Published on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - Within 36 hours of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Strike against General Motors (GM), the Detroit Automaker announced a decision to shift Worker health care payments to the Union immediately - a strategy that risks dragging out the Strike, Labor Negotiators say. "They're ‘pouring gasoline on the fire,’" said Harry Katz, the more»
Elon University’s Adjuncts ‘Win Another’ Union Victory, But The North Carolina University ‘Appeals – Again’
Published on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(ELON, NORTH CAROLINA) - Adjunct Faculty at Elon University have won another victory in their bid to form a Union, but the university said it will appeal this decision. The top official with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in Atlanta ruled in favor of Elon’s Adjunct Faculty. In a 20-page decision, Acting Regional Director more»
DNC Chair & Buffalo Native Tom Perez Walks With Striking UAW Workers Outside Tonawanda Plant – Tells GM: “(You) Got A Bailout And They Got A Massive Tax Cut. You Need To Share That With Your Workers.”
Published on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TONAWANDA, NEW YORK) – As the United Auto Workers (UAW) continued its Strike against General Motors (GM), the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Buffalo native Tom Perez came to Buffalo last week to walk the line with the Auto Workers, telling them he stood with them. GM Employees have been on Strike for seven days now, standing more»
Republican Majority NLRB Deals Grad Student Unions ‘A Blow’ As Proposed New Rule Says Students Aren’t ‘Employees’
Published on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Graduate Students are not “Employees” with a right to Unionize, according to a rule proposed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), an agency that’s tasked with enforcing U.S. Labor Laws. If implemented, the rule would undercut a recent wave of Grad Student Unionization Efforts at private U.S. universities. more»
‘White Collar’ Apprentices? Labor Department Estimates There Are ‘More Than’ 7 Million Job Openings In The U.S. & Only 6.1 Million Available Workers - Many Of Those Workers Are ‘Lacking The Right Skills’ To Fill The Open Jobs
Published on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Apprenticeships are nothing new, but business is taking a fresh look at how to use them to generate a talent pipeline for White Collar jobs. Potential occupations for expansion include jobs in finance, insurance, supply chain management, telecommunications, and information technology. According to analysis by Burning Glass Technologies and the Harvard more»
Published on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - A group of demonstrators gathered late last week in support of higher wages for Nazareth College Adjunct Professors. Josh Massicot, a demonstrator, told News 8 he teaches nine classes at Nazareth College: “I ‘don’t make any money.’ ‘I see my job almost like charity.’ ‘I essentially have a more»
Unions Join Worldwide Climate Strike - ‘Inspired’ By Worker Activism, High Schoolers ‘Walked Out Of Classes To Call For Progress On’ Climate Change
Published on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Across the world on Friday (September 20th), Students and Union Members walked out and went on Strike - but not against one company, but rather a larger call for action on climate change. The Global School Walkout and Strike was an event that was organized largely by High School Students who were following in the footsteps of the more»
Union-Represented Workers Ratify New Contract At Auburn Community Hospital - Agreement Ends Nine-Month-Long Labor Dispute
Published on Thursday, September 19, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(AUBURN, NEW YORK) – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3124-represented Health Care Workers employed at Auburn Community Hospital have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new Union Contract after almost a year of difficult negotiations. In a major win for Workers, the new agreement creates contractual language more»
Published on Thursday, September 19, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - The United Steelworkers (USW) Union is condemning HCL Technologies, Limited for coercing Employees into mandatory meetings aimed at defeating the Workers' campaign to organize a Union and bargain collectively for better, more secure jobs at Google's Bakery Square offices. Last month, more than 66% of roughly 80 eligible HCL more»
This Hidden ‘Walls Of The Solidarity’ Mural In Chicago ‘Tells The Story Of One Of The City’s ‘Most Radical’ Labor Unions
Published on Thursday, September 19, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) - Anyone driving on Ashland Avenue near Monroe Street in the City of Chicago has likely seen the colorful mural on the side of the United Electrical (UE) Workers union hall. Completed in 1999 by Mexican artist Daniel Manrique, it shows people joining hands in solidarity and celebrates international unity among Workers. Less well-known more»
BACK-TO-SCHOOL: Union Partnership Helps Students Start The School Year Off With 'A Sense Of Pride And Confidence'
Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK) - Six months ago, staff at Grace Smith House in Poughkeepsie reached out to the Wappingers Congress of Teachers, asking for help to get a boy’s bike. When Union Leaders dropped off the bike, they asked how else they could help the students sheltering there in safety from domestic violence. The answer: Those kids would need more»
Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS) - Wellesley College, the Nation’s preeminent women’s campus is in unfamiliar territory: Defending itself against charges of sexism in an in-your-face advertising campaign launched by the Local Electrical Workers Union. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 has taken out newspaper and on-line more»
Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA) - Five hundred San Diego Unified School District Principals, Vice Principals, School Police Supervisors, Operations Managers, and Education, Food and Transportation Supervisors have taken a major step to enhance their clout by joining the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA). The affiliation of the Administrators more»
Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Republican President Trump says he is “winning big time, against China,” but his Trade War is causing measurable damage to the U.S. Economy, with the pain likely to worsen. Forecasting Firm Moody’s Analytics estimates that Trump’s Trade War with China has already reduced U.S. employment by 300,000 jobs, compared more»
GM ‘Under Fire From All Sides’ As UAW Strike Continues – From Republican President Trump To His Top Democratic Challengers, ‘All Are Pressuring’ The Automaker ‘To Negotiate An End’ To The Dispute
Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in National Labor News
(ACROSS THE UNITED STATES) - General Motors (GM) is facing political heat from both sides of the aisle in the midst of a high-stakes fight with striking United Auto Workers (UAW). Republican President Donald Trump, along with some of his top Democratic challengers, are pressuring the company to quickly negotiate an end to the dispute after almost 50,000 more»
To Protest What The Buffalo Teachers Federation Charges Is The Buffalo School Board’s ‘Refusal To Negotiate’ A New Contract, Union-Represented Teachers Will Rally Today
Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Teacher representatives from Buffalo’s Public Schools are holding a rally today (Wednesday, September 18th) to protest the Superintendent’s and School Board’s refusal to negotiate a new contract. After the late afternoon rally, some Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF)-represented Teachers will then go into a Board more»
Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in National Labor News
(EBENSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA) - Workers and their Unions are asking for action in the Pennsylvania General Assembly on House Bill 1082 and Senate Bill 464. More than 577,000 Pennsylvania Public Workers deserve the same health and safety protections on the job as Private Sector Workers, but are excluded from the protections of the U.S. Occupational Safety and more»
Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15th through October 15th, with a new poster honoring Marìa Teresa Kumar, the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino. Voto Latino is responsible for registering and influencing millions of Latino voters through viral, more»
Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Uber will begin logging its New York drivers out of the App if they don’t get to a “high demand zone” within 30 minutes of dropping off a fare, the company announced in an e-mail to Drivers. “If you’re trying to drive in an area where there isn’t enough rider demand at that time, you will not be able to more»
Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Republican President Donald Trump has selected a Washington outsider to head the government agency responsible for paying back dissolved pensions. That might be welcome news for Trump voters who want the President to fulfill a promise to “drain the swamp” and rid the capital of the politically connected. Yet - Trump’s more»
49,000 UAW-Represented GM Workers Across The U.S. Go Out On Strike After Contract Expires - Teamsters Announce They Will Not Cross Picket Lines In Support of Workers
Published on Monday, September 16, 2019 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - A Strike by over 49,000 United Auto Workers (UAW) against General Motors (GM) could have been averted had the company made its latest offer sooner, the UAW's top negotiator said in a letter to the company. In the letter, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes told GM's Labor Relations Chief that the latest offer could have made it possible to more»
'Urging GM To Do The Right Thing & Negotiate A New Deal,' NYS AFL-CIO Stands With Striking UAW Workers, Including Those Walking The Line In Buffalo, Rochester & Rochester
Published on Monday, September 16, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Urging General Motors (GM) to do the right thing and negotiate a new deal, New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento says the 2.5 million Member State Labor Federation is standing with Striking United Auto Workers (UAW) Workers, including those walking the line outside GM Plants in Buffalo, Rochester & Rochester "The (2.5 more»
Published on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA) - For the ninth consecutive year, Fall Protection - General Requirements is the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) most frequently cited standard, OSHA and Safety+Health have announced. The rest of the preliminary list of OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 also remained largely more»
Published on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(AUSTIN, TEXAS) - Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of Part-Time Workers, the company has confirmed to Business Insider. The changes will take effect on January 1st and affect just under 2% of Whole Foods' total workforce, a Whole Foods spokesperson told Business Insider. Whole Foods has about 95,000 Employees, so it means about 1,900 more»
Published on Monday, September 16, 2019 in New York City Labor News
As many of you may know, my office enforces New York State and Local Prevailing Wage Laws. That means that if you have done construction work on a New York City Public Work Project or have been employed in a building service job through a City contract or in a building with an affordable housing property tax exemption, then you may be entitled to more»
Published on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
In another effort to fills the skills gap in manufacturing, Toyota Motor North America is joining with the Manufacturing Institute, a division of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), to offer its successful program as a model for other companies. The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education Program (FAME), was created by the automaker more»
Union-Busting Tactic: Arizona Republic Newspaper Editor 'Warns' Staff To ‘Carefully Consider The Consequences’ Of Unionizing
Published on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PHOENIX, ARIZONA) - Arizona Republic Executive Editor Greg Burton sent a staff-wide e-mail lamenting a “divisive unionization effort” that had taken hold in his newsroom, but his e-mail probably didn’t go far in restoring harmony. Burton alleged ”several employees, in pursuit of their goal of Unionizing our newsroom, are tracking more»
Kaiser Permanente Colorado Workers Vote Overwhelmingly To Authorize Nationwide Strike - 96% Of Those Who Voted In The State Supported Authorizing A Strike
Published on Friday, September 13, 2019 in National Labor News
(DENVER, COLORADO) - Colorado’s Kaiser Permanente Workers have voted overwhelmingly in support of a Nationwide Strike in October over Unfair Labor Practices. Ninety-six percent of those who voted in the State supported authorizing a Strike, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 105 said in a news release. The vote took place between more»
‘Too Many’ Labor Leaders ‘Are Failing To Make The Case For Action’ In Face Of ‘Growing’ Climate Catastrophe
Published on Friday, September 13, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Working Men and Women, including more than 900 Amazon Employees based in Seattle, Washington alone, figure to play a key role in Global Climate Strike actions that will take place between September 20th through the 27th - but the true power of the Labor Movement is not being brought to bear because many Labor Leaders are still not treating more»
California Approves Bill That Will Turn Gig Workers Into Employees - California Labor Says Bill’s Passage Sets "The Standard For The Rest Of The Country To Follow"
Published on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in National Labor News
(SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA) - California Lawmakers have passed a Bill that would provide new wage and benefit protections to Workers at so-called Gig Economy companies like Uber and Lyft. Such App-based businesses, worth tens of billions of dollars, have vowed to fight the measure. The 29-to-11 vote sends the Bill back to the State Assembly for final more»
Published on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner was matter-of-fact in his call for Congress to pass the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1935: The New Deal's Labor Board was failing American Workers. "The oversight agency had become a ‘maze of confusion and contradictions, a sham and a delusion,’" Wagner said. Workers were more»
Published on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(CANORA, SASKATCHEWAN/CANADA) – Workers employed by a Tim Hortons franchise in Canora, Saskatchewan have become the first in the company to have a certified a Union in the Canadian Province. The Tim Hortons Employees will be represented by the Workers United Canada Council. The coffee and doughnut store shares a building with a pharmacy on Main more»
Published on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS) - A new program that gives high school students hands-on experience with the Construction Trades kicked off this year. Over two years, juniors and seniors from local high schools will learn to pour concrete, install pipes, construct scaffolding and other aspects of the Trades from certified Labor Instructors through the Illinois more»
Published on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union is lauding Rachel Murat - a celebrated long-time Maine-Endwell Social Studies Teacher, high school mentor and community servant - on being named the 2020 New York State Teacher of the Year. Murat, a 2019 Teacher of the Year finalist, has taught numerous history and government classes and more»
Bricklayers Local 3’s ‘Labor Of Love Goes Above And Beyond,’ Union Donates ‘More Than’ 300 Man Hours To Install Nearly 16,000 Bricks To Complete A Unique Veterans Tribute In The Western New York Town Of North Collins
Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NORTH COLLINS, NEW YORK) – When Jim Lint walked into Bricklayers Local 3’s Buffalo Union Hall back in the Fall of 2017 to ask for a small monetary donation to help fund a five-starred Veterans Tribute that he was working to get built in the Town of North Collins, he never thought the Union and its Leadership would instead make an on-the-spot more»
The IAM Vows To ‘Keep Fighting’ For Fired Workers ‘Despite’ Boeing South Carolina Labor Board Ruling
Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in National Labor News
(NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA) - Complaints that Boeing fired Workers for supporting a Labor Union will still be heard despite a ruling this week that blocked the Union’s attempts to get a foothold at the Aerospace Giant’s North Charleston Campus in South Carolina. In a 3-to-1 ruling issued Monday (September 9th), the National Labor more»
‘Now This Is Cool:’ Washington, D.C.’s Newest & Tallest Mural Honors A Local Jazz Legend Who Was Also A Union-Represented Mailman
Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A man in a U.S. Postal Service uniform leans against a brick wall at 14th and U Streets NW. He’s playing a tenor saxophone, with his mailbag resting at his feet. He’s also nine stories tall. The 70-foot-tall mural of Buck Hill is D.C.’s newest and tallest outdoor portrait. City officials dedicated it this week as more»
The Independent Drivers Guild ‘Urges Ending Caps’ On App-Based Cabs & Abolishing The Taxi And Limousine Commission
Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Saying that New York City is “failing (80,000) Low-Income App-Based Drivers,” Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) Head Brendan Sexton is calling for abolishing the Taxi and Limousine Commission and replacing it with a Mayoral Agency. Speaking to reporters and about 100 Drivers earlier this week at a rally in front of City Hall, more»
Union ‘Sheds Light’ On Addiction: Wappingers Congress Of Teachers ‘Grapples With The Loss’ Of Two Educators To Addiction - “It’s All About The Stigma. We Want To Reduce The Stigma, So People Aren’t Afraid To Get Help.”
Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(WAPPINGERS FALLS, NEW YORK) - Over the past several years, members of the Wappingers Congress of Teachers (WCT) have tried to grapple with the loss of two educators to addiction. Some are upset they didn’t notice the signs or weren’t sure what to do when they noticed their peers arriving late for school or being irritable. Others are more»
Skills Training, Apprenticeships Target Employees Who Are ‘Traditionally Left Out’ As Labor Market Tightens
Published on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(HOUSTON, TEXAS) - A year into working at a collection agency’s call center, Pete Martinez didn’t see much of future. The pay was low, the opportunities for advancement dismal and the likelihood of getting laid off high, but as an Army Veteran with a high school diploma, he saw few other career prospects ahead. That changed on August 26th. more»
Published on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA) - Inspired by a groundbreaking contract reached by EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Workers in Riverside, California, nearly 80 EMS Professionals in nearby Imperial County have voted overwhelmingly to join United EMS Workers/AFSCME Local 4911. This month, they will begin bargaining for a contract that will raise industry standards. more»
Published on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - With the State’s Teacher shortage approaching crisis level, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer joined with Educators and Union Leaders in Rochester to urge expansion of student loan debt relief and more funding for recruitment and retention programs. “We ‘have to do this,’” Schumer said. “We’re more»
Published on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Disabled Federal Employees are being let go at alarming rates under the Trump Administration. NBC News reports: In 2017, the Government fired 2,626 Full-Time Employees with disabilities, according to documents from the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) obtained by NBC News. That marks a 24% increase from 2016. The EEOC more»
Take The Time To Listen To This Labor Discussion On ‘Politics With WNYC’s Amy Walter:’ Several National Labor Leaders Answer The Question - Will Unions ‘Deliver’ 2020 To The Democrats?
Published on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in National Labor News
In the episode, we look at the rise and fall of the Labor Movement, particularly Unions. By collectively bargaining for better work conditions, Unions elevated the Middle Class. But over the years, many Unions have watched their Membership numbers decline. As a result of a few Supreme Court decisions, a loss in manufacturing jobs and a lack of increased more»
‘More Bad News’ From A National Labor Relations Board’ Dominated By’ Republican Trump Appointees: NLRB ‘Outlaws’ Union Organizing At The Workplace If The Property ‘Is Not Owned’ By Employer
Published on Monday, September 9, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – There’s more bad news for Unions and Workers from an NLRB dominated by Trump appointees. Reuters reports “The National Labor Relations Board has ruled Workers do not have the right to engage in Union Organizing and similar activities on private property where they work - but that is not owned by their employer. In a more»
A Labor Perspective From Former NLRB Member Sharon Block: “We Need Stronger Labor Unions To Protect The Middle Class”
Published on Monday, September 9, 2019 in National Labor News
Newsweek Editor’s Note: Sharon Block is Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School and was a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under President Obama. Labor Law in our country is profoundly broken. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is the Federal Statute that protects the right of more»
Published on Monday, September 9, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - What’s most important for the American Labor Movement going into 2020? Among 10 Union Leaders who spoke to LaborPress at New York City’s annual Labor Day parade on Saturday (September 7th), the three common themes were solidarity, turning back attacks on Workers, and convincing people of the value of Unions. “Unions as more»
The Worker's Friend? Here’s How Trump Has Waged His War On Workers: A Look At The President’s ‘Continual Attacks On America’s Working Men & Women’
Published on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
When it comes to wowing Workers, Donald Trump is an absolute magician. Through some mysterious sorcery, he has convinced millions of American Workers that he is their true friend, fighting hard for them, even though he and his appointees have taken one Anti-Worker action after another - dozens of them. Yes, it is perplexing to many of us that so many more»
New Report: The 10 ‘Worst’ States For Workers Are ‘Right-To-Work (For Less)’, While The 10 Best ‘Are Not’
Published on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
If you are looking for the best states for Workers, steer clear of Right-To-Work (for less) states, says a new study. The Oxfam America report reveals that the 10 worst states to work in America are the following, which are all Right-To-Work: Louisiana, Tennessee, North Dakota, Idaho, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and more»
Published on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in National Labor News
(MEMPHIS, TENNESEE) - Baxter Leach, one of the surviving Sanitation Workers who participated in the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike that brought the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, recently passed away at the age of 79. The Strike and subsequent assassination of Dr. King marked a pivotal moment for the Civil Rights struggle in America. In 1968, more»