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Oregon Workers Call for $15 State Minimum Wage

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:04pm

Workers across the country are standing up and fighting for higher wages, and the most vocal among them are fast-food and retail workers who are calling for a $15 living wage. Most recently, hundreds of workers rallied for a $15 wage in Oregon.

California Nurses Ratify New Pact with Kaiser Permanente

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:45am

California registered nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), who work at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics in northern and central California voted overwhelmingly (93%) to ratify a new three-year contract reached last week. The agreement covers 18,000 RNs and will give them a stronger voice on patient care and provide breakthrough improvements in workplace protections along with economic gains.

Help Pick the Winner in IBEW Photo Contest

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 7:30am

The 15 finalists in the Electrical Workers (IBEW) annual photo contest have been selected, and you can choose who takes home the top honors. The photos, shot by IBEW linemen, electricians, railroad workers and more, often take place amid stunning natural beauty and eye-catching situations.

Highlights of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:30am

We asked attendees at the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference to text us their impressions of this year's conference. The responses were positive, with the community service event and Martin Luther King Jr. March in Atlanta being the highlights. Here is what you told us (after the jump).

Brooklyn Carwash Workers Join RWDSU

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:00am

Carwash workers at Vegas Auto Spa in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., voted unanimously to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers, on Jan. 24. They have been on strike since late November over what they claim are stolen wages and unsafe working conditions.

It’s National Mentoring Month, and New York IBEW Local Shows How It’s Done

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:00am

January is National Mentoring Month, and our friends at the Berger-Marks Foundation are highlighting the mentoring program that New York City Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 shop steward Erin Sullivan helped establish in the 11,000 member local in 2011.

Wait, What Did the GOP Just Say About Minimum Wage Workers? Winners and Losers of the Week

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:30am

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.