Labor News

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Today in labor history: Mass. first state to pass minimum wage

"The industry employing her is in receipt of the working energy of a human being at less than its cost, and to that extent is parasitic."

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Senate GOP defeats minimum wage hike

The Senate tried to raise the nation's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. But its Democratic sponsors needed 60 votes to start debate, and got six fewer than that.

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Postal unions sign cooperation pact, prepare for joint April 24 actions

The target will be schemes to cut postal services, end Saturday pickup and delivery, and fire or let go by attrition hundreds of thousands of workers.

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Trumka says he'll back Obama on a new pro-worker trade policy

The death of fast-track, Obama told the Center for American Progress, gives him the opportunity to construct a new trade policy to benefit workers in the U.S. and worldwide, that guarantees labor rights, that protects "buy America" federal, state and local rules and that is not tilted towards corporations, among other positive factors.

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Money bill trims pro-biz program at OSHA, boosts women’s bureau

The money bill's positives led Richard Trumka to call it "a good start that moves in the right direction" on spending priorities.

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Today in labor history: Congress approves Bill of Rights

On Sept. 25, 1789, the first Congress of the U.S. approved 12 amendments to the recently adopted U.S. Constitution, and sent them to the states for ratification.

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Unionists to hit the streets in August for immigration reform

Unionists will hit the streets by the thousands in August, campaigning all-out for comprehensive immigration reform.

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Walmart’s firings lead lawmaker to author worker protection bill

Walmart's reversion to its normal widespread labor law-breaking has prompted Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., to introduce legislation to protect the workers.

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Hearings held on ‘right-to-work’ in Ohio

The Manufacturing & Workforce Development Committee of the Ohio legislature, unanimously voted to table three so-called 'right-to-work' bills.

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Today in labor history: Report on equal pay for women

The special representative to the National War Labor Board issued a report setting forth provisions respecting wage rates for women working in war industries.

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