Striking For The First Time In 20 Years, Jersey City Teachers Union Reaches New Contract Agreement - Educators Claim ‘Breakthrough Union Victory’ On Health Costs As Members Return To Work
Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in National Labor News
(JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY) – Striking for the first time in 20 years, the Jersey City Teachers Union - which represents more than 4,000 Teachers and School Staff - has reached a tentative two-year contract agreement with the City’s Board of Education. Teachers and School Staff have returned to work, with Union Officials claiming a more»
Goldman Sachs Analysts Say GM & Ford Would Suffer $1 Billion Profit Hit If Steel Tariffs Are Enacted
Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company would each take a $1 billion profit hit if proposed Steel Tariffs advance in Washington, according to analysts at Goldman Sachs. Steel is the primary material used by GM and Ford, the analysts said in a note. “Based on 2017 production mix, if the proposed tariff of more»
New York State Department Of Labor’s Public Employee Safety & Health Bureau Cites Watertown With ‘Serious’ Violations Following CSEA Member’s Death
Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(WATERTOWN, NEW YORK) - The State Department of Labor’s Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) Bureau recently issued citations against the City of Watertown for violations of safety laws that contributed to the on-the-job death of Sewage Treatment Plant Process Worker and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Jefferson County Local Member more»
Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA) - She likes to say that she slept through the last 13 years of her life, and indeed, much of it is a blur: Abusive relationship; His-and-her arrests for domestic violence; Meth habit; A period of quasi-homelessness; and a 37-day stint in jail for petty theft. Now, at 38, Sandra Alvarez says she’s awake - and duly awoken. more»
Kenell Broomstein Makes History - Becomes First Woman Of Color To Be Named To A Leadership Role At Any Major Boston Construction Union
Published on Monday, March 19, 2018 in National Labor News
(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) - A Lynn Vocational Technical Institute Graduate has been named Business Agent for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 - Kenell Broomstein, 33, is the first woman of color to fulfill the leadership role at any major Boston Construction Union, Local 103 said. The Business Agent’s job is to more»
Over Union/Pro-Worker Protests, Trump Agricultural Department Proposes ‘No Speed Limits’ For Pork Processing Lines
Published on Monday, March 19, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - First it was chickens, now its pigs. The Trump Administration Agriculture Department (USDA) - over Union and Pro-Worker protests - wants no speed limits on processing lines at the Nation’s Pork Production Plants. And that could put the Workers at increased risk of injury or death, say the National Employment Law Project and the more»
The Story Of ‘Trailblazing’ Labor Journalist & Suffragette Mary Heaton Vorse ‘Resurrected’ In NYSUT Women’s History Month Poster
Published on Monday, March 19, 2018 in New York City Labor News
Journalist and Activist Mary Heaton Vorse (pictured above on the left) was a woman who broke the sound barrier. So with March designated as Women’s History Month, Vorse is being honored by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), featured on her own poster (To order or download the poster (pictured below), visit www.nysut.org/publications). At a more»
Via Salon: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Accused Of Union-Busting - AFGE Alleges The Department Of Education Failed To Negotiate “In Good Faith”
Published on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has filed a complaint against the U.S. Department of Education, alleging it failed to negotiate “in good faith” with the Union over a new contract. To wit, the AFGE is seeking to hit Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s department with an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) more»
Are Unions Still Relevant? The Pennsylvania Congressional Election Of Democrat Conor Lamb Told Us So
Published on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in National Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Democrat Conor Lamb won a razor-thin victory over his Anti-Union Republican opponent last week in the State of Pennsylvania’s 18th District Congressional Race. This Washington Post Story appeared just days prior to the vote and has been updated to reflect its past tense. For more on Lamb’s victory, in more»
Labor Perspective Via Newsweek From Former NLRB Board Member Sharon Block: We Need Stronger Labor Unions To Protect The Middle Class
Published on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: The author of this Labor Perspective is Sharon Block, the Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. She was a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under President Obama. You can directly access her perspective at: more»
Published on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - Workers at the first CVS Store on the East Coast to Unionize are fed up with the multi-billion-dollar corporation’s failure to sign a fair contract after more than two years of dithering - and for many, the reason for the foot dragging is clear. CVS Workers on the West Coast already enjoy a negotiated United Food & more»
Via LaborPress.org: With 40% Of Puerto Rico ‘Still Without Power,’ Unions In New York Push For More Federal Aid, Saying The Federal Government Needs To Be Told “Not To Forget Puerto Rico”
Published on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) -The Federal Government needs to be told “not to forget Puerto Rico,” says Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ Member David Soto. His Union and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) will be joining a protest to be held in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday (March 20th) to demand the Federal Government adequately fund more»
Published on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(TAMPA, FLORIDA) - University of South Florida (USF) System Adjuncts have voted overwhelmingly to form a Union to represent them. In a tally released last week by the Service Employees International Union (SIU), the vote was 326-to-91 in favor of Going Union. The State Public Employees Relations Commission, which conducted the election, said there were more»
Published on Friday, March 16, 2018 in National Labor News
(JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY) - Jersey City's Public School Teachers walked off the job for the first time in 20 years today (Friday, March 16th), leading to confusion across the 29,000-student district and boisterous protests outside city schools. Dozens of Snyder High School students joined their Teachers on the picket line. A loudspeaker outside School 20 more»
Published on Friday, March 16, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Communications Workers of America (CWA) are slamming Verizon Wireless for announcing layoffs and closures at six call centers nationwide. The company retorts it will give some of the 3,000 fired Workers the option of toiling out of their homes. When implemented, the layoffs will cut about 46% of the firm’s call center more»
What’s Wrong With This Picture? Thousands Of Working New Yorkers Are Living In Homeless Shelters - Soaring Rents & Stagnant Wages Increasingly Have ‘Squeezed’ The City’s Working Poor
Published on Friday, March 16, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Donna Morgan is dreaming about shrimp and okra, deviled eggs with onions, and porgy. It’s been a long day at work and the 51-year-old Manhattan Health Aide is yearning for the taste of home. Instead, she likely will pick up some fast food and return to the Lower East Side homeless shelter where she’s lived since October. more»
Organized Labor On The Passing Of U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter: She Was A ‘Staunch Defender Of Working People Who Earned Labor’s Everlasting Admiration And Respect”
Published on Friday, March 16, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
From Rochester to Western New York and across New York State, Organized Labor is mourning the passing of U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who served New York's 25th District for the past 31 years. The Democratic Congresswoman from Rochester had fallen in her Washington, D.C. home last week and was hospitalized with a concussion at George Washington more»
Via LaborPress.org: Security Guards In New York City ‘Defy Elite’ Bosses, Protest Wage & Benefit Cuts On Sixth Avenue
Published on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Angered by cuts to the wages and benefits of the Security Guards in the building, as well as an order by their employer forbidding the Workers to publicly discuss the changes, dozens of Members of 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - the largest Property Service Workers Union in the United States, held a demonstration more»
AFT President Weingarten On Betsy DeVos’ ‘60 Minutes’ Interview: “It’s Clear The Secretary Of Education ‘Knows Little If Anything About How To Ensure Safe And Welcoming’ Schools.”
Published on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Commenting on U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s 60 Minutes interview, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten said: “It’s clear the Secretary Of Education ‘knows little if anything about how to ensure’ safe and welcoming schools.” And National Education Association more»
UAW Launches BuildBuyUSA Song & Video Contest - $5,000 Prize To Update 'Look For The Union Label' Jingle
Published on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - The United Auto Workers (UAW) Union wants Americans to buy American and sing about it. The UAW, which represents Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers, has launched a video contest to get Americans thinking about the value of buying goods manufactured in their communities. “By manufacturing goods in the more»
Don’t Be Deterred If You Want A Union in Your Workplace - Via The Boston Globe: Non-Profit Triangle Incorporated Officials In Boston Accused Of Harassing Union Organizers
Published on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) - Last June, as Employees at Triangle Incorporated began organizing ahead of a possible vote to Unionize, Federal Officials say their chief executive, Coleman Nee, delivered a straightforward but potentially unlawful message: Voice support for the Union and you could be fired. The comment began a months-long campaign of harassment, more»
Crediting & Thanking Labor Unions For The Role ‘They Played’ In His Election Win, Democrat Conor Lamb Declares Victory In Pennsylvania Congressional Race
Published on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(CANONSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA) - Democrat Conor Lamb declared victory early today (Wednesday, March 14th) morning in his bid for a Pittsburgh-area House special election, although the race hasn't yet been called. The district, which voted for President Trump in 2016 by a 20-point margin, was once considered an easy win for Republicans, but Lamb currently leads more»
On Strike For 10 Days Now, 1,400 CWA-Represented Frontier Communications Employees Stays Strong & Solid – Union Leadership Tells Management: Everyone Must Be Covered By Employment Security For Strike To End
Published on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in National Labor News
(CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA) – On Strike For 10 days now, 1,400 Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Frontier Communications Employees are described as staying “strong and solid” on the picket line as Union Leadership tells management: “Everyone must be covered by employment security for the Strike to end.” After more»
This Is To Share With Workers Who Do Not Know: What A Labor Union Is & How It Works - We're Here To Explain
Published on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
On February 26th, the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments on the Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Council 31 case, which will stand as one of the most significant Labor rulings in recent history. The case is about Unions and the kinds of fees they are able to collect, something that impacts more»
Published on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mechanics and related classifications employed at Allegiant Air have voted overwhelmingly for the Teamsters to become their Collective Bargaining Representatives in an Union Election held with the National Mediation Board (NMB), it was announced. “Congratulations to all of our Mechanics ‘who voted to stand united so more»
As Thousands Of Students Across The Nation Protest School Shootings, NYSUT Says: “We Are Proud Of Our New York State Students For Using Their Voices To Effect Change”
Published on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – Today (Wednesday, March 14th), thousands of students across the Nation - including across New York State - walked out of classrooms, marking one month since the bloody rampage at a Florida high school shocked the world and fueled their dynamic movement demanding an end to gun violence. It was estimated that students from about more»
Voicing Concerns Over Their Working Conditions, California School Bus Drivers ‘Go Union,’ Join Teamsters
Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(CARSON, CALIFORNIA) - School Bus Drivers, Monitors and Mechanics employed at Durham School Services in Carson, California have voted by a 2-1 margin to join Teamsters Local 572 - joining more than 500 Durham School Services employees already represented by a Teamster contract. “Congratulations to our ‘newest’ Members in Southern more»
Oklahoma Teachers Set April 2nd Deadline To Walk Out Of Their Classrooms Unless State Legislators Pass Increase Pay & Fund Public Education
Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in National Labor News
(TULSA, OKLAHOMA) – Tulsa, Oklahoma Public Schools have announced their will join other School Districts across the State in a planned Teacher walkout. On Sunday (March 11th), Superintendent Deborah Gist announced the School District will support the walkout along with others across Oklahoma. Gist said they will be working with the leadership of the more»
Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) - The ranks of Organized Labor have been shrinking for decades and an upcoming Supreme Court decision involving the ability of Public Sector Unions to collect fees from Non-Members is expected to further sap the movement of much-needed funds - but signs of life are flashing in unexpected places. Millennials and professionals are more»
Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/VOICE Local 100A President Pam Wells recently closed her Group Family Child Care program in Washington County for the day and set out for the State Capitol in Albany. There, she joined with other Union Members, parents and advocates to urge the State to fairly fund child care for New more»
Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union is calling for an investigation into the suspension of two lower Hudson Valley Basketball Coaches whose teams played in a charity game to support an organization that helps LGBTQ students, and questioned whether discrimination and homophobia were behind the disciplinary action. In a letter more»
Labor Perspective From Teamsters President James Hoffa: Janus Supreme Court Case Is Just A Cover For Anti-Union Advocates
Published on Monday, March 12, 2018 in National Labor News
Workers in Michigan and across the Nation have repeatedly come under attack from corporate interests looking to tamp down on wages so they can pocket higher profits. The latest example? A court case argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court that seeks to gut Public Sector Unions in an effort to reduce their effectiveness in the workplace. Mark Janus is more»
Published on Monday, March 12, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
March is Women’s History Month and the Teamsters Union is honoring an array of accomplishments by women throughout the month, while championing progress and celebrating women’s achievements year-round. Teamster women are strong and committed to improving the lives and working conditions of all Workers. Throughout the Teamsters’ 115-year more»
Labor Perspective From Urban Institute Fellow Roberti Lerman: The Best Use Of Corporate Tax Cuts Is ‘Investing’ In Apprenticeship Programs
Published on Monday, March 12, 2018 in New York State Labor News
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act aims to stimulate increased investment in the United States, thereby creating jobs and raising Workers’ wages. Since President Trump signed the legislation in December, Apple, AT&T and Boeing have announced plans for large-scale expansions in the U.S., and more than 350 firms have announced bonuses or raises for their more»
Identifying The Ergonomic Risk Factors Of A Job: The Eighth In A Series Of Useful Information ‘That You Can Use’ From The Center For Occupational & Environmental Medicine At Buffalo’s Erie County Medical Center
Published on Monday, March 12, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: The Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine (COEM), located at Buffalo’s Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), is available to Workers both Union and non, providing care to those who are injured, impaired or who develop an illness as a result of workplace factors - which may include exposure issues, more»
Published on Monday, March 12, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Hey, Governor Cuomo! New York’s Working Class has a great way to help close that $4 billion budget gap you’re trying to plug before the end of the month - tax the Fat Cats that are literally making out like bandits now that the corporate tax rate has been slashed to an obscenely paltry 21%. “You ‘can’t call more»
This Is ‘Exactly Why More & More Workers Are Unionizing:’ EMS Workers In Arizona Win ‘Big First Contract,’ Including A 14% Wage Increase & Lower Health Care Costs
Published on Monday, March 12, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA) - The 156 Members of American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2960/EMS United in Maricopa County, Arizona have signed a four-year agreement with American Medical Response (AMR), winning a 14% wage increase, lower costs for health care and a voice on service quality. The contract, Local 2960's more»
Via In These Times: What’s The Lesson Organized Labor Learned From West Virginia’s Teachers? If You Want To Win, Go On Strike!
Published on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
For many years now, observers have been ringing the death knell for the U.S. Labor Movement - but now, West Virginia Teachers haven’t just pumped life back into that movement, they’ve reaffirmed the fundamental principle that the key to building power and winning is for Workers to withhold their labor. Earlier this week, Republican Governor Jim more»
Is West Virginia Happening All Over Again? Oklahoma Teachers Planning Statewide Strike - "We Are To The Point Where We Have ‘No Other’ Option."
Published on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in National Labor News
(THE STATE OF OAKLAHOMA) - Oklahoma Public School Teachers are planning a Statewide Strike in the coming weeks. More than 25,000 people have joined the Facebook group: Oklahoma Teacher Walkout - The Time Is Now!" - and a group of Educators recently met to discuss plans for the walkout, according to Tulsa's KTUL. "We are to the point where we have no other more»
Via LaborPress.org Greater New York Building Trades’ Battle Over Hudson Yards Rages On, With Good Middle Class Jobs At Stake
Published on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “An attempt to suppress the free speech of hardworking New Yorkers” - That’s what the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York is calling a new lawsuit aimed at undermining Union Workers at the $25 billion Hudson Yards development on the West Side of Manhattan. Earlier this week, Hudson Yards more»
American Workers Beware: Trump's Infrastructure Plan Is Actually Pence's - And ‘It's All About’ Privatization
Published on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure may be unprecedented in size and ambition, but it mimics a controversial scheme championed by Vice President Mike Pence when he was the governor of Indiana. That’s why Pence is the public face of the Trump initiative and executives from more»
Via Bloomberg: Organized Labor Warns California Fruit Will ‘Die on the Vine’ After ICE Raids - SEIU Union Official Says: “This Is ‘Retaliation’ From An Administration ‘Hostile’ To Immigrants.”
Published on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in National Labor News
(THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA) - Congress is currently mulling a proposal to amend its Seasonal Workers’ Visa Program by capping the number it issues every year at 410,000. The legislation would attempt to force all Undocumented Workers to return to their native countries and apply for visas and only a fraction of those who apply would be allowed to more»
More Than $50,000 Raised By Western New York Labor To Benefit The 56th Annual Variety Club Kids Telethon
Published on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The 56th Annual Variety Kids Telethon raised more than $1.01 million over the weekend - with Organized Labor from across Western New York accounting for more than $50,000, Labor Organizers tell WNYLaborToday.com. The dollars raised by the Western New York Labor Movement goes to support the newly-built John R. Oishei more»
Via LaborPress.org: Foxwoods Casino Workers In Connecticut Moving Forward To ‘Go Union’ With UNITE HERE
Published on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(MASHANTUCKET, CONNECTICUT) – The Union UNITE HERE is seeking to represent more than 300 Workers employed at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The Foxwood Employees - who are responsible for cleaning the casino, have filed a petition to Unionize their workplace, according to UNITE HERE Officials. The Foxwood Workers contacted the more»
Published on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Stuart Appelbaum (pictured above) was re-elected President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) over the weekend at the Labor Organization’s Convention in New York City. In addition, RWDSU Secretary-Treasurer Jack Wurm and Recorder Joseph Dorismond were also re-elected. On the second and final day of more»
LaborPress.org’s Outstanding Apprentice Of The Year: Alejandro Corcino, A 30-Year-Old Union-Represented Cement & Concrete Worker
Published on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Alejandro Corcino, 30, loves his work as a Concrete Laborer, so much so that he wishes he’d gotten into it straight out of high school. Instead, he found out about the job - and the Cement and Concrete Workers, District Council 16 Apprenticeship Program, in 2015. “A friend who was in the Union told me about it the night more»
BREAKING LABOR NEWS: West Virginia Lawmakers Reach Deal To Give Striking Teachers Pay Raise – AFT President Weingarten Says It Was A "Huge Breakthrough" For School Employees & ‘For Doing What's Right!’
Published on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in National Labor News
(CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA) - West Virginia lawmakers said today (Tuesday, March 6th) a deal has been reached to deliver a 5% pay raise for all State Employees, including striking Teachers, according to a state committee meeting on the matter. The deal is intended to end a Teachers' Strike that has canceled nine consecutive school days across West more»
Teamsters-Represented Workers At DHL Overwhelmingly Approve New National Contract - Five-Year Agreement Provides Wage & Benefit Contribution Increases
Published on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Teamsters-represented Workers at DHL Express have overwhelmingly voted to approve a new National Master Agreement that provides historic wage and standard of living protections through significant annual wage increases, benefit contribution increases, and a strong Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Clause. The National Contract more»
Teamsters Call On Joint Select Committee To ‘Move Quickly To Solve Pension Crisis’ - Millions Of Active & Retired Workers Face ‘Uncertain Future’ Without Legislative Fix
Published on Monday, March 5, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Following the announcement of the final members of Congress that will serve on the bipartisan, House-Senate Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multi-Employer Pension Plans tasked with finding a solution to the Nation’s looming pension crisis, the Teamsters are calling for a commitment by the lawmakers to report a bill as more»
CWA-Represented Frontier Communications Workers In The States Of West Virginia & Virginia Go Out On Strike To Save Good Jobs & Protect Service Quality
Published on Monday, March 5, 2018 in National Labor News
(CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA) – It’s not only Union-represented Teachers in the State of West Virginia who are out on Strike. After 10 months of negotiations, Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Frontier Communications Workers have been unable to reach agreement on a fair contract - as a result, 1,400 Frontier Communications more»