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LA teachers are striking against the school district, but it is the state that controls the purse strings

by Ben Bradford Jan 14, 2019
California is unusual in that the bulk of education funding comes from the state budget
Thousands of teachers march in the rain through Los Angeles on Monday, on the first day of the first teachers strike in 30 years targeting the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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Government labor board proposes rolling back a rule that made union organizing easier

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 14, 2018
Business organizations support the change, but labor activists say it would make low-wage contract workers more vulnerable.

U.S and Canada prepare to resume tough NAFTA talks

by Erika Beras Sep 3, 2018
On Wednesday, Canadian and U.S. negotiators head back to the negotiating table for discussions on overhauling the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA.) Over the weekend, President Trump tweeted that there was no need to keep Canada in the deal…

President of NAACP on Janus decision: "Civil rights and workers rights are inextricably linked"

by , and Jun 29, 2018
The Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME disproportionately impacts public sector African-American workers.
Union activists and supporters rally against the Supreme Court's ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case, in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, June 27, 2018 in New York City.
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What does the Supreme Court's Janus ruling mean for unions? It would be like the government no longer enforcing taxes

by , and Jun 28, 2018
"What would happen is fewer people would pay their taxes and the ability of government to provide services would then erode," says Harvard professor Benjamin Sachs.
Activists rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court back in February over the Janus v. AFSCME case.
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Supreme Court to hear arguments on "fair-share" union dues

by Jana Kasperkevic Feb 23, 2018
Labor advocates have described this case as the biggest threat to labor unions in years
A police officer stands guard on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in June 2017.
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Builders battle freezing temps to keep construction boom going

by Adrian Ma Feb 21, 2018
With tight deadlines, construction often doesn't stop for the weather.
"You just gotta suck it up," said Kai Yee, a laborer in Cleveland, Ohio when asked how he deals with extreme cold. “If [you] can’t do the job, they’ll bring somebody else who can. Everybody’s replaceable.” 
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Why construction workers in LA make less than they used to

by Kai Ryssdal May 1, 2017
Here's where we talk about diminished unions and immigration.
“Construction employers have been complaining for a while that they can't find enough good people. They haven't as an entire industry raised wages much faster than average, but that may change,” said Los Angeles Times reporter Natalie Kitroeff.
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Why unions are so worried about right-to-work laws

by Jana Kasperkevic Feb 24, 2017
It has to do with money, power and influence.
Labor union members protest Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget cuts in April 2011.
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In an Ohio community, division over a Trump presidency

by Lewis Wallace Nov 16, 2016
Race, immigration and moral issues are wedges in Montgomery County, Ohio.
Fuyao Glass America, a Chinese automotive glass company, started production in a former GM plant in 2015 in Dayton, OH. But the jobs require more skills, for less pay. 
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