For all its conservative credentials, Texas maintains a heavy hand in occupational licensing. Thirty-four of 102 low- and medium-income occupations — ranging from door-repair contractors to skin-care specialists to hair shampooers — are licensed under state law, according to one study.

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Pennsylvania professors on the picket lines

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Education, Labor, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Old Main on the campus of Shippensburg University, one of the 14 state colleges that could see a strike by a faculty union.

Faculty members from 14 Pennsylvania public universities and colleges hit the picket lines Wednesday after negotiations on a new contract fell apart. It is the first strike in the history of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. An estimated 110,000 students are affected. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties represents the striking […]

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First-ever teacher strike at charter school averted

By   /  October 19, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois, Labor  /  No Comments

This week's Chicago Teachers Union strike is drawing more attention to the city's charter schools, which are not unionized and set their own guidelines for operation.

Teachers at one of Chicago’s largest charter school systems announced a tentative contract agreement at 3 a.m. Wednesday, just hours before they were set to hit the picket line. The deal averted what would have been the first-ever strike at a U.S. charter school. Read more here.

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