Tuesday, January 31

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Politics

House approves bill to prevent rail workers strike in bipartisan vote

Washington — Congress is moving swiftly to prevent a looming U.S. rail workers strike, reluctantly intervening in a labor dispute to stop what would surely be a devastating blow to the nation's economy if the transportation of fuel, food and other critical goods were disrupted. The House on Wednesday approved a bill that would impose a compromise labor agreement that was brokered by the Biden administration but rejected by four of 12 rail unions. The unions have threatened to strike if an agreement can't be reached before a Dec. 9 deadline. President Biden had urged Congress to intervene. The House vote to impose the contract was 290 to 137, with 79 Republicans joining 211 Democrats in voting to approve the measure. Eight Democrats and 129 Republicans voted against the legislation....
Teachers for Columbus City Schools, Ohio’s largest school district, go on strike two days before classes start
Business

Teachers for Columbus City Schools, Ohio’s largest school district, go on strike two days before classes start

Teachers for Columbus City Schools, Ohio's largest school district, have voted to go on strike and will be walking picket lines Monday, two days before classes are scheduled to resume. More than 94% of the Columbus Education Association's members voted to reject the school board's final offer late Sunday, the Ohio Education Association said.The union represents more than 4,000 teachers, librarians, nurses and other employees."This strike is about our students who deserve a commitment to modern schools with heating and air conditioning, smaller class sizes, and a well-rounded curriculum that includes art, music and P.E.," the union said in a statement. The school board said its offer put children first. "We offered a generous compensation package ...
“Unions are cool again”: A new generation of workers advocates for unionization
Business

“Unions are cool again”: A new generation of workers advocates for unionization

An earlier version of this story was originally broadcast April 24, 2022. The number of Americans who belong to labor unions had been dropping for decades. But suddenly, in the last year or so, the winds have changed. Unionization efforts are underway at tech companies like Apple and Google; media organizations like The New York Times and Condé Nast; and among grad students, delivery drivers and baristas.Since December, when a Starbucks in Buffalo was the first to vote to unionize, workers at more than 200 Starbucks stores have followed suit. (Yes, they vote one store at a time.) One Starbucks picketer in Denver said, "We've had a lot of intimidation and a lot of efforts to stop us. But we're here!"And then, last April, there was news that stunned the business world, about America'...