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    By Doug Cunningham

    Thirty-three new labor law violation charges were filed this week against CKE - Andy Puzder's fast food chain. Puzder is Trump's nominee for U.S. Labor Secretary, a job that's supposed to enforce labor laws to improve workers lives.

    The charges include sexual harassment, wage theft through wage and hour violations and unfair labor practice charges. Charges were filed at the NLRB, the EEOC and state labor departments across ten states.

    Katana Cardona works at a Florida Hardee's. She said her manager sexually harassed her and went unpunished.

    [Katana Cardona]: "When I was one and a half months pregnant with my youngest child he asked me for a kiss. I refused and began to walk away. But he grabbed me by the collar and inches from my face said 'If you don't start giving me what I want I'm going to have to start taking it from you.' 

    I was so shaken by the incident it took me two days to even say anything to another manager. Instead of punishing the shift manager who had done this to me they switched me from the night shift to the day shift."


    Trump met with building trades union leaders and reiterated his interest in infrastructure projects to create jobs as moved to restart the Keystone XL and Dakota pipeline projects.

    Sean McGarvey, president of North America's Building Trades unions, says Trump "gave continued hope to thousands of skilled craft construction professionals in America's heartland for whom the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects have been an economic lifeline."

    The North America Building Trades Unions statement says the building trades are encouraged that that "one of President Trump’s first official actions will put tens of thousands of Americans to work and unleash billions and billions of dollars of earned wages into our economy..."


    Dish Network is being ordered to reinstate 18 union represented workers and to rescind unilateral changes in terms and conditions of employment at two sites in Texas.

    The National Labor Relations Board says Dish Network prematurely declared an impasse in collective bargaining to impose its conditions on the workers.

    The NLRB Administrative Law Judge decision requires Dish Network to make the workers whole for any losses they incurred during the changes imposed on them by the company. That includes back pay.

    Dish Network must also return to the bargaining table with the Communications Workers of America.


    Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa says Trump is making good on his campaign promise to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

    Hoffa says “With this decision, the president has taken the first step toward fixing 30 years of bad trade policies that have cost working Americans millions of good-paying jobs.”

    Hoffa says the Teamsters union has been on the frontline of fighting the fight to stop destructive trade deals like TPP, NAFTA and others for decades. Organized labor in general has been sounding the alarm for decades about the jobs destruction and other harm these trade deals have inflicted on American workers.

    Hoffa says the Teamsters hope Trump’s meetings with Canadian and Mexican leaders soon leads to a real dialogue about fixing the flawed NAFTA free trade agreement.

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