Many Court Policies Punish the Poor

Travis Loller reports: Johnny Gibbs has been trying to get a valid driver’s license for 20 years, but he just can’t afford it. To punish him for high school truancy in 1999, Tennessee officials told him he would not be able to legally drive until he turned 21. He drove anyway, incurring two tickets and […]

The Guggenheim has unionized!

Labor organizing in the art world gained a big win on Thursday night when workers at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum voted to unionize. Petitioners including art handlers and facilities staff working in construction will join Local 30, a chapter of the International Union of Operating Engineers also representing installers and maintenance workers at New York’s MoMA PS1.

Organized Labor is finally waking up!

You may have noticed some labor disruptions in the headlines. A few examples from the past month: employees of Vox Media successfully negotiated a collective bargaining agreement, Buzzfeed employees walked out in an effort to get recognition for their union, and Volkswagen workers in Tennessee talked wildcat strikes after a vote to unionize failed by a small margin.

AFT President Randi Weingarten and Montana Federation of Public Employees President Eric Feaver on the Supreme Court Decision

American Federation of Teachers  President Randi Weingarten and Montana Federation of Public Employees President Eric Feaver today issued the following joint statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s agreement to hear oral arguments on the Montana-based case  Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue: Weingarten said: “The separation of church and state harkens back to the beginnings […]

GM is plotting a temp-worker push

General Motors Co. wants to hire more temporary workers at U.S. plants and trim its healthcare costs, said people familiar with the automaker’s thinking. Its union — still steaming over the carmaker’s plans to close four U.S. factories — has little interest in obliging.

Charter schools are changing education — for the worse

High faculty turnover, high student attrition, and booming funding are making charters into the perfect weapon to destroy our public school system. Michelle Chen reports: Charter schools have been hailed as the antidote to public-school dysfunction by everyone from tech entrepreneurs to Wall Street philanthropists. But a critical autopsyby the advocacy group Network for Public Education (NPE) […]

Illinois IKEA Distribution Center Workers Vote to Join Machinists Union

A group of 186 distribution center workers at IKEAdistribution centers in Joliet and Minooka, Ill. voted this Wednesday and Thursday to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). IKEA is in the process of transitioning work from Minooka to its new facility in Joliet. “These hard-working men and women are proud to work at IKEA and do […]

Workers demand new social contract

Tony Akowe reports: workers participating in the ongoing 108th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) on the platform of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) are demanding a new social contract from world leaders and employers of labour across the globe. Led by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba, the workers staged a […]

Bonuses slump 22 percent after GOP tax cuts

More bad news about the Trump tax cuts! EPI reports: Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employer Costs for Employee Compensation gives us a new chance to look at private sector workers’ nonproduction bonuses in 2018 and March 2019 to gauge the impact of the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The bottom line […]

Employees Win Contract Despite Aggressive Anti-Union Campaign

Meadow Park has a unique history with SEIU Local 503 as the first nursing home to join the union, providing an example for dozens of other nursing homes across Oregon. The facility was purchased by an out-of-state corporation called Cornerstone Holdings in January of 2018, and this started a grueling sixteen months of bargaining as SEIU members fought to hold onto the gains we made over years of collective action. Many of the employees at Meadow Park have stuck with the company for their whole career, with some holding more than forty years of loyal employment with the company.

Miami airport workers vote to seek a strike

Maya Lora reports: In a two-day vote that ended Friday, workers at Miami Sky Chefs overwhelmingly voted to authorize their union, Unite Here, to request a strike. The vote drew a 72 percent turnout out of 874 employees and, among those who voted, 99.8 percent supported a strike. Rachel Gumpert, the press secretary for Unite […]

Gig workers deserve protections

A union funded through the salaries and dues its members earn through collective bargaining and a quasi-labor organization argued against granting union organizing rights to working people. If the authors of that op-ed do not believe in the power of working people to join together and achieve change through their union, it may be time for them to turn in their charters and go start a corporate-funded not-for-profit.