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Union: Tentative deal reached with charter school operator

Union: Tentative deal reached with charter school operator | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator is ending in Chicago...
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Can the Nation's First Charter School Strike Transform the Industry?

Can the Nation's First Charter School Strike Transform the Industry? | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Illinois state reps, in solidarity with Acero charter network strikers, announced bills to reform the charter industry.
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Nearly 300 detained as Paris braces for 'yellow vest' protests

Nearly 300 detained as Paris braces for 'yellow vest' protests | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
dozens of demonstrators gathered at dawn on the Champs-Elysees, the scene last Saturday of the worst rioting in Paris for decades.
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Michigan union leaders criticize bargaining rules changes

Michigan union leaders criticize bargaining rules changes | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Michigan public-sector union leaders say a new set of prohibited subjects made it difficult for the unions to negotiate contracts. Unions were barred from discussing scheduling overtime, job transfers and recalls, The Lansing State Journal reported .
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Council Approves Bills For 'Fair Workweek' And $15/hr. Wage Hike

Council Approves Bills For 'Fair Workweek' And $15/hr. Wage Hike | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The 24-year-old graduate of Olney High School left his job at a Target store two weeks ago because the company couldn't accommodate his schedule — he's only able to work daytime hours because in the evenings, he has to take care of a nephew who has cerebral palsy.
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El arresto de la ejecutiva de Huawei y la guerra comercial de China y EE.UU.

El arresto de la ejecutiva de Huawei y la guerra comercial de China y EE.UU. | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
El arresto de una alta ejecutiva del gigante tecnológico chino Huawei a pedido del gobierno de Estados Unidos ha enfurecido a Beijing, ha alarmado a los inversionistas y ha planteado nuevas dudas s…
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Union, not Congress, has best shot to save GM plants

Union, not Congress, has best shot to save GM plants | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Mary Barra met with members of Congress this week about the company's plans to shut four US plants sometime next year. But if any of plants are saved, it'll most likely happen in upcoming labor negotiations, not in discussions in Washington DC.
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Charter school teachers' contract dispute heats up; Acero files labor complaints

Charter school teachers' contract dispute heats up; Acero files labor complaints | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Acero Charter Schools is asking the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board to stop the Chicago Teachers Union from continuing its strike....
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Regulators: Cannabis Deliveries OK Throughout California

Regulators: Cannabis Deliveries OK Throughout California | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The matter has been one of the most debated issues as state regulators hammer out permanent rules for how marijuana is grown, tested, packaged and delivered.
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Marriott workers in San Francisco vote to end strike –

Marriott workers in San Francisco vote to end strike – | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Housekeepers, bartenders, bellmen, and other members of San Francisco’s Unite Here Local 2 have overwhelmingly voted to approve a new contract...
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Met police fear violent clashes over march by far-right 'Brexit Betrayal' militants

Met police fear violent clashes over march by far-right 'Brexit Betrayal' militants | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Hundreds of police officers will line the streets of central London on Sunday to keep far right activists and anti-racist protestors apart, after Scotland Yard imposed strict conditions on their right to march through the city.
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French Police Labor Union Goes on Strike Ahead of Saturday Yellow Vests Protests

French Police Labor Union Goes on Strike Ahead of Saturday Yellow Vests Protests | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The French police labor union Vigi has declared an indefinite strike starting from December 8, the day when new protests of the so-called yellow vest movement against an increase in fuel taxes are expected to take place, Alexandre Langlois, the secretary general of the police union, has told...
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Grinnell College student-worker union will not strike, plans other protests

Grinnell College student-worker union will not strike, plans other protests | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Grinnell College student-worker union will not strike after falling a few votes short Des Moines Register Published 7:45 PM EST Dec 7, 2018 After a vote that came down to a few absentee ballots, Grinnell College student-worker union members Friday decided not to strike.  The union, which was formed in 2016, states in its constitution that such a decision must be approved by a two-thirds majority. On Friday, 64.5 percent of the 78 members who voted supported the strike. About 30 of those votes were absentee as some union members could not attend.  Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers signs are shown Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at the Joe Rosenfield Center on campus during a vote by the union to strike next week. While more than 64 percent of the voting members supported the strike, that did not meet the union's threshold to formally have one. Tyler Davis/The Register Leaders say the short notice of the "emergency vote" to strike at several student-worker jobs — not including public safety and health services — may have curbed turnout. An email about the vote was sent Wednesday evening and about 50 union members showed up Friday afternoon to the Joe Rosenfield Center on the private college's campus.  Cory McCartan, a senior who was instrumental in starting the Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers and is now the group’s adviser, said that only one "no" vote was cast in person. The remaining members who voted against the strike cast absentee ballots.  Some student employees at The Spencer Grill nearby said they could not attend the vote because of work but planned to cast an absentee ballot.  A student worker reaches for a pastry Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at The Spencer Grill on Grinnell College's campus. On Friday, student-worker union members voted on whether or not to strike in response to the administrations efforts to quell the union. Tyler Davis/The Register Quinn Ercolani, the president of UGSDW, said the main concern among union members who opposed the strike was the haste of the action. He said many of those workers who voted "no" weren't there to discuss how the strike would manifest and weren't sure if it was fully organized.  "What was decided here was that rather than strike, we would engage in a series of flying pickets at various points across campus starting next week," said Ercolani, a junior from Michigan. "Primarily what it's going to be is off-the-clock workers will be picketing certain locations." He said those demonstrations will begin next week, but the union may still decide to strike at a later date.  MORE: Grinnell College president: We won't bargain with student workers union while our appeal is pending The plan to strike comes after the college's administration tried to stop the union from expanding. Administrators have declined to meet with the workers. Ercolani said an email from the Grinnell leaders informed the union that they have asked for a review of the National Labor Relations Board's decision to allow students at the liberal arts to unionize. That decision, which was approved by the regional NLRB office, could be challenged at the national level, Ercolani said. "(Administrators are arguing) that the whole process that we've gone through, everything from the hearing to the election to all of the motions that have been filed now, should be thrown out," the political science major said.  About 25 of the reported 50 union members who attended Friday's vote to strike at the Joe Rosenfield Center on Grinnell College's campus discuss the union's next plans. Tyler Davis/The Register Debra Lukehart, Grinnell's vice president of communications, said in a previous statement to the Des Moines Register that officials support "the rights of students to protest or demonstrate" as long as it's peaceful and doesn't impede access to buildings or interfere with classwork. "This kind of engaged citizenship is key to Grinnell's mission," Lukehart wrote in the statement. Ercolani said off-the-clock protesters should not be worried about losing their jobs for participating.  "They would be engaging in a protected concerted labor action," Ercolani said. "Any sort of retaliation for that would be something that the union would fight till the end." University officials were not present at the meeting and could not be reached shortly after the vote.  Follow the Register on Facebook and Twitter for more news. Tyler Davis can be contacted at tjdavis@registermedia.com or on Twitter @TDavisDMR. SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM: Subscribe to the Des Moines Register                   Published 7:45 PM EST Dec 7, 2018
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Unions allege Department of Veterans Affairs infringes on employees' right to freely associate | Legal Newsline

Unions allege Department of Veterans Affairs infringes on employees' right to freely associate | Legal Newsline | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Two labor unions allege a federal agency has violated the constitutional rights of some of its employees.
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Bill Approval Sparks Breakthrough For National Grid And Locked Out Workers

Bill Approval Sparks Breakthrough For National Grid And Locked Out Workers | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
After nearly six months, National Grid and the two unions representing locked out National Grid workers signaled that a breakthrough was made Friday.
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Flight disruptions possible Monday as Flair Airlines issues 72-hour strike notice | Globalnews.ca

Flight disruptions possible Monday as Flair Airlines issues 72-hour strike notice | Globalnews.ca | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The union is upset over a two-tiered pay system that would see new employees make 30 per cent less than existing ones....
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Union representing Flair Airlines flight attendants issues strike notice | CBC News

Union representing Flair Airlines flight attendants issues strike notice | CBC News | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Flight attendants employed by low-cost carrier Flair Airlines are prepared to go on strike Monday amid concerns about wages and scheduling.
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Protestas en Francia: chalecos amarillos no ceden en manifestaciones

Protestas en Francia: chalecos amarillos no ceden en manifestaciones | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
En París, Francia, la policía se enfrentó contra quienes protagonizaban protestas de “chalecos amarillos” (o ‘gilets jaunes’, en francés).

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Charter School Educators Just Voted to Join the Most Militant Teachers’ Union in the Country

Charter School Educators Just Voted to Join the Most Militant Teachers’ Union in the Country | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
In These Times features award-winning investigative reporting about corporate malfeasance and government wrongdoing, insightful analysis of national and international affairs, and sharp cultural criticism about events and ideas that matter.
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Angry unpaid steelworkers in Ahvaz chanting The voice of every worker Death to the oppressor

Angry unpaid steelworkers took over the street in Ahvaz chanting The voice of every worker, Death to the oppressor Dec 8, 2018...
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Chicago charter school teachers have walked off the job in a first-of-its-kind strike. Here's why.

Chicago charter school teachers have walked off the job in a first-of-its-kind strike. Here's why. | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Among their demands, teachers want smaller class sizes, equal pay and more autonomy over curriculum and grading.
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NLRB Issues Strategic Plan for FY 2019 to FY 2022 | NLRB | Public Website

The National Labor Relations Board is issuing its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2019 through 2022, which is required under the Government Performance and Results Act of 2010.  The Strategic Plan contains four mission-related goals to support the vision of NLRB Chairman John Ring and General Counsel Peter Robb. These four mission-related goals include: (1) achieving a collective 20% increase (5% over each of four years) in timeliness in case processing  of unfair labor practice charges, (2) achieving resolution of a greater number of representation cases within 100 days of the filing of an election petition, (3) achieving organizational excellence and productivity, and (4) managing agency resources efficiently and in a manner that instills public trust.  To achieve these stated goals, the Strategic Plan calls for an annual, Agency-wide 5% reduction in case processing time for unfair labor practice charges. This reduction includes not only case handling in the regional offices, but also the time between issuance of an Administrative Law Judge’s decision and a Board Order, and issuance of a Board Order and closure of a case.  Over the years, the amount of time it takes for cases to be processed and for resolutions to be reached has increased and backlogs of cases have developed.  This initiative has been developed to reverse these trends. In support of the Strategic Plan, the General Counsel has issued Memorandum GC 19-02, Reducing Case Processing Time, discussing how these goals affect the NLRB’s Divisions of Advice, Legal Counsel, Enforcement Litigation, Operations-Management and the Regional offices. Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employers and employees from unfair labor practices and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year. The Office of the General Counsel is  independent from the Board and is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases, for the conducting of secret ballot elections to determine whether employees desire union representation, for the overall supervision of field offices around the country, and for the general oversight of the Agency’s administrative, financial, personnel and human capital operations.
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Germans face rail strikes over Christmas as wage talks fail

Germans face rail strikes over Christmas as wage talks fail | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Germany's EVG railway workers' union plans to stage warning strikes over the Christmas period after wage talks with rail operator Deutsche Bahn ...
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Hungarian unions protest plan to relax labor 'slave law' - Hungary - Nuova Europa

Hungarian unions protest plan to relax labor 'slave law' - Hungary - Nuova Europa | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
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