A judge in West Virginia’s capital has struck down a law that would have funneled state money into a program that incentivized families to pull their children out of K-12 public schools. The state’s attorney general said his office plans to appeal Wednesday's ruling. Set to go into effect during the upcoming school year, the Hope Scholarship voucher program would have been one of the most far-reaching school choice programs in the country. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Joanna Tabit ruled that violates the state constitution. The program allows families to apply for state funding to support private school tuition, homeschooling fees and other expenses. more than 3,000 students had been approved to receive around $4,300 each.
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The union representing more than 250 HarperCollins workers says those employees have overwhelmingly voted to strike if the publisher doesn’t meet their demands for a fair contract. New York-based United Auto Workers Local 2110 said that 99% of the workers, mostly women, voted to authorize a strike over higher pay and benefits, diversity and stronger union protection. The union gave no deadline. Workers say their average salary of $55,000 is not enough to keep up with inflation nor meet the cost of living in the cities where they work. A spokesperson for HarperCollins said the publisher does not comment on negotiations.
After 27 years, the Salem-based immigrant civil rights group Causa will be dissolving. Causa’s board of directors says it made the decision to start dissolving the organization last week. They said the decision was not an easy one, but they "firmly believe it is the right one.” Causa recently co-led the launch of the Oregon Worker Relief Fund to provide about $60 million to immigrants in Oregon during the pandemic. It also helped pass legislation that provided driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. The board cited two years of fundraising difficulties, unprecedented turnover in staff and leadership, and the inability to finalize a contract with the employee union as reasons for the decision.
As workers at major companies increasingly move to unionize, the political environment for labor couldn’t be more ripe. Perhaps nowhere is that more accurate than at the National Labor Relations Board. The agency’s top prosecutor, Jennifer Abruzzo, is seeking to overturn prior precedents and revive decades-old labor policies that supporters say would make it easier for workers to form a union. To get her wish, Abruzzo must have buy-in from the five-member board, whose Democratic majority is expected to be sympathetic to her proposed changes. But any such shifts in how the agency enforces labor law is likely to be reversed under a Republican administration and met with fierce resistance from employers in federal court.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has gathered top employer and labor union representatives at his Berlin office to seek ways of addressing the impact of rising prices while preventing a spiral of inflation in Europe’s biggest economy. The government billed Monday’s meeting as the first in a series aimed at finding a broad alliance for solutions as Germany’s annual inflation rate stands at 7.6% — close to a half-century high. Scholz’s spokesman said that “we will have to have results in the fall,” but didn’t specify when exactly. In Germany, wage deals are typically hammered out in negotiations between employers’ organizations and unions that cover a whole industrial sector.
The Hard Rock casino has reached agreement with Atlantic City’s main casino workers union, removing the last threat of a strike during the busy holiday weekend. Local 54 of the Unite Here union said it reached a tentative agreement with Hard Rock, avoiding a strike that had been threatened for 12:01 a.m. Sunday. Combined with agreements reached Thursday with the Borgata, Caesars, Harrah’s and the Tropicana, Hard Rock’s deal leaves only two smaller casinos, Resorts and the Golden Nugget, without a contract. But the union says it expects both of them to agree to one in the coming days.
Atlantic City’s largest casino employer says a new contract it reached with the main employee union provides for “historic” raises. Caesars Entertainment owns a third of Atlantic City’s nine casinos: Caesars, Harrah’s and Tropicana. It reached an agreement late Thursday night with Local 54 of the Unite Here union on a tentative deal to avoid a strike that had been threatened for the July Fourth weekend, traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the casinos. And MGM Resorts International, which owns the Borgata, says the contract was a good one for all involved.
The main union for Atlantic City casino workers has reached agreements on new contracts with four casinos, avoiding a threatened strike. Thursday's deal provides what the union president calls “the best contract we've ever had.” It also provides labor peace that will avoid a strike on Fourth of July weekend, one of the casinos’ busiest weekends of the year. Local 54 of the Unite Here union reached tentative agreements with the Borgata, which is owned by MGM Resorts International, and three Caesars Entertainment casinos: Caesars, Harrah’s and the Tropicana. The new pacts appear to greatly increase the likelihood of a deal getting done with Hard Rock as well.
Four Atlantic City casinos reach contract agreement with union, averting a strike on Fourth of July weekend.
An initiative offering Nevada voters open party primaries and ranked-choice voting appears headed for the November ballot, while the state Supreme Court turned down a case that could have put a constitutional amendment about a school vouchers program before the voters. In a third ruling, the state high court said a Las Vegas-area teachers union can withdraw two tax-raising initiatives from the 2022 ballot. The three decisions came Tuesday, just ahead of a deadline for groups to submit the nearly 141,000 signatures to qualify initiatives for this year’s statewide ballot. The voting changes a constitutional amendment would need statewide approval this year and again in 2024.