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Bruce Vail is a Baltimore-based freelance writer who covers labor and business.
How the American Postal Workers Union Scored One of its Biggest Wins Ever
Posted on: Jan 18, 2017, Source: In These Times
This is a major victory full of important lessons.
Kentucky Right-to-Work Law Now a Question of When, Not If
Posted on: Jan 5, 2017, Source: In These Times
If such a law passes, as it looks likely to do, Kentucky will become the 27th state to go right-to-work.
Delivery Drivers Sue Amazon Over Misclassification, Failure to Pay Overtime and the Minimum Wage
Posted on: Dec 13, 2016, Source: In These Times
The new lawsuit comes from a Boston attorney who gained legal fame by beating corporate giants like FedEx and Starbucks in similar cases.
Zuckerman Gives Hoffa a Run for His Money in Squeaker of a Teamsters Vote
Posted on: Nov 22, 2016, Source: In These Times
The tally was a lot closer than most observers thought likely and shows the level of division within the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Zuckerman Thinks He Can Beat Hoffa and Win the Teamsters Election
Posted on: Nov 3, 2016, Source: In These Times
Hoffa was first elected in 1998 and has been re-elected easily three times since then.
Baltimore’s Democratic City Council Kills $15 Minimum Wage Bill, For Now
Posted on: Aug 18, 2016, Source: In These Times
Pro-business members on the all-Democrat 15-member council were able to hold together an alliance against the higher minimum wage.
Baltimore May Be the Next City to Adopt a $15 Minimum Wage
Posted on: Jun 21, 2016, Source: In These Times
A new bill would raise the minimum wage in steps from the current $8.25 an hour to $15 by 2020.
Baltimore Primary Results Mean a $15 Minimum Wage Is Likely Coming Soon
Posted on: Apr 28, 2016, Source: In These Times
The push is underway now to get it passed this year, and almost certainly will be passed by early next year, at the latest, activists say.
Teamsters Activists Move To Prevent Slashing of Hundreds of Thousands of Retirees’ Pensions
Posted on: Apr 27, 2016, Source: In These Times
The retired union members are concentrated on pressuring lawmakers to prevent any immediate cuts.
After Public Radio Station Hires Notorious Union-Buster, Employees Likely to Lose Union Vote
Posted on: Nov 6, 2014, Source: In These Times
The onslaught against labor continues.
Does Anything Stop Your Bosses from Reading Your Emails If They Really Want to?
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Nevada is the 11th state to enact password protection legislation designed to ensure online privacy for workers.
If This Ruling Goes Against Labor, Union Organizing Could Get Even Harder
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013, Source: In These Times
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon review a case on “neutrality” agreements in union campaigns, which could make organizing more difficult.
Workers Win Battle Over Employer Crackdowns on Social Media
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012, Source: In These Times
A grocery store chain threatened to fire workers for talking about their jobs on Facebook and Twitter--but the workers took their fight to the NLRB, and won.
Hostess Brands Uses Bankruptcy Court to Screw Workers Out of Pensions, Benefits
Posted on: May 14, 2012, Source: In These Times
A judge allows the company to cancel its union contracts; on the same day, the Twinkie-maker sends lay-off notices to all 18,500 workers.
2 Years After Upper Big Branch Disaster, Coal Baron Blankenship Is Gone. What Else Has Changed?
Posted on: Apr 4, 2012, Source: In These Times
As families of dead miners mark the second anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster, there is little consolation in the way of improved safety laws or reforms.
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