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Senate gives final approval of anti-union legislation

JACKSON — Bills that aim to restrict union organizing and picketing practices in Mississippi, as well as limit governments’ abilities to pressure employers to use unionized workers, are on their way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The Senate gave final passage yesterday to the three bills, on mostly party-line votes. Senate Bill 2473 would make it illegal to coerce a business ...

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AT&T workers ratify new four-year labor contract

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — AT&T employees represented by the Communications Workers of America have voted to ratify a four-year contract with AT&T Mobility. The contract covers more than 11,500 AT&T Mobility employees in CWA District 3 – the Southeast Region, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The contract ...

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Union-restricting legislation moves forward

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving ahead with a package of bills to restrict some labor union organizing and picketing practices. The House passed a package of five bills yesterday, four of which will return to the Senate for more work because they were amended by the House. The other, Senate Bill 2689, would stop local governments from restricting employer ...

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AT&T Mobillity, union hammer out tentative agreement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI —AT&T Mobility has reached a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America in Mobility Southeast contract negotiations. The four-year agreement, which will be submitted to the union’s membership for a ratification vote in coming days, covers more than 11,500 AT&T Mobility employees in CWA District 3 — the Southeast Region, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, ...

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State Port director disputes union numbers on jobs

GULFPORT — The state port has responded to complaints its job numbers appear inflated. New executive director Jonathan Daniels said the port employs the equivalent of 103 full-time longshoremen, not the 388 union workers the port previously publicized. Daniels said the new number came from the local International Longshoremen Association. He said the union also provided the higher figure. Daniels ...

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Replacement film crew draws criticism from union rep

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A union representative says the production of “Artists Die Best in Black” will replace the crew filming in south Mississippi because they may seek union representation. The Sun Herald reports that shooting, which began in mid-June, is set to run about five weeks. Scott Harbinson is with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, ...

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Study says Nissan subsidies total $1.33B; MDA says overestimated

CANTON — A study paid for by the United Auto Workers finds state and local governments may provide Nissan Motor Co.’s Mississippi plant with nearly $850 million in tax breaks over 30 years, plus $400 million in cash aid. The report estimates Mississippi will pay $90 million in interest on money borrowed to aid Nissan, bringing total subsidies to $1.33 ...

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Union supporters say officials threaten to close Nissan plant

CANTON — Pro-union workers say Nissan Motor Co. has threatened to close its Canton assembly plant if workers vote for the United Auto Workers to represent them, though the company denies such threats. Such threats would violate federal law, which bars managers from telling employees they’ll close a plant in retaliation for a pro-union vote. “I think the UAW’s allegation ...

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Actor joins union protesters at Detroit show

CANTON — Actor Danny Glover has joined supporters of unionization for workers at a Nissan Motor Co. assembly plant in Mississippi demonstrating outside the North American International Auto Show. The Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan protested yesterday next to Detroit’s Cobo Center. The group says workers who show interest in organizing the Japanese carmaker’s plant in Canton are intimidated ...

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Labor unions flip, throw support to Kemper power plant

KEMPER COUNTY — In exchange for the promise of 1,000 jobs, a group of labor unions is throwing its support behind Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. The unions had most recently opposed the plant because contractors for Atlanta-based Southern Co. were excluding union members from the $2.8 billion project, which currently employs 2,600 construction workers. Yesterday, union leaders ...

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