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Workers Receive Bigger Voice in New Workforce Training Legislation

Workers Receive Bigger Voice in New Workforce Training Legislation

In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. Congress has approved new federal workforce development legislation, including provisions that stand to increase the voice of workers in the system. The House passed (415–6) the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) July 9.

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Seattle Unionists Defend Trade Adjustment Assistance Against Right-Wing Attacks

Faced with a misleading, anti-union media report and continuing attacks by a right-wing foundation against Trade Adjustment Assistance, union activists in Seattle are defending the program as a productive and worthwhile effort to help small businesses build their exports and assist displaced workers obtain career counseling, retraining and extended health care benefits during their job search.

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Virginia Community Organizations Launch Statewide Campaign for Real Immigration Reform

Alice Foltz (left) and Arlington County Board Chair Walter Tejada oversee a breakout session at the founding meeting of the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Photo by marschad.

Commonsense immigration reform at the national level must “offer a short and direct path to citizenship for all aspiring citizens already in the United States.” That was the first of six broad principles adopted by Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights, a new organization of more than a dozen community groups that gathered in Northern Virginia last Saturday. A diverse assembly of more than 100 activists came together to plan for their campaign to convince members of Congress to support “true reform” of our immigration laws that respects the dignity of every individual, strengthens families and builds a stronger economy that protects workers' rights and meets the state’s needs for a trained workforce by providing access to education for all.

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U.S. Dept. of Labor Tells Georgia: 'You Violated the Law by Cutting Off UI Benefits'

After reviewing unilateral changes Georgia made to its unemployment insurance (UI) rules, the U.S. Department of Labor has declared that the state has no “adequate statutory basis” for denying UI benefits to seasonal employees who work for private contractors providing services to schools. The strongly-worded guidance to Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler came in an Aug. 2 letter obtained by the Atlanta Constitution Journal and publicized in their front page story: State ordered to reverse itself on some unemployment claims.

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Unions and Community Groups Launch Justice for School Workers Campaign in Georgia

Georgia workers rally against unfair denial of unemployment benefits.

Relying upon a bogus interpretation of federal law and regulations, the state of Georgia has begun to deny seasonal workers the unemployment insurance (UI) benefits they have received for 16 years during their off seasons. Thousands of workers are affected—contract school bus drivers, bus monitors, longtime crossing guards, cafeteria cooks, janitors, landscapers and teachers in private religious schools. 

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