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    By Doug Cunningham

    21,000 Communications Workers of America AT&T workers have voted to strike if no agreement is reached on a new labor contract. The current contract expires this weekend.

    93 percent of the workers voted to authorize the strike. CWA says its AT&T members in 36 states are showing "overwhelming" support for strike action if no new contract is reached.

    AT&T made $13 billion profit last year. Since 2011 AT&T has outsourced at least 8,000 U.S. call center jobs to other nations.

    CWA AT&T members are rallying in 35 cities as their labor contract expires.


    Hundreds of fast food workers are expected at Hardee's St. Louis headquarters Monday February 13th to protest CKE fast-food CEO Andy Puzder's nomination to be U.S. Labor Secretary.

    The Fight For $15 movement is vowing the most militant protests yet.

    They will also protest in two dozen other cities Monday, including what they expect to be a big protest at CKE HQ in Anaheim California.

    The protesting workers say Puzder should never be Labor Secretary since the business he runs is plagued by multiple ongoing violations of labor law.


    Michigan Republicans running state government are about to try again to cut retiree medical care and pensions for public employees.

    Mark Docherty is President of the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union.

    He says Michigan Republicans aren't looking for ways to fund the pension promises made to public employees, they're just looking to slash the benefits.

    [Mark Docherty]: "I want them to come with a thoughtful solution on how we can maintain them. I don't want to see them just cut. And far too often that's the answer we're seein', is just cut the benefits."


    The Build Better LA Coalition opposes the March 7th ballot initiative Measure S. The coalition says it will ban the construction of affordable housing while eliminating 12,000 good jobs with benefits.

    Ron Miller is Executive Secretary of the LA/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council.

    [Ron Miller]: "We do have a shortage of housing - good affordable housing - in Los Angeles. very expensive to live here... There's a lot of housing being built and this measure is something that would be very detrimental to that effort."

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