How About This? A Union ‘Says Thanks’ In Ashland, Kentucky - Shows Appreciation For The Marriott Delta Hotel’s Hiring Of Union Workers To Complete Renovations
Published on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in National Labor News
(ASHLAND, KENTUCKY) - Some members of a Regional Labor Union made a public showing in downtown Ashland recently to offer an expression of appreciation for the Marriott Delta hotel's hiring of Union Workers to complete renovations on the soon-to-be upgraded hotel. Chris Gullett, Trampas Puckett and Jerry Yates of the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council more»
And The ‘Good Organizing News Just Keeps On Coming:’ 128 Social Service Workers ‘Go Union’ With AFSCME
Published on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PORTLAND, OREGON) - Since the 1960s, Outside In has been an integral part of Portland, Oregon’s social services thanks to building one of the region’s largest homeless programs. Now, the hard-working Behavioral Health Professionals who work at Outside In have decided they needed a Union in their workplace and have voted to become Members of more»
Published on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In a decision Labor Unions are calling a “major blow,” the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that employers can legally force Workers to settle all disputes by individual arbitration and prohibit them from filing Class Action Lawsuits. The 5-to-4 decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis and two other cases (NLRB v. more»
‘Good News’ For Western New York & Rochester: General Motors Announces Plans To Invest $334 Million in Three Of Its Plants Located In Tonawanda, Lockport & Rochester
Published on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WESTERN NEW YORK) – Western New York and Rochester got some great pre-Memorial Day Weekend news this week when the General Motors Company (GM) announced it plans to invest $334 million into three of its plants located in Tonawanda, Lockport and Rochester. It was also announced that GM’s Tonawanda Engine Plant - located just outside Buffalo - more»
Via Bloomberg News: Victory For Union Activists - Walmart Agrees To Permit The Wearing Of A Union Insignia After Settling Employee Dispute
Published on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in New York State Labor News
Walmart has settled a long-running battle with Labor Activists over the punishment of Workers who claimed they were mistreated by managers for supporting efforts to organize by wearing a Union Insignia. The agreement, obtained by Bloomberg News, forces Walmart to publicly acknowledge in some of its California stores that it violated Federal Labor Law and more»
Via LaborPress.org: Missing Taxi Driver Feared Being Fifth Suicide - New York Taxi Workers Alliance Says “We Want The City Of New York To Understand That There Is A Human Cost When You Don’t Protect The Workers.”
Published on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York Taxi Drivers fear that a man missing for more than 11 days now may have been the fifth Cabbie to commit suicide in the last six months. Kenny Chow, 56, has not been seen since May 11th, when he parked his cab on the corner of East 86th Street and East End Avenue. The still-photo camera in it showed he’d dropped off a fare more»
And The Organizing Beat Goes On – Makes No Difference If You’re Here Or In Canada: Elbow River Casino ‘Go Union” With The UFCW
Published on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA) - Workers at the Elbow River Casino in Calgary are the newest Members of United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada Local 401 after recently voting “Yes!” to establishing a Union in their workplace. “Congratulations to the Employees of the Elbow River Casino, ‘who showed considerable courage, more»
Taking A Stand Against Automation That Could Ultimately Wipe Out Their Jobs, 50,000 Las Vegas Casino Workers Vote 99% To Authorize A Citywide Strike
Published on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in National Labor News
(LAS VEGAS, NEVADA) – Fifty-thousand Members of UNITE HERE’s Culinary and Bartenders Unions have voted to authorize a citywide Strike after Union Members participated in two voting sessions throughout the day on Tuesday (May 23), with 99% voting yes. Union Contracts covering 50,000 Union Workers expire on June 1st (2018) at 34 casino resorts on more»
The National AFL-CIO’s Executive Paywatch 2018 Report: The Gap Between CEO & Worker Compensation Continues to Grow
Published on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - CEO pay for major companies in the United States rose nearly 6% in the past year, as income inequality and the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs have increased. According to the new National AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch Report, the average CEO of an S&P 500 Index Company made $13.94 million in 2017 - 361 times more money than more»
Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) - Columbia, Harvard and Georgetown Universities may be getting more national media attention for Research Assistants (RAs) and Teaching Assistants (TAs) Unionizing, but Illinois seems to be Ground Zero for the explosion of Union Organizing on college campuses. That’s because as pay and benefits have frozen or stagnated while costs more»
University Of Washington Administration’s Stonewalling On Sexual Harassment Forces Teaching Assistants & Research Assistants To Strike
Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in National Labor News
(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON) – Administration Officials stonewalling in bargaining on doing anything about sexual harassment on campus, forced the 4,500 Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Research Assistants (RAs) at the University of Washington’s (UW) three campuses to Strike. Last week’s Strike was originally called for just one day at UW campuses more»
Remembering American Postal Workers Union President Emeritus William Burrus - The First African-American To Be Elected President ‘Of Any’ National Union In Direct Balloting By The Membership
Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Former American Postal Workers Union (APWU) National President Emeritus William Burrus passed away on Saturday (May 19th). He was 81. “The APWU Family is ‘greatly saddened’ by the death of Brother Burrus,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said. “Our ‘heartfelt sympathy’ goes out to his wife, more»
Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York is far from the only place where profit-driven haste costs Construction Workers their lives. The Cost of Construction, a 2016 documentary shown at the seventh annual Workers Unite Film Festival, focuses on the building boom in Las Vegas during the pre-recession real-estate bubble - particularly MGM’s $9 billion Project more»
Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) President Phil Rumore is calling the City School District’s Teacher Transfer Process an "utter disaster,” something Rumore has been calling on the District to fix the process since a year ago last June. “Utter 'disaster from day one,'” Rumore said during a news conference held more»
Nabisco’s ‘Final, Final’ Offer To Its Union-Represented Workforce: A $15,000 Signing Bonus In Return For Dropping Your Pensions & Cutting Your Health Care
Published on Monday, May 21, 2018 in National Labor News
(PORTLAND, OREGON) - To end a two-year contract standoff with about 2,000 Union-represented Employees at its six Nabisco Bakeries across the United States, Mondelez International is offering to triple its proposed contract ratification bonus to $15,000 per Employee – but that’s only if all Workers agree to let the company withdraw from their more»
Using Social Media Networks & Specified TV Advertising, Construction Unions Target Minorities To Boost Their Ranks - And It’s Working In Boston
Published on Monday, May 21, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) - In an attempt to get more young People of Color to apply to its Apprenticeship Program, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 advertised on the Social Media Networks Pandora, Instagram, and Snapchat, and targeted the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. The Union also splashed ads across more»
This Is What Happens When Working People Elect Republicans Who Put Their Nominees In The U.S. Supreme Court - Decision Delivers Blow To Workers' Rights, Makes It A Lot Harder For You To Sue Your Employer
Published on Monday, May 21, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In a case involving the rights of tens of millions of Private Sector Employees, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote margin, delivered a major blow to Workers today (Monday, May 21st), ruling for the first time that Workers may not band together to challenge violations of Federal Labor Laws. Writing for the majority, Justice Neil more»
Via CommonDreams.org: Largest Act Of Organized Teacher Political Action In State History As North Carolina Joins National Wave
Published on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in National Labor News
(ACROSS THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA) - Drawing inspiration from a wave of public education protests that have swept across several States in recent months, nearly 20,000 North Carolina Teachers descended on Raleigh, the state capital, last week to "march for students and rally for respect." Wednesday's (May 16th) event is "the beginning of a six-month more»
Published on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), which often allies itself with the United Steelworkers (USW) and other Industrial Unions on trade and related issues, is starting an on-line petition to get U.S. residents to denounce Republican President Donald Trump’s plan to save 75,000 factory jobs in China. “Tell Trump: Do more»
Published on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Workers at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. voted overwhelmingly last week to join together in a Union, overcoming an intimidation campaign by hospital management. In doing so, they gained a voice in the workplace to improve patient care and address such issues as short staffing and stagnant wages. The 185 Workers include more»
Labor Perspective From Workforce Development Institute Executive Director Ed Murphy: New York State Remains On The Forefront Of The Labor Movement
Published on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in New York City Labor News
New York is Union strong. The quality of the Building Trades’ Union work comes from their classroom and on-the-job paid training of Apprentices. Think of the Teachers educating our children, Health Care Professionals caring for all of us, Police, Firefighters and other Public Employees, those who make our bridges strong and safe so we can pass over more»
NYU Workers Demand Justice At NYU Langone, Whose ‘Abrupt Withdrawal’ From City-Wide Bargaining ‘Threatens Stable Jobs & Patient Care For New Yorkers’
Published on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - On the evening of Thursday, April 19th, New York University (NYU) Langone Workers from New York University Tisch, New York University Langone-Brooklyn and the Hospital of Joint Diseases hosted a community forum to address their concerns about the hospital giant’s divisive behavior and the potential impact this could have on stable more»
13-Year Relationship With 1199 SEIU-Represented Kaleida School Nurses Is Over, Which Now Begs The Question: Did Buffalo’s Public Schools President Just ‘Bust’ The Union?
Published on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – It was just 16 minutes, a relatively small amount of time, after a deadline slipped by - but in the end that was the reason why the submission of a bid to renew a 13-year relationship involving 1199 Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East-represented Kaleida Health School Nurses was eventually more»
Via LaborPress.org: Ultra-Posh Buildings ‘Built On A Foundation Of Stolen Wages’ - Union Organizers First Heard About The Wage Theft By Talking To Workers On The Job
Published on Friday, May 18, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Several luxury apartment buildings and hotels recently erected in Manhattan were literally built on a foundation of stolen wages. District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced the indictment of concrete contractor Parkside Construction and four company officials on felony charges on Wednesday (May 16th) that they falsified timesheets to cheat more»
Via The Cornell Sun: Arbitrator Finds Cornell University Violated Federal Labor Law In Graduate Union Recognition Election
Published on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(ITHACA, NEW YORK) - Cornell University violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) through an e-mail sent to Graduate Students on the night before the March 2017 Graduate Student Union Recognition Election, Arbitrator Howard C. Edelman from the American Arbitration Association ruled this week. The Arbitrator found that the e-mail sent on March 26th, more»
Published on Friday, May 18, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Voters put their trust in Educators to help run their local public schools, newly electing 30 Members of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) to school boards across New York State. Countless other NYSUT Members are already serving on school boards. “No one knows better what works in the classroom - and what students need in more»
A Very Important Read: The Koch Brothers’ Plan To Destroy Unions - The Guardian Releases A 28-Page Koch Brothers Tool Kit Advising Far-Right Groups On How To Get Union Members To Opt Out
Published on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The State Policy Network (SPN), a group of Statewide Organizations that are funded and supported by the Koch Brothers, have been a thorn in the sides of Unions for decades. Almost every Anti-Union, Right-to-Work push over the last few years has been supported by them. Now, in an exclusive report by The Guardian, their playbook to reach out and convince more»
Via The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “It’s A Corporate Ambush On Working People” - The IAM Says Harley-Davidson Will Ship Work To Thailand From Closing U.S. Plant
Published on Friday, May 18, 2018 in National Labor News
(KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI) – The International Association of Machinists, which represents Workers at Harley-Davidson, believes the Nation's best-known motorcycle maker is closing its factory in Kansas City in order to move some of the work to a new plant in Thailand. Harley has said it will close the Kansas City factory despite pleas from some members more»
Via The Huffington Post: In A ‘Sea Of Red,’ North Carolina Teachers Shut Down Schools With A Massive Protest, Resulting In An Estimated Million Public School Students Out Of The Classroom
Published on Thursday, May 17, 2018 in National Labor News
(ACROSS THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA) - Thousands of North Carolina teachers poured into downtown Raleigh Wednesday (May 16th) and marched to the State’s General Assembly in the latest in a series of Red-State Public School Teacher uprisings across the United States. The demonstration was believed to be the largest Teacher protest in North Carolina more»
Published on Thursday, May 17, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Saying “there’s no single answer” to funding U.S. infrastructure needs, Laborers President Terry O’Sullivan is endorsing a variety of approaches - some pushed by Republican President Donald Trump and Congress’ ruling Republicans and others that are long-time Union and Democratic favorites - to raising funds more»
CWA In Buffalo ‘Scores Major Victory’ On Safe Staffing Bill Push, Gets Republican State Senator Chris Jacobs To ‘Flip’ - Member Of The State Senate Health Committee Signs On As A Co-Sponsor
Published on Thursday, May 17, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Scoring a major victory in the fight to get New York State to pass a Safe Staffing Bill for Patient Safety, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) announced during a rally in Downtown Buffalo on Thursday (May 17th) that Republican State Senator Chris Jacobs - Western New York’s only Senator on the State Health more»
CWA Executive Board 'Green Lights' Strike At AT&T - Workers Vow To Escalate Fight If AT&T ‘Refuses To Protect’ U.S. Jobs At Bargaining Table
Published on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in National Labor News
The Executive Board of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) has voted to approve a Strike by 14,000 Workers covered by AT&T’s Midwest and Legacy T contracts. The Executive Board’s decision comes after AT&T Midwest and Legacy T Workers voted on April 10th to authorize a Strike, and as the company is stonewalling Workers at the more»
From Donnie Killen - A Child Support Specialist In Illinois & AFSCME Local 2600 Official: I Work With Mark Janus And ‘Here’s How He Benefits From A Strong Union’
Published on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
LaborNotes.org Editor’s Note: Donnie Killen is a Child Support Specialist for the State of Illinois who also serves as Vice President/Executive Steward of American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2600. Like everyone else in the Labor Movement, I’m nervously awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Janus more»
Published on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(MINEOLA, NEW YORK) - Several years after layoffs led to understaffing in the Nassau County Assessment Department, the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)-represented County Workers recently helped secure money for new hires to alleviate the problem. New Nassau County Executive Laura Curran wanted to resolve an ongoing assessment issue that has led more»
Don’t You Wish More Elected Officials Would Take This Kind Of Stand, Publicly? U.S. Senator Kamala Harris Cancels UC Berkeley Graduation Keynote Speech In Support Of Striking UC Workers
Published on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in National Labor News
(BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA) - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris canceled her keynote address at the University of California (UC) Berkeley graduation over the weekend in support of UC Workers, who were on Strike. Graduation seniors walked into Memorial Stadium for their commencement ceremony without the scheduled speaker on hand. "A little disappointed that she is more»
NBC News Reports There's ‘Little Evidence’ Workers ‘Are Benefiting From The Big Corporate Tax Cuts’ That Took Effect This Year
Published on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Fewer jobs were created last month than economists anticipated, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) official unemployment rate fell to 3.9%, a level not seen since December 2000. Despite worries of a Trade War, the 164,000 jobs added in April included ones in manufacturing, construction and other goods-producing industries more»
Lancaster Central Teachers Association Union President Eric Przykuta Remembered By NYSUT & The American Federation Of Teachers As ‘Serving With Passion & Dedication - Every Day’
Published on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LANCASTER, NEW YORK) - Lancaster Teachers Central Association (LTCA) Union President Eric Przykuta (pictured above) is being remembered by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) as serving with passion and dedication - every day. Przykuta, 43, a Seventh-Grade Science Teacher for nearly two decades, died more»
Published on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(FREWSBURG, NEW YORK) - The Chautauqua County Workers Memorial Committee held its 18th Annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony earlier this month at the Chautauqua County Workers Memorial site in the Town of Frewburg’s Erlandson Overview Park. Workers Memorial Day - annually held on April 28th, is a day of remembering all of the local men and women from more»
Continued & Detrimental Weakening Of Safety & Health Regulations By The Trump Administration Angers Labor Speakers At Annual Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council’s 2018 Workers’ Memorial Event
Published on Monday, May 14, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TOWN OF LEWISTON) – Every day, 150 Workers across the United States don’t come back home at the end of a long’s work. In 2016 alone, 5,190 Workers were killed on the job in this country – which was an increase from 4,836 deaths recorded the previous year. The National AFL-CIO’s just released Death On The Job Report - the more»
30,000 Los Angeles Unified School District Employees Plan One-Day Strike Over Actions Taken By Management, Which Has Cut Employees Hours In Violation Of Their Contract Or Thwarted Employees’ Union Activities
Published on Monday, May 14, 2018 in National Labor News
(LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA) - If you're one of the 41,000 students who relies on a Los Angeles Unified School District bus to get to class, start making a backup plan to get to school on Tuesday (May 15th). That’s after the Union that represents more than 30,000 Los Angeles Unified Classified Employees - including Bus Drivers, Cafeteria Workers, more»
Teamsters Back Legislation ‘Beefing Up’ Collective Bargaining & Organizing Rules - Bill Sponsored By U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Would Embrace Protections For Workers
Published on Monday, May 14, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Teamsters Union has endorsed legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont) that would enhance the ability of Workers to organize and fight for better wages, benefits and working conditions on the job. The Workplace Democracy Act would ensure more hard-working Americans become part of the Middle Class more»
Published on Monday, May 14, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PORTLAND, OREGON) - On April 23rd, the Burgerville in Southeast Portland made history, becoming the first Federally-recognized Fast Food Workers Union. But now, there's two. The Burgerville in Gladstone - on 19119 Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard - voted has to form a Union in a Secret-Ballot Election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). more»
Published on Monday, May 14, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - More than 800 Graduate Student Workers have been on Strike at the New School in New York City since May 8th, demanding the university give them a first contract with wage increases, health care and tuition remissions. Graduate Students who work as Research and Teaching Assistants signed cards to join the Student Employees at the New more»
Published on Monday, May 14, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Nurses have historically been known for wearing white uniforms, and within the past several days throngs of them revisited that tradition by donning white “Safe Staffing” T-shirts for visits to New York State Lawmakers in Albany - insisting that it’s time for Safe Staffing because it saves lives, period. In a rush of more»
Published on Sunday, May 13, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Using a Bill almost literally written by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Anti-Worker Republican Majority on an ideologically polarized House Education and the Workforce subcommittee has launched yet another attempt to trash the Nation’s basic Labor Law. The business lobby’s attempt was so brazen that its representatives, more»
The NFL Players Association Supports Teamster Pilots Employed At Flexjet & Flight Options After Management Attempts To Eliminate Union Representation & Collective Bargaining
Published on Sunday, May 13, 2018 in National Labor News
(RICHMOND HEIGHTS, OHIO) – The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the individual Professional Football Players of the National Football League (NFL) have issued a strong statement in support of Teamsters-represented Pilots employed by Flexjet and Flight Options after management attempted to eliminate Union Representation and more»
Update On The Ongoing IBEW-Spectrum Strike In New York City: Local 3 Labor Leader Says His Union Is “Not Giving Up”
Published on Sunday, May 13, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After more than 400 days, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3’s ongoing Strike against Telecommunications Giant Charter/Spectrum remained foremost on the minds of many at this past week’s massive #Count Me In rally at Union Square in New York City. In addition to Local 3 Members turning out in more»
LaborPress.org: Governor Cuomo Joins NYC Building Trades Rally As Battle Between Related & Construction Unions ‘Heats Up’
Published on Sunday, May 13, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday (May 8th) lent his support to a Union rally against Related Companies - though he stopped short of joining chants of “F**k Steve Ross” and “We just punched Related in the face.” Though the Governor adopted some of the bluster of other speakers at the rally, he didn’t mention more»
Published on Friday, May 11, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Supported by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), the New Poor People’s Campaign - the mass movement that plans to focus on the Nation’s attention on the problems of poverty and agitate for eradicating them – kicked off with an anti-war, anti-militarism more»
Published on Friday, May 11, 2018 in National Labor News
The U.S. is quickly becoming an Open-Shop Country. A majority of states now have Right-To-Work (for less) Laws and the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Janus v. AFSCME is likely to make right to work the law of the land in the Public Sector. As such, many Unions are bracing for an immediate exodus of dues- and fee-payers. In a more»