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Labor organizing in the Ohio Valley goes beyond coal

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ELKVIEW, W.Va. (OVR) — In late December, West Virginia union members and supporters gathered in the small town of Elkview, about 20 minutes outside of Charleston. Dozens of linemen, coal miners, educators, plumbers and others lined up by the side of the road in front of Tudor’s Biscuit World to show their support for the… Read More

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Two strikes and two union drives signify labor unrest in the Ohio Valley

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HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (OVR) — In the Ohio Valley, the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing labor shortage have encouraged workers to join what many say is a national and growing wave of labor actions. Workers across industries, in steel, health care, nonprofits and food service, have joined in calling for increased health… Read More

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Growing number of U.S. workers are pushing back against employers during “Striketober”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union reached an agreement on a new film and TV contract this weekend, averting a strike that would have ground productions around the country to a halt. But it’s not the only showdown between workers and businesses, especially after over a year of risky and… Read More

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Suit Settled Over Union Dues And Both Sides Declare Victory

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Four state employees who opposed paying union dues have settled a lawsuit they filed against the state last year. And both sides are declaring themselves winners. National Right to Work Foundation attorney Bill Messenger says the employees he represents were told they couldn’t quit paying for union membership until the contract expired in February 2021… Read More

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Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital Vote to Unionize

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Officials say registered nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital have voted to unionize. Service Employees International Union spokeswoman Sherri McKinney told The Herald-Dispatch that voting ended Wednesday night with an “overwhelming majority” in favor of being represented. The vote means 900 registered nurses will join about 870 other employees represented by SEIU…. Read More

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Cabell County EMS Workers in Seek to Unionize

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county’s emergency responders have announced plans to unionize. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports dozens of Cabell County EMS employees showed their support for the initiative at a county commission meeting on Thursday. A United Mine Workers of America representative, Floyd Conley, asked commissioners to recognize his organization as their bargaining unit…. Read More

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Five State Employees File Lawsuit Against State Leaders And Unions

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Five state employees have filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming their rights have been violated by being required to pay union dues. Four employees with the Ohio Department of Transportation and one with the Ohio Department of Public Safety have filed suit against two labor unions, Gov. Mike DeWine and Department of Administrative Services Director Matt Damschroder…. Read More

Unions Accuse FirstEnergy Solutions Of Backing Out Of Agreements

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Several unions representing workers at the state’s two nuclear plants are objecting to a new bankruptcy plan by FirstEnergy Solutions, saying the energy generator’s latest filing would not honor union contracts. Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) says many legislators recently voted to bail out FirstEnergy Solutions’ nuclear plants because they thought they were protecting union jobs. That… Read More

Key Lawmaker Says Not To Expect A “Right To Work” Bill Anytime Soon

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One of Ohio’s key supporters of the controversial anti-union measure “right to work” says he’s not going to push for it anymore. Republican Rep. John Becker says he still supports the idea of not requiring workers to join a union in order to get a job and has proposed so-called “right to work” measures in the past. But he won’t push for it… Read More