Recent Labor headlines you may have missed

Chicago - Sweatshop construction devastating for undocumented Latino's
Hundreds of Latino workers across the U.S. die annually in construction accidents, a toll that has mounted steadily. Two years ago 354 Latinos were killed in construction accidents, a 34 percent increase over 2003, the most recent government statistics show. More than one out of three Latinos killed on the job in 2006 lost their lives doing construction work, a far higher proportion than for white or black workers.
Vermont - Push for paid sick days
With this year's flu epidemic in full swing, nearly half of all U.S. workers who fall ill or have sick kids must decide whether to stay home and lose wages or go to work sick and expose others, a choice many say no one should have to make.
Utah - 40 years of community activism
"We thought she was a fantastic role model of a woman who is not just running for government per se but who is making change at a more grass-roots level," University of Utah spokeswoman Taunya Dressler said. The U. invited Huerta, 77, to be the keynote speaker during its 2008 Women's Week Celebration because she embodies passion for change that affects people's lives.
Idaho - A new form of protest
"Under federal labor law, we have the right to tail him. Ambulatory picket is what it's called and we can follow him to find out where his job sites are," said The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters Representative Ron Robbins. Robbins claims they have a labor dispute with CCI, even though the company is not part of the union. Robbins says wherever Packard goes, so do protesters and the labor dispute.
Florida - Burger King is a lousy corporate neighbor
Are they really willing to pay an exorbitantly higher transportation cost to bring in tomatoes from overseas or Mexico and pass that on to their customers rather than pay a penny more per pound?
Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine - Labor activists help fix Fairpoint/Verizon deal
"Those who united to raise their voices in opposition to the sale acted in the finest New England tradition of citizen participation," said Glenn Brackett, business manager of IBEW Local 2320 based in Manchester, NH. "We can take comfort in knowing that because of our involvement, FairPoint will be stronger financially than it would have been under the original deal. Verizon now has to put $362 million more into the deal and FairPoint has to cut its dividends by at least $200 million in order to reduce its debt."
Ohio - NAFTA hurts
Nowhere is the damage caused by this disastrous trade deal more evident than in Ohio, the site of next week’s Democratic presidential primary. The Buckeye State has lost more than 200,000 manufacturing jobs over the past seven years. Click here to see where all the presidential candidates stand on trade and manufacturing.
West Virginia - Worker 's one step closer to ability to walk away from anti-union meetings
Captive-audience meetings are just one of many tactics employers use to suppress workers’ freedom to form or join a union. Cornell University scholar Kate Bronfenbrenner studied hundreds of organizing campaigns and found that 92 percent of private-sector employers, when faced with employees who want to join together in a union, force employees to attend closed-door meetings to hear anti-union propaganda. She also found that 80 percent of employers require supervisors to attend training sessions on attacking unions and that 78 percent require supervisors to deliver anti-union messages to workers they oversee.
Wisconsin and Maryland - Legislation to allow Academic workers collective bargaining
On Feb. 19, the Wisconsin State Senate voted 21 to 12 for legislation that would allow faculty and academic staff employed across the University of Wisconsin system to form unions... ...the companion legislation in the Wisconsin Assembly faces a tough battle from the Republican majority in that chamber.

In Maryland, graduate employees from the University of Maryland system, joined by AFT and AFL-CIO allies, presented an impassioned case for why they should have the right to bargain.
Washington DC - UFCW Vs. ICE Misconduct hearings begin
New Jersey - 110 more unemployed, GAF materials roofing plant to close
''There isn't much out there, especially in the range of the wages we were earning,'' Snyder said. ''I see a lot of $10-an-hour jobs out there that won't pay my bills.''

Counting nonunion workers, 110 people are eventually expected to be laid off at the plant, which is expected to run through mid-March with a skeleton crew of about 25.
Ohio - 1500 hospital workers to get union election on March 12th
...if a majority in any one of the 11 groups votes for unionization, that group will become a bargaining unit and negotiations between the unit and Community Mercy Health Partners will proceed. If negotiations fail to result in an agreement favored by most union members, those members can vote to strike, according to information provided by CMHP and the union.
New York - Tell Lazard's CEO that Atria should respect workers rights

Workers at Atria Senior Living are being threatened and intimidated for trying to form a union. Caring for our nation's elderly is an important job, and workers at Atria deserve a living wage, affordable healthcare, and the training and support they need to do their jobs well. They also have the right to a free and fair process to decide on forming a union.

Tell the Wall Street execs at Atria and Lazard to stop unionbusting and play fair. Write your message now!

USA - ALPA gearing to fight over seniority in event of Delta/Northwest merge
The Air Line Pilots Association has asked its United members to approve a dues increase to help pay for a potential dispute over seniority in the event of a merger, Crain's Chicago Business reported.

Seniority is said to be the major issue of contention in talks on a merger between Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp., the newspaper said. Negotiations stalled last week as pilots, who had given preliminary approval to a merger, dug in their heels over seniority issues.

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