The Head Of The Largest Flight-Attendant Union In The U.S. ‘Explains Why’ Delta's Cabin Crews ‘Might Finally Vote To Unionize’
Published on Sunday, January 19, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(ATLANTA, GEORGIA) - Delta is the biggest airline in the U.S. to have Flight Attendants who are Non-Union, but that may be about to change. The country's largest Cabin Crew Union, the Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America (AFA-CWA), has started a membership drive in an effort to organize Delta's 25,000 Flight Attendants. The more»
Two Regional New York State Unions - The New England Carpenters Training Fund & The Finishing Trades Institute - Begin Apprentice Recruitment Drives
Published on Sunday, January 19, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(HUDSON VALLEY, NEW YORK) - Two regional Unions are holding recruitment drives - both are open for 12 months and each are only seeking a few Apprentices as Glaziers and Cabinetmakers. The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for The Finishing Trades Institute of New York at Wappingers Falls will conduct a recruitment from January 23rd, 2020 through more»
WNBA & Players’ Union Reach Tentative Agreement On Groundbreaking Eight-Year Contract Agreement - Hailed As ‘Charting A New Course’ For Women’s Professional Basketball
Published on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in National Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) announced Wednesday (January 14th) that they have reached an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), pending ratification by the players and the league’s Board of Governors. The new more»
Published on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. House has committed to voting on a comprehensive Bill supporting Union Organizing before Presidents' Day. The announcement comes after 68 representatives, including Suzanne Bonamici (Democrat-Oregon) sent a letter to the House Leadership urging the lawmakers to bring the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act to the more»
The Unplug Spectrum Campaign: Striking Unionized Workers Call For Creation Of A Public Internet Service Provider, Sing Carols After Nearly Three Years Walking The Line In New York City
Published on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - This Spring, hundreds of striking Unionized Charter Spectrum Technicians will hit the three-year mark just as New York City Lawmakers consider 10 more years of Spectrum, a subsidiary of telecom giant Charter Communications, which got its current franchise agreements by acquiring Time Warner Cable in 2016. When Spectrum and other more»
FedEx ‘Mounts Big-Money Push To Head Off’ Unionization By U.S. Workers - Teamsters Bid To Organize Employees ‘Seeking Better Pay & Benefits As Company Bombards Them With Anti-Union’ Messages
Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in National Labor News
FedEx Workers hoping to Unionize and get better pay and benefits have met with a well-financed barrage of opposition from the company, according to recordings obtained by the Guardian. Workers, who charge that their benefits are less than at rival UPS, said the company has bombarded them with Anti-Union messages and forced them to attend Anti-Union more»
Trump-Appointed NLRB Is ‘Making It Harder For’ Workers - Organized Labor ‘Refuses To Talk Their Decisions Lying Down And Fights Back’
Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Even though several recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would make it harder for Workers to Unionize, Labor Unions are refusing to take these decisions lying down. In 2014, the NLRB ruled that Employees at Purple Communications who have access to their employers’ e-mail system for more»
Union Says ‘It’s Nothing More Than A Bribe’ - ‘Dangling A 25% Pay Raise,’ Boeing Training Pilots Are Asked By Management To ‘Decertify’ The Union
Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON) - Boeing Training Pilots in the Seattle area, who will play a key role in preparing Airline Crews when the 737 MAX returns to service, are expected to cut ties with the White-Collar Union representing them. After Boeing gave a 25% pay raise exclusively to its Non-Union Pilots late last year, a majority of the Unionized Training Pilots more»
Regional Apprenticeship Programs Paying Off - Roanoke Valley, Virginia Students Getting Training, Paychecks & High School Credit
Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(SALEM, VIRGINIA) – Fast food, babysitting or retail is what most high school students do to earn money. But there’s something new happening. Salem, Roanoke County and Roanoke City schools are teaming up for a regional approach to Apprenticeships for students. “My favorite part about it is I’m moving a lot. I’m working more»
Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - Social Studies Teacher Rakia Hardaway boarded a bus for Albany this week, wearing bright lipstick and an optimistic orange dress. She joined colleagues and officers of the Rochester Teachers Association (RTA) and the Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals (RAP) for a trip to the Capitol to make things right for a high-needs more»
Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is kicking off a seven-week Fund Our Future statewide bus tour in order to draw attention to the severe impact a lack of state funding has had on schools across New York and the need for new revenues to tackle educational inequality, and other pressing needs. Speaking at a kickoff event at the more»
Published on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Building Service Workers who had earned family sustaining wages and benefits helping to run 30 Wall Street are beginning the new year wondering what the heck just happened to their little piece of the American Dream after Colonnade Management introduced a new contractor and torpedoed their jobs. Workers, some with a decade or more on the more»
Published on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Republican Trump Administration has waged an all-out assault on Workers employed at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Silencing Researchers; Erasing years of scientific advancement; and cutting Agency Staffing to the lowest levels since 1985. Now Employees are joining together to articulate a bold new vision for the more»
Published on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in National Labor News
(LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY) – Governor Andy Beshear’s Labor Cabinet has reversed a determination by the previous administration that more than 1,000 Teachers broke State Law by participating in “sick outs” in 2019. Larry Roberts, the Cabinet's Secretary, has written a letter to the Agency’s Inspector General that 1,074 Teachers did more»
Published on Monday, January 13, 2020 in National Labor News
Few things have been as important to the development of a strong Middle Class in America as the Labor Union. In their heyday, Labor Unions were an essential piece of the social fabric that helped ensure Workers could have a strong voice in getting paid fair wages, securing important benefits and ensuring safe working conditions. However, the days of more»
NABET-CWA Negotiates ‘Historic’ $76 Million Back Pay Settlement With CNN - Union ‘Planned To Picket’ Democratic Presidential Debate ‘Due To Longstanding’ Labor Dispute
Published on Monday, January 13, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET)-Communications Workers of America (CWA), its Local 11 (New York) and Local 31 (Washington, D.C.) have negotiated one of the largest back pay settlements in the 84-year history of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The agreement requires CNN America, more»
Published on Monday, January 13, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The last time Trade Unionists and Non-Union Workers teamed up in November to demand one of the largest construction management companies in the city cough up $70,000 in unpaid wages - the company coolly thumbed its nose at protesters and barred elected officials from entering its Seventh Avenue offices, but that wasn’t the end of it. more»
Published on Monday, January 13, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has announced the launch of the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA), a new initiative to support Workers' organizing efforts in the Technology and Game Industries. CODE-CWA will provide resources for Workers who are joining together to demand change and bring Union Representation to their more»
Published on Monday, January 13, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
In my previous post, I talked about the “buy or build” choice for closing the skills gap. Do you compete in a tight Labor Market (buy) or train new Workers yourself (build)? In this post I review the costs and benefits of the latter option - building a skilled workforce with an Apprenticeship Program. First, let’s review some of the more»
Published on Monday, January 13, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
In 2019, the Union Organizing wave that began rising in 2018 crested, with Employees at Digital Publishers including Quartz, BuzzFeed News, Wirecutter and The Ringer and Legacy Media Companies such as Hearst and NBC News all organizing. Over the past five years, the ranks of the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), which counts Employees from Vice, more»
The Income Equality Between What Bosses & Workers Make ‘Widens’ - EPI Report Shows CEOs Rake In 940% ‘More Than 40 Years Ago,’ While Average Workers Earn 12% More/’Eroding’ Union Membership One Of The Reasons Why
Published on Friday, January 10, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - 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 more»
The Nation’s Longest Ongoing Strike ‘Comes To An End’ After 1,029 Days - USW-Represented Miners Are ‘Back On The Job’ After Ratifying New Contract Deal
Published on Friday, January 10, 2020 in National Labor News
(MULLAN, IDAHO) - About 200 United Steelworkers (USW)-represented Miners are back on the job at Idaho’s Lucky Friday mine after nearly three years on Strike, putting an end to the longest-running continuous Strike in the U.S. The Workers ratified a contract with Hecla Mining Company, the mine’s owner, earlier this week after they narrowly more»
New York City Transit Workers Ratify New Metropolitan Transportation Authority Contract By Wide Margin - ‘Ends Bitter’ Negotiation Between The Two Sides That ‘Dragged On For More Than Six Months’
Published on Friday, January 10, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City’s Transit Workers on Thursday (January 9th) overwhelmingly approved a contract deal between their Union and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), ending a bitter negotiation between the two sides that dragged on for more than six months. Roughly 15,300 of the 35,650 Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 more»
New Illinois Economic Policy Institute Study Finds Illinois’ Construction Apprenticeship Programs ‘Rival’ State Colleges and Universities ‘On Key Performance Metrics’
Published on Friday, January 10, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(LA GRANGE, ILLINOIS) - From the number of training hours and graduation rates to the diversity of classes and the lifetime earnings of graduates, Illinois’ Joint Labor-Management Construction Apprenticeship Programs are rivaling - and in some cases exceeding - the performance of the State’s Colleges and Universities, according to a new study more»
DC 37 AFSCME 2019: ‘Making History & Growing Union Power’ - ‘A Year That Will be Remembered For Skyrocketing Membership’
Published on Friday, January 10, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
From the halls of the U.S. Congress to the streets of New York City and workplaces in the five boroughs, DC 37 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) kept busy in 2019 - looking out for the interests of its Members and Retirees. And - the Union’s success in carrying out its mission is becoming ever more important as more»
Published on Friday, January 10, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - It’s not usually a good thing to “drop the ball,” but in the name of science, students and a pair of their environmentally-active Public School Teachers did just that when they pushed the button to drop the iconic Waterford Crystal ball in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. When the Times Square Alliance decided to more»
Published on Thursday, January 9, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
For decades now, too many of the benefits produced by our country have flowed to the 1%, at the expense of the rest of us. One way to turn that tide is by supporting candidates who will end tax giveaways to corporations who ship jobs overseas - candidates who will un-rig our economy by making corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes. more»
General Motors ‘Shocks’ Nearly 1,000 Temp Workers With Full-Time Promotions, While Ford Promotes 592
Published on Thursday, January 9, 2020 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - General Motors' (GM) Worker Adarrey "Ace" Humphrey just got blindsided. That's when his life changed. Humphrey, 27, has been a Part-Time Temporary Worker at GM's Flint Assembly in Michigan for the last three years. On Sunday morning (January 5th), he and about 250 of his Co-Workers crowded into United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 598's more»
Published on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA) - When Members of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1311 went out on Strike at the Langeloth Metallurgical Plant back on September 9th, the first time they had done so since 1988, the Union-represented Workers didn't think they would be facing the situation they are now. Now, they no longer know if they still have a job. more»
Published on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The two-year-old Tax Law pushed by Republican President Donald Trump and his Congressional Allies has helped the wealthy enrich themselves and left out Working People. Known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the law has benefitted corporations and the wealthy while doing little or nothing for Working Families, according to a new more»
Look Who’s ‘Going Union!’ - Sports Illustrated’s Editorial Staff Votes To Join The NewsGuild Of New York With More Than 90% Of The 80-Person Staff Signing On
Published on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NEW YORK CITY) – Sports Illustrated’s (SI) Editorial Employees have announced that more than 90% of its Staff have formed a union with the NewsGuild of New York and are demanding voluntary recognition from its owner, TheMaven. A smaller number of Print Staff of the magazine were previously represented by the NewsGuild under former owner more»
The New Jersey State Assembly Advances Two Bills Aimed At ‘Strengthening Access To’ Apprenticeship Programs
Published on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(TRENTON, NEW JERSEY) - The New Jersey State Assembly Appropriations Committee has approved two measures to bolster Apprenticeships in the state: Assembly Bill 4655 would creates a tuition-fee waiver for Apprenticeship Programs; and Assembly Bill 4657 would establish a Youth Apprenticeship Program in the Department of Education. “The state should more»
Lawsuit Aims To Halt Implementation Of New York State Farm Labor Law - Producer Groups ‘Seek Clearer Idea Of Who's A Farm Laborer'
Published on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Two farm associations are suing New York State for clarification of a new Farm Labor Law that takes effect today (Wednesday, January 8th). The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo this past July, grants Agricultural Employees one day of rest per week and overtime pay after 60 hours more»
Published on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - The New York State AFL-CIO is running a digital ad campaign to raise awareness to the fact that Workers in the Gig Economy are lacking the same basic Worker Protections as all other Workers. The targeted digital ads are part of the State Labor Federation’s campaign to get legislation passed that will ensure App-Based Workers are more»
NYSUT Gets Ready To Celebrate Black History Month By Focusing A Spotlight On Letitia "Tish" James, The First African-American, And First Women, Ever Elected To Serve As Attorney General Of The State Of New York
Published on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Letitia “Tish” James is the 67th Attorney General of New York State. She became the first African-American, and the first woman, elected to the position in 2018 and the first African-American woman elected to statewide office in New York. Prior to being elected Attorney General, James served as the Public Advocate for the more»
A Handful Of Teaching Positions Cut From The Rochester City School District Have Been Saved, According To Teachers Union President
Published on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - A handful of the 109 teaching positions cut from the Rochester City School District (RCSD) in December have been saved, according to the head of the Rochester Teachers Association (RTA). RTA President Adam Urbanski says, for now, the number of layoffs has decreased to 97. The decrease is due, in part, to some Teacher resignations, more»
Trump ‘Silent’ As AT&T Outsources Thousands Of Jobs - ‘Adding Insult To Injury,’ Telecom Giant Has Also Informed Workers They Will Be Training Foreign Replacements
Published on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Companies that have made the decision to put profits over people and sent their jobs overseas has destroyed many communities across the United States. First, it was manufacturing - and now big companies like AT&T are laying off thousands of Workers and sending their jobs to Asia. This trend has caused many voters to become angry more»
Under The Republican Trump Administration, Unions Are ‘Facing Increasing Challenges’ In 2020 - The U.S. Labor Department’s ‘Making It Harder’ For Unions To Organize, Collect Dues & Fight Anti-Union Campaigns
Published on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Labor Unions have faced tough times over the past couple of years under the Republican Trump Administration and now, heading into 2020, the Labor Department - under the direction of new Labor Department Secretary Eugene Scalia, is expected to continue rolling back Obama-era rules and policies that made Union Organizing a little easier. more»
The Union That’s Become ‘One Of The Most Feared Political Forces In New York,’ The Hotel Trades Council ‘Defeated’ Airbnb, ‘Now It’s Taking Aim At A New Target’
Published on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - With the Presidential Campaign of Mayor Bill de Blasio foundering from the start, desperation mode hit early. He needed money, support - anything that might prolong his chances. The mayor’s crisis became one Union’s opportunity. The Hotel Trades Council endorsed Mayor de Blasio for the Democratic nomination and then spent more»
Published on Monday, January 6, 2020 in National Labor News
2020 brings good news for millions of Working Americans: Nearly seven million of them are in line to get pay raises this year thanks to state and local Minimum Wage hikes. A total of 47 jurisdictions - 21 states and 26 cities and counties - raised their minimum wages as of January 1st and in 17 of these jurisdictions, the Minimum Wage will reach or exceed more»
NLRB ‘Guts’ Obama-Era Ambush Election Rules - Earlier Board ‘Sought To Diminish Employers’ Ability To Mount An Effective Defense’ To Union Organizing
Published on Monday, January 6, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reversed regulations that were previously adopted by the Obama-era Board that allowed Unions to spring an organizing vote on an employer without adequate time for it to mount an effective defense. Called “Ambush” and “Quickie” Election Rules, they were part of the more»
Workers At A Canadian Tim Hortons Coffee Spot Are Locked Out Over Wage Dispute - Unionized Workers Want 30-Cent-Per-Hour Raise, Store Owner Offers 20 Cents
Published on Monday, January 6, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WINNIPEG, CANADA) - Several Staff Members from a Unionized Tim Hortons location recently picketed at the corner of Winnipeg's Portage Avenue and Main Street, with their Union saying they were locked out following failed negotiations. Workers United Canada tweeted a photo of Workers and people protesting in solidary, holding signs solidarity, holding signs more»
A ‘Pierced Abdomen From Handling A Stack Of Pallets & Two Empty’ First Aid Kits, ‘Leads To Workers Moving Forward’ On A Unionizing Effort At A Columbia Sportswear Warehouse In Oregon
Published on Monday, January 6, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NORTH PORTLAND, OREGON) - For Rory Gatto, the road to the Teamsters Union started with a splinter. Gatto works swing shift at the colossal Columbia Sportswear Warehouse in Industrial North Portland, one of about 400 Workers who process Columbia’s foreign-made apparel for shipping throughout the Western United States. In the Summer of 2015, just more»
Union Members In The Nation’s Largest City Are Demanding Accountability From New York City’s Private Hospitals
Published on Monday, January 6, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Scores of members from American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37 and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ, two of New York City’s largest Unions, were there for a packed City Council hearing that took place in December where Union Members testified about runaway more»
In England, Education Think Tank Issues Report That ‘Accuses’ Apprenticeship Levy Paid By Big Employers ‘Is Being Used On Low-Skilled Jobs Or Re-Labelling Existing Posts, Rather Than’ Training
Published on Monday, January 6, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Half of Apprenticeship courses in England have been accused of being "fake" by an Education Think Tank, EDSK, which says an Apprenticeship levy - paid by big employers - is being used on low-skilled jobs or re-labelling existing posts, rather than training. Tom Richmond, the Think Tank's Director, said the Apprenticeship scheme was "descending into more»
Published on Monday, January 6, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union is congratulating 97 Teachers from across the state who’ve earned National Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the “gold standard” in the education profession. In total, New York is home to 2,115 National Board Certified more»
New York Governor Cuomo Signs ‘Historic’ Legislation ‘To Stop’ Call Center Companies ‘From Shipping Jobs Overseas’ - Legislation Ends State Tax Breaks, Loans & Grants For Employers That Offshore Call Center Jobs
Published on Friday, January 3, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Communication Workers of America (CWA) District 1 is applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing the New York State Call Center Jobs Act (S1826/A567) into law - which will protect New York call center jobs by denying grants, loans and tax breaks to companies that move jobs out of the country. Following years of being stalled in Albany, more»
Cuomo Vetoes Wage Theft Protections - Governor “Wholeheartedly” Supported Its Intent, But ‘Objected’ Legislation Would Allow Workers/State To Put A Lien On Employers’ Property ‘Before’ Courts/State Agencies Issued Judgment Against Them
Published on Friday, January 3, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Governor Andrew Cuomo has quietly vetoed a bill that would have allowed Workers to put liens on the property of employers they’ve accused of Wage Theft. The Securing Wages Earned Against Theft (SWEAT) Bill, passed by the New York State Legislature last June, would have established an “Employee’s Lien” to more»
Published on Friday, January 3, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Income for Middle Class Americans is growing more slowly than for both top earners and the poor, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The analysis comes two years after Republican President Donald Trump enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a major overhaul in the nation's tax laws billed by the White House as a boon for more»
Why Do Working People Continue To Vote For Republicans In Red States Where Worker Pay Has Been Cut By More Than $1 Billion?
Published on Friday, January 3, 2020 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Over the Summer, the House voted to incrementally raise the Minimum Wage to $15 an hour. If the Senate had passed the bill, it would have been the first Federal Minimum Wage increase in more than a decade - far too long for residents of the 21 states that don’t have their own higher Minimum Wage. And here’s another sad more»