Friday, July 31, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

July 30 Week In Review

Activists hang under the St Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon, in an attempt to block the Shell-leased icebreaker MSV Fennica.
Activists rappel off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker
Keystone pipeline's fate to be decided during Obama's term
$15M settlement in Hawaii molasses spill
'Unusually large' oil slick off California coast spotted near site of May spill
Hillary Clinton's climate change plan 'just plain silly', says leading expert
Keystone XL pipeline bill: Alberta will not lobby U.S.



Menorah Medical Center Nurses Plan Picket
Illinois, public labor union extend no-strike agreement
Supreme Court upholds right-to-work for state workers
Union hires add twist to highly-politicized Quincy Center project
Construction workers refused entry to Columbia conference on city development
Minimum wage workers to get raise Aug. 1
Greek fire sale? Privatization proves more complicated
Cincinnati officer indicted for murder in death of black driver
Bus drivers targeted in El Salvador gang war
UN urges DR to stop Haitian deportations
Guardian US staff vote to unionize
Blame government policies for the economic slowdown
Is the Ugly German Back? Flames of Hate Haunt a Nation
Campaigns, start your engines: Stephen Harper to call election as early as Sunday
Planned Parenthood president: We will not be defeated by extremists
House approves cutting workplace protections for VA workers
As Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50, Use of Private Health Plans Surges *


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Friday, July 24, 2015

July 24 News Update

Outrage over EPA emissions regulations fades as states find fixes
Pollution isn't colorblind: environmental hazards kill more Black Americans
California anti-fracking protests expand
Western Canada's hot, dry summer of discontent may be just the start
Offshore Wind Farm Raises Hopes of U.S. Clean Energy Backers *


Photo of New York wage rally
Workers rally for $15 federal minimum wage
Push to Lift Minimum Wage Is Now Serious Business *

Ford, UAW, formally begin labor talks; jobs to Mexico at issue
It Took Direct Action to Make This Boss Pay Seattle’s New Minimum Wage
With Capitulation in Greece, the Front Moves Outward
Actor and Union Activist Theodore Bikel Dies at Age 91
UAW Donates $50,000 in Memory of the Charleston 9
Montgomery County Taxi Drivers Push for Massive Reforms
NNU Statement on Black Lives Matter and the Health Impact of Racial Disparities
Travelling to North Carolina to March for Voting Rights
Brattleboro Co-op Moving on From Unionization Fallout
Screening Aug. 2 of Who Built Our Capitol? video
Labor Chorus to pay tribute to Joe Hill July 28
Sad news: Dr. Donald Rasmussen has died
Anthem to buy Cigna for$54.2 billion to create U.S. health insurance giant
Poll Finds Most in U.S. Hold Dim View of Race Relations *


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Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20 News Update


Ministers in Paris to boost flagging climate talks
Science confirms: 2014 was the hottest year on record
Alberta pipeline breach causes massive spill
Montana train derailment spills crude oil
BP could get billions in tax breaks on oil spill settlement
Australia's war on wind farms threatens biggest renewable project
Periled by climate change, Marshall Islands makes carbon pledge
Gulf oil wells lingering with temporary seals

Greece: Alternatives and Exiting the Eurozone
Banks to reopen, taxes hiked as Greece prepares to reboot economy
Greece does about-face, pledges big privatization push

In Brazil, modern day slaves are shipped into the Amazon
Coal Miners Struggle to Survive in an Industry Battered by Layoffs and Bankruptcy *
Renewal Projects, Down to the Sidewalks, Highlight Social Divides *
A plan to protect the world—and save WHO
Utility workers agree to tentative labor agreement
Atlantic City Casino Workers Approve Strike at Taj Mahal
Support for Sanders Grows in Unions
Ku Klux Klan and New Black Panther Party Protest at South Carolina Capitol *
Union fight shifts from campaign trail to high court
Residents sue Seattle to block city haulers from snooping into trash
'Ugly scenes' at Australia protests
Memorial dedicated for 1934 Teamsters strike
Will unions change WestJet?
What Donald Trump was up to while John McCain was a POW

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Friday, July 17, 2015

July 17 News Update

Major greenhouse gases hit record highs in 2014: report
Annual checkup of Earth's climate says we're in hotter water
New climate report says Earth in hotter water
Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists
Russia, U.S. agree fishing ban in Arctic as sea ice melts
U.S. fracking linked to higher hospitalization rates: researchers
Pipeline leak spills 5 million litres from Alberta oilsands
Can Montana’s Smith River Survive a Nearby Mine? *
U.S. Proposes New Rules to Protect Streams From Coal Pollution *



Kansas City Council Raises City's Minimum Wage
What You Need To Know About The Kansas City Council's Minimum Wage Vote
Kansas Citians Say The Minimum Wage Is 'Not Enough'
Kansas City Council votes for minimum wage increase to $13 per hour by 2020
KCMO City Council OK’s minimum wage hike to $13 an hour by 2020

The Euro-Summit `Agreement' on Greece - Annotated by Yanis Varoufakis
No to repression of anti-austerity demonstrators!
Why the European authorities refuse to let Greece recover

Unions seethe over early Clinton endorsement
Oakland's largest city union asking members for strike authorization
Most Women Who Have Abortions Don't Regret Them
Cuba says Kerry to host FM on Monday as ties restored
Budget crisis squeezes state-funded social services
NYC pizza franchise owner pleads guilty in wage theft case
Grocery Workers Find Their Voice
Family questions death of black woman in Texas jail cell
Events Across U.S. July 30 as Medicare Turns 50    
Sick leave changes prompt one public service union to create strike fund
BBC, a Target of Conservatives, Faces a Review of Its Mission *
In Bankruptcy Filings, Maritime Company Says It Settled Labor Case *
Cuomo Task Force to Investigate Worker Exploitation in Many Industries *


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

July 16 News Update

California’s Drought Is Part of a Much Bigger Water Crisis
China begins construction of 'world's tallest' dam

Greek Parliament accepts austerity; protests erupt on Athens' streets
Clashes heat up in Athens
What relief? Greek economy on its knees despite bailout deal
Greece, Its Back to the Wall, Adopts Austerity Steps *


Photo of wage march
Hundreds march on Minneapolis City Hall for worker rights, higher wages

The Trans-Pacific Partnership — Is It Bad for Your Health?
Space Needle, Unite Here fail to reach new labor contract
Obama intervenes in NJ Transit labor fight
IMF warns that Greece needs more debt relief
British unions outraged as government moves to restrict strikes
Locomotive rear-ends train; 18 cars derail, lube oil spills
Almost a third of California households struggle to pay bills
Labor Dept.: 'Most workers are employees'
Calif. recognizes cheerleaders as employees
Dominican deports thousands back to Haiti
Japan divided over military legislation
'Atom spy' Ethel Rosenberg's conviction in new doubt after testimony released
First A-bomb victims were Americans downwind of test site
Labor Scrutiny for FIFA as a World Cup Rises in the Desert *


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July 14 News Update

How Democrats Mixed Oil and Water, Killing Environmental Bill
Natural gas surpasses coal as biggest US electricity source
China says 75 percent of cities failed to meet air standards in June
NASA: More emissions = More megadroughts
No, We are not headed for a little ice age
Health warnings as Edmonton suffers under smoky skies
Alberta faces growing backlog of abandoned oil and gas wells
Puerto Rico Drought Sets Off a Frenzy of Water Collection *
Crown Jewel of Cuba’s Coral Reefs *

UAW president: Contract talks with GM will not be easy
GM, UAW launch bargaining with show of harmony
Timeline of the ‘Handshake’: How Auto Makers and Union Workers Negotiate
UAW contract talks to begin, affecting thousands of KC area workers
G.M. Is First of Big 3 to Open Contract Talks With the U.A.W. *

Greeks 'humiliated' by bailout, cry 'hands off the Acropolis'
Leftist group of Greek MPs may not vote for bailout
New bailout package takes Greece 'from austerity to austerity squared'
Deal on Greek Debt Crisis Exposes Europe’s Deepening Fissures *
Greek Merchants Fear a Way of Life Is Disappearing *
Sympathy for Greeks Inspires Outraged Commentary Tagged #ThisIsACoup *

Iran, world powers strike historic nuclear deal after lengthy talks
Young adults waiting longer to marry
Lac-M├ęgantic lawsuit: Judge rejects Canadian Pacific challenge
Trial Contesting North Carolina Voting Laws Begins *
‘Citizenfour’ Filmmaker Says U.S. Harassed Her *
Worker advocates launch ballot drive for paid sick days


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Monday, July 13, 2015

July 13 News Update

Eurozone leaders reach deal on Greek bailout after all-night talks
European Leaders Reach Deal on Greek Debt Crisis *
Relief -- and Much Anger -- in Greece as Tsipras Clinches Deal *
Interview with Greek socialist

The West is so dry even a rainforest is on fire in Washington state
Nuclear Plant Closing Reflects Overhaul of German Energy Production *


What's at stake at the UAW contract talks
From sit-ins to two tiers, UAW family is living history
Fiat worker in Italy talks of job, unions, making Jeeps
Autoworkers set to open labor negotiations

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Hormel strike Aug. 1985-June 1986 The two-front labor war in Austin

Kansas City Council moves ahead toward an increase in minimum wage
Yuma Grocery store employees plan work stoppages in labor dispute
Delta Air Lines pilots reject tentative contract
Verizon braces for potential labor strike
N.J. public worker unions sue state to challenge pay freeze
Low-paid British workers brace for more austerity
Canadian Parliament passes anti-union legislation
NAACP votes to end S. Carolina boycott
AT&T can punish employees for wearing ‘prisoner’ T-shirts to work, a court rules
Growth in the ‘Gig’ Economy Fuels Work Force Anxieties *


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Friday, July 10, 2015

July 10 News Update

Seas could rise 6 meters even if governments curb warming: study
Earth Is Losing Its Bumblebees
BMW puts a 40-ton electric truck on the road
World Bank urges 'substantial' pre-2020 climate funds
We're headed for Titanic-like crash, climate talks hear
Data shows mountaintop removal decline

UAW contract talks: How each side fared since 2011
Blow to UAW: Ford C-Max, Focus production to leave U.S.
UAW, GM to open bargaining July 13, FCA the next day
Ford to Shift Work Abroad

Local union workers protest repair work at YSU
Unions to protest Catholic Health negotiating position
State budget shakes unions, Allows privatization for 3 years at MBTA
Bristol Taking Next Step To Privatize School Cafeterias
FBI head Comey: No deal with Snowden
Ukraine offers huge state firms to foreign investors
Greek hospitals struggle with onerous capital controls
Life After Death for Labor?
Unbridled capitalism is the 'dung of the devil', says Pope Francis
Same-sex marriage victory
Recession fears all too real for Canadians struggling to cope
How Washington helped create Puerto Rico’s staggering debt crisis
Citi Bike Workers in New York Get Union Contract *


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Thursday, July 9, 2015