Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Staff is protesting again - and for good reasons. Bloomberg reports: National Labor Relations Board leaders faced a rare Agency Staff protest November 8th, the second such Employee action in the current board’s first year. Career Staffers at the NLRB protested and handed out more»
USW Members Vote to Ratify 4-Year Contract With U.S. Steel, An Agreement That Impacts 16,000 Workers Raises Wages & Improves Benefits
Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in National Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - Thousands of Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) Union have voted by an overwhelming margin to ratify a new Master Contract with U.S. Steel that takes effect immediately. The contract features 14% in wage increases over the life of the contract, maintains the Union's high-quality, affordable health care coverage and more»
The ‘Last’ Unionized New Era Cap Company Manufacturing Facility In The U.S. Will Close In March 2019, Impacting 192 CWA-Represented Workers Just South Of Buffalo
Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In what Union Officials describe as “devastating news,” 192 Workers employed at the last Unionized New Era Cap Company Manufacturing Plant in the United States is slated to close its doors in March 2019. World-known New Era, which is headquartered in Buffalo, made its plans known publicly Tuesday (November 13th), more»
How About This? BCBSWNY ‘Approaches’ OPEIU To Start Contract Negotiations 6 Months ‘Before’ Old Pact Ends - Now, Newly-Ratified Deal Calls For 7% Wage Increase Over 3 Years & Features Slew Of Worker Improvements
Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – It’s not every day that you hear about an employer approaching representatives of its Union-Represented Workforce to ask that negotiations begin six months before a current contract runs out, but that’s exactly what happened at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBSWNY) when the Health Care Insurer approached more»
For AFSCME, Anti-Worker Republican Governor Walker’s Defeat Was An ‘Especially Important’ Victory & Another Victory In Illinois That Ousted Anti-Union Republican Governor Rauner ‘Is Proof’ Of AFSCME’s Strength
Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in New York State Labor News
Looking at the final results of the 2018 Mid Term Elections, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Members have much to celebrate and much to look forward to at every level of government and across the Nation, as the Public Employees Union helped elect Pro-Worker candidates who are ready to stand up with Working Families. more»
Election 2018 News Analysis: Under-Reported Election Result - Overwhelmingly, Americans ‘Rejected’ Trump
Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
A substantial majority of Americans went to the polls and pulled the lever for candidates who opposed Republican President Donald Trump and his policies. Even in the elections for the U.S. Senate, where the Republican Party gained at least three seats (which could change with several other election night tabulations still ongoing), 10 million more people more»
Published on Monday, November 12, 2018 in National Labor News
(THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA) - The president of the California Firefighters Union is blasting Republican President Donald Trump after the president posted an “ill-timed and demeaning” tweet over the weekend about the State's raging wildfires. "The president's message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the more»
Chicago Sun-Times Editorial: Organized Labor ‘Won Big’ On Election Day - ‘A Victory For Working People’
Published on Monday, November 12, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Organized Labor had a good day at the polls Tuesday (November 6th) in the State of Illinois and across the Midwest. Now let’s hope Unions can build on that success, steadily and carefully. Working People need an advocate more than ever, as hourly wages stagnate and the wealth gap between the richest and poorest Americans grows ever wider. It is not more»
#CountMeIn Campaign ‘Seizes’ The National Spotlight - Holds High-Profile Rally In Front Of Fox NFL Thursday Night Football Cameras To Protest Open Shop Development By The Related Companies In NYC
Published on Monday, November 12, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Building Trades’ #CountMeIn Campaign against so-called “Open Shop” Development seized the National stage on Thursday night (November 8th), holding a surprise demonstration during a live broadcast of FOX NFL Thursday Night Football on West 48th Street. About 40 or so #CountMeIn members outfitted with “Step Down more»
Georgetown University Graduate Employees Cast ‘Historic & Decisive’ Vote As They Delivered Their Intent To Bargain With University Administration
Published on Monday, November 12, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In what is being described as a “historic victory” for higher education and Organized Labor, Graduate Employees at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. cast a decisive vote last week as they delivered their message to University Administration that they are ready to begin bargaining their first Union Contract. more»
This Is What We Should Be Doing On This Side Of The Border – New Children’s Coloring & Story Book Educates Younger Generations About Careers In The Skilled Construction Trades
Published on Monday, November 12, 2018 in New York State Labor News
A new coloring and story book features children sharing stories about people they know who work in the Skilled Trades - both created with the goal of teaching youth about career opportunities that exist in the Construction Sector. All the Kids on Builder Street is the first in a five-part series that aims to educate and promote the importance of Skilled more»
Published on Friday, November 9, 2018 in National Labor News
Union leaders cheered the results of the Mid-Term Election as a repudiation of Anti-Worker Republican President Donald Trump, his policies and his racial, religious and ethnic divisiveness. Meanwhile, Union Members won Congressional, Legislative and Local Seats Nationwide - led by Education Minnesota Member Tim Walz for Minnesota Governor. Walz, a more»
The 2018 Mid-Term Election: U.S. House Results - Workers Won, Women Won, Some Minorities Won & Trump ‘Didn’t’
Published on Friday, November 9, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Workers won. Women won. Many, but not all, Minorities won. Democrats won. And Donald Trump didn’t. In so many words, that’s what happened in U.S. House races, and in five key Governorships - Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota - on Election Day 2018. Those gubernatorial winners join Democrats Gavin more»
Published on Friday, November 9, 2018 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Led by Minnesota’s Tim Walz, some 743 Unionists - and counting - won public office Nationwide, from Congress down to County Commissioner, the National AFL-CIO calculates. The National AFL-CIO reported the 743-and-counting Workers elected to public office were part of a wide effort that included 2.35 million door knocks, five more»
Organized Labor Responds To 2018 Mid Terms: NYSUT Says "Forces Of Good" Were The ‘Big Winners’ In The Elections, While AFSCME Says Its Results “Sent A Message To The Wealthy Special Interests”
Published on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in New York State Labor News
Responding to the results of the 2018 Mid Terms, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union says the "forces of good" were the big winners in elections that were held across the country, while the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) said the overall results “sent a message to the wealthy special more»
United Federation Of Teachers’ Members ‘Overwhelmingly Ratify’ New NYC Contract, Giving Them A 7.7% Pay Raise Over The 43-Month Agreement & Covering 129,000 - Including 79,000 Classroom Teachers
Published on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Members of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) have ratified a new contract that gives Members a 7.7% pay raise over the 43-month agreement. The contract passed with 87% of the roughly 90,000 overall votes, according to tallies by the American Arbitration Association. The new agreement covers the Union’s 129,000 Members, who more»
Is This What Trump Meant When He Pledged To ‘Make America Great Again?’ Foxconn - The Taiwanese Supplier To Apple - Considers Bringing Chinese Workers To Wisconsin
Published on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in National Labor News
(MOUNT PLEASANT, WISCONSIN) – The Foxconn Technology Group is considering bringing in personnel from China to help staff a large facility under construction in Southern Wisconsin as it struggles to find Engineers and other Workers in one of the tightest Labor Markets in the U.S. The company, the Taiwanese supplier to Apple Incorporated, has been more»
Published on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Washington-Baltimore News Guild (TNG)-Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 32035 has found itself battling abrupt layoffs at Bloomberg-Bureau of National Affairs (BBNA), the wide-ranging publisher of specialized newsletters for various economic interests. But the layoffs had one positive point: After 17 WBNG-represented more»
An ‘Interesting Mix Of Results’ For WNY & NYS Labor On Election Night: Governor Cuomo Re-Elected, State Senate Turns Democrat & Indicted GOP Congressman Collins ‘Narrowly Wins’ Over Labor-Backed Dem McMurray By 1%
Published on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WESTERN NEW YORK) – It was an interesting mix of results for Organized Labor on Election night across Western New York and New York State on Tuesday (November 6th), with incumbent Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and WNY Native Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul re-elected, a State Senate that has now been turned Blue and a very narrow victory by indicted U.S. more»
Published on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - Ford Motor Company Officials are offering more details on the company’s planned $740 million Detroit Campus Construction Project during a recent meeting of the Detroit Skilled Trades Task Force, where The Detroit News reported Ford plans to use 100% Unionized Construction Workers, but that the Automaker was concerned about more»
Published on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In yet another White House bid for Working Class Voters, Right-Wing Republican President Donald Trump staged a photo-op with business leaders on Halloween (October 31st) to claim that companies and associations - including North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) - had pledged to “train or retrain” almost 6.5 more»
Published on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Union Leaders, Latino Group Leaders and Constitutional Scholars all slammed Republican President Donald Trump’s declaration that he would craft an Executive Order to end Birthright Citizenship in the U.S. - a move that could affect millions of people. The scholars bluntly pointed out Trump - constitutionally - can’t revoke more»
IUOE Decides Not To Represent Six Workers In Illinois Town After They Used Janus Rights & Opted Out Of Paying Dues, Union Says: “Our Representation Has Value, And We’re Very Proud Of The Service We Provide For Our Members.”
Published on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in National Labor News
(NAPIERVILLE, ILLINOIS) - A Collective Bargaining Unit made up of six Field Supervisors from Naperville’s Public Works Department is no longer represented by a Union after half of its Members opted out of paying for Union Representation, an action allowed as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made this Summer. The court’s 5-4 ruling in the more»
What The Attack On New York City’s African Burial Ground ‘Says About The Elite’s Attempts To Divide’ Workers
Published on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - If the fetid tide of White Supremacy and hatred that Donald Trump and his minions are riding into the Mid-Term Elections isn’t already familiar to Trade Unionists, it should be - it’s part of a very old playbook aimed at undermining Worker Power. “All you have to do ‘is look at who’s in Washington’ more»
National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Says A’ Record Labor Voter Mobilization Emphasizes Pocketbook Issues’
Published on Monday, November 5, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Organized Labor’s record voter mobilization efforts this year, which started earlier than ever before for a Mid-Term Election, emphasized pocketbook issues and - says National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka - will produce huge “momentum at the ballot box” on Tuesday, November 6th. It also produced a record number of more»
Union Nurse & Disaster Responder Honored For Helping Puerto Rico - Alicia Schwartz Is The ‘First’ Nurse To Be Honored With The Award For Medical Service
Published on Monday, November 5, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Out of New York City’s 8.4 million people, Union Nurse and Disaster Responder Alicia Schwartz was honored in the Big Apple as a Hometown Hero - the first Nurse to be honored with the award for medical service. Since 1984, Schwartz - a member of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)-affiliated United Federation of Teachers (UFT) more»
“We're Just Fed Up:” Teachers Are Running For Elected Office In ‘Record Numbers’ In 2018, Motivated By Low Pay & Education Cuts
Published on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in National Labor News
For decades, said Craig Hoxie, there’s been a joke in education that goes something like this: Those who can, teach - and those who can’t, legislate. Hoxie, who teaches physics and sports science at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, laughed when he repeated the line - but it’s not actually that funny, he said, because more»
Published on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Upset women and Democrats, angry at the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election and subsequent Republican actions trashing everyone but the 1%, are mobilizing in a Blue Wave. Fearful - but also triumphant White Men, some filled with hate, most crowing over the ascension of controversial Right-Wing Federal Judge - and alleged more»
Published on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Content Creators at Al Jazeera English, based in the United States, have voted overwhelmingly to recognize the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) as their Union ̶ - with 97% voting in favor. The election was conducted by mail ballot and votes were counted by the National Labor more»
Columbia University Graduate Workers Vote Overwhelmingly To Authorize A Strike As New York City University Continues To Avoid Bargaining A Contract
Published on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After years of legal delays by the Columbia University Administration, a majority of Graduate Workers have voted 93% (1832-to-136) to authorize their Bargaining Committee to call a Strike. In late April, Graduate Workers of Columbia University (GWC)-United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2110 - the Union that represents 1,500 Research and more»
Via The Hill: ‘Heads Up’ Government Employees - Trump Adviser ‘Rules Out Deal On Raising’ Federal Minimum Wage
Published on Friday, November 2, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow on Thursday (November 1st) said he would oppose any deal that would raise the Federal Minimum Wage. "My view is no. My view is a Federal Minimum Wage is a terrible idea, and will damage, in particular, small businesses," he said when asked about the prospect at a Washington Post event. more»
Via Fortune Magazine: General Motors Offers Buyouts to 18,000 Workers, ‘Months After Warning About Layoffs’ Over Trump's Tariffs
Published on Friday, November 2, 2018 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - In an effort to save money, General Motors (GM) is reportedly offering buyouts to salaried Employees in North America who have 12 or more years of experience. The Voluntary Severance Program was announced shortly after the company’s third-quarter earnings report where it reported an operating profit of $2.5 billion and 10.2% more»
Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz On the Synagogue Massacre in Pittsburgh: Unionists ‘Must Take A Concrete Step To Restore Sanity & Decency’ To The Direction Of Our Country
Published on Friday, November 2, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Brothers and Sisters, What many of us have predicted with dread has now come to pass. An anti-Semitic monster killed 11 completely innocent people in a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 27th. He did so using the rhetoric of Nazis and their apologists. While he was caught and will undoubtedly be punished, no words that more»
SAG-AFTRA Holds Bake Sale Rally in Front of BBH New York Offices To Protest Ad Agency’s Attempts To Illegally Abandon Its Union Contract After Nearly 20 Years
Published on Friday, November 2, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - More than 400 Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Members rallied Thursday (November 1st) in front of Ad Agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty’s (BBH) New York City Headquarters, which is trying to illegally abandon its Union Contract after almost 20 years. The rally took the form of a more»
Via In These Times: Chicago Teachers Just Voted 98% ‘To Authorize The First Charter School Strike In U.S. History’
Published on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in National Labor News
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) - On Tuesday (October 30th), Teachers at 15 Chicago Charter Schools voted 98% to authorize a Strike as they continue to bargain a contract with Acero Schools, the largest Unionized Charter Network in the city. On Friday (November 2nd), four locations of the Chicago International Charter Schools (CICS) will take a Strike Authorization more»
Union-Represented Nurses & U.S. Veterans Affairs Department Reach Impasse Over New Contract as VA Secretary Wilkie Rejects Negotiated Contract Proposal
Published on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A group of 11,000 Union-represented Nurses at the Veterans Affairs Department has reached an impasse with the agency over its Collective Bargaining Agreement, as the Trump Administration has declined to sign off on a contract proposal structured by a third-party arbitrator and the department’s own negotiators. VA Secretary Robert more»
Published on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Cable-TV giant Charter Communications is pushing ahead with its efforts to decertify International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3, even as efforts to end the punishing 19-month-old Spectrum Strike reportedly continue. Attorneys for Charter Communications earlier this week submitted paperwork to the National Labor more»
Published on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BALTIMORE, MARYLAND) – National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Officials have found evidence Johns Hopkins Hospital Officials tried to deter Nurses from forming a Union. The NLRB said it will issue a formal complaint against the hospital if officials don’t agree to settle the complaint. National Nurses United (NNU) filed the labor complaint in more»
As We Celebrate Halloween 2018, Did You Know That ‘Long Hours & Dangerous Conditions’ On The Frankenstein Sets Led Legendary Actor Boris Karloff To Get Behind The Movement To Unionize Screen Actors?
Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Your On-Line Labor Newspaper is republishing this Labor News Story that it originally published back on October 29th, 2015. In celebrating Halloween 2018, WNYLaborToday.com thought it was important to underscore and recognize - once again - what Actors Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi did to organize their fellow Actors more»
The New York Foundation For Fair Contracting - Providing A ‘Level Playing Field’ When It Comes To Workers, Public Bodies, Business Owners & Taxpayers To Ensure ‘All’ Benefit
Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: The non-profit New York Foundation For Fair Contracting (NYFFC) is working to level the playing field for Workers, public bodies, business owners and taxpayers to ensure all benefit when it comes to awarding and working on publicly-funded projects. Pictured above, from left to right: Candace Morrison, an Attorney who more»
Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Newly available wage data for 2017 show annual wages grew far faster for the top 1% (3.7%) than for the bottom 90 percent (up only 1%), the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute (EPI) announced. The top 1% percent saw the fastest growth, up 8% - far faster than any other wage group. This fast wage growth for the top more»
Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in National Labor News
(DES MOINES, IOWA) - Twenty-one Iowa Public Employees Unions representing State Workers for collective bargaining of contracts have all won re-certification elections, according to unofficial results from the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (IPERB). Unofficial results for than 400 additional Local Bargaining Units showed the vast majority were also more»
Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C. & PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND) - Graduate Employees at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island have each given official notice to their universities of their intent to hold a Union Election supervised by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) - setting the stage for formal more»
Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK) - When Donna Hope ran successfully for Vice President of the Nassau Community College Federation of Teachers in 2017, a man said to her afterward: “I was counting the number of women in the room. I see why you won.” Hope wondered: What about her work, her research, her commitment, and her previous Union Officer more»
Union Leadership Faults Top Political Leaders For ‘Fomenting The Environment’ That Led To Synagogue Massacre
Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Two Union Leaders, Donald Taylor of UNITE HERE and Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are faulting top U.S. political leaders - implicitly or explicitly, for fomenting the environment that led to the anti-Semitic synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh and other recent acts of hate. Several Union Leaders, more»
Published on Monday, October 29, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Did you hear this one? One of Donald Trump’s favorite Labor Unions is suing... Donald Trump. Or, to be more precise, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council (NICEC), an American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) sector that endorsed - and has been lauded by Trump, is suing the Republican more»
Published on Monday, October 29, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City will now provide unlimited 9/11 Sick Leave to City Workers who participated in World Trade Center rescue, recovery and cleanup operations and, as a result, contracted a 9/11-related illness. This sick leave is retroactive to September 11th, 2001 and leave taken since then for a 9/11-related illness will be restored. more»
The IBEW Joins With NECA To ‘Work To Shrink’ The Gender Gap In The Electrical Field - Trying To Figure Out What Keeps Women Away From The Construction Industry & Fix Misconceptions About Women In The Trades
Published on Monday, October 29, 2018 in National Labor News
(THE STATE OF OREGON) - At the age of 14, Sonja Rheaume took the first step in what is nearly a 30-year career in the electrical business - and it’s not over yet. Rheaume is the fourth generation in her family to work in the electrical business. Her great grandfather started Oregon Electric and both her grandfather and father worked there. Rheaume more»
Published on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - An all-Republican panel of President Donald Trump’s National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) recently ruled that Janitors in San Francisco violated the law when they picketed in front of their workplace to win higher wages, better working conditions and freedom from sexual harassment in their workplace. The ruling could result in more»
Published on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(SYRACUSE, NEW YORK) - With New York State facing a looming Teacher shortage, the Syracuse Teachers Association (STA) and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union are launching the first in a series of summits to encourage students and career-changers to “take a look at teaching.” The Syracuse Take a Look at Teaching Summit will engage more»