AT&T Bargaining News 2016

IBEW-Represented Former DirecTV Employees Vote to Ratify Two Contracts Leadership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has notified AT&T that IBEW-represented former DirecTV employees have voted to ratify two contracts. One agreement covers over 1,600 employees in AT&T’s field services group, located in 14 states. The other covers about 1,300 AT&T employees working in call centers in Boise, Idaho and Missoula, Montana. The former DirecTV employees joined AT&T as part of AT&T’s July 2015 acquisition of DirecTV. The […]

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Toledo Approves Lead Ordinance

TOLEDO BLADE August 16, 2016: Toledo City Council today approved a controversial “lead safe” ordinance that calls for some rental properties built before 1978 to be inspected and deemed safe before leasing to tenants. Council voted 10-0 to approve the law that won’t take effect for one year. Councilmen Tom Waniewski and Theresa Gabriel were not present. Council approved a version offered by Councilman Larry Sykes, which combined elements of two earlier versions that have been debated by council for […]

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Rio may be the glummest city ever to host the Summer Olympics

WASHINGTON POST | RIO DE JANEIRO — On a recent morning, Andrea Pereira was taking in the wonders of the Olympic renovations in Rio, riding a sleek new train downtown with her family to the gleaming new “Wonderful Port.” And yet she felt bombarded by mixed feelings. Her city — the pulsing, jubilant, unequal, crime-addled world champion of sunny celebrations — did seem prettier now that the Summer Games were about to begin. Read full article

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Obama Rips Trump for Clinton

PHILADELPHIA — In an election season in which restive voters of all stripes are frustrated with the status quo, it fell to President Obama on Wednesday to argue for staying the course by giving Democrats a third term in the White House — and that Hillary Clinton is the right person to keep moving the nation forward. Having spent the first two nights of the Democratic National Convention trying to unify the party behind Clinton, a procession of leading party […]

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Rock Against the TPP!

Rock Against the TPP, a nationwide road show sponsored by CWA, Fight for the Future, and other groups, to raise awareness about the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, kicked off last week in Denver, Col. Just Announced: A San Francisco concert on Sept. 9 at the Regency Ballroom. Click here for more details about upcoming tour dates. West Coast stops will feature Jolie Holland, rising East LA Chicano band Las Cafeteras, renowned rock cellist Bonfire Madigan (Kill Rockstars, K Records), bell’s roar, Puerto Rican […]

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Democratic Nation Convention Day 1

(CNN) Fueled by grievances over the party’s treatment of Bernie Sanders and doubts over Hillary Clinton’s progressive credentials, tens of thousands of protesters are putting a fragile post-primary detente to the test on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Pro-Sanders groups chanted “Debbie is done” during demonstrations Sunday, celebrating Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s announcement she will step down after the convention. But even as they cheered news of her long lobbied-for departure, the broad […]

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Finally… Sanders Endorses Clinton

Democrats have coalesced around Clinton’s candidacy since she defeated Sanders in primaries last month in California and five other states, led by endorsements from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and others. Sanders has spent the past month seeking to influence the party’s platform at the Philadelphia convention and promote electoral reforms including allowing independents to participate in future primaries. The platform includes many of his proposals, including a $15 an hour minimum wage, tougher restrictions on Wall Street […]

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Trump/Pence Bad for Working Families

Well, it’s official. Donald Trump announced his pick for vice president—Indiana Gov. Mike Pence—and it’s bad for us all. Trump’s choice to make Pence—who supports “right to work” laws and opposes the minimum wage—his VP pick just proves again he’s no friend to working families and only cares about lining the pockets of CEOs. Every day it becomes more clear that Donald Trump would be the wrong choice for our country—and that’s why we need to make every effort to […]

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Meanwhile, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence…

Donald Trump tapped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate on Friday, picking a political partner who has executive and congressional experience as well as support within the GOP’s conservative base. “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate,” Trump tweeted, confirming what had been widely reported as likely the previous day. Trump added that a news conference would be held Saturday. A formal announcement of his running mate […]

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