“This Was ‘Never About Money:’” 800 Nurses At The St. Mary Medical Center In Bucks County, Pennsylvania Vote To ‘Go Union’
Published on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(LANGHORNE, PENNSYLVANIA) - For a year and a half, a group of Nurses at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne met with management to share their concerns about the cuts they had seen over the last few years - from staffing to on-call pay to sick leave. The quality of care, the Nurses believed, had taken a hit and when nothing changed, they contend, they more»
Published on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(RAYTOWN, MISSOURI)- All public schools in the metro are back in session, but some students aren’t stuck in a classroom. Students at the Herndon Career Center in Raytown are breaking into the workforce, sometimes before they have their diploma. Inside the Center's Diesel Mechanic Workshop, high schoolers are working on trucks - every day. Welding more»
Published on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - An agreement reached in July between New York City and Union Officials was a re-opener on a contract that has allowed American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 1707 to focus on challenges from pay parity for Teachers in Day Care Centers versus Board of Education Teachers. LaborPress spoke to more»
Elevator Constructors Union Renews Calls For ‘Enhanced Safety Across The State’ Following The Tragic Death Of A 30-Year-Old Man In New York City
Published on Monday, August 26, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Thirty-year-old Samuel Charles Waisbren was killed in an elevator accident at the Manhattan Promenade in Kips Bay, a high-rise building on the East Side of Manhattan. Officials said Waisbren was trying to exit after he became trapped when the car shifted. Six other people were in the car, but no other injuries were reported. Residents more»
Published on Monday, August 26, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) may soon change the rules on how profane, verbally abusive, and racially insensitive Labor Activists can be and still be protected under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRB, the main Federal Labor Law Enforcement Agency, is seeking public comment on the subject for an upcoming more»
Published on Monday, August 26, 2019 in National Labor News
(NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA) - A Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled there is merit to claims Boeing illegally fired five Workers who support the International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union at the Aerospace Giant’s 787 Dreamliner campus in North Charleston. The ruling gives the IAM a preliminary win more»
2019 Niagara-Orleans Labor Council’s Annual Labor’s Night At The Races Fundraiser ‘Breaks Own Record,’ Brings In $16,800 - Its Raised $132,300 Over 11 Years To Benefit A Variety Of United Way Of Greater Niagara Programs
Published on Monday, August 26, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK) – No record set seems to be safe when it comes to the outstanding job the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council does regarding its Labor’s Night at the Races Fundraiser that’s held yearly at Ransomville Speedway. And it shouldn’t be a surprise to all that the Labor Council sets a new fundraising more»
A Message To Union Members From International Union Of Elevator Constructors General President Frank Christensen: “If You Voted For Trump, You Paved The Way For An All-Out Attack On Unions”
Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
St. Louis Labor Tribune Editor’s Note: Frank Christensen is the General President of the 25,000-Member International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC). He was the longest-serving Business Manager of Elevator Constructors Local 2 in its history and was the Chairman of the Illinois Elevator Safety Board from its inception in 2003 to 2013. I more»
More Than 20,000 AT&T Workers In The Southeast Go Out On Strike After Charging The Telecommunications Giant With Not Bargaining A New Contract In Good Faith
Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in National Labor News
In a surprise move, more than 20,000 Union-represented AT&T Workers in the Southeast went out on strike as of midnight Friday (August 23rd). Members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) charged the huge Telecommunications Company with Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs) during negotiations aimed at securing a new contract. The CWA’s more»
Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
David Koch passed away last week at the age 79. He was one of the richest men in the world and - along with his brother, Charles, used much of his wealth and influence to try to destroy Labor Unions. The Koch Brothers’ tactics were relentless and heartless, to say the least - and millions of working Americans have suffered real financial loss more»
Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NEW YORK CITY) – Members of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Orchestra officially won their mail-ballot National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Election earlier this month, with results as follows: 113 “Yes” votes to 14 “No” votes, which equated into 89% voting in favor of Union Representation by more»
Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is insisting that New York City remains a “Union Town” despite the prevalence of irresponsible Non-Union Contractors ripping off millions from Workers and putting their lives at risk. “New York City is a ‘Union Town’ and will continue to fight to all uplift more»
A Look Back At The ‘Many Priority Bills That Were Important To’ CSEA Members That Were Passed By New York State Legislators
Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - During the 2019 Legislative Session that ended a couple of months ago, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed many bills important to Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA Members), including: Civil Service & Employee Benefits S.5291 – Gounardes / A.7248 – Abbate: This Bill would create a Statewide Standard more»
Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Despite the ever-increasing demand for air travel and its collision course with a severe global Pilot shortage, there is one simple fact: Airplanes won’t be going anywhere if there are no Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) to fix them. In March 2018, the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace anticipated that by 2025, Canada will need about more»
After The Release Of The State Education Department’s Grades 3-Through-8 Test Results, The New York State United Teachers Union Says There’s ‘Much Work Left To Fix Those Flawed, Invalid State Tests’
Published on Friday, August 23, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - After the State Education Department’s released the results of its Grades 3-through-8 Test Results, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union says there’s much work left to fix those flawed, invalid State tests. “While it is better that test scores increased slightly, we must not paper over the fact that the more»
Published on Friday, August 23, 2019 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - Four years of strong profits for U.S. Automakers all but ensure the United Auto Workers (UAW) will seek significant hourly wage increases for the Union's Rank-and-File as contract talks continue - and that's expected to be a sticking point as General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles prepare for a changing industry, slowing more»
Home Health Aides Care For The Elderly, ‘But Who Will Care For Them?’ One Of The Fastest-Growing Jobs In America ‘Is Also One Of The Hardest’
Published on Friday, August 23, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO) - When the alarm clock went off at 7 a.m., Angelica Rios had barely gotten four hours of sleep. She rolled out of bed anyway and slipped into her Winnie the Pooh scrubs. “I have a lot of trouble sleeping,” Angelica said as she combed mousse through her thick brown curls. She picked up two silver hoop earrings and more»
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
It's going to take thousands of Skilled Workers to build LNG Canada's $40-billion Liquefied Natural Gas Project in Northern British Columbia in Canada - and it's betting on women to take it over the finish line. This Summer, the company announced plans to boost the number of Tradeswomen who will build the processing plant in Kitimat to 10%, double the more»
NLRB Investigating Barstool CEO Who Tweeted “I Will Fire You On The Spot” To Employees If They Tried To Unionize
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
A loud-tweeting CEO is under investigation after going ballistic when talk of Union came to his company. The Washington Post reports: “David Rosenfeld, a Labor Lawyer and self-styled ‘paid troublemaker,’ saw the tweets as good old-fashioned Union Busting. He went to work. His mission: extract an apology from the man who had threatened more»
If You Are A Union Member Who Makes A Decision To Shop At Walmart, You Need To Watch This: Walmart Anti-Union ‘Training’ Video Is Another Reason Not To Shop There
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in National Labor News
Walmart is the richest country in the world by revenue and it has received billions in tax cuts per year thanks to the Republican Party. In fact, the Walton Family heirs have a total wealth that is more than 43% of that of American families - combined. All that as many of their Store Employees have relied on food stamps to survive. If that is not enough more»
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN) – National Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry has unveiled an ambitious "Unions for All" proposal - and Democratic Presidential Candidates had better take notice. The two million-Member Union's endorsement is up for grabs and contingent on a candidate backing the proposal that aims to overhaul more»
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - If you’re heading to New York City to visit or for a vacation in the near future, why not take some day trips that celebrate Union Workers? Here are some sites that will be enjoyable and educational for kids and adults alike: City of Workers, City of Struggle - This exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, 1120 Fifth Avenue more»
SPoT Coffee Workers In Buffalo Overwhelmingly Vote To ‘Go Union’ - Workers United Reps Plan On Contacting Management “Today Or Thursday” To Start Bargaining Process For A First Union Contract
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – It was two days before the Fourth of July that Workers employed by the SPoT Coffee Chain in Buffalo first went public with their desire to form a Union in their workplace. Now, just a little more than a month and half later - on Tuesday (August 20th), those Workers hugged in celebration after their overwhelming vote to Go Union more»
Truckers Across The Country Voted For Trump For President ‘In Droves’ In 2016, But Now They Say His Trade War Is 'Killing' Their Ability To Make A Living
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in National Labor News
Morris Coffman has been a Truck Driver for 35 years and he's been a Conservative for even longer than that - his whole life. "That said," Coffman told Business Insider, "(Trump) is ‘absolutely a moron.’ ‘His idiotic ideas will tank the economy even further.’" Truckers, like Coffman, lean Conservative. A Verdant Labs analysis of more»
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Back in 2016, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, but once Donald Trump won they responded warmly to his promise to be the Builder-in-Chief. In fact, Trump told them he planned to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, maybe $2 trillion! Here’s Trump speaking to the group more»
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in New York State Labor News
With only six months on the job as a Registered Nurse (RN), Angela Simpson got hit hard on the top of her head by an agitated dementia patient. His IV had stopped - which hurt him, and she was trying to help him. “It ‘shocked me, so I jumped back.’ ‘He was on his way to punch me a second time’,” the Maryland Nurse more»
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PORTLAND, OREGON) - Members of the Burgerville Workers Union recently launched a Strike as negotiations with the fast-food chain broke down, following a year of stalling and refusal on the part of management to address Worker demands. The Burgerville Workers Union has grown to represent Workers employed at several of the company’s locations - which more»
This Is What We Should Be Doing Here In The United States: The Canadian Government Creates New National Campaign ‘To Promote Well-Paying Careers’ In The Skilled Trades
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA/CANADA) - Whether building homes, repairing vehicles or powering communities, people employed in the Skilled Trades provide services that Canadians rely on every single day. That’s why, in the Canadian Government’s 2019 Budget, it was announced that funding would be made available to help more people - including young more»
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in National Labor News
(NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA) - A Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that Boeing Company unjustly fired five Workers who support the International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union at the Aerospace Giant’s 787 Dreamliner Campus in North Charleston. The ruling includes three Flight Line Inspectors who more»
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - According to a report at Politico, Workers who are a part of one of the Nation’s largest Unions are very unhappy with Republican President Donald Trump’s Labor Department after they had fallen in line behind Trump following this election in 2016. The report states “a deal gone bad between Trump and North more»
Labor Perspective From Vox Media Editorial Staff Member German Lopez: “I Was Skeptical Of Unions, Then I Joined One” - “A Union ‘Isn’t Just Right For Vox Media, But For Everyone.’”
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
On November 17th, 2017, right after the Vox Media Editorial Staff started a push to Unionize, I sent out my worst tweets of all time: “I am against #VoxUnion.” I wrote in another: “Vox Media is a generous company (unusually so for digital media), and some people want to take advantage of that.” “I am generally fine with and more»
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Union representing Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Bus and Subway Employees on Monday (August 19th) firmly rejected a contract offer from the Transit Authority, calling the proposal “insulting.” The cash-strapped MTA pitched a host of changes to Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 and its roughly 40,000 more»
In A Continuing Effort To Keep You Up To Date On The Continuing Republican Attack On Unions & Their Members: The NLRB ‘Proposes More Changes’ To Union Elections
Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is proposing several changes that are intended to make it easier for Workers to remove a Labor Union representing a Bargaining Unit. Most notably, the NLRB announced it plans to use Administrative Rulemaking to reshape its “blocking charge” policy to prevent Unions from stopping more»
Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Trump Administration has proposed a rule that would allow Federal Contractors to factor in religion in hiring a person, a move advocates say would enable employers to apply a Religious Litmus Test and condone discrimination against the LGBTQ Community and other groups. The rule is the latest nod to the Religious Right and more»
The ‘Answer’ To Burn Out At Work ‘Isn’t Self-Care,’ It’s Unionizing - Your ‘Best Is Joining Together With Your Colleagues ‘To Build Power Collectively’ At Your Workplace
Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 in New York City Labor News
It’s Monday morning and your alarm goes off. As you wake up, the dread of going to work creeps in. You’re feeling exhausted, stressed out, underpaid and underappreciated. It's a mindset you can’t shake and no amount of coffee will fix: You have Workplace Burnout. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently included burnout as a more»
Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON) - Speaking at a news conference for the very first time, Takele Gobena - a Uber Driver in Seattle, awkwardly approached the microphone to convey two messages: First, that Uber Drivers needed a Union and, second, that Uber paid miserably. Gobena, a gangly, 26-year-old refugee from Ethiopia, said his hourly earnings came to less than more»
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Reports Trump's Large Union Crowd At Shell Plant In Pennsylvania ‘Was Given The Option Of Not Showing Up - And Not Getting Paid’
Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in National Labor News
(BEAVER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA) - The choice for thousands of Union Workers employed at Royal Dutch Shell’s Petrochemical Plant in Beaver County was to either spend Tuesday (August 13th) standing in a giant hall waiting for Republican President Donald Trump to speak or to take the day off with no pay. “Your attendance is not mandatory,” more»
Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - New Trump Department of Labor (DOL) Apprenticeship Rules, opening training for Building Trades jobs to cut-rate Non-Union Firms and their bosses - while threatening quality training and building standards - are “like the fox guarding the henhouse,” a veteran Construction Union Apprenticeship Trainer says. But Workers and more»
Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - Nearly 60% of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Librarians, Library Assistants, Clerks and IT professionals who cast ballots earlier this week voted in favor of Unionizing. A couple dozen people applauded and hugged after the votes were tallied at the library system’s main branch in Oakland (pictured above). According to more»
A ‘Different Kind Of Signing Day’ For These Students Looking To Build Careers In The Georgia Construction Industry
Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA) - Eight young professionals kicked off their careers with a signing ceremony, but they’re not going into athletics - they’re the first class of Apprentices at Carroll Daniel Construction. The Gainesville-based company hopes to address a shortage of qualified Workers in construction with its new Apprenticeship Program. more»
Construction Workers ‘Prepare To Battle’ Former Ally Trump - A ‘Powerful’ Union Group ‘Uneasy’ About A Labor Department Apprenticeship Proposal Has "The Potential To Be A Significant Force In The 2020 Election"
Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
One of the Nation’s largest Labor Groups embraced Republican Donald Trump at the start of his Presidency, in hopes he would create construction jobs and retreat from proposals that might reduce Workers’ wages, but now the two sides are on the brink of war, endangering a key bloc of Trump’s support in Midwestern Swing States in 2020. At more»
Anti-Labor Group ‘Urges’ Federal Government ‘To Stop All Existing’ Union Payroll Deductions - Argument Has Already Been Rejected By A Federal Appellate Court In Decision That Did Not Set A Precedent
Published on Friday, August 16, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A prominent Anti-Labor Advocacy Organization is urging the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to call on agencies to cancel all existing agreements to deduct Union Dues from Employees’ paychecks, claiming the agreements violate the First Amendment. Last month, the FLRA proposed changing its policy guidance, at the behest of more»
Published on Friday, August 16, 2019 in National Labor News
The chasm between what the country's corporate leaders and their Workers earn is widening to Grand Canyon-like proportions, according to new research that shows CEO compensation surged 940% between 1978 to 2018 - while the average Worker saw a meager 12% pay hike over the same 40-year period. "CEOs are getting more because of their power to set pay, not more»
The AFGE Sues Over Trump Wanting To ‘Ban Any Talk’ By Federal Employees Of 'Resistance Or Impeachment’
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The largest Federal Employee Union is suing the Federal Government over guidance issued to Federal Employees warning against the use of terms like "resistance" or "#resist" in statements regarding Republican President Donald Trump. The lawsuit, brought this week by The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and AFGE Local more»
American Airlines Demands Mechanics' Unions Pay For 'Enormous Financial Losses' From Flight Delays & Cancellations
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in National Labor News
(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) - Fresh off a Federal Court victory, American Airlines is demanding the Mechanics' Unions pay for hundreds of flight delays and cancellations over the last two months. In a new court filing earlier this week, the Fort Worth-based carrier said it wants sanctions "sufficient to compensate American for losses caused" from violations to a more»
Barstool Sports Founder Threatens To Fire Employees Engaged In Unionizing, Which Is – Duh - Against The Law
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Dave Portnoy, founder of Media Company Barstool Sports, says he really hates Unions. Now he’s made explicit threats to fire Employees who engage in Union-Organizing Activity - which, even if Portnoy is “joking,” has drawn scrutiny of what would represent violations of Federal Labor Laws. Portnoy, who sold majority more»
‘Fearing The Spread’ Of Unions In The Service Sector, Canada’s A&W Tells Anti-Union Conference It ‘Monitors High Risk’ Restaurants & Keeps A Secret ‘Watch List’ To ‘Make Sure’ Workers ‘Don’t’ Unionize
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(TORONTO, ONTARIO/CANADA) - Canada’s Fast Food Giants seem to be nervous about low-wage Workers exercising their right to collective bargaining. Representatives from A&W and McDonald’s gathered with other major corporations and industry associations at the Toronto Airport Hilton earlier this Summer for a conference organized by the more»
It What’s Being Described As The ‘Largest Single’ Wage Recovery In The NYS Department Of Labor's 115-Year History, Governor Cuomo Announces $6 Million in Stolen Wages Have Been Recovered for Welders & Iron Workers
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Governor Andrew Cuomo HAS announced that a joint investigation between the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) and the Manhattan District Attorney's Construction Fraud Task Force has led to a plea agreement that will return approximately $6 million in stolen wages to about 500 welders and Iron Workers, the largest single wage more»
Utility Workers Union & Power For America Join To Launch Apprenticeship Program To ‘Offer A Path For Employment’ For Renewable Energy Jobs
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) and Power for America Training Trust Fund (P4A) have announced a unique, new Union Apprenticeship Program that provides World-Class Skills Training and a path to employment for in-demand jobs in the Renewable Energy Sector. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)-certified, program provides individuals with more»
Teacher Unions Suffer Setback As Judge ‘Sides With’ The State Of Florida On Membership Law - Sides With State In Backing Law Requiring Unions To Be Recertified If Dues Paying Members Drop Below 50%
Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in National Labor News
(LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA) - A Leon County Circuit Judge has rejected arguments by Teacher Unions that a controversial 2018 Education Law violates Collective Bargaining Rights and improperly singles out Teachers among Public Employees. Judge Angela Dempsey issued an eight-page decision siding with the state’s arguments on the constitutionality of the more»