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Minor League Umpires Make Major League Call: OPEIU Yes!

The minor league baseball season started off with a walk-off homerun when the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU) signed up with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU). Members of the AMLU, which was formed in 2000, voted … Continue reading

West Virginia Mine Tragedy Spears Need for More Safety Regulations Workers Memorial Day Approaches

With Workers Memorial Day coming up April 28, the need for stronger, enforceable worker protection laws gained national attention with the loss of at least 25 miners in a West Virginia explosion. The accident is a timely and heartbreaking reminder … Continue reading

CWA, IBEW Protest Proposed Verizon-Frontier Communications Deal

Several hundred people represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers demonstrated outside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington DC urging the agency to just say ‘NO!’ to a proposed deal between … Continue reading

Steelworkers Demand Action on Bipartisan Bill to Combat Currency Manipulation

The United States will not be able to have a full-blown recovery until it comes to grips with inequities in the international trading system, according to Leo Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers (USW). Gerard, who has been a … Continue reading

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on IAFF Legislative Priority

A House subcommittee recently held a hearing on H.R. 413, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act. Strongly supported by organized labor, particularly the MTD-affiliated International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the legislation would extend collective bargaining rights to public safety … Continue reading

New Jersey Comcast Workers Vote to Join IBEW

In what union officials are calling a “groundbreaking” development, Comcast workers inFairfield,New Jerseyvoted to join the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 827. “This is their first step towards getting a collective bargaining agreement,” said a spokesperson for the local.  “The Comcast … Continue reading

AFSCME Members Join ‘March for California’s Future’

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have undertaken a 48-day “March forCalifornia’s Future” to preserve that state’s public services system, which is being threatened by the current economic crisis. Among the marchers will be … Continue reading

Boilermakers Local Collects Nearly 1,000 Used Cell Phones for the Troops

Over the past year, Boilermakers Local 13 inPhiladelphiahas collected nearly 1,000 used cell phones to enableU.S.troops stationed overseas to remain in contact with their families. “One of the biggest sacrifices made when stationed overseas is being away from loved ones,” … Continue reading