That Union Thing

Living Wage Does Work

A study by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research of the University of New Mexico found that the establishment of a living wage of $8.50 in Santa Fe in 2004 did not result in employment declines.

From AFL-CIO Work In Progress

MULTIPLE CINGULAR VOICES—Employees at Cingular Wireless continue to show what happens when workers have a free choice to form a union: Nearly 16,000 Cingular employees who once worked for AT&T before the Cingular/AT&T merger have joined Communications Workers of America since August under an agreement in which Cingular agreed to honor the workers’ freedom to form a union when a majority signs authorization cards. More than 2,400 Cingular Wireless workers became the most recent to join CWA in late December and early January. The new CWA members include 1,288 Orlando, Fla., call center workers.

IATSE REACHES NEW DEAL WITH PRODUCERS—The Theatrical Stage Employees have reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers that will raise wages and increase the producers’ contributions to health and pension benefits. The Hollywood Basic Agreement covers some 30,000 IATSE members

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