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Friday News Briefs: Parental Leave and Another Trump Scam

NYC teachers get parental leave in their contract, Trump tax scam round 2, and the CWA teams up with German union to fight unionbusting at T-Mobile

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Jun 22, 2018

This was a busy week in labor news. Trump proposed merging the Labor Department and the Education Department and announced his support for a National Right to Work Bill. While all of this drama was going on in D.C., there were some stories you might have missed.

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) announced that they had reached an agreement with the New York City Department of Education to provide paid parental leave for all New York City educators. In 2016, Mayor Bill DeBlasio created a paid family policy for the 20,000 non-union workers but needed to wait to negotiate the benefit into the union’s collective bargaining agreements. The new policy, which takes effect on September 4th, provides 6 weeks of maternity, paternity, adoption and foster care leave at the educator's full salary. When combined with current sick leave provisions, the new policy will allow mothers to take up to 12 to 14 weeks of paid leave after giving birth.

Trump and his Republican cronies are at it again. According to the AFL-CIO, Trump and Congressional Republicans are working hard to pass more tax cuts in the lead up to the midterm elections. “Tax Scam, Round 2, is an election year freebie for greedy CEOs and wealthy campaign donors—and a total insult to anyone who has to work to make a living,” said Kelly Ross of the AFL-CIO. Click here to take action against this tax scam.

T-Mobile is one of the largest cell phone providers in the country and in the United States all jobs are non-union. However, in Europe, T-Mobile and their parent company are union shops represented by a union known as ver.di. This week, Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Chris Shelton joined ver.di President Lothar Schröder at the UNI Global Union's World Congress. At the Congress, the two union leaders issued a statement saying that T-Mobile change its behavior on respecting workers' rights or the unions will not be able to support a potential Sprint/T-Mobile merger. "Now that T-Mobile is deciding that they're going to merge with Sprint, it's time for them to give their employees the right to join a union if they want to," said Shelton. "We want to thank our brothers and sisters from ver.di for all the support they've given us over the years."

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