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Senate to Vote on Minimum Wage Hike after Easter
WASHINGTON (PAI)--The Senate will vote on raising the nation's minimum wage after lawmakers return from their Easter-Passover recess later this month, its sponsor says. And – to nobody's great surprise – the issue is becoming even more politicized than it was before.
Shuler: Woman Workers Benefit Most from Minimum Wage Hike
WASHINGTON (PAI)--Woman workers will be the biggest beneficiaries of a hike in the minimum wage, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler says. In a special April 3 briefing, she pointed out that one of every four working women (24.3%) “would benefit from raising” the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.
Obama Executive Order Marks Equal Pay Day Push
WASHINGTON (PAI)--Democratic President Barack Obama's executive order banning companies with federal contracts from retaliating against workers who discuss their pay with each other, and a Senate vote on pay equity legislation, marked the “equal pay day” push of 2014.
SEIU's Henry: Unions Need New Approaches
WASHINGTON (PAI)--The nation's unions need new approaches to recruit and retain younger workers, Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry says. And SEIU is putting one new approach into action by actively backing the $15-an-hour living wage campaign by one of the nation's lowest-paid groups, fast food workers, she adds.
Sprint Might Owe Millions to Laid-Off Employees
The Communications Workers of America says that Sprint Corp. might owe millions to its recently laid off employees. The union says Sprint violated federal law with the layoffs and could owe $4.5 million in back pay to 1,440 workers laid off in March, amounting to $625,000 for the 200 staffers affected in Overland Park.
UPS Fires 250 New York Teamsters over 90 Minute Walkout
QUEENS, N.Y. (PAI)--United Parcel Service, which often has good relations with the Teamsters, has gone in a different direction at its Maspeth hub in Queens, N.Y. It's in the process of firing 250 Teamsters there for a 90-minute walkout in support of 23-year colleague and union activist Jairo Reyes, whom UPS summarily canned.
Carpenters New Building
The Carpenters District Council located here in Kansas City has recently purchased a new building located just off I-70 directly across from Royals Stadium.The reason for the purchase was explained by Bob Hale, Coordinator, Western Training Facility , Carpenters Joint Training Fund of St. Louis.
Rep. Judy Morgan on Right to Work
  We'd been hearing that the vote on the Right to Work bill (HB 1770) would come up on Wednesday, April 9.  As a refresher, this piece of legislation would prohibit labor unions and employers from negotiating security clauses in their contracts.
Legislative Coffee's at Local 264

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OPCMIA Local 518 Fishing Tournament
OPCMIA Local 518 will host its 7th Annual Fishing Tournament at Bucksaw Point, at Truman Lake on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 7:00 AM till 3:30 PM.  Click here to download an Entry Form.

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