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As Amazon readies for what will likely be two of its busiest days of the year, the pilots who transport its cargo are releasing a digital ad campaign on Facebook to highlight “concerns about how they are being overworked, underpaid and disrespected by their carriers.”
Joe Biden is proposing massive new subsidies to make health coverage through Obamacare’s exchanges cheaper — as well as a new “public option” that would allow people to buy into a program his campaign says would be similar to Medicare.
Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will take the helm of the department following the resignation of Alex Acosta, who faced scrutiny over his role in prosecuting alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago.
“Prime Day coming up,” one member wrote above the image of a sinking ship.
Labor leaders and activists urged online shoppers not to buy from Amazon or its affiliates Monday as the company offers discounts of up to 70 percent on thousands of products to members of its Prime services on Monday and Tuesday.
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 andContinue reading “Many Court Policies Punish the Poor”
tThe Gimlet workers’ move is evidence that labor organizing isn’t a thing of the past. The Center for Economic Policy and Research reported that 75 percent of new union members are under the age of 35.
General Electric Co. workers voted against a new four-year contract, surprising the conglomerate and union leaders who had negotiated the agreement last month and likely sending them back to the bargaining table.
They certainly aren’t eager to be the first class to end labor peace, but then again, they’re ready to take whatever step is necessary to restore cracks in their economic system.
“Union members, particularly those with less formal education … are significantly more politically knowledgable than their non-union counterparts,” writes political scientist David Macdonald of Florida State University.
The Congressional Budget Office, that nonpartisan arbiter of the impacts of federal legislation, reports that raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase the wages of 27 million Americans and lift 1.3 million out of poverty as of 2025.
CSCT staff employed by Western Montana Mental Health Missoula-Area voted to join the Montana Federation of Public Employees (MFPE). Joining MFPE means Missoula-area CSCT staff now have representation in the workplace and the right to collectively bargain with their employer.
It remains the mystery at the heart of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max crisis: how a company renowned for meticulous design made seemingly basic software mistakes leading to a pair of deadly crashes. Longtime Boeing engineers say the effort was complicated by a push to outsource work to lower-paid contractors.
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.
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.
In 2017, the nonprofit hospital system based in Memphis sued the woman for the cost of hospital stays to treat chronic abdominal pain she experienced before the hospital hired her.
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed British journalist Piers Morgan after he mocked the her former job bartending while defending Ivanka Trump for traveling to the G-20 summit.
CNN REPORTS: Congressional lawmakers and 2020 presidential hopefuls quickly responded to the news of the death of Luis Alvarez — a retired NYPD bomb squad detective who testified for Congress to appeal for replenishing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Twitter Saturday, “We mourn the loss of Luis Alvarexz, aContinue reading “Lawmakers, 2020 candidates mourn loss of 9/11 responder Luis Alvarez”
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 beginningsContinue reading “AFT President Randi Weingarten and Montana Federation of Public Employees President Eric Feaver on the Supreme Court Decision”
The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case that could invalidate parts of the Montana Constitution and send tax dollars to private religious.
A group of Toys “R” Us workers who lost their jobs as the company went bankrupt will get some of the estate’s remaining cash to make up for severance pay that they were denied during the court case, according to representatives for the group.
One year after the Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that was supposed to decimate public sector unions, organized labor appear to have absorbed the blow better than expected.
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At least a couple of hundred Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants on Wednesday held their first major Hawaii labor demonstration in nearly 20 years to protest protracted negotiations over a new contract.
After years of kicking and screaming, corporate executives have finally released pay data on what their CEO makes versus their median worker.
The Environmental Protection Agency has cut off negotiations with its primary union and informed the labor group it will unilaterally implement a new contract, stripping away many of the rights and privileges employees currently enjoy and setting up yet another legal battle between the Trump administration and the federal workforce.
Grocery workers in Southern and Central California are voting Monday and Tuesday on whether they’ll authorize their union to call a strike at the region’s major supermarket chains.
A bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown would require publicly traded companies to show the number of employees they have at each location, including those overseas.
The average S&P 500 CEO made 287 times what a typical American worker made last year, according to the AFL-CIO’s annual Executive Paywatch report.
Employees of Wayfair announced they plan to walkout of work Wednesday afternoon to protest the company’s manufacturing of furniture sold to facilities that house migrant children along the southern border.
The bill comes at a time when Republican leaders, big businesses, and the courts have doubled down on their attempts to weaken the influence of labor unions and the workers they represent.
Two years after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that he said would “create apprenticeships for millions of our citizens,” not a single apprenticeship program has been created under the program, nor a single person trained.
A union alleges that Tesla fired some workers at its Buffalo solar products plant because of their pro-union stance and that the company in at least one case tried to interfere with a worker’s efforts to find another job.
The people who prepare the food and beverages served on three major U.S. airlines have voted to authorize a strike, calling for higher wages and less costly health insurance.
Union Plus recently awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 108 students representing 34 unions. This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college and trade or technical school students from 31 states plus the District of Columbia.
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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.
Nearly 16 years ago, the largest and longest supermarket strike in U.S. history reshaped the Southern California grocery industry.
Tens of thousands of workers at Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Ralphs stores spanning from San Diego to San Luis Obispo went on strike or were locked out, starting in October 2003 and lasting more than four months.
Despite continued attacks on benefits and job security, America’s postal workers keep delivering and working for their communities.
The U.S. Soccer Federation and the 28 players in the U.S. women’s soccer team player pool suing it for pay discrimination have tentatively agreed to pursue mediation after the World Cup ends, according to people familiar with the situation.
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)Continue reading “Charter schools are changing education — for the worse”
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 doContinue reading “Illinois IKEA Distribution Center Workers Vote to Join Machinists Union”
Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the Walton foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach for America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. Keep reading. Friends of Labor is the #1 curator ofContinue reading “The Koch’s have infiltrated Teach for America in order to promote charter schools”
Congress has put strict limits on the U.S. Postal Service to prevent it from entering the 21st century or competing with private businesses, and now the Postal Service wants Congress to let it compete in the race to the bottom.
Bloomberg Law reports: A rat bigger than even the rodents of New York City is the linchpin of a case that may prompt the U.S. labor board to reinterpret how, when or even if certain union protests are protected by labor laws and the First Amendment. A dispute out of Philadelphia involving Scabby the Rat,Continue reading “`Scabby the Rat’ is the Subject of a Free-Speech Fight over Unions’ Rights”
The Defense Department has entered into talks with a dozen of its labor unions over precisely how it will move more than 1,000 information technology workers from other areas of the department to the Defense Information Systems Agency.
The PRO Act addresses several major problems with the current law and tries to give working people a fair shot when they try to join together with their coworkers to form a union and bargain for better wages, benefits, and conditions at their workplaces.
With many corporations having capitalizations that make them larger than countries, it can sometimes feel hard to imagine governments effectively being able to set limits on companies — let alone entire industries.
Labor advocates celebrated a win decades in the making on Wednesday as lawmakers approved legislation that will give farmhands vast protections already afforded to the majority of New York’s workforce.
A union has accused Tesla of spying on workers and improper firing at the company’s Buffalo solar products plant in an unfair labor practice charge.
Top Democrats are saying privately they’re confident that they are close enough to the 218 votes needed to pass it to bring the bill to the floor within weeks, according to multiple sources. It would mark a major political victory at the six-month mark of the Democrats’ majority.
President Trump is pushing hard to pass a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada through Congress. Some labor leaders are fighting hard against it because they see it as too similar to NAFTA.
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 aContinue reading “Workers demand new social contract”
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 lineContinue reading “Bonuses slump 22 percent after GOP tax cuts”
President Trump wasted no time implementing a campaign promise when he imposed a federal hiring freeze on his first Monday in office. His Jan. 23, 2017, presidential memorandum doing that included this caution: “Contracting outside the Government to circumvent the intent of this memorandum shall not be permitted.”
The first major study on the nation’s first Medicaid work requirements finds that people fell off of the Medicaid rolls but didn’t seem to find more work.
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.
Alex Greenberger reports: Another union at a North American art museum has officially been formed. On Tuesday, security workers at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle voted unanimously to unionize. The vote to form the union, which is called the Art Workers Union, was 6-0, according to a release put out by the AWU. TheContinue reading “BREAKING: Security Workers Vote Unanimously to Form Union”
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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 UniteContinue reading “Miami airport workers vote to seek a strike”
Why, after six years of legal and political intransigence, are these companies so ready to come up with a salve? And what should we make of their concessions?