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As President Trump attempts to revive the struggling coal industry, the administration’s top regulator for mine safety used a recent lecture at West Virginia University to lay out his priorities for the agency charged with keeping miners safe. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David Zatezalo outlined the Trump administration’s priorities for… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As Republicans in Congress prepare for a possible backlash this fall against President Donald Trump, their counterparts in the Kentucky legislature are grappling with a similar threat from the state’s teachers and public workers. This spring, thousands marched on the state Capitol in a protest that shuttered more than 30 school… Read More
The job market is booming and the economy is expanding. So why aren’t wages keeping pace? That’s the wage puzzle, and some economists and employers offer explanations they say help explain it.
Well-funded groups are spreading the word: Teachers no longer have to support the union that represents them.
United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts fired up a crowd of thousands of union workers in Columbus, Ohio, with a simple chant: “Fix it!” The rally last week came on the eve of a Congressional field hearing on problems plaguing multiemployer pension programs like the one retired miners depend upon. “When the people get to… Read More
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday 5-4 that states may not force public employees to pay agency fees to unions of which they are not a member.
The pitch goes all-in on workforce development.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 5.4 percent in May, the eighth straight month the rate has been unchanged. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed state residents rose by 100 during the month to 42,300. Total unemployment was up 3,800 over the year. Job gains included 9,000… Read More
Regional iron and steel industry leaders say they are disappointed by the Trump administration’s delay on a decision about which countries will face new import tariffs. President Trump has postponed until June a decision on which countries will be subject to new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The decision had been due May 1. Nucor Corporation CEO… Read More
When Oklahoma teacher Sally Salmons saw momentum building toward teacher protests in her state, she immediately reached out to family ties and educators in West Virginia. She said teacher walkouts in the Mountain State provided her and colleagues across the state with the courage they needed to take a stand. “We looked at West Virginia… Read More