5:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

How A Devastating Tragedy Led To Real Workplace Reform

1911 drawing depicting the Triangle fire
Credit Kheel Center / Flickr / Creative Commons

In the afternoon of March 25, 1911, the New York City fire department answered a call from Greenwich Village and found smoke billowing out of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that occupied the top floors of the Asch Building.

As smoke turned to fire, a crowd gathered below to watch as the firefighters attempted to put out a fire that had grown beyond the reach of their equipment. Inside, fear and panic mounted as the largely female workforce found their escape blocked by the fire, and the doors locked by managers who thought the women took too many breaks.

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5:33 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Appeals Court Sides With Spirit In Labor Dispute

A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Spirit AeroSystems in a labor dispute stemming from the way the Wichita-based aircraft parts maker evaluates employee performance.

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12:30 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Past and Present: The Ludlow Massacre

Credit Beverly & Pack / flickr Creative Commons

On April 20, 1914, the management at the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, owned by the Rockefeller Family, ordered an attack on a tent colony just outside the town of Ludlow.

This decision resulted in the deaths of 20 people, including 2 women and 11 children who burned to death in tents that had been soaked in kerosene and set on fire.

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3:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Teacher Bargaining Rights Bills Shelved

Two bills that would have cut back teachers' bargaining rights have been shelved for this session.

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5:23 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Top Morning News 3.20.13

Abortion bill and union contribution bill pass the Kansas House; An eagle is recovering at the Kansas Raptor Center; Eisenhower controversy heads to Congress.

Kansas House Approves Union Payroll Deduction Bill

Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill that restricts the ways public employee unions raise money.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:54 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Kan. Senate Passes Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas Senate has passed a bill barring public employee unions from deducting money from their members' paychecks for political purposes.

Currently, union members can have voluntary contributions automatically deducted from their paychecks to be used for political advocacy.

Some supporters of the bill say it prevents union members' dues from going to candidates or causes they don't support, and it takes government out of the business of processing the contributions.

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5:33 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Top Morning News 3.15.13

Union contribution bill passes Senate; Mid-Continent terminal construction ahead of schedule; Boeing Center opens at the Kansas Aviation Museum.

Kan. Senate Passes Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas Senate passed a bill Thursday that restricts how public employee unions collect member payments. They would be barred from deducting money from member paychecks for political purposes.


New Mid-Continent Airport Terminal Ahead Of Schedule

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2013 Legislative Session
6:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Kan. House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill

There was standing room only for a committee hearing on a bill that would limit Kansas teacher's bargaining rights.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

A Kansas House committee has heard from supporters and opponents of a bill that would limit the bargaining rights of teachers.

The legislation would cut back on the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five. Supporters of the change say it will allow administrators to allocate resources and respond to demands on the education system.

Ken Willard is a member of the Kansas Board of Education and he headed a school efficiency task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback.

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5:26 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Top Morning News 3.07.13

House Committee hears teacher bargaining bill; Panel to take up anti-abortion bill; Senior Services holding 31st annual job fair.

Kansas House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill

A Kansas House committee heard from supporters and opponents of a bill Wednesday that limits teacher's bargaining rights. The legislation would cut the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five.


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2:31 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kansas House Considers Bill Limiting Teacher's Negotiation Rights

Kansas legislators returned from a four-day break Wednesday  to discuss a bill that would narrow contract negotiations between teachers and public school districts.

Substitute House Bill 2027 has been criticized by as an "attack on educators" by the Kansas National Education Association.

The House Committee on Commerce, Labor, and Economic Development considered the bill today . The measure would reduce the number of issues that teachers could negotiate with local school boards.

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