Philadelphia joins two other cities, San Francisco, Calif., and Tacoma, Wash., and several states, in enacting earned paid sick leave.
As a result of Canadian laws and attitudes, union density there is at least double that in the U.S.
New Illinois GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner yanked union rights to collect dues or fees from thousands of home health caregivers in the state.
The car firm claimed that "entering mediation over issues raised might violate U.S. national labor law."
The automobile mechanics strike here at Al Piemonte Chevrolet, now over 30 weeks long, has deteriorated into a lock-out situation.
This sets an "important new precedent that supports growers who are making investments to improve labor conditions on their farms with increased market share."
The first scheme they plan to stop is any Republican effort to impose a so-called "right to work" law in the Land of Lincoln.
Proposals would improve the solvency of state programs, reach more workers in need, and make the UI program more responsive to economic downturns.
USW members account for about 64 percent of the country's oil refining capacity, and more locations could soon join the strike if necessary.
The CIW has "organized communities, stood by tomato workers for more than 20 years, and changed the face of this industry."