Published on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(MACON, GEORGIA) – Workers at the Kumho Tire Factory in Macon, Georgia voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) Union - nearly two years after the initial vote was marred by the company’s numerous violations of Workers’ Rights. While some legal challenges remain before the election results are official, the initial vote count more»
Published on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – On Saturday (September 7th), Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his plan to put the New York Buy American Act - which is set to expire in 2020 - permanently on the books, touting it as “some of the most progressive Pro-Worker, Pro-Labor, Pro-Middle Class initiatives and reforms in the United States - period." He also took a more»
Published on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Since 2017, LinkedIn has launched three Apprenticeship Programs designed to bring people from outside technology into its engineering, sales and recruiting ranks. LinkedIn has hired people from the food industry, veterans, mothers who left the workforce and even a former National Football League (NFL) kicker. The company is trying to help fill the massive more»
Published on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A delegation of more than two dozen 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) supporters and Employees of Eulen America, a private contractor that employs Baggage Handlers, Wheelchair Attendants and Cabin Cleaners at John F. Kennedy International Airport, met supervisors of the firm last week to address serious problems with a more»
Labor Perspective From Chicago-Area Writer John Vukmirovich: Back When American Workers Put ‘We’ Before ‘I’ - Unions ‘Have The Potential To Cut Across Social, Political And Racial Lines, Uniting Us Rather Than Dividing Us’
Published on Friday, September 6, 2019 in National Labor News
Chicago Sun Times Editor’s Note: John Vukmirovich is a Chicago-area Writer, Researcher and book reviewer. The author’s late father, Ed Vukmirovich, is the man pictured above with the mustache in the middle. In this photo from the late 1950s or early 1960s, He is surrounded by his Union Brothers from Republic Steel on Chicago’s Southeast more»
Published on Friday, September 6, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WINNSBORO, SOUTH CAROLINA) - A South Carolina plant that assembles televisions, using Chinese parts, has announced it will shut down and lay off nearly all its Employees because of new tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration. Element Electronics - which describes itself as the only assembler of televisions in the U.S. - plans to lay off 126 of its 134 more»
Published on Friday, September 6, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Calling the half-unpaid 24-hour shifts “common” in the Home Health Care Industry an “inhumane” 21st-Century sweatshop, a group of New York City Home-Care Aides and New York State Legislators joined to announce the introduction of a Bill to ban 24-hour shifts. The Bill, sponsored by State Senator Roxanne Persaud more»
Are Millennials ‘Saving’ Labor Unions? People Under 35 ‘Have Shown The Greatest Increase’ In Union Membership ‘Out Of Any Age Demographic’
Published on Friday, September 6, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ITHACA, NEW YORK) - Genevieve Rand, a 22-year-old woman who worked at Nikki Green in Downtown Ithaca when it was still open, said she noticed there were several problems at the restaurant before she and her Co-Workers decided to take action. "Our wages were ‘very low, below’ the Minimum Wage of New York, ‘and had stagnated for a long more»
NYSNA-Represented Nurses Employed At Buffalo’s Erie County Medical Center Ratify New Four-Year Contract, Agreement Calls For ‘Continued’ Quality Health Care Services For Patients & ‘Fair’ Wages For Nurses
Published on Friday, September 6, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In a joint statement, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Erie County Medical Center (ECMCC) have announced the ratification of a new four-year contract that calls for continued quality health care services for patients and fair wages for Nurses. The ratification vote took place at the end of August and more»
Nearly 100 Great Neck Buildings And Ground Association Employees Vote To ‘Go Union’ With The Civil Service Employees Association
Published on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(GREAT NECK, LONG ISLAND) - Nearly 100 Great Neck Buildings and Ground Association Employees have voted to ‘Go Union’ with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), the Statewide Union has announced In a posting on Facebook, the CSEA congratulations and welcomed its newest Members: In a recent vote that passed by 96%, the Great Neck more»
Published on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BANGOR, MAINE) - Deep in the Maine woods, Cameron Jackson spends at least 15 hours a day alone in a tree-felling monster, cutting trees for Bangor-based Seven Islands Land Company. Jackson, 25, has been a logger for 10 years. He leaves home, and his girlfriend, on Sunday night, and heads about 90 minutes into a web of logging roads, nearly to the more»
Could A California Grocery Worker Strike Spur A Nationwide Movement? The State's Grocery Unions ‘Are Poised To Strike Against’ Albertsons & Ralphs, ‘The Latest In A Wave Of Protests For Balancing Fair Pay With Corporate Profits’
Published on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in National Labor News
(THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA) - When Sharon Hechler started working in Arcadia, California as a Cashier for the Supermarket Chain Albertsons 46 years ago, she never intended to make it her lifelong career. “Then, ‘I found out I loved it,’” she told Civil Eats. “Once upon a time, ‘it was a great job.’ ‘We had more»
Know Your Enemies & Keep Tabs On How They Are Attacking You: ALEC’s 2019 Agenda to ‘Erode’ Union Power
Published on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - When Mark Janus was introduced at the Conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference in Washington, D.C. in December 2018, he was hailed as a conquering hero. Lisa Nelson, the group’s CEO, called him “the successful plaintiff of one of the most consequential Supreme Court decisions of the year” - more»
‘Fast Food Workers Deserve A Voice On The Job And A Contract’ - After Winning A $15 An Hour Minimum Wage, Fast Food Workers Are Determined To Fight For Unionization
Published on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Fight for $15 Campaign launched in 2012, succeeded in lifting the Minimum Wage, but without a Union, Fast Food Workers at McDonald’s Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and the rest of the Big Chain Eateries, are still vulnerable to on the job sexual harassment, intimidation, wage theft, unreliable scheduling, more»
Newly-Created IT Program Will Train 200 Apprentices In Northwest Arkansas For Job Opportunities In Cyber Security, Website Development & Data Analytics
Published on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS) - The Northwest Arkansas Council has partnered with the Arkansas Center for Data Sciences to create a new IT Training Program that will train 200 Apprentices across the area. Apprentices will receive a classroom education and on-the-job training in cyber security, website development and data analytics for a minimum of one year. more»
A ‘New Assault’ On Organized Labor: Alaska May Attack Public Sector Unions ‘By Treating Them Like Abortion Clinics’
Published on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in National Labor News
(THE STATE OF ALASKA) - The aftershocks of the Supreme Court’s blow to Organized Labor continue to reverberate. Janus v. AFSCME, the Court’s 2018 5-to-4 decision, granted Public Sector Employees in every State a right to reap the benefits of Union Representation without paying for them. Backers of the litigation intended to weaken more»
Published on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Once thought to be on their dying breath, Labor Unions in the United States are bouncing back, driven by immense public interest in combating Income Inequality and creating a better and fairer experience for current and future generations of Americans. As the International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) with over 200,000 Members, I know more»
New York City ‘Is Still A Union Town,’ But Young Workers ‘Lag Behind’ - New CUNY School Of Labor & Urban Studies Report ‘Finds A Dip’ In NYC Union Density
Published on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Union density in New York dipped slightly in the past year, but New York remains the most Unionized in the United States, with rates more than twice the national average of 10.5%, according to a just-released report by the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Labor & Urban Studies. The report: The State of the Unions 2019: A more»
Published on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ITHACA, NEW YORK) - The newly-formed GreenStar Workers Organizing Group has begun a public push to Unionize all Employees of the Organic Grocery Store to combat what they say are unfair and unreasonable actions by management and to fight for more equitable workplace practices from the company. The effort has been ongoing for over a year, including last more»
Instead Of ‘Recognizing’ Workers Across The Country For The Role They Play, Trump ‘Goes After’ National AFL-CIO President Trumka In A Tweet - ‘On Labor Day’
Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump lashed out at National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Labor Day, a day after the Labor Union Leader criticized Trump's trade deal in a Fox News interview. Trump, in a Labor Day morning tweet, claimed Trumka doesn't share the same critique of Trump's trade deal when "he is with me at the more»
Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - The United Auto Workers (UAW) has confirmed it will seek to negotiate a contract with General Motors (GM) this Fall as a template for negotiations with Detroit's two other automakers. It was thought the Union would choose Ford, a company perceived to be Worker friendly, so the news is a surprise to some Union Members and Industry more»
Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – They came from all across the area, Public and Private Sector, Building Trades, Health Care Workers, Manufacturing Workers, Teachers - the list went on and on. On Labor Day 2019, Buffalo’s Labor Unions, their Representatives and Membership came together to celebrate and remember the gains achieved by Organized Labor for more»
As A New School Year Begins, NYSUT Urges Stakeholders To 'Refocus Their Efforts On Serving Our Students'
Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - As the new school year begins this week, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union and its Local Affiliates will continue their fight for State and Local policies that ensure all New York students have access to a high-quality education. “Throughout my career as an Educator, a new school year has represented an opportunity more»
New York AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento: Labor’s ‘Next Goal Is To Protect’ Gig Economy Workers - Calls On State Legislators To Support A Bill That Would End The Misclassification Of App Workers As ‘Independent’ Contractors
Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in New York City Labor News
All Working Men and Women should take pause to celebrate Labor Day. And now, there is one class of Workers, left behind for a century that can finally join the celebration. I’m talking about Farmworkers - who just last month won basic Labor Rights, including the right to organize a Union, a mandatory day of rest and the right to overtime pay. Tens more»
Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BISMARK, NORTH DAKOTA) – Nurses employed at the CHI St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismark have voted unanimously to join the Minnesota Nurses Association, the largest and fastest-growing Union for Registered Nurses (RNs) in America. The MNA represents more than 150,000 Nurses across the country - making sure Nurses are getting an equal say in any more»
Labor Perspective From Pipefitters Local 537 Business Manager Brian Kelly In Massachusetts: Union Apprenticeship Training Programs ‘Are Better Than’ Industry Apprenticeships
Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Boston’s future is looking bright. Cranes are as much a part of our landscape as statues of Colonial heroes, with large development projects clearly visible across the entire cities of Boston and Cambridge. The volume of construction projects, those ongoing and those still on the drawing board, is good news for our city in this 21st Century more»
Labor Perspective From SEIU National President Mary Kay Henry: “We Need Unions For All. It's A Bold Agenda For Helping Everyone Get Ahead In Our Economy.”
Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in National Labor News
We need serious plans to empower all Workers to form Unions, no matter what job they do. Unions for All is our litmus test for the 2020 Presidential Candidates. America’s Labor Laws were established 84 years ago on the basis of a racist compromise and these laws, which were incomplete when they were written, are now completely useless to millions of more»
Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka insists Union Members were not responsible for electing Republican President Donald Trump in 2016, but he is vowing they will help defeat him in 2020. During a breakfast held last week with Washington reporters that hosted by The Christian Science Monitor, Trumka promised an unprecedented more»
‘An Oldie, But A Goodie’ Labor Perspective: NEA National President Lily Eskelsen García Says ‘Stop Writing That Obituary for Teachers' Unions.’ ‘We're Not Going Anywhere’
Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME seeks to turn back the clock on almost a half century of progress for Working People. I wish that the decision came as a surprise, but those of us in Teachers’ Unions have been anticipating this radical retrenchment by the Supreme Court on this key Labor issue for years. Its 5-4 ruling, at the time, more»
Labor Perspective From Greater Syracuse AFL-CIO Labor Council President Mark Spadofore: This Labor Day, Workers Across Central New York ‘Must Get Up From Our Knees’
Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in New York State Labor News
As we celebrate Labor Day, Workers find themselves in a steady, slow decline in wages for their work. According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), since 1979, Worker Productivity has increased by more than 69% while wages have only grown 11.6%. Over the last 40 years, Workers have been working harder, but not getting ahead. Many Workers today do more»
Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “We ‘really need to get rid of’ Non-Union Construction in New York City,” Joe Scopo, the Head Organizer of District Council 16 of the Cement and Concrete Workers, told LaborPress a few minutes before a lunch-hour protest outside the CIM Group’s offices in Midtown Manhattan last week. “They’re more»
Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(TOWSON, MARYLAND) - Six months after graduating from Towson University with a degree in Public Relations, Bilaal Daghar of Baltimore was bartending and looking for a more professional job. Then a friend told him about an Apprenticeship Program at A Digital Media Firm that would pay him to learn the skills he needed to become a Digital Media Specialist. more»
Google Contract Workers Vote To Form A Union Amid Employee Discord Over Treatment - White-Collar Workers Join With United Steelworkers For Collective Bargaining Rights
Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - A group of Contract Workers for Google have voted to move forward with an effort to Unionize, a potential chink in tech’s carefully constructed armor against Collective Bargaining. The Workers, about 90 in all, analyze data and perform other technical roles for Google at its office in Pittsburgh. They are employed by HCL more»
Nine-Week Lockout Ends At Armstrong Flooring In Pennsylvania - 180 USW-Represented Employees Set To Return To Work Next Week After Ratifying New Contract
Published on Friday, August 30, 2019 in National Labor News
(LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA) - Armstrong Flooring’s lockout of it Union-Represented Workers at its Dillerville Road Plant in the Pennsylvania City of Lancaster has ended after Workers ratified a new Labor Agreement, a United Steelworkers (USW) Local 285 official said Thursday (August 29th). The Workers are set to return to work next week, according to more»
Military Vets Join With Unions, Accuse Trump Administration Is ‘Undermining’ The VA Health Care System
Published on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(TUCSON, ARIZONA) - There's a battle brewing for Military Veterans and some of the Union Workers who deliver their health care. They say the Federal Government is undermining the Veterans Administration (VA) Health Care System. Some Vets and Health Care Workers say the Federal Government is hurting the health of the VA itself by trying to carve Unions out more»
Sysco Workers In Virginia Choose Teamsters Local 822 - Drivers ‘Fight For Respect, Fair Wages & Benefits, As Well As Stable Working Conditions’
Published on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA) - Sysco Drivers have voted overwhelmingly for Teamsters Local 822 representation, the third Teamster election win in three weeks at the Nation's largest broad-line foodservice provider, Union Officials announced Thursday (August 29th). Sysco South Florida Workers in Miami won their election three weeks ago and Workers at more»
After Nearly 16 Months Of Negotiations, New York City’s Lambda Legal Staff Wins First Union Contract
Published on Friday, August 30, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Lambda Legal’s Employee Union has announced the ratification of its inaugural contract, which came after nearly 16 months of bargaining. Staff made the decision to Unionize two years ago, after learning first-hand how tenuous Non-Union Employee Protections can be. Lambda Legal, headquartered in New York City, is the Nation's oldest more»
As Labor Day Turns 125, Union Approval Near 50-Year High: 64% Of Americans Approve Of Labor Unions - Since 1970, Higher Only In 1999 (66%) & 2003 (65%)
Published on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Sixty-four percent of Americans approve of Labor Unions, surpassing 60% for the third consecutive year and up 16 percentage points from its 2009 low point. This comes 125 years after President Grover Cleveland signed a law establishing the Labor Day Holiday after a period of labor unrest in the U.S. Union approval averaged 68% between more»
Published on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
David Portnoy, the founder of the website Barstool Sports, recently got national press attention for flagrantly violating Labor Law on Twitter. After sharing an article about how much he hates Unions, he threatened that if any of his Employees talked to a Labor Reporter. "I will fire you on the spot," he said. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more»
Addressing the Skilled Labor Shortage in America: ‘Rewarding’ Career? ‘Yes.’ ‘Hard’ Work? ‘Yes.’ ‘Good’ Pay? ‘Yes.’ ‘Long-Term’ Opportunity? ‘Absolutely.’ ‘Sounds Like The American Dream To Me.’
Published on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Labor, the U.S. Economy had 7.6 million unfilled jobs, but only 6.5 million people were looking for work as of January 2019 and it is more apparent than ever that our country is suffering because of it. Take our infrastructure for instance. Roads, highways, bridges, locks, dams, harbors, water systems and airports have been neglected or only marginally more»
New Study Finds Teachers Spend $459 ‘Of Their Own Money Each Year’ On Classroom Supplies - AFT Vows Educators Will ‘Fight To Fund Our Future, Fight Defunding & Underinvestment That Created This Crisis In The First Place’
Published on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in New York State Labor News
As students, parents, and Educators enter the start of a new school year, the Think Tank Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has published an analysis showing American K-12 Public School Teachers spend an average of $459 on classroom supplies for which they are not reimbursed. "This figure does not include the dollars Teachers spend but are reimbursed for by more»
With ‘So Much’ For The Western New York Labor Movement ‘To Celebrate This Year,’ It’s Announced The Victorious Wendt Workers Will Serve As The Grand Marshals Of The 2019 Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade
Published on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(SOUTH BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – From local SPoT Coffee Workers’ amazingly short organizing victory to achieving a major contract that covers 7,200 Health Care Workers employed by the Kaleida Health System, there is so much for the Western New York Labor Movement to celebrate on Labor Day when their annual parade takes place in South Buffalo. But more»
Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in National Labor News
(ATLANTA, GEORGIA) - Early this morning (Wednesday, August 28th), negotiators for the Communications Workers of America (CWA) announced that they were ending their Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Strike that had been taking place against AT&T across the Southeastern United States since Saturday. As a result, CWA-represented AT&T Employees were return more»
Nevada Correctional Officers File To Collectively Bargain, First Group Of State Workers To Do So After Passage Of A New 2019 Law
Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in National Labor News
(CARSON CITY, NEVADA) – Nevada State Workers employed at Correctional Facilities have become the first group of State Employees to file for recognition as a Collective Bargaining Unit under a 2019 State Law that will allow up to 20,000 Workers to collectively bargain for wages and other Employee benefits. Correctional Officers plan to announce filing more»
The Buffalo Teachers Federation Declares An Impasse In Its Contract Negotiations With The Buffalo School District, Also Files Improper Practice Charge With PERB, Alleging District ‘Is Not Bargaining In Good Faith’
Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - In addition to having filed a Declaration of Impasse between the City’s Teachers Union and the Buffalo School District, the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) has filed an Improper Practice Charge with the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) for the District’s alleged failure to bargain in good faith. more»
‘Swipe Long Enough And You’re Bound To Find 'Em:’ Why Philly Men List Their Unions On Tinder - Why? Because, In Search Of A Significant Other, They Say, Going From Non-Union To Union ‘Might Suggest They’re A Catch’
Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA) - Swipe long enough and you were bound to find 'em. Somewhere between “founder at tech company” and graduate student at Temple University was Journeyman Plumber at Local 690. And there was another, after the baristas, consultants and (a favorite job title) “hustlers” - a Tile Setter at Local 1 more»
Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in New York State Labor News
The pink storm is upon us. You’ve seen them - walkers wearing headbands, leis, sneakers, shirts, wands, wings - you name it, all in the color pink and in the name of taking on breast cancer. Educators will be stepping out again this Fall for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, with more»
Labor Perspective From Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano: New York City Transit Workers ‘Deserve Better’ – ‘Ignoring Its Own Mismanagement,’ MTA ‘Shifts Budget Blame To Its Employees’
Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Transit Workers know garbage when they see it. After all, we remove tons of it from the subway and bus system every day. The contract demands that Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Pat Foye wants to impose on Transit Workers are garbage. They include attacking our health insurance, converting full-time jobs to part-time positions and more»
‘Scabby The Rat & His Friends Turn Downtown Chicago Union Protest Into A Tourist Destination’ - ‘Draws More Attention Than Usual Thanks To An Array’ Of Large Inflatable Animals
Published on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in National Labor News
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) - For the past several weeks, big rats and other creatures have been spotted on the sidewalk at 15 West Washington Street, but instead of inspiring fear and disgust, they’ve become their own attraction, bringing smiles and thumbs ups. Just blocks from one of Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions, Millennium Park, Union more»
USDA Employee Union ‘Blasts Agency For Slashing Separation Payments For Workers Forced To Quit’ - Payments ‘Were Promised’ For Employees Losing Their Jobs As Agency Relocates Two Divisions From D.C. To Kansas City Region
Published on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has slashed the amount of separation payments it promised to make to Employees who are being forced to quit their jobs as the department relocates two agencies from Washington, D.C. to the Kansas City region. Employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and more»