Teacher strike possible before end of school year
Posted on 11/12/2018 3:49:00 PM.

Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter says if the legislature stalls on a teacher pay raise, you could see a mass walk out by the end of the school year. A recent survey found 61 percent of educators would support a strike.

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Louisiana's non-farm employment jumps by nearly 20,000 over the lat year
Posted on 10/20/2018 4:11:00 AM.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is celebrating 12 months of jobs gains, noting the Bayou State has added 19,900 non farm jobs since September of 2017.

Secretary Ava Dejoie says quite a few industries saw year-to-year gains.

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Teachers union: 1,000 dollar pay raise not enough
Posted on 9/11/2018 3:10:00 AM.

Teachers Unions are responding to Governor John Bel Edwards’ backing of a 1,000 dollar pay raise for teachers, and a 500 dollar pay raise for support personnel, with one group saying that’s not enough. Louisiana Federation of Teachers Spokesperson Les Landon says it would take a 1,850 dollar raise to get Bayou educators back to the regional average, but the regional average is still too low.

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Louisiana teachers union polling members on possible strike
Posted on 4/25/2018 5:06:00 AM.

A teachers strike in Kentucky that led to increased funding for schools and higher pay is inspiring educator walkouts and work stoppages across the south. Louisiana Federation of Teachers is now polling its members to see what actions they would favor to address quality of life for teachers and students. LFT spokesperson Les Landon says it’s not just about winning a bigger paycheck.

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Senate Labor Committee approves minimum wage and equal pay bills
Posted on 3/15/2018 2:20:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards appeared before the Senate Finance committee this morning to support a bills that would raise the minimum wage, mandate equal pay for women, and allow employees to openly discuss pay with other employees without retribution. Edwards made a campaign promise that he would fight for better wages.

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Louisiana Teachers union hails successful strike in West Virginia
Posted on 3/7/2018 12:09:00 PM.

West Virginia teachers won a five percent raise for all state workers after a nine day strike. In the wake of reports showing Louisiana teachers are paid 2,000 dollars less than the regional average, Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter says if all other options are exhausted to get better conditions for teachers, he would support a strike.

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Walmart employees receive raises and bonuses
Posted on 1/29/2018 3:46:00 AM.

Several of the nation’s largest corporations announced they would be giving employees a bonus as a result of federal tax reform. Walmart, who employs tens of thousands of Louisianans, recently announced they are increasing bottom salaries from $9 to $11 an hour, and authorizing up to a $1,000 in bonuses for employees. 

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State of labor on this Labor Day
Posted on 9/5/2016 4:00:00 AM.

Many are out enjoying the Labor Day Holiday today, but what is the actual state of labor in Louisiana? LSU Economist Loren Scott says depending on where you live, some industries are booming. He says Baton Rouge and Lake Charles are doing very well when it comes to employment, but it’s not so good in areas like Houma or Lafayette.

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Louisiana jobs set another record in November
Posted on 12/19/2014 2:24:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
New employment numbers are out and Louisiana's labor force grew to a record 2,179,837 in November. The number of people employed in the state jumped by 59,419 over the year. LWC 
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State House and Senate Labor Committees meet to discuss workforce development
Posted on 1/14/2014 3:13:00 AM.
The State House and Senate Labor Committees meet in Lake Charles today to discuss if the region is ready to meet the increase demand for skilled workers to fill new jobs. House Labor Committee Chairman Herbert Dixon says the highest job concentration area will be Southwest Louisiana.
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