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Some Public Workers Can Ride for Free, High Court Rules

From Mark Gruenberg's Press Associates, the first story from a labor publication about today's Supreme Court decision allowing some partial-public workers the right to opt out of union dues: "In a decision that will rob unions of millions of dollars and thousands of members, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize “free riders” in cases where state or local governments and individuals jointly employ caregivers.

Pittsburgh Guild Sets Up Peer-Counseling Program

In the wake of tragedies such as a recent school attack, the Pittsburgh Guild realized that journalists, like first responders, may benefit from talking with someone after traumatic events. They discussed the idea of peer-counseling and approached the Post-Gazette. Management was enthusiastic. Together the union and company embarked on training with a local counseling center. "Under their expert guidance we developed a peer counseling program for those who may feel overwhelmed by covering traumatic events -- or even from just being in the newsroom and hearing of the coverage," Local President Mike Fuoco said.

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