U.S. Labor Department Removes Rule That Forces Employers To Disclose Anti-Union Deliberations - “Persuader Rule” Rescinded, Said To ‘Impinge’ On Attorney-Client Privilege
Published on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. Labor Department is wiping an Obama-era rule off the books that sought to give Labor Unions and Workers more insight into talks employers have with legal counsel about thwarting Union Organizing Campaigns. The Labor Department has rescinded a 2016 regulation known as the “Persuader Rule,” which was rolled more»
After The Supreme Court’s Janus Decision Was Made Public, A Number Of Blue States - Including New York, New Jersey, Illinois & California - ‘Move To Protect’ Public Workers
Published on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in National Labor News
After the Supreme Court’s Janus decision made public, Unions have to represent every Public Sector Worker in a Bargaining Unit, but cannot require any of them to pay for that representation. As a result, Unions representing Public Workers are furiously organizing internally, explaining the value not only of Collective Bargaining but the value of more»
Labor Unions May Be Taking A Beating These Days - But They’re Not Going Down Without A Fight & Somebody Is Going To Emerge Bloodied
Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in National Labor News
(BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS) - Labor Unions may be taking a beating these days - but they’re not going down without a fight and somebody is going to emerge bloodied. The latest battlefield is right here in Massachusetts as National Grid’s lockout of some 1,200 United Steelworkers-represented (USW) Workers is in its third week with no immediate more»
Know The Enemies Of Organized Labor II: Koch Brothers-Linked Group Declares ‘New War’ On Unions - SC Decision ‘To Kill’ Agency Fees Triggers Massive Campaign To ‘Accelerate Labor’s Demise’
Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Bloomberg Editor’s Note: Pictured above, the Koch Brothers: Charles on the left and David. (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that millions of Public Sector Workers can stop paying Union Fees, a group tied to Republican billionaires long opposed to Organized Labor and its support of the Democratic Party has pledged to more»
Via CBC News: Canadian Labor Board Certifies Union After Hotel Fires Worker Organizing Union Drive - Board Uses New Power For First Time To Certify Union ‘Without A Vote Or Union Card Signing’
Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA) - For the first time since it was awarded new powers, the Alberta Labor Relations Board has certified a Union after an Employee was fired while leading an Organizing Drive. "We were ‘buoyed and obviously happy by the decision, because it does send a signal in the province of Alberta that we have caught up with the way the more»
NYS AFL-CIO President Says Labor's Future In New York Is ‘Anything But Bleak’ – Mario Cilento, In Letter To The Editor To Crain’s, Says Supreme Court Janus Ruling Won't Stop Unions' Growth
Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in New York State Labor News
To the Editor: We respectfully disagree with the headline on Greg David’s July 9th column, “The Future Looks Bleak For New York’s Unions.” In fact, the future of Unions in New York State looks quite bright - in spite of the well-orchestrated, well-funded attacks by Right-Wing ideologues who want to silence the voice of Workers. more»
Actors’ Equity Union Opens Probe Into Veteran Broadway Actor's Suicide - Friends Say Jeff Loeffelhoz Allegedly Took His Life After Being Subjected To A ‘Grueling, Demoralizing Rehearsal’
Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Actors’ Equity - a Broadway Union, is investigating a veteran Actor's suicide, which happened about a week after his friends say he was subjected to a grueling, demoralizing rehearsal. Actors' Equity said it has retained a lawyer to examine the events surrounding the June 29th death of Jeff Loeffelholz, who held the position more»
Erie County Legislature Passes Bipartisan Anti-Janus Resolution To Help Protect The Privacy Of County Workers By Preventing Outside Political Groups From Obtaining Their Personal Information
Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Erie County Legislature has passed an anti-Janus Resolution that features steps to protect the privacy of the County’s Public Workforce - and the City of Niagara Falls has done the same in terms of standing up against the Anti-Worker Supreme Court ruling and supporting Workers impacted by what is viewed as a detrimental more»
South Korean Union Warns Republican President Trump’s Trade War Could Cost Alabama Car Industry 20,000 Jobs
Published on Monday, July 16, 2018 in National Labor News
(MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA) - Touted U.S. Auto Tariffs could cost tens of thousands of American jobs, Hyundai Motor Company's Labor Union warns, echoing concerns of the global auto industry as spiraling trade conflicts between the U.S. and other major economies heat up. The Union at South Korea’s largest auto company said in a statement that if Republican more»
‘Blasting His Consistent Record Against’ Workers’ & Women’s Rights, Progressive Groups Start Action Against U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh
Published on Monday, July 16, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Blasting his consistent record against Workers’ Rights to Unionize and Women’s Rights to reproductive choice, Progressive Groups swung into action against Right-Wing GOP President Donald Trump’s nomination of Federal Appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court - literally minutes after Trump’s nod. more»
Know The Enemies Of Organized Labor: For 60 Years, This Powerful Conservative Group Has Worked To Crush Unions...
Published on Monday, July 16, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
In December 1953, a group of Anti-Labor business leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. for the first in a series of secret meetings, which were organized by a Southern paper-box manufacturer named Edwin S. Dillard, who was heir to the Old Dominion Box Company and had spent years fighting to keep his workforce from joining a Union. The goal of the meetings: more»
Labor Perspective From RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum: ICE Agents Brandishing Guns Detain RWDSU Members – Who’s Next?
Published on Monday, July 16, 2018 in New York State Labor News
For Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Members, the real-world effects of the Trump Administration’s almost incomprehensibly cruel RWDSU focus came into startling view on June 20th. At a time when the world was voicing outrage about families being separated at the Southern U.S. Border, another shocking miscarriage of justice more»
Published on Monday, July 16, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Heads up, the most entertaining, provocative and overtly Pro-Union movie you’ve probably ever seen on the big screen has just gone into wide release, and it’s Writer/Director Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You. Outside of a small collection of some outstanding documentaries (Harlan County USA, At The River I Sand and more»
This Is What Needs To Happen Across The U.S.: 'Signing Day' Recognizes High School Seniors ‘Not’ For Going To College, But Starting Jobs As Trades Apprentices Or Machinists For Local & National Companies
Published on Friday, July 13, 2018 in National Labor News
(HENRICO COUNTY, VIRGINIA) - The familiar high school rituals take place every Spring when athletes sign letters of intent to play for college programs as their coaches beam with pride, their photographs splashed across Social Media – while other high school seniors wave college acceptance letters as their names are announced at school assemblies. more»
Makes ‘No Difference’ On Which Side Of The Border That This Happens: Workers At North America IML Containers ‘Go Union’ With The UFCW
Published on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(SAINT-PLACIDE, QUEBEC, CANADA) - Workers at North America IML Containers are the newest Members of United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada Local 1991P after recently saying “Yes!” to joining the Union. IML Containers specializes in molded-plastic packaging, including in-mold labelling (IML). The 190 Workers at the company are more»
Labor Perspective From AFSCME President Lee Saunders: A Union Response To The Supreme Court’s Janus Decision & How Policymakers Can Help – ‘Not Hurt’ - Workers In Responding To It
Published on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
In a long-anticipated - yet troubling, decision, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its own precedent and decreed that Public Workers who benefit from their Unions’ Collective-Bargaining efforts owe no obligation to financially support those efforts. Justice Elena Kagan’s blistering dissent makes a powerful argument that this decision is wrong more»
Published on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in National Labor News
If you don’t like soaring economic inequality, you should like Unions. A recent study by three Princeton University Economists found that Unions Reduced Income Inequality in the United States, not just for Union Members - but beyond: Workers now earn about 20% more than Non-Union Workers in similar jobs. Remarkably, this Union Premium has held more»
Via The Washington Post: President Trump ‘Thanks’ Federal Employees With Proposed $143.5 Billion In Retirement Cuts
Published on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Just in case you missed this one: Earlier this year, just as festivities geared up for Public Service Recognition Week, Republican President Donald Trump’s Administration sent a letter to Congress proposing $143.5 billion in compensation cuts for Federal Employees. In a letter to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan more»
Via The New York Post: Organized Labor Responds To Group Here In New York State That Wants To Teach Public Employees How To Stop Paying Union Dues
Published on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK STATE) – Labor Leaders are responding to a new group that is launching a campaign to educate New York Government Workers about their rights to opt out of paying Union Dues following the U.S. Supreme Court’s negative Janus v AFSCME ruling. The high Court’s 5-4 decision last week blocked Public Sector Unions from collecting fees more»
Published on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - When Members of the New York City Building Trades’ #CountMeIn campaign rejoined their fight against so-called “Open Shop” Development at the sprawling Hudson Yards Project on the West Side of Manhattan this week, they did it as “Defenders of the Middle Class.” “It’s a ‘race to the bottom more»
‘Risky Business:’ WNY Council On Occupational Safety & Health Report Released On Wendt Corporation’s Safety Record - And It ‘Isn’t Good’
Published on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CHEEKTOWAGA, NEW YORK) - After a nearly four-month study of safety records, Worker interviews, a facility walk-through and a review of industry best practices, the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety & Health (WNYCOSH) today (Thursday, July 12th) released its comprehensive assessment of health and safety conditions at the Wendt Corporation more»
“Refuse To Be Silent:” Top NEA Leaders ‘Urge A Uniting Of The Masses Against’ The Many Corporate & Political Attacks On Teachers, Schools & Democracy
Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in National Labor News
(MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA) - Facing well-financed and continued corporate and political attacks on Teachers and Democracy, the National Education Association (NEA) - or at least its Leaders - are sounding ever more militant. That follows the lead of some of their own State Chapters and of their students. “Refuse to be silent” in the face of that more»
Via Education Week: The National Education Association Is Going To Establish A Fund For Teacher Strikes
Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - During the National Education Association's (NEA) Annual Representative Assembly in Minneapolis last week, Delegates voted to support Teacher Strikes and other protests and set up a fund to support them. Both actions came in the form of new business items, which are resolutions submitted by at least 50 Delegates that direct the NEA to more»
Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
With a net worth of around $140 billion, Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in the world. But that distinction has come at the expense of Amazon’s Workers. In order for those Workers to begin sharing in the vast wealth their labor has afforded Bezos and other Amazon executives, they need a Union. Since Amazon’s more»
‘Yet Another Good Example Of Why We All Need Public Employees:’ In ‘Good Times & Bad,’ CSEA Members Keep Schools Running In Orange County, New York
Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(CORNWALL, NEW YORK) – Things don’t quiet down at the Cornwall Central Middle School the moment the final bell rings and students head home for the day. On any given afternoon during the school year, you’ll find students participating in sports and extracurricular activities, teachers prepping for the next day and Civil Service Employee more»
Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Going by his past rulings on Federal Appeals Courts, Republican President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat – Federal Appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh - will be bad news for Workers, Unions and Women if Kavanaugh makes it to the High Court. And Kavanaugh, who now more»
If You’re ‘Going To Change The System, You Have To Get In The Game:’ Yet Another Minnesota Union Leader Seeks Top State Office
Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in National Labor News
(ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA) - Add yet another top Minnesota Union Official to the lengthening list of Labor Leaders Nationally who’ve stepped into the political arena this year. And if Julie Blaha (pictured above, holding a bullhorn) wins the Democratic Farmer-Labor (DFL) Primary for the State Auditor’s nomination in the August 14th Primary, more»
Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in New York State Labor News
A report from ADP and Moody’s Analytics cast an even brighter light on what is becoming one of the most important economic stories of 2018: The difficulty employers are having in finding qualified Employees to fill a record 6.7 million job openings. Truck Drivers are in perilously low supply, Silicon Valley continues to struggle to fill vacancies, more»
Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – This week, One Fair Wage proponents published a new report further detailing the absurdity of allowing some employers in New York State to pay Tipped Workers a sub-Minimum Wage. Under New York State Law, Workers at car washes and nail salons - two industries experiencing unprecedented growth in recent years - are part of more»
Internal Organizing & Right-To-Work Testimonials From Southern Workers Just Some Of The Suggestions Coming From WNY Labor Leaders Who Met To Discuss Ways Of Battling Supreme Court’s Janus Ruling
Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WILLIAMSVILLE, NEW YORK) – As tens of thousands of other Labor Leaders across the country have and will continue to do so, nearly 30 Representatives of individual Western New York Unions met on Monday (July 9th) afternoon to discuss the recent Janus vs. AFSCME decision rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court and the many possible tactics Organized Labor more»
Published on Monday, July 9, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Federal agencies today (Monday, July 9th) began implementing Executive Orders from President Trump on how to confront Employee Unions, following strict guidelines likely to escalate tensions that have been building since Trump took office. The Administration describes Trump’s new rules, issued in May, as an effort to streamline a more»
Published on Monday, July 9, 2018 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - It may be a historic conference call, thanks to its size. The Teamsters have set up a call to occur Tuesday (July 10th) among their Members who work for United Parcel Service (UPS) - where the Union represents 260,000 people - to discuss the new five-year National Contract Union Bargainers reached with the freight firm, which is the more»
Published on Monday, July 9, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NEW YORK CITY) - Without a Labor Union, Graduate Workers have little recourse on issues such as low stipends, health care, parental leave, sexual harassment, academic fees and parking, as well as many other issues - but what may be most important to many Graduate Workers is the stability a binding contract brings to the Workforce. Across the United more»
Published on Sunday, July 8, 2018 in National Labor News
Workday Minnesota Editor’s Note: The author - Amy Livingston, is an Instructor with Labor Education Service and the Center for Human Resources & Labor Studies at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Here Labor Perspective article was originally published in North Star Policy Institute. In a historic blow to more»
The Republican March To Destroy Labor Unions Continues As An Arizona Congressman Looks To Ban Unions At The Internal Revenue Service
Published on Sunday, July 8, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A Republican in Congress is looking to block 70,000 Federal Employees from Unionizing, introducing a bill to ban Organized Labor at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Preventing Unionization of Revenue Service Employees, or PULSE, Act (H.R. 6268), introduced by U.S. Representative Paul Gosar (Republican-Arizona), would more»
Via The Press Associates Union News Service: ‘Setting Up Another Showdown’ With Democratic Progressives, The NYS AFL-CIO Endorses Incumbent Governor Cuomo
Published on Sunday, July 8, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Setting up yet another showdown between Democratic Party regulars and Party Progressives, the New York State AFL-CIO sided with the regulars and endorsed incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo for re-election to a third term. That sets up a September 13th State Primary face-off between Cuomo and former Sex and the City TV star more»
The New York United Teachers Remember Founding NYSUT Board Member Jim Wood - Who Was Also A Co-Founder Of The New York State Labor-Religion Coalition - As ‘Pillar In The House Of Labor’
Published on Friday, July 6, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(ROME, NEW YORK) - James Wood, a well-respected force who helped forge the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union in its beginnings and brought “infectious happiness” to the workplace, family and friends, passed away on June 28th. A former Sixth-Grade Teacher in Rome, he stood for all things Union. A Founding Member of the NYSUT Board in more»
Locked Out United Steelworkers-Represented National Grid Employees In Massachusetts Return To The Negotiating Table With Management
Published on Friday, July 6, 2018 in National Labor News
(BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS) - United Steelworkers (USW)-Represented Workers locked out by National Grid for over a week picketed in Braintree Thursday (July 5th), outside of a meeting where both sides returned to the negotiating table - the first since 1,200 Gas Workers were forced off the job during a contract dispute over health benefits and the use of more»
Via The Pacific Standard: The Janus Decision On Organized Labor ‘Might Actually Strengthen’ Unions Because Identifying Union Fees ‘As A Matter Of Free Speech Works Both Ways’
Published on Friday, July 6, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Last week, the Supreme Court made one of its biggest decisions involving Organized Labor in recent history, ruling Government Workers - including Public School Teachers and Local Government Employees - do not have to pay Union Fees if they don't want to. But paying Union Fees is a form of free speech, the majority of Justices argued, so the government more»
Via The New York Post: New York’s Most Senior Democratic Lawmaker Proposes An ‘End Run Around’ The Janus Decision Here In New York State
Published on Friday, July 6, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York’s most senior Democratic Lawmaker is proposing an end-run around a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could cost the State’s Public Employee Unions more than $100 million a year. State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (Democrat-Manhattan), a long-time Labor ally, plans to introduce legislation that would allow Unions to more»
With Strike Looming At AT&T As Company Stonewalls Workers Over Jobs, Members Of Congress Call On AT&T To Settle Fair Contract, Disclose Plans For Profits From Tax Bill
Published on Thursday, July 5, 2018 in National Labor News
(ACROSS THE UNITED STATES) - Amid growing concern about companies’ plans for profits in the wake of the Republican Tax Bill, U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (Democrat-Wisconsin) and Debbie Dingell (Democrat-Michigan) and 23 colleagues have sent a letter to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson calling on the company to disclose plans for their profits from more»
Right-Wing, Business-Funded Groups Preparing To Use Janus Decision ‘To Bleed’ Unions, Internal Documents Show
Published on Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Just Moments after the Janus vs. AFSCME ruling came down, several Conservative Think Tanks launched campaigns to leverage the pivotal Supreme Court decision as a means of starving Labor Unions of funds and eventually disbanding them altogether. The effort is aimed at encouraging Public Sector Workers in 22 States to withhold minimum more»
Think You ‘Don’t Need’ Public Employees? - Then Think Again, Experience Makes For Prompt Storm Response In Wappinger Falls
Published on Thursday, July 5, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(WAPPINGER FALLS, NEW YORK) - One recent afternoon of extreme weather left communities in the Hudson Valley reeling, as multiple tornadoes and one macro-burst caused widespread destruction, power outages and several confirmed fatalities across the area. While many Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)-represented Public Workers faced damaged roofs, more»
‘Making America Great Again, Via China:’ Report Says Chinese Factory Claims To Be Making Trump’s 2020 Presidential Campaign Flags
Published on Thursday, July 5, 2018 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The owner of a Chinese factory says his business has been hired to make flags for Republican President Donald Trump’s 2020 Presidential Campaign. Li Jiang owns a flag-making company in China’s Zhejiang province that reportedly made flags for the campaigns of both Trump and his opponent, Hillary Clinton, in 2016. In a more»
Published on Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Remember, as a Worker - you have the right to form, join or assist a Labor Union. You have the right to organize a Union to negotiate with your employer over your terms and conditions of employment. This includes your right to distribute Union Literature, wear Union buttons t-shirts or other insignia (except in unusual "special circumstances"), solicit more»
SEIU 32BJ President Hector Figueroa On President Trump: “It’s ‘Very Clear:’ (Trump’s) ‘Not Interested In Helping’ Working People. He’s ‘Interested In Exploiting And Dividing And Using Workers To Whatever Ends He Needs.’”
Published on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “I ‘always believed’ that Trump ‘meant what he said - and that all the efforts to try to normalize him, negotiate with him, compromise with him, are bound to fail,’” the head of the largest Property Services Union in the Nation said. “So, for those in Labor ‘who were hoping for a massive more»
Published on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump's trade war could destroy 100,000 American jobs in 2019 if he places a tariff of Europe's automotive sector, an Oxford Economics report concluded. Oxford Economics says Trump's tariffs would shave off 0.1 percentage points from U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) next year in a worst-case scenario. more»
Boeing Workers In South Carolina Have Unionized, But Trump’s Labor Board Could Abolish It - Says Workers ‘Had No Right’ To Hold The Election To Begin With & Could Appeal The Vote
Published on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA)- On May 31st, Technicians at the Boeing Factory in North Charleston, South Carolina voted to Unionize and join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). However, Boeing has appealed the vote and Donald Trump’s GOP-controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could reverse the more»
‘Now, That Didn’t Take Long’ - White Plains Teachers ‘Flooded’ With E-Mails From Devos-Funded Public Policy Group ‘Advising Them How To Opt Out’ Of Their Union
Published on Monday, July 2, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK) – Just hours after last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Public Employees do not have to pay Union Fees if they don’t join their Labor Organization, Teachers in the White Plains School District began receiving e-mails advising them how to opt out of their Union. The e-mails were sent by the Michigan-based more»
Published on Monday, July 2, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision was intended to undermine Public Sector Unions, ruling that it violates Non-Members’ free-speech rights if they have to pay Unions Fees to cover the cost of representation. But leaders of New York’s main Public Sector Unions are maintaining an optimistic attitude, more»