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    By Doug Cunningham

    21,000 CWA workers at AT&T Mobility will strike Friday if no new labor agreement is reached by then. It will be a one day strike - with workers returning to work Monday, May 22nd.

    In announcing the strike CWA said "This greedy company makes billions off our backs but continues to try and take from us - demanding more work for less and trying to replace us with low-wage workers at third party dealers and overseas. It’s time to show them we’re not going to sit back and take it."


    A coalition of labor unions representing Connecticut public workers are facing $1.5 billion dollars in concession demands underscored by the real and imminent threat of potentially thousands of layoffs.

    One union in the coalition is the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 4.

    AFSCME Council 4 spokesperson Larry Dorman.

    [Larry Dorman]: "We are in a tough anti-labor environment brought about by a growing deficit that's expected to reach in excess of $5 billion over the next couple of years.

    And therefore the Governor of Connecticut Dan Malloy, who's a Democrat, laid out a request for approximately $1.5 billion in concessions."


    A Trump backed VA bill making it easier to fire VA workers is being spun by the GOP as real accountability for the Veterans Administration.

    Already passed by the House, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017 undermines and weakens collective bargaining for VA workers, stripping them of real due process grievance procedures.

    Jacque Simon is Policy Director for the American Federation of Government Employees.

    [Jacque Simon]: "All many, many Democrats and Republicans care about is make it easy to fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! That's what it's all about.

    We're hoping that the firing of James Comey for obviously political reasons to cover up wrongdoing or alleged wrongdoing reminds people that that kind of thing goes on at much lower levels as well, if you don't have civil service protections, if you don't have the protection of a union contract."


    Yale University grad student workers pushing for Yale to recognize and bargain with their union are still fasting in protest. UNITE HERE Local 33 Co-Chair Robin Canavan says one big reason she wants a union at Yale is to help deal ongoing sexual harassment of grad workers.

    [Robin Canavan]: "As a woman scientist I gave experienced sexism pretty much every day. And this sort of casual culture of the old boy's club is still very much present.

    And we put up with a lot of stuff. Comments about our clothes, our bodies. I've been told by faculty that I can use my boobs to get a job, don't worry about it."

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