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city council approves law boosting pay, easing unionization for airport workers


the chicago city council unanimously approved an ordinance wednesday that will give airport baggage handlers, janitors and other contracted workers a pay bump and make it easier for them to form a union.the law, expected to affect 8,000 workers, requires airline subcontractors to abide by certain labor standards in order to receive a license to operate at o'hare and midway airports.starting july 1 of next year, companies must pay workers at least $13.45 an hour and establish labor peace agreements with any union trying to organize the workers. that means the union agrees not to strike or protest and the employer agrees not to resist the organizing efforts, which historically has led to more successful union elections.tipped workers, such as wheelchair attendants, must be paid $1 more than






l.a. city council approves raises of up to 22% for about 9,000 dwp workers


in a big victory for labor, the los angeles city council on wednesday approved a contract giving six raises in five years to members of the department of water and power’s biggest union.the vote came despite objections from some council members over what they considered a rushed process that didn’t give them time to scrutinize the deal.it also is expected to open the door for other labor groups at city hall to demand generous salary packages at a time when the city is struggling with tight budgets and financial woes.although mayor eric garcetti and other city leaders say the dwp contract will result in better utility services, others fear it will leave the city on the hook for more employee raises as other unions negotiate contracts.“this puts us in a weak position moving forward,” said co






l.a. city council approves raises of up to 22% for about 9,000 dwp workers


in a big victory for labor, the los angeles city council on wednesday approved a contract giving six raises in five years to members of the department of water and power’s biggest union.the vote came despite objections from some council members over what they considered a rushed process that didn’t give them time to scrutinize the deal.it also is expected to open the door for other labor groups at city hall to demand generous salary packages at a time when the city is struggling with tight budgets and financial woes.although mayor eric garcetti and other city leaders say the dwp contract will result in better utility services, others fear it will leave the city on the hook for more employee raises as other unions negotiate contracts.“this puts us in a weak position moving forward,” said co






l.a. city council approves raises of up to 22% for about 9,000 dwp workers


in a big victory for labor, the los angeles city council on wednesday approved a contract giving six raises in five years to members of the department of water and power’s biggest union.the vote came despite objections from some council members over the what they considered a rushed process that didn’t give them time to scrutinize the deal.it also is expected to open the door for other labor groups at city hall to demand generous salary packages at a time when the city is struggling with tight budgets and financial woes.while mayor eric garcetti and others city leaders says the dwp contract will result in better utility services, others fear it will leave the city on the hook for more employee raises as other unions negotiate contracts.“this puts us in a weak position moving forward,” said






minneapolis city council approves $15 minimum wage


the minneapolis city council approved a $15 minimum wage friday, a move years in the making that will affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers across the city.the vote adds minneapolis to a list of cities nationwide, including seattle, san francisco and washington, d.c., that have approved similar measures in recent years.“today, we uplift all workers,” council member abdi warsame, who was absent from friday’s meeting, said in a letter that was read aloud. “today’s vote, while historic, is just another step in our unending journey to build a better city.”the $15 minimum wage will be fully implemented citywide by 2024, with a faster phase-in for large businesses — those with more than 100 employees.only council member blong yang voted against the ordinance. before the vote, he






union: kennedy, laguardia airport workers suspend strike


advertisement | advertise on newsdayrunways at kennedy airport near jamaica bay are seen from the control tower in an undated image. (credit: craig ruttle) several hundred workers, including baggage handlers, cleaners and customer service agents at three new york city-area airports and philadelphia international airport have suspended a strike while contract talks continue. the airport workers at newark liberty international airport walked off the job at 9 p.m. tuesday in a labor dispute with their employer, primeflight, a subcontractor for...






minneapolis city council approves $15 minimum wage


the minneapolis city council approved a $15 minimum wage friday, a move years in the making that will affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers across the city.the vote adds minneapolis to a list of cities nationwide, including seattle, san francisco and washington, d.c., that have approved similar measures in recent years.“today, we uplift all workers,” council member abdi warsame, who was absent from friday’s meeting, said in a letter that was read aloud. “today’s vote, while historic, is just another step in our unending journey to build a better city.”the $15 minimum wage will be fully implemented citywide by 2024, with a faster phase-in for large businesses — those with more than 100 employees.only council member blong yang voted against the ordinance. before the vote, he






minneapolis city council approves $15 minimum wage


the minneapolis city council approved a $15 minimum wage friday, a move years in the making that will affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers across the city.the vote adds minneapolis to a list of cities nationwide, including seattle, san francisco and washington, d.c., that have approved similar measures in recent years.“today, we uplift all workers,” council member abdi warsame, who was absent from friday’s meeting, said in a letter that was read aloud. “today’s vote, while historic, is just another step in our unending journey to build a better city.”the $15 minimum wage will be fully implemented citywide by 2024, with a faster phase-in for large businesses — those with more than 100 employees.only council member blong yang voted against the ordinance. before the vote, he






san jose's airport director takes off


san jose — after successfully securing dozens of new flights and boosting passenger traffic, san jose’s airport director is taking off for a new gig in southern california.kim becker, 53, who served as director of the mineta san jose international airport for six years, resigned monday after accepting a job as san diego international airport’s second president and ceo, airport officials announced.“we undertook a thorough, deliberate process to find our next leader,” said airport authority board chairman april boling. “we are delighted to have recruited kim, whose proven leadership capabilities and collaborative style will allow our agile, high-performing team to take san to the next level.”in her resignation letter, becker said she’s proud of transforming the downtown san jose airport into






san jose's airport director takes off


san jose — after successfully securing dozens of new flights and boosting passenger traffic, san jose’s airport director is taking off for a new gig in southern california.kim becker, 53, who served as director of the mineta san jose international airport for six years, resigned monday after accepting a job as san diego international airport’s second president and ceo, airport officials announced.“we undertook a thorough, deliberate process to find our next leader,” said airport authority board chairman april boling. “we are delighted to have recruited kim, whose proven leadership capabilities and collaborative style will allow our agile, high-performing team to take san to the next level.”in her resignation letter, becker said she’s proud of transforming the downtown san jose airport into






boeing workers, machinists rally ahead of unionization vote


north charleston, s.c. — two days before south carolina boeing employees vote on whether to join a union, workers and union members are holding a rally in support of collective bargaining rights.boeing workers and members of the international association of machinists and aerospace workers are rallying monday at the crowne plaza charleston airport hotel in north charleston.the rally is happening a mile from boeing's north charleston operation, where nearly 3,000 workers vote wednesday on whether to form a union and be represented by the machinists.the global aviation company came to south carolina in part because the state has a minuscule union presence and state politicians and business leaders have for decades preached that unions hurt the workforce, not help it.






minneapolis council approves $15 an hour minimum wage


minneapolis — the minneapolis city council voted overwhelmingly on friday to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years, joining other large u.s. cities that have increased basic wages.the ordinance passed 11-1. for large businesses with 100 or more employees, the higher wage will be phased in over five years, starting with an increase to $10 an hour from the current state minimum of $9.50 on jan. 1, 2018. the higher wage will be phased in for smaller businesses over seven years. the $15 minimum wage will be fully implemented citywide by july 2024."today, we uplift all workers," council member abdi warsame said in a letter that was read aloud. warsame was absent from friday's meeting on a pilgrimage to mecca but added his "yes" vote from afar. "today's vote, while






union: kennedy, laguardia airport workers going on strike


seven hundred workers, including baggage handlers, cleaners and customer service agents, at three new york city-area airports are going on strike. the airport workers at newark liberty international airport walked off the job at 9 p.m. tuesday in a labor dispute with their employer, primeflight, a subcontractor for several airlines. advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe workers are alleging unfair labor practices. they’re being represented by 32bj service employees international union. a spokeswoman for the union says the workers plan to strike wednesday morning at kennedy and laguardia airports. philadelphia international airport also is targeted. the job actions will continue over the next three days. it wasn’t clear how the strike would affect air travel at the airports. a telephone m






minneapolis city council asks staff to draft $15 minimum wage ordinance


the minneapolis city council laid out the basics of a minimum wage ordinance on friday, asking staff to finalize a draft ordinance that would make minneapolis the latest in a series of major u.s. cities to dramatically raise their minimum wage.in a unanimous vote, the city council directed staff to put together an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour with no exceptions for tipped workers that would be phased in over four years for large businesses. the audience at city hall, full of 15 now activists and union leaders, applauded."when we started this a few years ago, it was workers who led the way, so we are so thankful for all the time and effort," council member lisa bender said. "sometimes we forget that when we look out in the room, that behind all of you are 70,0






minneapolis city council asks staff to draft $15 minimum wage ordinance


the minneapolis city council laid out the basics of a minimum wage ordinance on friday, asking staff to finalize a draft ordinance that would make minneapolis the latest in a series of major u.s. cities to dramatically raise their minimum wage.in a unanimous vote, the city council directed staff to put together an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, with no exceptions for tipped workers, that would be phased in over four years for large businesses. the audience at city hall, full of 15 now activists and union leaders, applauded.“when we started this a few years ago, it was workers who led the way, so we are so thankful for all the time and effort,” council member lisa bender said. “sometimes we forget that when we look out in the room, that behind all of you are 70






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport due to president trump’s executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents currently detained at the airport.the president’s order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the united states for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney’s office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution city council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney’s office and the city’s human rights and equal






minneapolis releases details of $15 minimum wage ordinance


minneapolis leaders on tuesday presented details of their plan to require a $15 minimum wage, a step that would affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers in the city.the proposed ordinance, which still needs a public hearing and a final council vote, gives employers five years to increase workers’ pay to $15 an hour. it includes a “training wage” exception for younger workers starting jobs, but does not allow employers to count tips as wages. businesses that don’t comply could face thousands of dollars in fines.key questions remain, however, about phasing in the wage increase. council members were split tuesday on how quickly to require businesses of different sizes to comply.“we’re in a zone where we have a few differences of opinion,” said council member elizabeth glidden, w






minneapolis releases details of $15 minimum wage ordinance


minneapolis leaders on tuesday presented details of their plan to require a $15 minimum wage, a step that would affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers in the city.the proposed ordinance, which still needs a public hearing and a final council vote, gives employers five years to increase workers’ pay to $15 an hour. it includes a “training wage” exception for younger workers starting jobs, but does not allow employers to count tips as wages. businesses that don’t comply could face thousands of dollars in fines.key questions remain, however, about phasing in the wage increase. council members were split tuesday on how quickly to require businesses of different sizes to comply.“we’re in a zone where we have a few differences of opinion,” said council member elizabeth glidden, w






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport because of president donald trump’s executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents now detained at the airport.the president’s order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the u.s. for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney’s office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney’s office and the city’s human rights and equal economic






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport due to president donald trump’s executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents now detained at the airport.the president’s order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the u.s. for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney’s office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney’s office and the city’s human rights and equal economic oppo






minneapolis city council asks staffers to draft $15-an-hour minimum wage ordinan


the minneapolis city council laid out the basics of a minimum wage ordinance on friday, asking staff to finalize a draft ordinance that would make minneapolis the latest in a series of major u.s. cities to dramatically raise their minimum wage.in a unanimous vote, the city council directed staff to put together an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, with no exceptions for tipped workers, that would be phased in over four years for large businesses. the audience at city hall, full of 15 now activists and union leaders, applauded.“when we started this a few years ago, it was workers who led the way, so we are so thankful for all the time and effort,” council member lisa bender said. “sometimes we forget that when we look out in the room, that behind all of you are 70






reno city council approves 4 pot dispensaries for rec sales


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st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport due to president trump's executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents currently detained at the airport.the president's order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the united states for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney's office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution city council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney's office and the city's human rights and equal






minneapolis releases details of $15 minimum wage ordinance


minneapolis leaders on tuesday unveiled details of their controversial plan to require a $15 minimum wage, a step that would affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers in the city.the proposed ordinance, which still needs a public hearing and a final council vote, gives employers five years to increase workers’ pay to $15 an hour. it includes a “training wage” exception for younger workers starting jobs, but does not allow employers to count tips as wages. business that don’t comply could face thousands of dollars in fines.key questions remain, however, about phasing in the wage increase. council members were split tuesday on how quickly to require business of different sizes to comply.“we’re in a zone where we have a few differences of opinion,” said council member elizabeth g






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport because of president donald trump's executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents now detained at the airport.the president's order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the u.s. for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney's office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney's office and the city's human rights and equal economic






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport due to president donald trump's executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents now detained at the airport.the president's order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the u.s. for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney's office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney's office and the city's human rights and equal economic oppo






minneapolis restaurant workers demonstrate in favor of tip credit


heather bray worked as a server for more than a decade before achieving her version of the american dream: opening her own restaurant.after more than six years, though, the owner of the lowbrow in south minneapolis is worried about what will happen if the city council approves a $15 minimum wage without an exemption for tipped workers, also known as a tip credit. to keep paying her 43 employees, bray said, she’d have to significantly raise prices.“i fear that everything we worked so hard for will crumble,” she said.bray was one of about 50 restaurant workers who gathered tuesday near minneapolis city hall to push for a tip credit as part of the proposed $15 an hour minimum wage.in february, a coalition of minneapolis restaurants launched a campaign to phase in the wage hike and include a c






minneapolis restaurant workers demonstrate in favor of tip credit


heather bray worked as a server for more than a decade before achieving her version of the american dream: opening her own restaurant.after more than six years, though, the owner of the lowbrow in south minneapolis is worried about what will happen if the city council approves a $15-an-hour minimum wage without an exemption for tipped workers, also known as a tip credit. to keep paying her 43 employees, bray said, she’d have to significantly raise prices — and she fears she’ll lose customers as a result.“i fear that everything we worked so hard for will crumble,” she said.bray was one of about 50 restaurant workers who gathered tuesday near minneapolis city hall to push for a tip credit as part of the proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage.in february, a coalition of minneapolis restaurants lau






despite tough talk by city hall in years past, dwp workers poised to get generou


the los angeles department of water and power’s most powerful union went into contract negotiations late last year convinced its workers deserved more money.for three years, the union’s 9,000 members had gone without raises, even as other city workers won pay increases.the negotiations were done behind closed doors. bargaining instructions were handed down by four council members as well as mayor eric garcetti, who took office in 2013 vowing to bring down costs at the dwp and look out for ratepayers.the talks ended with a deal that many consider highly favorable to the international brotherhood of electrical workers local 18, with workers getting six raises over five years.the union also will continue to contribute nothing toward healthcare costs from their paychecks, a perk some other cit






despite tough talk by city hall in years past, dwp workers poised to get generou


the los angeles department of water and power’s most powerful union went into contract negotiations late last year convinced its workers deserved more money.for three years, the union’s 9,000 members had gone without raises, even as other city workers won pay increases.the negotiations were done behind closed doors. bargaining instructions were handed down by four council members as well as mayor eric garcetti, who took office in 2013 vowing to bring down costs at the dwp and look out for ratepayers.the talks ended with a deal that many consider highly favorable to the international brotherhood of electrical workers local 18, with workers getting six raises over five years.the union also will continue to contribute nothing toward healthcare costs from their paychecks, a perk some other cit






south carolina boeing workers reject representation by machinists, maintaining s


share storythe associated pressnorth charleston, s.c. (ap) — south carolina boeing workers reject representation by machinists, maintaining southern reluctance toward unionization.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






new york-area airports hit by workers strike


new york — seven hundred workers, including baggage handlers, cleaners and customer service agents at three new york-area airports are going on strike.the airport workers at newark liberty international airport walked off the job at 9 p.m. tuesday in a labor dispute with their employer, primeflight, a subcontractor for several airlines.the workers are alleging unfair labor practices. they're being represented by 32bj service employees international union.a spokeswoman for the union says the workers plan to strike john f. kennedy international airport and laguardia airport wednesday morning. philadelphia international airport also is targeted.the job actions will continue over the next three days.it wasn't clear how the strike would affect air travel at the airports.a telephone message left






minneapolis city council gives tentative approval to $15 minimum wage


minneapolis is moving forward with a $15 minimum wage by 2024, an upward shift that will affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers across the city.a city council committee gave preliminary approval to the wage hike wednesday, and the final vote of is expected friday. large businesses would have until july 1, 2022, to phase-in the increase, but small businesses — those with fewer than 100 employees — would have until july 1, 2024.“i feel strongly that we should be treating small businesses different than large,” said council member jacob frey, who introduced ordinance amendments to give small business more time to raise wages. “a small local pizza joint is not mcdonald’s.”low-wage workers, business owners and activists have weighed in at more than a dozen city listening session






minneapolis council members to discuss $15 minimum wage today


minneapolis leaders pushing for a $15 minimum wage are expected to refine the ordinance in a committee meeting wednesday, setting it up for approval by the full city council later this week.if approved, the wage hike would affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers across the city. low-wage workers, business owners and activists have weighed in at more than a dozen city listening sessions over the last year and packed the city council chambers for a hearing last week.as proposed, the ordinance would require all business to pay workers a $15 minimum wage by july 1, 2022. it includes a lower “training wage” for younger workers starting jobs, but it does not allow employers to count tips as wages. some details, including the phase-in schedule, are likely to change before the counc






minneapolis council members to discuss $15 minimum wage wednesday


minneapolis leaders pushing for a $15 minimum wage are expected to refine the ordinance in a committee meeting wednesday, setting it up for approval by the full city council later this week.if approved, the wage hike would affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers across the city. low-wage workers, business owners and activists have weighed in at more than a dozen city listening sessions over the last year and packed the city council chambers for a hearing last week.as proposed, the ordinance would require all business to pay workers a $15 minimum wage by july 1, 2022. it includes a lower "training wage" for younger workers starting jobs, but it does not allow employers to count tips as wages. some details, including the phase-in schedule, are likely to change before the counc






minneapolis approves gradual rise in minimum wage to $15 an hour


the minneapolis city council approved a measure on friday requiring large companies to pay workers least at $15 an hour by 2022, a 58 percent increase, joining a trend by liberal-leaning cities across the country to boost living standards for low wage earners.the measure, approved by a vote of 11 to 1, will extend the required $15 minimum to smaller businesses in minnesota’s largest city by 2024. businesses of all sizes, including fast-food chains, must begin paying at least $10 an hour by jan. 1.supporters of the $15 minimum wage in minneapolis and other cities believe it provides a floor of support for those on the lowest rung of the economic ladder, including many single mothers and children. but critics say required pay increases lead to layoffs and force some employers out of business






new york-area airports hit by workers strike


new york (ap) — seven hundred workers, including baggage handlers, cleaners and customer service agents at three new york-area airports are going on strike.the airport workers at newark liberty international airport walked off the job at 9 p.m. tuesday in a labor dispute with their employer, primeflight, a subcontractor for several airlines.the workers are alleging unfair labor practices. they’re being represented by 32bj service employees international union.a spokeswoman for the union says the workers plan to strike john f. kennedy international airport and laguardia airport wednesday morning. philadelphia international airport also is targeted.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the job actions will continue over the next three days.it wasn’t clear how the strike w






fact check: trump's claim that his refugee policy is similar to obama's in 2011


"my policy is similar to what president obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from iraq for six months."---president donald trump, statement on executive order, jan. 29, 2017in justifying his controversial executive order halting travelers from seven majority-muslim countries, president trump claimed that president barack obama did the same thing in 2011. but the comparison is a bit facile.here's what happened in 2011:the factsthe only news report that we could find that referred to a six-month ban was a 2013 abc news article that included this line: "as a result of the kentucky case, the state department stopped processing iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told abc news - even for many who had heroically helped u.s. forces as interpreters and intelligen