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HARLAN, Ky. (AP) – A union says hospital workers in Kentucky and West Virginia have approved a three-year contract. WYMT-TV reports the United Steelworkers union announced the ratification of the contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare. The contract covers 2,200 workers at nine nonprofit hospitals in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. The agreement reached last… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has extended a delay in enforcing a lower court ruling that struck down part of a state law allowing workers to stop paying union dues. The Kanawha County ruling came last month in a lawsuit by the state AFL-CIO and other unions. The court said the… Read More
Amazon employee Andre Woodson made his way among yellow bins traveling through a vast warehouse filled with boxes and envelopes to be packed, sorted and shipped. In Amazon-speak, this is a “fulfillment center.” “Our Jeffersonville, Indiana, fulfillment center is about 1.2 million square feet, which is equivalent to about 28 football fields,” Woodson explained. About… Read More
NPR has found that Walmart is changing the job requirements for front-door greeters in a way that appears to disproportionately affect workers with disabilities.
Some employers are offering benefits that pay down student loans. They say it’s a popular way to recruit younger workers who are struggling with college debt.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia House of Delegates has approved pay raises for teachers and school service workers a day after they returned to classrooms following a two-day strike. The bill that passed the House 89-8 on Friday also includes raises for state police. The governor last fall requested the raises, which still… Read More
Two Republican state representatives will unveil legislation tomorrow to change the state’s prevailing wage law. Actually, Ohio’s lawmakers have been trying to alter those laws for a while now. Since 1931, Ohio has had a law mandating trade workers on certain state and local projects be paid specific hourly wages and benefits. Two Republican lawmakers want to ban the mandate that local governments, universities and others pay the… Read More
In West Virginia, mining jobs have been declining for years, and there have been few other options to make a living. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective is hoping to help turn that around.
Federal regulations for silica dust in coal mines haven’t changed in decades. But since an NPR/Frontline report into black lung, some are calling for a new response.
Just a few months ago, the U.S. coal mining industry was on track for its safest year in history. But in an eleven-day span in late December, three miners died after separate incidents, bringing the total number of fatalities in 2018 to 12, even as coal mining employment continued its decline. “It is a reminder… Read More
The decision is a major victory for state employees, as well as for state Attorney General Andy Beshear as he runs to unseat Gov. Matt Bevin, who championed the controversial law.
News that GM will be idling its Lordstown factory on March 1st is prompting Ohio’s leaders to issue angry statements in news releases and on social media. John Kasich said he’ll work with GM’s leaders to see if anything can be done to save the plant and if not. The estimated 2500 employees will be directed… Read More
Fifteen minutes before his shift was to end on November 8, 2017, Lariat Rope, a thickset man of 55, tumbled into a pit of scalding water at Sapa Extrusions North America in Phoenix, an aluminum-products plant where he’d worked for more than 25 years. It took rescuers three hours to retrieve his body from the… Read More
Grant Oakley’s second day of work was the last day of his life. Seventeen, sandy-haired and tall, Grant liked to fish, tinker with motorcycles with his father, Mike, and play tuba in the school marching band. He was excited in the fall of 2015 when he landed his first part-time job at a farm supply… Read More
While most of the Meade County public works crew finished their lunches, Pius “Gene” Hobbs was raking along the edge of the road, oblivious to the dump truck backing quickly towards him. Unbeknownst to the driver, Hobbs was knocked to the ground and crushed under the truck’s weight. When the truck accelerated forward, Hobbs’ coworker… Read More
Thousands of union coal miners and their families gathered this summer in Columbus, Ohio, wielding signs and wearing camouflage United Mine Workers of America shirts. UMWA President Cecil Roberts led the crowd in a call-and-response chant. “I want you to send a loud, clear signal that we are one! We are one!” But the miners… Read More
Retired coal miners and coal community activists are on Capitol Hill this week urging action on two important issues for miners: pensions and black lung benefits. Advocates say funds supporting both pensions for retired miners and the federal benefits for those sickened by black lung disease are at risk if Congress does not act. Pension… Read More
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