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Wage Theft 'Czar' On The Way For Philadelphia

Published on Sunday, November 15, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(PHILADELPHIA) – Philadelphia’s City Council is getting serious about Wage Theft - the illegal under payment or non-payment of Wages. A bill proposed by the City Council to create a city office to address the issue has some teeth. Councilman Bill Greenlee said the bill allows for revoking the business licenses of those who fail to pay their more»

Teamsters Applaud Senate Motion To Keep Double 33-Foot Trailers Off The Road

Published on Friday, November 13, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Senate earlier this week scored a victory for Highway Safety by passing a motion by a 56-to-31 margin which instructs Senate negotiators of a long-term Highway Bill to oppose any Federal Mandate that would force States to allow an increase in length of tractor trailers at this time. Allowing trucks to pull 33-foot trailers would more»

Texas State Building & Construction Council President Michael Cunningham Challenges H-2B Visas - Says There Are Americans Who Can Fill These Positions

Published on Friday, November 13, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(THE STATE OF TEXAS) - Texas State Building & Construction Council President Michael Cunningham is challenging H-2B Visa Applications (which are Temporary Work Permits given to Low-Skilled Foreign Workers to fill seasonal positions and are typically used by Landscapers, Hoteliers and Resort Areas) saying there are Americans who can fill these more»

Even in China: Workers At Walmart Campaign For Higher Wages, Union Elections

Published on Thursday, November 12, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(SHENZHEN, CHINA) - An attempt by Employees of Walmart in China to take charge of their Labor Union to negotiate collectively on behalf of Workers has already run into difficulties, a Walmart Employee tells Radio Free Asia (RFA). Zhang Liya, an Employee at a branch of Walmart in the Southern Chinese City of Shenzhen, told RFA he’s tried to use more»

Boosting The Wage Out Of "Basic Fairness," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Raises State’s Minimum Wage To $15 For State Workers

Published on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State is raising its Minimum Wage to $15 per hour for all State Employees, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday (November 10th). Cuomo said he decided to implement the increase out of "basic fairness and basic justice," as well as "economic anxiety." People who work full-time should not be subjected to poverty, the more»

As The Holiday Shopping Season Nears, Non-Union FedEx Faces First-Ever Freight Drivers Unfair Labor Practice Strike In Southern California

Published on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(GARDENA, CALIFORNIA) - As the holiday shopping season approaches, 85 FedEx Freight drivers in Gardena, California are on Strike to protest the company's violation of their rights under Federal Labor Law. The FedEx Drivers are supported by Teamsters Joint Council 42 and their picket line is bolstered by 300 Teamster Member Volunteers. "FedEx has done more»

The ‘Going Union’ Trend Continues: Waste Management Drivers Vote to Join The Teamsters Union In Memphis, Tennessee

Published on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE) –- Thirty-Seven Drivers employed at Waste Management, Incorporated in Memphis, Tennessee have voted to join Teamsters Local 667 in a move to gain improved wages and benefits, remaining strong and united as the company waged a vicious Anti-Worker Campaign, Union Officials announced. During the Unionization Campaign, the Drivers more»

The National Association Of Letter Carriers & The U.S. Postal Service Agree On A Proposal To Fund Health Care For Workers And Retirees

Published on Monday, November 9, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Representatives from the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) have agreed on a proposal to fund Health Care for Workers and Retirees, NALC President Fredric Rolando announced, saying it would “end a big red ink drain” on the USPS. The proposal reached earlier this month would more»

Via The Huffington Post: Now We Know Why Huge Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Being Kept Secret From The Public

Published on Monday, November 9, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
A key section of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement has been leaked to the public and The New York Times has reported on its contents – and it's as bad as many of us feared. And now we know why the corporations and the Obama Administration want the TPP, a huge Trade Agreement that was negotiated between the United States and more»

United Auto Workers & Ford Reach Agreement On A Tentative Four-Year Contract, Union Says “It Is One Of The Richest Agreements In The History Of UAW-Ford”

Published on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(DETROIT) - The United Auto Workers (UAW) announced Friday (November 6th) that the Union has reached a Tentative Agreement with Ford that provides Job Security and Substantial Economic Gains and other gains. UAW Leaders will meet in Detroit on Monday to review the deal. If they endorse it, details will be released and it will go to the Membership for more»

NLRB Calls 'Interference' On Staples - Company Cannot Intervene In American Postal Workers Union Complaint

Published on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) won an important legal victory earlier this week (on Wednesday, November 4th) when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled unanimously that Staples cannot intervene in hearings on charges that the United States Postal Service (USPS) illegally subcontracted work to the office-supply more»

Judge Delivers Blow To Anti-Union Forces In Detroit As IBEW Local 58 Scores Important Victory Over Right-To-Work Forces

Published on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(DETROIT) - David Goldman, an Administrative Law Judge for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB, has slapped down a challenge to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 58 that was brought by the National Right-To-Work Legal Defense Foundation and supported by ultra-conservative groups like the Mackinaw Center and the Washington more»

NLRB Rejects Target’s Petition To Invalidate Pharmacy Workers’ Union Vote In Brooklyn

Published on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - A small group of Target Corporation Pharmacy Workers in New York City are one step closer to becoming the retailer’s first ever Union. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this week rejected Target’s appeal to invalidate the group’s September vote to Unionize. In a letter denying the appeal, the NLRB more»

The High Cost Of Cheap Labor: Rescue Work Continues As Death Toll Rises In Pakistan Factory Collapse

Published on Friday, November 6, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(LAHORE, INDIA) - Rescuers at the site of a collapsed factory in Pakistan continued to dig through the rubble Thursday (November 5th), as the death toll rose to at least 21, officials said, describing the latest tragedy to spotlight poor safety standards in South Asia. Rescue officials said 102 survivors had so far been pulled from the wreckage of the more»

Some More Good News From the November Election: It Was HISTORIC - Koch Brothers LOSE BIG As The City Of Seattle Votes ‘Big Money’ Out of Politics

Published on Friday, November 6, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(SEATTLE) - Much to the detriment of Washington State’s biggest corporate donors - like Microsoft and Starbucks, and to the chagrin of Seattle’s newspaper of record, Seattle voters have elected to have publicly-financed elections and to severely limit the influence of corporate power on City Hall. The I-122 Initiative - also known as Honest more»

Strike Authorized By 6,000 Union-Represented Detroit Casino Workers

Published on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(DETROIT) - Detroit's nearly 6,000 Casino Workers have authorized their Union Leaders to call a strike - if necessary - in what has been a difficult and complex round of contract discussions between the Detroit Casino Council and the city's three gambling halls. Strike Authorization Votes are often mere formalities designed for negotiating leverage, but more»

Even Though TPP Trade Deal Text Is Still Being Kept Secret Here In The United States – The Internet Posts Its Full Text Via The New Zealand Ministry Of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Published on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Deal, a 12 Nation agreement seven years in the making, were finally concluded a month ago. Yet the Obama Administration still has not released the text of the agreement - not even to Congress, much less the public. However, text of the TPP Deal can be found on the Internet via more»

The Times Might Be A Changing: Americans Are Becoming More Pro-Union

Published on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
Labor unions are receiving more support from Americans now than they have in seven years, with 58& of respondents in a recent Gallup poll approving of the organizations that represent Workers. In fact, the numbers are the highest since 2008, when 59% of those polled agreed with the presence of Unions in the workforce. According to Gallup, support for more»

Looking Back At The 2015 November Election: Democrats Only Have Themselves To Blame For The Apathy & Ignorance Of Voters

Published on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(THE STATE OF KENTUCKY) - Kim Davis is my governor now as I awoke to an idiot Tea Party takeover – and Matt Bevin's win is perhaps most depressing for what it says about the Democrat Party’s ability to explain issues to Voters. Not content with a summer spent making national headlines over marriage licenses and rural bigotry, Kentucky voters on more»

Another Take On What Happened On Election Day: Liberals Got ‘Smoked’ Across the Country

Published on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
As The Washington Post notes, Tuesday's most high-profile elections went badly for the Left: A marijuana legalization proposal went down in Ohio. A Houston ordinance that proponents said prevented discrimination on the basis of sexual preference and gender identity - but that opponents said would allow men to legally enter women's bathrooms - was repealed more»

Lessons Learned - Something That Has To Be Addressed, Dissected & Changed: The 2015 Election Tightened The Republican Stranglehold On State Government

Published on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
The 2015 Election is over – and you may not have known it was even happening - and it proved one thing: Republicans have an absolute stranglehold on Governorships and State Legislatures all across the Country. Consider: With Matt Bevin's win in Kentucky on Tuesday night, Republicans now hold 32 of the Nation's Governorships – that’s 64% more»

Los Angeles Taxi Drivers Vote To Unionize, As The Industry Feels Heat From Uber And Lyft

Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(LOS ANGELES) - More than 100 Los Angeles Taxi Drivers have voted unanimously to form a local Union affiliated with the National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA) - a move they said would help defend their industry from app-based ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. The Taxi Drivers met at a Union Hall near downtown L.A. Attendance was small compared to more»

New York State AFL-CIO Unites With Congressional Representatives In Support Of Permanent & Full-Funded Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Act Extension

Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento joined with members of the New York and New Jersey State Congressional Delegations earlier this week at the site of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks to voice their opposition to new proposals that would make cuts to Health Care and Compensation and only temporarily extend more»

How Unions Fight Inequality & Strengthen Democracy

Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
A new study from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concludes Unions reduce inequality and foster a healthier economy for everyone, mainly by preventing the wealthiest among us from keeping the fruits of a collaboratively created prosperity for themselves. The IMF study also shows a reinvigorated Labor Movement is essential to both a just economy and a more»

National Air Traffic Controllers Association Warns Of A ‘Crisis Coming’ With A ‘Chronic Shortage’ Of Air Traffic Controllers

Published on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association says a chronic shortage of controllers has reached a crisis that will lead to widespread flight delays if left unchecked. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has failed to meet its hiring goals for Controllers for five consecutive years, leaving the number of Controllers at more»

So, Who's Behind Friedrichs v. California Teachers Federation?

Published on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As the current term of the U.S. Supreme Court opens, looming on the docket is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case designed to decimate Public Sector Unions. While it may not come to that - even the most knowledgeable Court-watchers are unsure how the justices will rule. But the stakes are high and a decision is more»

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Pledges Support For Union Rights

Published on Monday, November 2, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA) - Democratic Presidential Front-Runner Hillary Clinton over the weekend delivered a forceful defense of Labor Unions, promising “a strong commitment to supporting Unions and the Right to Organize.” “I will support Collective Bargaining,” she pledged in Charleston, South Carolina. To make her point, more»

The National AFL-CIO Joins More Than 75 Groups In Calling For Transparency In Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Negotiations

Published on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Why don't they want us to know what's in the Trade Deals? If you've been following the National AFL-CIO News Now’s on-going coverage of negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Deal, you've probably caught on that one of our biggest complaints about the process is that Working People have no idea what's going more»

Remember ‘Rosie the Riveter?’ She’s Back!!!

Published on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(LOS ANGELES) – In 2014, Los Angeles International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 helped a couple hundred Workers employed at Kinkisharyo International win a Voice On The Job to become one of the first Japanese-owned manufacturing companies to be organized in the United States. Now, Local 11 is asking IBEW Members from across the more»

The Unionization Tool Management Will ‘Never’ Expect: Members-Only Unions

Published on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
Watching the presidential campaign news cycle, you might get the odd feeling that “majority rules” doesn’t mean much in American politics. The same might be said for the Union Representation System: Even in miserable, abusive Workplaces, Workers are reluctant or too intimidated to challenge the boss. So, as with many hollow democracies, more»

Via LaborNotes: Volkswagen Management Is Reversing Its Pledge Of ‘Union Neutrality,’ Non-Union Workers Receive Correspondence Expressing Company’s ‘Dissatisfaction’ At Their Filing For A Union Election

Published on Friday, October 30, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE) - At mandatory pre-shift meetings at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen (VW) Plant earlier this week, Non-Union Workers were met with a surprise Special Communication” from senior management expressing the company’s dissatisfaction at their filing for a Union Election. The letter came three days after United Auto Workers more»

BCTWGM-Represented Workers Take Message To Pearson Candy Company’s Halloween Party In Minnesota, Handing Out Leaflets To Attendees Warning Them Pearson’s Gone ‘Nut Greedy' In Contract Negotiations

Published on Friday, October 30, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA) - Looking for Pearson Candy Company’s Nut Goodie, visitors to the company’s public Halloween party earlier this week were handed leaflets warning them that the company has gone Nut Greedy in Contract Negotiations with its Workers. The company wants Workers to work 12-hour shifts with no overtime pay and is offering only more»

It’s Halloween – Don’t Forget To Purchase Your Union/Made in America Halloween Candy For All Your ‘Little Monsters’ Who’ll Be Ringing Your Doorbell Saturday Night

Published on Thursday, October 29, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
If you want your Halloween to be all treats and no tricks, make sure all your candy is Union-Made in America. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's Resource Site, Labor 411, has an extensive list of Union-Made candies, as does Union Plus. Here are some highlights, featuring sweets made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers more»

Cynthia Phinney Elected President Of 40,000 Union Member Maine AFL-CIO, Becomes First Woman Ever Elected To Lead That Statewide Labor Organization

Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(BANGOR, MAINE) – Cynthia Phinney has been elected President of the 40,000 Union Member Maine AFL-CIO, becoming the first woman ever elected to lead Maine’s Statewide Labor Organization. The Maine AFL-CIO is the State’s Largest Labor Federation and consists of 160 local Unions that combine to represent more than 40,000 Workers, including more»

Stagehands Employed at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre Charge They Were Fired By Management For Trying To Start A Union

Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHICAGO) - Stagehands once employed at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago say they were fired by Jam Productions for trying to Unionize. The Stagehands said they were coming close to a vote on joining Stagehands Local 2, an affiliate of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Moving Picture Technicians, Artists & Allied Crafts of more»

Strike Averted - United Auto Workers & General Motors Reach Agreement On A New Four-Year Contract, Union Secures Significant Gains & Job Security Protections In Tentative Agreement With GM

Published on Monday, October 26, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(DETROIT) – The United Auto Workers (UAW) Union announced just 17 minutes before Sunday (October 25th) midnight that it had reached a tentative four-year contact agreement with General Motors (GM), averting a potential Strike, and - in the process, securing significant gains and job security protections for its Members employed by the Automaker. more»

New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority Rips Down Union-Affiliated Amalgamated Bank Subway Ads Calling For $15 Minimum Wage

Published on Monday, October 26, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is ripping down subway advertisements calling for a $15 Minimum Wage, saying they violate agency policy against “ads of a political nature.” The six-figure ad purchase by Union-affiliated Amalgamated Bank was approved in error by the MTA’s advertising contractor, Outfront more»

If It’s Not Unions Who Stand Up For Workers, Who Will?: National Labor Relations Board Says Union-Funded Activist Group Is The 'Reason' For McDonald's Complaint

Published on Monday, October 26, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The “reason" that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Federal Government's main Labor Law Enforcement Agency, is pursuing a major case against McDonald's Corporation is the efforts of a Union-Funded Activist Group, according to the board's general counsel, Richard Griffin. The general counsel made the comment during an more»

Working Without A Contract Since October 2010, CUNY Union Plans Strike Authorization Vote

Published on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(NEW YORK) – Having worked without a contract since October 2010, City University of New York’s (CUNY) Faculty and Staff Union plans to hold a Strike Authorization Vote, its president is telling its Members in an e-mail. Professional Staff Congress (PSC) President Barbara Bowen wrote: "A Strike Authorization Vote will give the Union the power more»

The Evidence Keeps ‘Piling Up:’ Unions Are Very Good For Workers & When Working People Speak With ‘One’ Voice, Our Economy’s Stronger & ‘All’ Workers Do Better

Published on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
With most of the largest Organized Workforces in the U.S. going to the bargaining table before the end of next year, "it is likely more Workers will be seeking raises through the Collective Bargaining Process in 2015-2016 than at any other point in recent American Labor History." So says the National AFL-CIO, which recently released a report that offers a more»

Done Deal: As The UAW Confirms Ratification Of FCA-Chrysler Contract, The Auto Workers Union Looks Ahead To Push For ‘Richer Deal’ At General Motors

Published on Friday, October 23, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(DETROIT) – United Auto Workers (UAW) Members have overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year agreement with Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), giving the Union its first new contract with the Detroit Three since formal negotiations began in July. The overwhelming support - 77% voted yes - comes almost six weeks after the old contract was set to expire. more»

California Labor Panel To File Injunction To Prohibit One Of The State's Largest Charter Organizations From Interfering With Efforts To Unionize Teachers

Published on Friday, October 23, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(LOS ANGELES) - California's Labor Oversight Board said it intends to file for an injunction to prohibit one of the State's largest charter organizations from interfering with efforts to Unionize Teachers. Leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) had asked the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to seek the injunction, accusing Alliance more»

Something That’s Never Happened Before: Single-Payer Health Care Will Be on the Colorado Ballot in 2016

Published on Friday, October 23, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(DENVER) - It's time for the people to vote on whether to join most of the rest of the economically-advanced countries in the world in providing Health Care as a right - not as a complicated bureaucracy involving exchanges, Medicaid, Supreme Court decisions, large deductibles, subsidies, hard to navigate web sites and incomprehensible insurance statements. more»

Thousands Of City Janitors In Philadelphia Authorize Strike

Published on Thursday, October 22, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(PHILADELPHIA) - The Union representing 2,800 Janitors who clean 168 Center City Office Buildings - including the Comcast Center and Cira Centre - has voted to authorize a strike amidst negotiations for a new contract. The 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been negotiating with Building Owners Labor Relations Incorporated since more»

This Is How You Say ‘No” To Secretly-Negotiated Trade Deals: 250,000 in Berlin Come Out To Protest Proposed Trade Agreements With North America

Published on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(BERLIN, GERMANY) - Organizers estimate 250,000 attended a massive protest that was recently held against proposed Trade Agreements with North America, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. More than 30 organizations – including more»

Uncovering The Worst Trade Deal We’ve Ever Seen: Take A Look At The Top 10 ‘Unknown Things’ About TPP That Will Negatively Impact The American Worker

Published on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Working People are paying very close attention to the debate and negotiations surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the massive Trade Deal that proponents are saying is the “most progressive Trade Agreement ever.” Unfortunately, at this point, too many details of the agreement aren't public. Trade can obviously more»

More Non-Union Workers Making the Decision To ‘Go Union:’ Coca-Cola Syrup Plant Workers In Pennsylvania Vote To Join Union

Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA) - About 80 Workers at the Coca-Cola Lehigh Valley Syrup plant in Upper Macungie Township have voted to Unionize for the first time. Brian Taylor, a Trustee and Organizer with Teamsters Local 773 in Allentown, said this week that Workers voted 58-to-24 on October 1st for Union Representation. He said the Union next hopes to meet more»

A Labor News Update: Three Years Ago, Chicago Workers At Republic Windows And Doors Took Over a Window Factory - Today, They're Thriving

Published on Monday, October 19, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHICAGO) - Back in the day, Factory Workers at the Chicago-based Republic Windows and Doors were simply told what to do. That wasn’t unusual. Workers might have seen ways to improve the production process, but at Republic their supervisor Wasn’t Interested, said former employee Armando Robles: “Whatever the bosses want, we do it. more»

New York State Task Force to Combat Worker Exploitation Gets A Boost

Published on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(NEW YORK CITY) - Governor Andrew Cuomo this week announced new measures to advance New York State's Task Force to combat Worker Exploitation, but advocates are concerned it may not be enough. The measures include funding to coordinate outreach, investigations and prosecutions, and a new Anti-Retaliation Unit for Workers who stand up for their rights. more»

A Historic Deal For Pittsburgh Security Guards As Nearly 1,000 Officers Win Their First-Ever-Union Contract In The Steel City With 32BJ SEIU

Published on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(PITTSBURGH) – “I am still shocked! I can’t believe we won our ‘first-ever’ Union Contract,” says Maria Centeno, a Security Officer employed with Allied Barton in the City Pittsburgh. Centeno, a native New Yorker and mother of five, left the Big Apple for Pittsburgh and a better life years ago. Now she’s one of more»