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BRS Family Member Awarded
2016 Union Plus Scholarship

BRS Family Member Awarded 2016 Union Plus Scholarship Winner Honored for Achievement and Union Values Washington, D.C. — Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 104 students representing 32 unions, including one winner representing the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS).
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The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen’s Grand Executive Council Unanimously Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

FRONT ROYAL, VA — On June 15, 2016, the members of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen’s Grand Executive Council elected to unanimously endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.
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The Importance of Effective On-Track Safety Briefings

In light of recent fatalities involving roadway workers, the FAMES Committee is reissuing the On-Track Safety Briefings recommendations as a reminder to all roadway workers of their responsibilities and rights when fouling a track. It is imperative that every roadway worker understands what protections are in place before fouling a track and whenever on-track safety protections change.
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Bakery Workers Double Down on Nabisco Consumer Boycott

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM), which represents nearly 4,000 members at Mondelez International, maker of Nabisco snack products — escalated its efforts to promote its “Check the Label” campaign. The action is in response to the layoff of the first 277 workers at the Southside Nabisco Chicago Bakery.
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FRA Strengthens Rules for MOW Workers

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) late last week issued two final rules to improve safety measures and expand alcohol and drug testing for maintenance-of-way (MOW) workers.
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Big Gains for Striking Verizon Workers in New Agreement

Company agrees to add 1,300 new call center jobs on the East Coast; 10.9% raise over four years; First contract for wireless retail workers. Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who have been on strike since April 13 are celebrating big gains after reaching a tentative agreement with the company.
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The CWA Uncovers Massive Verizon
Offshoring Operation in Philippines

Verizon is offshoring customer service calls to numerous call centers in the Philippines, where workers are paid just $1.78 an hour and forced to work overtime without compensation. One of Verizon’s key demands in the current strike, is the ability to close several call centers based on the East Coast, which are staffed by union members who earn a living wage with decent benefits.
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Update on the Negotiations Involving Verizon Workers

Sunday, May 15, 2016 — U.S. Department of Labor WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers.
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Statement by the Communications Workers of America
on Negotiations with Verizon

Responding to Verizon’s refusal to drop proposals that would hurt the families of nearly 40,000 striking workers, Dennis G. Trainor, Vice President, CWA District One and Ed Mooney, Vice President, CWA District 2-13, issued the following statement: Verizon workers remain on strike and are standing strong on the picket lines.
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Dealing with a Stressful Situation?

It’s okay to ask for help. We all have days — even months — in our lives when we could use someone to listen to us. Whether it’s the challenge of raising a teenager, the loss of a loved one or ongoing struggles with depression, you don’t have to go it alone. At United Behavioral Health, we can help you get the professional assistance or support you need.
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