Democrats’ ‘Minibus’ Money Bill Contains ‘Win’ For Fire Fighters & ‘Halts’ Trump Rollback Of ‘Key’ OSHA Beryllium Rule
Published on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A “Minibus” Money Bill funding Federal Agencies for the year -starting October 1st - contains a win for Union-represented Fire Fighters and it orders Republican President Donald Trump’s Labor Department to preserve, not roll back, a key U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Rule against exposing more»
In What’s Being Viewed As A ‘Big Victory’ For The United Federation Of Teachers, Albany Passes Patient Protection Legislation
Published on Monday, June 24, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - In a big victory for the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), Union-supported legislation curbing exorbitant hospital fees charged to out-of-network patients for emergency care passed both houses of the State Legislature in June. It now needs Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature to become law. The Bill, which passed the state more»
Contract Covering Nearly 8,000 Union-Represented Kaleida Health System Workers In Buffalo Expires As Bargaining Breaks Down - Union Official Say 30 ‘Open Issues’ Still Remain To Be Resolved
Published on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The contract covering 8,000 Union-Represented Kaleida Health System Workers in Buffalo has expired without a resolution as bargaining broke down Friday (June 21st) with more than 30 open issues still remaining to be resolved. Representatives from Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168, 1199 Service Employees more»
Published on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in National Labor News
(THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA) - West Virginia Public School Teachers and the state’s Republican legislators are once again on a collision course over charter schools - and things could get ugly. Earlier this month, the House of Delegates advanced a sweeping Education Bill out of committee that would introduce charter schools into the State. The last more»
1199 SEIU President George Gresham Elected To Fifth Term - Union Leadership & 4,000 Delegates Also Sworn In During Massive Midtown Ceremony
Published on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - At a packed ceremony at New York’s Sheraton Hotel, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President George Gresham and his leadership team were sworn in to serve another three-year term. President Gresham, his Executive Board and more than 4,000 delegates represent the Union’s 450,000 members. He first won election more»
Published on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON) - American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 28 is welcoming aboard some of the newest Behavioral Health Providers to join the union and gain a voice for their clients and themselves. A dozen Mental Health Practitioner Leads and Mental Health Practitioner Clinical Specialists at Seattle’s more»
Published on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - United Steelworkers (USW) Organizer Maria Somma came up with a great line for Unionists to use when urging Lawmakers to defeat Republican President Donald Trump’s new NAFTA: “If ya can’t enforce it, why are ya gonna pass it?” Somma’s summary for Workers revised the answer she got from National more»
Published on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The just-completed New York State Legislative Session brought about much progress for Members of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Union Officials said, including within the realms of Public Education and fixing what the Statewide Teachers Union has described as a “broken” Teacher Evaluation System. NYSUT - more»
Apprenticeship Program Helps Train Software Developers - SUNY Schenectady, Albany Can Code Seek Additional Private Sector Partners
Published on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK) - A new Apprenticeship Program is giving people with more talent than experience a pathway to the growing Software Engineering Field. The initiative couples the workforce development efforts of Albany Can Code with the academic setting of the State University at New York (SUNY) Schenectady County Community College in partnership more»
Citing Unsafe Working Conditions, Denver Airport Contract Baggage Handlers & Wheelchair Attendants Go On Strike
Published on Friday, June 21, 2019 in National Labor News
(DENVER, COLORADO) - Some Baggage Handlers and Wheelchair Attendants at Denver International Airport (DIA) went on Strike earlier this week, citing unsafe working conditions. The Workers are employed by Prospect Airport Services, which airlines at DIA contract to handle baggage and wheelchair services. The company mainly works with Southwest Airlines and more»
Published on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(HENDERSON, NEVADA) - Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nevada has become the fifth Station Casinos property whose Employees have voted to Unionize, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. After a one-day election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Culinary Union Local 226 says about 83% of 437 Casino Staff Members voted more»
State Of Delaware’s Labor Department Joins With Restaurant Association To Develop Apprenticeship Program
Published on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(DOVER, DELAWARE) – The State of Delaware’s first registered Apprenticeship Program for Culinary Professionals in the Restaurant Industry has been announced. Currently, one out of 10 Delawareans (nearly 50,000) are employed by the 2,000 restaurants and food service establishments across the State. The Delaware Restaurant Association and the more»
Labor Perspective From Steven Greenhouse: To Secure ‘Pro-Worker’ Legislation, Hold Politicians' ‘Feet To The Fire’ - Unions Should Draw Up A Contract For The American Worker & ‘Only Support’ Candidates Who Endorse It
Published on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The Guardian Editor’s Note: Steven Greenhouse, who was formerly employed by The New York Times, is a journalist and author who writes about Organized Labor and the workplace. His new book: Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, will be published in August more»
Why Workers Need A Union: An Interview With Former Brooklyn Academy of Music Video Editor & Motion Designer Kaitlyn Chandler: “Without A Union, Nothing Is Really Promised”
Published on Friday, June 21, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) was founded in 1861 and has been continuously showcasing the performing arts at its location in New York City’s Fort Greene neighborhood since 1908. The institution has long been a leader in avant-garde cultural production, fostering radical artists from Philip Glass to Merce Cunningham. But now, more»
A ‘Major Victory’ For The CWA: The New York Assembly Passes The New York Call Center Jobs Act, Which Now Heads To Governor Cuomo’s Desk To Be Signed Into Law
Published on Friday, June 21, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – In what is being described as a major victory for the Communications Workers of America (CWA) after months of campaigning, the New York Call Center Jobs Act has passed in the New York Assembly by a count of 93-to-19 and now heads to the Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law. CWA Members spent months campaigning to help more»
Unionists Running For Public Office: Rochester & Genesee Valley Area AFL-CIO Labor Federation President Dan Maloney Faces June 25th Primary As A Write-In Candidate In His Campaign For The Monroe County Legislature
Published on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(GREECE, NEW YORK) – Simply put, after years of watching and dealing with what he describes as “cronyism, nepotism, ‘pay-to-play’ politics and Anti-Union” business dealings - as well as having encouraged so many others in the local Labor Movement to get involved and run for public office, Rochester & Genesee Valley AFL-CIO more»
Meet America’s ‘Most Powerful’ Cannabis Union - The United Food & Commercial Workers Union ‘Is Now A Major Force’ In Marijuana Politics
Published on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in National Labor News
No one knows more about the complicated alliance between Unions and the Cannabis Industry than Dale Sky Jones, the Chancellor of Oakland’s Oaksterdam University, a Marijuana Trade School. In 2010, major Unions were just starting to throw their weight behind weed in California as part of Prop 19, a ballot initiative for recreational marijuana. Jones more»
The UAW Calls For Comprehensive Changes To U.S. Labor Laws & NLRB Rules After Tennessee Volkswagen Plant Organizing Loss
Published on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE) - The United Auto Workers (UAW) is calling on Congress to take a comprehensive look at the country’s Labor Laws and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Rules that made it almost impossible for Volkswagen Workers to form a Union. Last week, Workers at VW’s Tennessee Plant voted against Unionizing by a margin of a mere more»
Published on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Landmark reforms are in store for New York State’s Farmworkers. Labor Advocates celebrated a win decades in the making on Wednesday (June 19th) as lawmakers approved legislation that will give Farmhands vast protections already afforded to the majority of New York’s Workforce. Laborers will have the right to Unionize and more»
‘Citing Low Wages And Raise Rates As A Reason,’ Non-Union Workers At The Guggenheim Museum In New York Move To Unionize With The Operating Engineers
Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NEW YORK CITY) - Around 90 Art Handlers, Maintenance Workers, Light Installers and other Staffers who are involved with the production of exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York are taking steps to Unionize. Citing low wages and raise rates as a reason for the move, Workers intend to join International Union of Operating Engineers more»
National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka 'Laughs' At Republican President Donald Trump's Suggestion That Unions ‘Love’ New Trade Deal
Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump has repeatedly said Unions are supportive of the new North American Trade Pact, as he ramps up his push for Congress to approve the deal this Summer - but the head of America's largest Labor Organization thinks Trump's claim is laughable. "Maybe he’s talking about the Unions in some other more»
This Is What Happens When Working People Vote Republican: GOP Lawmakers Have Now Introduced Bills To ‘Curb Protesting’ In At Least 18 States
Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in National Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: While this Labor News Report is from 2017, it underscores the point of what happens when Working People vote Republican. This was two years ago and since that time, Republicans have continued to attack and whittle away the rights of Working People and Union Members alike. It is extremely important for every Worker to more»
South Dakota Construction Firm Overhauling Apprenticeship Program By Building On-Site Power Line Training Course For Future Linemen & Journeyworkers
Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA) - Power Line Construction Firm Brink Constructors is revamping its Apprenticeship Program by building an on-site training course. Company President Zane Brink said recently that bringing the course to the firm’s 40-acre Plaza Drive headquarters in Rapid City is part of a strategy to strengthen what he said was a weakening more»
Farmers ‘Turn To Prisons To Fill’ Labor Needs - With Immigration Numbers ‘Low,’ The Agriculture Industry ‘Looks To Another Form Of Disenfranchised’ Workers
Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in New York State Labor News
Prison Inmates are picking fruits and vegetables at a rate not seen since Jim Crow. Convict leasing for agriculture - a system that allows states to sell Prison Labor to private farms - became infamous in the late 1800s for the brutal conditions it imposed on captive, mostly Black Workers. Federal and State Laws prohibited Convict Leasing for most of the more»
Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The 32-member Editorial and Photo Staff of Fast Company have unanimously ratified its first Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). Fast Company’s contract comes four years after Gawker Media began a tidal wave of newsrooms Unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East. The Guild more»
Published on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(VALLEY STREAM, NEW YORK) - The owner of a Long Island Construction Firm will serve 30 days in jail for shorting Workers $280,000 by failing to pay Prevailing Wages on construction work at public schools in the Bronx, prosecutors said. The sentence for Vickram Mangru, owner and operator of Valley Stream-based AVM Construction and Vick Construction, more»
Republican President Trump’s National Labor Relations Board Overturns ‘Public Spaces’ Ruling That Had Allowed Non-Employee Union Reps On An Employer’s Premises
Published on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Republican President Donald Trump’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued another ruling that strikes a blow to Labor Unions. “Employers may ban Union Representatives from promoting their Union in a public space within the employer’s facilities if those representatives aren’t Employees, the NLRB ruled more»
Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Calls For “National Ban” On Right-To-Work (For Less) Laws, Also ‘Presses’ Candidates ‘To Stand With’ Unions
Published on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in National Labor News
Democratic Presidential Candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is calling for a National ban on Right-To-Work (for less) Laws and for every candidate running in 2020 to explicitly stand with Labor Unions in their Organizing Drives across the country. In a speech recently made to the International Association of Machinists (IAM), Sanders said that, as more»
Published on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - After hosting Take a Look at Teaching Summits statewide over the past few months, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union took the issue to the doorstep of lawmakers recently by hosting a session in the State Capitol. The goal is to garner legislative support - and increased funding - for initiatives that boost Teacher more»
Second Annual USW District 4 Black Labor Week ‘Doubles In Support & Volunteers’ - Organizers ‘Amazed’ By This Year’s Week-Long Events That Were Dedicated To ‘Educating, Empowering & Uplifting’ Buffalo’s African-American Community
Published on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – What a week last week was for the organizers of the second annual United Steelworkers (USW) District 4 Black Labor Week, who tell WNYLaborToday.com they were “amazed” by the fact that their 2019 effort doubled in the amount of support and number of volunteers who made it happen. From serving a free breakfast and more»
Published on Monday, June 17, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(THE STATE OF IOWA) – Republican President Donald Trump traveled to Iowa last week to tout his administration’s record on the economy, immigration, and rural America issues. Just before his visit, Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann boasted about Trump’s “ground-breaking policies that have brought 5.4 million new jobs, more»
‘Union Momentum Grows:’ 20,000 Nevada State Employees To Gain Collective Bargaining Rights - New Law Is The ‘Largest Expansion’ Of State Workers’ Freedom To Negotiate ‘In 16 Years’ As AFSCME Focuses On Growth
Published on Monday, June 17, 2019 in National Labor News
(CARSON CITY, NEVADA) - Public Service Workers across the United States lauded the passage of Nevada Senate Bill 135, which expands Collective Bargaining Rights to more than 20,000 Nevada State Employees - the largest statewide expansion of Collective Bargaining Rights in 16 years. The Bill, expected to be signed into law by Governor Steve Sisolak, comes more»
Published on Monday, June 17, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(NEW YORK CITY) - Digital Employees of TIME have won voluntary Union Recognition, ending the “digital divide” the company’s former owners implemented to keep Digital Employees out of the Bargaining Unit. “Guild-represented Employees are excited to join together and help TIME flourish,” said a joint statement from TIME and The more»
NYSUT Brings Free Ice Cream To Albany As Part Of The Statewide Teachers Union’s Support Of The School Staff Campaign
Published on Monday, June 17, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – Last week, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union called on State Lawmakers to put the cherry on top of the legislative session, bringing free ice cream to the state Capitol to highlight the Statewide Teachers Union’s Support School Staff Campaign and legislation aimed at addressing critical issues facing more»
“In Order To Send A Clear Message,” The Buffalo Teachers Federation Supports A School Board Resolution That Suspends & Bars A City Councilman From The City’s Public Schools After He Carried A Loaded Weapon Into A School Building
Published on Monday, June 17, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is supporting a Buffalo School Board resolution that suspends and bars a Buffalo City Council Member - Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr. - from the City’s Public Schools after he carried a loaded weapon into a school building. The BTF’s Executive Committee and Council of Delegates from all more»
Industry Would Govern Apprenticeships In New U.S. Labor Department Plan – ‘Less’ Government Oversight In Apprenticeship Process ‘Top White House Priority,’ Inclusion Of Construction Industry ‘Not Addressed’ In Leaked Draft
Published on Monday, June 17, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Labor Department wants to overhaul the Nation’s Apprenticeship Training System by handing industry groups and employers significant latitude to design and certify their own Federally-assisted programs with minimal government oversight, according to a draft proposal obtained by Bloomberg Law. The draft regulation, which more»
Published on Monday, June 17, 2019 in New York City Labor News
The lack of interest in Tech-Sector Unionizing is indeed a bit of a puzzle. There are gargantuan piles of money floating around in the Apple/Google/Facebook space and Workers could easily get a bigger share of it by Unionizing. And yet, they don’t. It’s very odd. Now, this is not my biggest concern in the world. Most Tech Workers make more»
By A Margin Of Just 57 Votes, The UAW Loses Its Second Attempt To Unionize Tennessee’s VW Plant - Election Underscores The Fact Of How Hard It Is For Unions To Organize In The South
Published on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in National Labor News
(CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE) - The United Auto Workers suffered another defeat Friday (June 14th) when Production Workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen (VW) Facility narrowly voted against joining the Union. The election was the second in five years at the Chattanooga Plant, where Employees rejected a 2014 bid by the UAW, 712 to 626. This time, the vote was 833 more»
Published on Friday, June 14, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(HONOLULU, HAWAII) - More than 100 In-Patient, Out-Patient and Ambulatory Pharmacists at Kaiser Hawaii in Honolulu have chosen to Go Union by voting to join the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)-affiliated United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP). With more than 800 more»
‘Making The Case For A Job In The Skilled Trades:’ Electrician Shortage Across The United States Creates Potential For Six-Figure Jobs
Published on Friday, June 14, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
America's skills gap is creating challenges in the electricians' industry, which is expected to have a Labor shortage of about 60,000 Workers by 2026, according to one CEO of one tool manufacturing company. In order to fill the surplus of jobs, he started a program four years ago to convince students that becoming an Electrician is the way to go. It has more»
Coalition Of Labor, Consumer, Health & Business Groups Fight For Patient Protection, Launch TV Ad Campaign To Expose The Threat Of Exorbitant Surprise Emergency Hospital Bills
Published on Friday, June 14, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - A coalition of consumer, Labor, health and business groups has launched a television ad campaign demanding Albany pass legislation to protect patients from exorbitant surprise emergency hospital bills. Consumer Reports, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the New York State Business Council, the New York State United Teachers more»
The Trump Administration's ‘War On Labor’ - A Local Union President Explains To His Members ‘How’ Trump ‘Has Attacked Unions Over The Past Three Years’
Published on Friday, June 14, 2019 in National Labor News
President Donald Trump has been dangerous for Unions and Working People. Since I know some Members continue to support Trump, I want to lay out some of the things he and Anti-Labor politicians have done and said to hurt our Union and the larger Labor Movement. I want to be clear that my support and Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local more»
Just In Case You Forgot: The White House Has ‘Quietly Rolled Back’ Workplace Safety Rules - ‘Moves That Clash With’ Trump’s Populist Campaign ‘Promises And Have Hurt Many’ Of The Blue Collar Workers ‘Who Voted Him Into Office’
Published on Friday, June 14, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In case you forgot, the partial government shutdown earlier this year disrupted air travel and triggered financial hardship, but it didn’t stop the White House from continuing to dismantle regulations meant to protect U.S. Workers. The Trump Administration gutted a 2016 rule that required most employers to electronically more»
Building Service Workers In NYC ‘Ready To Strike For Their Fair Share Of Wealth’ - SEIU 32BJ Members Start Their ‘Justice For Janitors’ March At Rockefeller Center
Published on Friday, June 14, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Union representing Building Service Workers across New York City have put wealthy owners and contractors on notice: We are coming for what we’ve earned and we will Strike to get it. “The building industry in booming in New York City and we have to start telling the building owners and the contractors that ‘we have more»
Published on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in National Labor News
(TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA) – In 2018, Florida lawmakers included a provision in a massive Omnibus Education Bill that requires unions representing School District Employees be de-certified as Collective Bargaining Units if less than 50% of its “Instructional Personnel” don’t pay dues. As a Right-To-Work (for less) State, Florida forbids more»
National Association Of Letter Carriers Says Anti-USPS Privatization, Pro Six-Day Delivery Measures Are ‘Gaining Majority Support’
Published on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Three non-binding Pro-Worker, Pro-Postal Service measures - one endorsing continued six-day delivery and two others banning U.S. Postal Service (USPS) privatization, have gained majority - and bipartisan - support on Capitol Hill, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Union has announced. HR 33, by U.S. Representative more»
Unions ‘Hail Major New Agreement’ On New York City Tenant Protections - Organized Labor ‘Helped Seal The Deal’ By Extending New Protections To Millions Of Tenants Struggling To Make Rent
Published on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York State’s Legislative Leaders announced this week that they’ve reached agreement on an Omnibus Bill that they say will “give New Yorkers the strongest tenant protections in history.” The Bill would greatly strengthen protections for tenants in the roughly one million apartments covered by the State’s more»
Published on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI)- Utility lines emitting enough amperage to easily stop the human heart. Working on those lines while dangling from the side of a telephone pole 50 feet in the air is a career many people might shy away from, but it’s a job that’s necessary and in demand. "About (15%) of Lineworkers nationwide will be eligible for more»
Published on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - Security Officers in the city of Detroit are the latest group to band together and demand a $15-an-hour wage. More than 100 of them are threatening to boycott work if that demand is not met - and, they’re also seeking to organize a Union. "Those Officers are threatening to walk off the job any day now if their company Secure more»
Published on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Members of Congress are weighing in on contract negotiations between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), calling on the agency to improve what they say are “Anti-Labor Policies” outlined in the new contract. The VA proposed a new contract with AFGE on May more»