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The American Federation Of Government Employees ‘Wins Huge Contract Battle Against Trump’ - Environmental Protection Agency Workers ‘Get A Fair Deal After Trump Tried To Force A One-Sided Anti-Union Contract On Them’

Published on Friday, August 14, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - For more than a year, the Republican Trump Administration has been attempting to impose one-sided, Anti-Union contracts on different Federal Agencies including the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Department of Education. In July 2019, one of these contracts was imposed on the 7,500 American Federation Of Government Employees more»

Trump ‘Got Rich By Screwing Over’ Workers - ‘Of Course He’s Doing It Again As President’

Published on Thursday, August 13, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The biggest lie ever told in American politics is the claim Donald Trump cares about Working People. He never has. He never will. As a bankruptcy-prone business mogul, Trump has always financed his lavish lifestyle at the expense of the Workers and contractors he screwed over. Now he is doing the same thing as President, having engineered a government more»

AFSCME International President Lee Saunders: ‘It’s Time To Inject Some Disinfectant Into The Highest Levels Of Government’ As Americans ‘Fall Victim’ To ‘Trump’s & McConnell’s Corrupt Incompetence’

Published on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) International President Lee Saunders - whose Union represents 1.4 million Public Employees across the U.S. that provide the vital services that make America happen - says it is “time to inject some disinfectant into the highest levels of more»

The National Association Of Letter Carriers File Nationwide Grievance Against 'Mail Slowdown Scheme' Initiated By Trump Appointee, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

Published on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has filed a National Grievance, an unusual move, against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who took over the agency, promptly fired more than two dozen top Staffers and imposed shutdown actions and an overtime ban that slows the mail down. The Union’s grievance, which also more»

National Labor Leaders ‘Join Their Voices Together’ To Call On Senate To Pass The HEROES Act

Published on Monday, August 10, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Several National Labor leaders came together late last week to call on the Senate to pass the HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act, a House-approved Bill that includes nearly $1 trillion in Federal aid to states, cities and towns - which is essential in helping communities across the country more»

‘Friday Night Massacre’ At The U.S. Postal Service: Is This Trump's ‘Best Shot’ At Stealing The Election? The APWU Says “There's A White House Agenda To Also Privatize And Sell Off The Public Postal Service"

Published on Sunday, August 9, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Government Watchdogs, Democratic Lawmakers and Pro-Democracy Advocates declared it a "Friday Night Massacre" for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) after news broke in a classic end-of-the-week dump that Louis DeJoy - a major GOP donor to Republican President Donald Trump and the recently-appointed Postmaster General - had issued a more»

‘Never Stronger’ - The American Federation Of State, County & Municipal Employees’ 2020 Virtual Convention Will Honor ‘Front Line Public Service Heroes’

Published on Friday, August 7, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Next week, on August 13th and the 14th, thousands of Delegates will participate in virtual proceedings during the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees’ (AFSCME) 44th International Convention. During the convention, AFSCME Delegates will conduct the business of the Union, including elections for the more»

Labor Perspective From High School Social Studies Teacher & Philadelphia Federation Of Teachers Working Educators Caucus Member Paul Prescod: ‘Remember The Public Sector’ In The Fight For Black Lives

Published on Thursday, August 6, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
While today's wave of protests focuses on the role of police in our society, we cannot ignore another big looming crisis for Black lives: The destruction of the Public Sector. With the GDP shrinking by a whopping 32.9% in the second quarter, the economic crisis induced by the pandemic is leading to massive austerity across the country. Without Federal more»

“We’re Watching The Destruction Of The Post Office Unfolding In Front Of Us” - Letter Carriers In Maine Say U.S. Postal Leadership Is ‘Sabotaging’ The Postal Service By ‘Willfully Delaying’ Mail

Published on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(PORTLAND, MAINE) - Letter Carriers in Portland, Maine have filed a formal complaint against their Postmaster James Thornton, to the Post Office Inspector General, accusing him of delaying First Class Mail in order to, fast track Amazon packages. A Journalist said of the situation: “We’re watching the deliberate destruction of the Post Office more»

Unions ‘Demand’ Trump’s U.S. Department Of Transportation ‘Mandate’ Passengers Wear Masks ‘All The Time’ While On The Nation’s Airlines, Subway, Bus & Commuter Rail Companies - ‘Or Get Booted Off’

Published on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Fed up with Trump Regime inaction to protect Front Line Transportation Workers, their Unions have formally petitioned U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao to order the Nation’s airlines and subway, bus and commuter rail companies to force passengers to wear Anti-Coronavirus Protective Masks all the more»

Organized Labor ‘Pleased’ With House Passage Of A Massive $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill That Anti-Union Forces ‘Had Hoped Would Not Include’ Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Requirements & The Use Of Project Labor Agreements

Published on Monday, August 3, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Organized Labor is pleased with the House of Representatives passing a massive $1.5 trillion Infrastructure Bill that includes Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Requirements and the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), which Anti-Union Forces had fought against. If you missed it, the House passed H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, on a more»

“It’s Just ‘Asinine To Think That You Can Shut Something Down Or Throttle It Back’” - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin Of West Virginia Joins With The American Postal Workers Union ‘To Warn Of Possible’ Post Office Closures

Published on Sunday, August 2, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is considering closing Post Offices across the country, sparking concerns ahead of an anticipated surge of mail-in ballots in the 2020 Elections, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and the President of the American Postal Workers (APWU) say. Manchin said he has received numerous reports from post offices and more»

‘Trillions’ For Corporations, ‘Crumbs For You’ - $600 Lifeline For The Unemployed ‘Evaporates’

Published on Friday, July 31, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The extra $600 a week in Unemployment Insurance Benefits that has helped support more than 30 million people who lost work in the COVID-19 Pandemic expires today (July 31st) - without being extended by Congress. The House passed a Relief Bill in May, the $3 trillion HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act more»

“OSHA Is Missing In Action” - How Labor Secretary Scalia ‘Played Chicken’ With Meatpacking Workers’ Lives

Published on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
A typical poultry, pork or beef plant employs hundreds of people - by and large Immigrants, Refugees and People of Color - toiling shoulder to shoulder to dismember and break down carcasses moving down the kill line at rates as high as 390 cattle, 1,295 pigs or 10,500 birds per hour. Meatpacking Workers have always faced hazardous conditions and high more»

As Labor ‘Pushes For Passage’ Of The HEROES Act & ‘Condemns’ Congress For Ending $600 COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits, McConnell Says ‘No More Pandemic Aid Unless Corporations Are Allowed To Make Their Workers Sick’

Published on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National AFL-CIO and its Affiliate Labor Unions are condemning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) for his body’s failure to pass the HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act, which is deepening economic hardship for millions, especially those who will lose the additional more»

Pelosi ‘Rules Out’ Liability Protections For Employers Of Essential Workers

Published on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that Democrats will not support liability protections for employers of "Essential Workers" in the next Coronavirus Relief Bill. Why it matters: Senate Republicans' stimulus proposal is expected to include widespread liability insurance for schools, businesses, hospitals and more»

A ‘Broken’ Union Election System: New Economic Policy Institute Report Provides ‘Inside Account Of How’ Employers ‘Routinely Threaten, Intimidate And Harass Workers In Order To Stop Them From Exercising Their Right To Unionize

Published on Monday, July 27, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has released a new report that provides an inside account of how employers routinely threaten, intimidate, and harass Workers to stop them from exercising their right to Collective Bargaining. Specifically, the authors take a deep dive into Unionization Drives at Kumho Tire in Georgia and DISH TV more»

‘Truth To Power:’ Foo Fighters Frontman & Former Nirvana Drummer Dave Grohl ‘Defends’ Teachers In The Age Of Trump & The Coronavirus, ‘Trashes’ Education Secretary Betsy DeVos For Being ‘Incompetent’

Published on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Foo Fighters Frontman and former Nirvana Drummer Dave Grohl - whose mother was a Public School Teacher, is defending Teachers in the Age of Trump and the Coronavirus Pandemic, and trashing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for being “incompetent” in a new essay for The Atlantic. At one point in the essay Grohl questions the competency of DeVos, more»

"Shameful Does Not Even Begin To Describe This” - Trump’ NLRB Issues New Rule That ‘Permits’ Decerts Of Unions In Just 45 Days, ‘Making It Impossible To Win’ An Election

Published on Friday, July 24, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - While most non-essential services are shut down, Union Elections are suspended, and most of America is working from home - worrying about a global pandemic, Trump’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) passed a rule to make it harder to win a Union Election. The proposed rule was actually published back on April 1st and contains more»

Under The Trump Administration, The NLRB Rulings ‘Tip Balance Toward Management’ Coping With Contagion In The Workplace

Published on Thursday, July 23, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken a deregulatory approach to Labor Unions and Workplace Law under the Trump Administration, and the agency has largely stayed on that management-side course during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The outbreak has presented novel legal issues under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the more»

“We Will Stand On John Lewis’ Sturdy Shoulders. We Will Keep Getting In ‘Good Trouble’ In His Name” - AFSCME President Saunders Pays Tribute To The Late Congressman & Civil Rights Activist John Lewis

Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders released the following statement on the death of Congressman John Lewis: “We have lost one of the greatest Americans of our time. Congressman John Lewis was willing to lay down his life to make his country better and fairer. His more»

Teachers’ Unions ‘Look Like The Last Line Of Defense’ In Trump’s “Reckless” School Reopening Crusade - Meanwhile, In Florida, Teachers Sue To Block School Coronavirus Reopening Mandate

Published on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
As American families fret over a patchwork set of standards for reopening schools that vary widely by city and state, Teachers’ Unions across the country are denouncing the Trump Administration’s approach to the issue as ill-advised, life-threatening and unjust. And - they’re vowing to do something about it. Republican President Donald more»

To Counter Trump, Biden Pledges New Deal-Like Economic Agenda - Calls For $400 Billion Increase In Government Purchasing Of U.S.-Based Goods & Services, Plus Another $300 Billion In New Research & Development In U.S. Tech Firms

Published on Monday, July 20, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(DUNMORE, PENNSYLVANIA) - Democrat Joe Biden turned his campaign against Republican President Donald Trump toward the economy, introducing a New Deal-like Economic Agenda - while drawing a sharp contrast with a billionaire incumbent that the former Vice President says has abandoned Working Class Americans amid cascading crises. Biden presented details of a more»

American Federation Of Teachers President Outlines Legal & Strike Strategy To ‘Resist Unsafe’ School Re-Openings

Published on Sunday, July 19, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As the recession delivers severe budget cuts to education, many Teachers are worried they won’t be able to re-open schools safely, which has left some considering the possibility of a Strike. Given the physical distance needed, Teachers are considering the “hybrid basis,” of teaching as the best model for re-opening, more»

Unions ‘Press’ Senators ‘To Extend’ $600 Unemployment Payments ‘As Clock Ticks Down’

Published on Friday, July 17, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - With at least one out of every nine American Workers still jobless, the extra $600 a week in Unemployment Benefits enacted in March is scheduled to expire before the end of the month. As such, Labor Unions are mounting a campaign to overcome Senate Republicans’ resistance to extending them. The House passed a Bill in mid-May, more»

Union Asks Congress To Pressure Bath Iron Works To Negotiate With Striking Workers

Published on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(BANGOR, MAINE) - The International President of the Machinists Union is calling on Congress to pressure Navy Shipbuilder Bath Iron Works to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair agreement with Striking Workers. “The Machinists Union is ready and willing to work with all partners in our effort to save these vitally important jobs and more»

U.S. Postmaster General Tells Union-Represented Postal Workers ‘To Leave Mail Behind If It Slows Down Their Route’

Published on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As it struggles to stay afloat during the Coronavirus Pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has implemented "difficult" cost-cutting measures that may slow mail delivery, The Washington Post first reported. The changes, established by the USPS's new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, were disseminated this week in memos that were more»

Labor Board ‘Makes It Easier’ For Federal Employees ‘To Cancel’ Union Dues - Until Now, Feds ‘Could Only Opt Out Of Union Membership At One-Year Intervals’

Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The entity tasked with overseeing labor-management relations in the Federal Government has issued final regulations making it easier for Workers to cancel their Union Dues, despite opposition from Labor Groups and accusations of shifting rationale from one of its own members. Last February, the Federal Labor Relations Authority more»

“The Labor Movement Is Committed To Being The Tip Of The Spear In The Fight To Bring Long Overdue Racial Justice To Our Country” - The National AFL-CIO Creates New Labor Task Force On Racial Justice

Published on Monday, July 13, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has announced the creation of the National AFL-CIO Task Force on Racial Justice, charged with implementing a series of recommendations adopted by the National AFL-CIO General Board that focuses on taking concrete action to address America’s long history of racism and police violence more»

Biden ‘Vows To Rewrite Our Economy' For Labor Unions & The Working Class

Published on Sunday, July 12, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Joe Biden said last week that if he defeats Republican President Donald Trump in the November Election that Labor Unions can count on him to champion their causes and rest assured they will have a seat at the table in the White House. Speaking to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Biden, the presumptive more»

‘Thanks To Trump, Your Boss Can Now Search Your Car’- NLRB Gave Employers Permission ‘To Search Your Personal’ Property

Published on Friday, July 10, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has given employers a sweeping ability to increase surveillance on their Employees, overturning years of Labor Law that protected the privacy of Workers. In late June, the NLRB issued a ruling that expanded an employer’s right to surveil their workforce. In the decision, the NLRB said more»

Trump's Labor Board ‘Eyes Striking Down’ FDR-Era Union Protection - Delaware Poultry Workers ‘Facing Down’ National Right-Wing Anti-Union Group & Trump Mega-Donor

Published on Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is considering killing a legal precedent that has protected Unions since before he was born, according to a recent filing by the Board. One Professor of Labor Law said he was “stunned” when Trump’s NLRB announced that it would review more»

Republicans ‘Want To Make Sure You Can’t Sue Your Boss If You Get Sick’ - Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell Is ‘Worried’ About An ‘Epidemic Of Lawsuits’ Against Businesses As The Coronavirus ‘Pummels’ Workers

Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - With millions of Workers returning to their jobs amid a still-raging Coronavirus Pandemic, the top Republican priority for the next big Coronavirus Bill is preventing them from suing their employers if they get sick. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) says his “number one” policy for a Bill more»

Trump's NLRB Is ‘Tying The Hands’ Of Investigators - Union-Buster Peter Robb ‘Changes What Evidence Can Be Collected’ & ‘Allows Bosses To Coerce’ Witnesses

Published on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chief Counsel Peter Robb has announced some new rules to further constrain investigators at the NLRB. Robb, who has a long history of fighting against Union-represented Workers, has sent a memo to Regional Directors across the country that outlines the changes. The new guidelines will prohibit more»

Labor Perspective: Trump's Labor Department ‘Walks Away From Wage Theft’

Published on Monday, July 6, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Once again, the Trump Administration is showing Workers in the U.S. the back of its hand. As if going AWOL on Workplace Safety in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic wasn’t enough, now the Trump Administration's Labor Department has decided to tell employers not to worry too much about paying their employees properly. It telegraphed that message more»

Congress ‘Gears Up For Battle Over Expiring’ Unemployment Benefits

Published on Sunday, July 5, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The generous expansion to Unemployment Insurance that Congress passed to keep Americans afloat during the COVID-19 crisis is due to run out at the end of the month, potentially leaving millions of people struggling. Unemployment remained at 11.1% in June, worse than it was at the height of the Great Recession in 2009, but Congress is more»

Why Labor Unions ‘Make People Less Racist’ - Study ‘Finds They Change The Way You See The World, Too’

Published on Friday, July 3, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Compared to Non-Union Workers, Union Members have higher wages and smaller gender and racial wage disparities. Now, a new research paper finds that stronger Labor Unions have an Anti-Racist side effect - White Union Members feel less racial resentment against Blacks than their Non-Union counterparts. The paper published in the American Journal of more»

AFSCME: The Senate 'Should Not Kick Unemployed Workers When They Are Down'

Published on Thursday, July 2, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - It’s an economic lifeline that Congress extended to millions of Americans who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but Congress - specifically the Senate - is getting ready to yank it away prematurely, though the economy continues to buckle and Workers continue to lose jobs through no fault of their own. We’re more»

AFSCME President Lee Saunders Says $1 Trillion Is Needed To Prevent The Collapse Of Public Services

Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congress needs to enact “at least $1 trillion” in Federal Aid for state and local governments in order to prevent public services from collapsing, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders says. Speaking on a telephone press conference organized by the Union, he said more»

Trump Administration Moves To ‘Abolish’ Office of Personnel Management, ‘Despite Law Prohibiting It’ - AFGE Working To Get Language In The Appropriations Process That Would ‘Prevent’ Administration From Moving Forward

Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Trump administration is working behind the scenes to move forward with its plan to merge the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with the General Services Administration (GSA) and transfer key policy setting functions to the White House, a move that would politicize the Federal Workforce and reintroduce the spoils system in which more»

Coronavirus ‘Opens Door’ To Company Surveillance Of Workers - Privacy Advocates ‘Warn Of A Slippery Slope’ Toward ‘Normalizing New Levels’ Of Employer Surveillance

Published on Monday, June 29, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Amazon is piloting a system that sends real-time warnings to Workers if they’re standing too close to each other and some major companies are testing technology to identify Workers who have been in close contact with a Co-Worker who tests positive for the Coronavirus. Employers are rushing to use Digital Tracking Technology to reduce virus more»

“You Are Sadistic Thieves” - Trump Accuses VA Employees Of Being ‘Bad’ People

Published on Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(TULSA, OKLAHOMA) – Earlier this month, Republican President Donald Trump held a sparsely attended rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma to relaunch his campaign after months of falling poll numbers. While the campaign expected hundreds of thousands of people, just over 6,000 MAGA fans showed up to listen to Trump ramble on and prove that he could drink a glass more»

U.S. Supreme Court ‘Delays Decision’ On Taking ‘Janus II’ Case

Published on Friday, June 26, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -The U.S. Supreme Court won’t decide whether to take the case dubbed “Janus II” until at least this Fall. Mark Janus, plaintiff in the Court’s 2018 Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision that ruled Public Sector Workers could not be required to pay “Fair Share Fees” to the Union representing them, filed a more»

NLRB Overrules 2016 Precedent, Eliminates Pre-Contract Obligation to Bargain Over Discipline

Published on Thursday, June 25, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Reversing a four-year-old decision on the standard for Employee Discipline in advance of a first contract that many employers found onerous, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has overruled Total Security Management Illinois 1, LLC, 364 NLRB No. 106 (2016). 800 River Road Operating Company, LLC d/b/a Care One at New Milford, 369 more»

Employers ‘Step Up’ Anti-Unionization Efforts As Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Spurs Activism’ - Crisis Is Making Union Organizing Efforts ‘Difficult’ For Unions And Bosses ‘Seem Keen To Take Advantage’

Published on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
During the Coronavirus Pandemic, employers have opposed Unionization Elections even as Workers’ activism over safety protections, job security and wages has increased in the face of an economic shutdown and health fears. But the pandemic has created difficult conditions for Workers to organize elections, something many employers appear to have taken more»

New York Times Editorial: Why Is OSHA AWOL? - Worker Protections ‘Are Critical’ During The Pandemic, Yet The Trump Administration ‘Has Issued Only Voluntary Guidance Instead Of Enforceable Rules’

Published on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
As states and municipalities relax shelter-in-place orders, the Nation seems to be racing to get the economy back to something resembling the pre-pandemic era. Restaurants, malls, cinemas, day care centers and retail stores are reopening sooner than most medical professionals think is wise. The risk is obvious to many businesses that stayed open as the more»

Celebrating Juneteenth, Labor ‘Finds Its Voice’ For Racial Justice

Published on Monday, June 22, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - The enormous white stone arch in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza is a memorial to the Union’s victory in the Civil War. While Confederate monuments are toppling across the country, but the arch is only getting more popular. At 11:30 on a hot Juneteenth morning, Kyle Bragg stands in its shade, wearing a red T-shirt, a New more»

Trump NLRB ‘Sues Oregon To Preserve Employers Right To Hold Mandatory Anti-Union’ Meetings

Published on Sunday, June 21, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Under the leadership of Trump appointees, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is suing to overturn an Oregon Law that gives Workers the right to skip Anti-Union Captive Audience Meetings. In a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against the State of Oregon, the NLRB argues the Oregon Law is preempted by the National Labor more»

Facebook ‘Backs Down From Allowing Ban On’ The Word ‘Unionize’

Published on Friday, June 19, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA) - Facebook has apparently backed down from guidance to firms using its Office Management App, Facebook Workplace, that they could ban the word “Unionize.” The ban was used as an example in an internal company memo telling customers such as Walmart - which is notorious for its hatred of Unions and Workers’ Rights - more»

Leading U.S. Retirees 'Like Lambs to the Slaughter,' Trump’s Labor Department ‘Quietly Offers Up’ 401k Plans ‘To Private Equity Vultures’

Published on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - With the American public's attention consumed by the COVID-19 Pandemic and mass protests against police brutality, the U.S. Labor Department earlier this month quietly gave corporate sponsors of retirement plans something they've been agitating over for years: a government green light to invest Workers' savings into funds managed by more»