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L.A. Car Wash Workers Sign Industry's First Union Contract

0 Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 6:52 PM

Thirty Southern California car wash workers have become the first in the business to sign a union contract -- and organizers are hoping more will follow suit.

The CLEAN Carwash Campaign announced on Tuesday that employees at the Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica signed a...

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Airport Security Workers Prepare For Largest Federal Election in U.S. History

0 Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 4:10 PM

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees -- i.e., the people that pat you down at the airport -- are about to make history. When they vote to decide which union will represent them in March, it will be the largest federal labor election in U.S. history.

Roughly 48,000 workers are

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Labor Unions: The Key to Happiness?

0 Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 8:25 PM

Even though U.S. public opinion of unions remains low, a new report finds that labor groups nonetheless improve the general well-being for union and non-union citizens in several industrialized countries.

The findings appear in the September issue of Social Indicators Research, a journal that focuses on quality of...

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The Pension Pinch: Public-Sector Unions Grapple With Rhetoric and Rollbacks

0 Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 1:27 PM

Some of the nation's largest municipalities face huge pension shortfalls that could hinder local and state governments' ability to operate, according to a new study. Around the country, unions are facing mounting pressure to accept benefit rollbacks -- and many already have.

"The Crisis in Local Government Pensions...

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Overworked and Underpaid? Productivity Increases, but Wage Growth Declines

0 Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 6:21 PM

As Labor Day approaches, many Americans are breathing a sigh of relief for the extra day off. On a day that celebrates unions and the eight-hour work day, plenty of people are feeling like their hard work isn't exactly paying off the way it used to.

Even as productivity has...

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Teamsters Union Protests Coca Cola's Labor Practices, as Company Shutters Plants

0 Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 6:58 PM

Although they work for a company that popularized the slogan "Have a Coke and a smile," Coca-Cola workers are doing more frowning than ever these days.

While the world's largest beverage company has come under fire for their reported anti-union activities abroad, the company is now facing growing...

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Labor's Popularity Struggles Amid Criticism of Public-Sector Unions

0 Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 4:11 PM

With increasing attacks on public-sector unions, it's not surprising that labor has become unpopular in the court of public opinion. A new Gallup survey reveals that approval ratings for labor unions continues to struggle one year after their popularity reached a historic low.

The survey, released last Thursday,...

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Sour Apples: Mott's Workers Continue Strike as Harvest Season Looms

0 Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 5:58 PM

Employees at the Mott's apple processing plant in Williamson, N.Y., have been on strike for at least two months with no end in sight. Last week, pressure to resolve the dispute increased when the region's apple pickers said they'll cross the picket line to harvest this year's crop.

The workers,...

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U.S. Files Historic Labor Complaint Against Guatemala

0 Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 2:15 PM

President Obama's pledges to sign free trade deals have been strongly opposed by labor unions. But recently, his administration slightly appeased his critics by enforcing workers' rights agreements in an existing trade pact.

Last Friday, the United States filed a complaint against Guatemala for failure to enforce labor...

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Gender Inclusiveness? Women and Young Workers May Abandon Labor, Report Says

0 Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 4:39 PM

A new report says labor is at the "tipping point" of losing women and young workers unless unions make changes to become more inclusive and responsive to their needs.

The details were released last Friday by the Berger-Marks Foundation, a nonprofit that helps women join unions. It warns...

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