Labor

Study: $1.2 Trillion Deficit in American Public Pensions

October 16, 2012

“The pension systems reported a median funding level of 75.1 percent. The study by the actuarial firm Milliman, which used different ways to value assets and measure liabilities, finds an aggregate level of funding of 67.8 percent.”

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Coal miners at the American Energy Corp. Century Mine to President Obama: Stop the War on Coal

October 15, 2012

“Miners gathered Friday afternoon to express their opposition to Obamas energy and environmental policies, which they believe threaten their jobs.”

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Walmart Strikes spread to Florida, Maryland, Texas, California and Washington State

October 10, 2012

“For the second time in five days – and also the second time in Walmart’s five decades – workers at multiple US Walmart stores are on strike.”

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Wal-Mart workers at multiple stores are out on Strike for the first time in the company’s history

October 4, 2012

“Wal-Mart is entirely union-free in North America, and has worked aggressively to stay that way.”

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Union Representing 14,000 New England Janitors Reaches Tentative Agreement to Avoid a Strike

October 1, 2012

“A spokeswoman for Local 615 of the Service Employees International Union said early Monday that the agreement followed a day of negotiations that went beyond the union’s midnight deadline.”

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California Governor Jerry Brown (D) vetoes Domestic Workers’ Rights Bill

October 1, 2012

“Advocates said the legislation, dubbed the Domestic Workers of Bill of Rights, is necessary to protect a primarily female, immigrant workforce from abuse.”

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Greek-Spanish Pension Dichotomy illustrates Europe’s Problems with Austerity

September 30, 2012

“In the case of Greece, under last-chance pressure from its international creditors, the governing coalition tentatively agreed on an austerity package that includes some of the most severe cuts in public pensions ever imposed in a developed country.”

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Chicago Teachers vote to suspend the Strike after learning details of a tentative deal; Classes to resume Wednesday

September 18, 2012

“A proposed settlement was presented to delegates during the weekend. Sticking points included teacher evaluations and job security, provisions at the core of a debate about the future of public education across the nation.”

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Judge refuses to act on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s request to block the Teachers’ Union Strike until at least Wednesday

September 17, 2012

“Emanuel went to court after union delegates decided on Sunday to extend the strike in order to consult with rank-and-file members on whether to accept a new contract negotiated with Emanuel and the Chicago school district.”

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Wisconsin Attorney General seeks court permission to continue enforcing State’s anti-Union Law

September 17, 2012

“A Dane County judge issued a ruling Friday overturning almost all of the law that has been a hallmark of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s tenure.”

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will file a court injunction to force an end to the Chicago Teachers’ Union Strike

September 16, 2012

“Currently, the strike is expected to continue Monday after the union’s House of Delegates refused to halt the walk out this afternoon and signaled classes may not resume before Wednesday.”

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Chicago Teachers Rally to continue to put pressure on Mayor Rahm Emanuel in light of the tentative labor deal

September 15, 2012

“Emanuel angered the Chicago teachers by trying to push through proposals to radically reform teacher performance evaluations and weaken job protection for teachers whose schools are closed or perform poorly academically.”

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Wisconsin Judge strikes down Wisconsin’s controversial law limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers

September 14, 2012

“It was not clear if the ruling means the law is immediately suspended. The law took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most workers and has been in effect for more than a year.”

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Report: Tentative Deal reached to end the Chicago Teachers’ Union Strike

September 14, 2012

“Students could be back in the classroom as soon as Monday, according to the source.”

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Over 300 Workers trapped and killed in a Textile Factory Fire in Pakistan

September 12, 2012

“It was Pakistan’s worst industrial accident, and it came just hours after another fire, at a shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore, killed at least 25.”

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