Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Farm Union President Calls Trump's Proposed $15 Billion Subsidy An ‘Insufficient’ & 'Temporary' Solution
Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The president of the National Farmers Union is calling Republican President Donald Trump's plan to offer Farmers $15 billion in subsidies a "temporary" solution that would not address the "permanent damage" created by the trade war with China. Trump said on Monday (May 13th) that the administration would offer financial assistance to more»
Published on Monday, May 13, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
CareerBuilder has found that 78% of U.S. Workers are living paycheck to paycheck. This number may be further exacerbated by the Federal Government Shutdown earlier this year, which has resulted in more than 800,000 Federal Employees not receiving paychecks. So, what can you do to battle financial pressure? Here's what you need to know and how to improve more»
Sara Nelson’s ‘Not Afraid To Strike Back,’ For The President Of The Association Of Flight Attendants, ‘Radical Politics Starts In The Workplace’
Published on Sunday, May 12, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - When I mention Sara Nelson, the President of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), to people in the Labor Movement, the response is usually something like: “I would follow her to the gates of Hell.” For a few years I’d heard Union Members and Staffers rave about Nelson’s fearlessness and willingness to more»
Published on Friday, May 10, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A group of Economists, Statisticians and other Employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have voted overwhelmingly to form a Union, hoping to use collective bargaining as a way to push back against new policies coming from the Trump Administration. About 200 Workers at the Agency’s Economic Research Service will be more»
The Amalgamated Transit Union Mourns The Passing Of International President Larry Hanley, Who Started Out His Long Union Career As A Brooklyn Bus Driver
Published on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Lawrence J. Hanley, the International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and a longtime presence in New Jersey politics, has died. He was 62. “I am deeply saddened to hear about the untimely death of my dear friend and our ATU International President Larry Hanley,” said John Costa, ATU International Vice President. “The more»
Published on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Unlike most professions, Home Care Workers do their work in isolation from other Workers. Often underappreciated, they take care of the most vulnerable among us, with long hours and little pay. Because they work alone, with only their clients, Home Care Workers rely on joining together in Unions to ensure they have a voice. But the Trump more»
Trump’s Top Labor Lawyer ‘Seeking Pro-Union Findings To Overturn’ - Current NLRB General Counsel ‘Has Issued Negative Directives Focused On Unions’
Published on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) General Counsel is on pace this fiscal year to revive seven times more Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Cases that were brought against Unions than against employers, driven in part by directives he’s issued calling for stricter rules for Organized Labor, according to a review of agency more»
The VA ‘Attacks Its Own’ Workforce: The American Federation Of Government Employees Reject Management Proposal ‘That Guts’ Union Contract
Published on Monday, May 6, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is denouncing a proposal from Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie that would eviscerate the existing Labor Contract covering 250,000 Employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs and strip Workers of their rights and protections. “Secretary Wilkie is ‘making more»
Teamsters Union Backs Effort To ‘Revamp’ Federal Labor Law ‘In Order To Benefit’ Workers, Saying NLRA Reform Legislation ‘Would Improve The Rights Of Those On The Job’
Published on Sunday, May 5, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Teamsters Union - which represents 1.4 million Members throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, is backing efforts to revamp Federal Labor Law to benefit Workers, saying reform legislation to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) would improve the rights of those on the job. Teamsters General President Jim more»
National Association Of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Set For Saturday, May 11th - 27th Annual Event Will Collect Millions Of Pounds Of Non-Perishable Food Items Left At Mail Boxes To Feed The Hungry Across The United States
Published on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - With ever-increasing backing - including, for the first time, a bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House - the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) have set their 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for Saturday, May 11th. On that day, NALC Members in every city, county, state and territory will collect non-perishable more»
Trump Describes Firefighter Union Leadership As “Dues-Sucking” Following Its Endorsement Of Democrat Joe Biden, Who Tweets Back: “I’m Sick Of This President Badmouthing Unions.”
Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump unleashed a series of tweets criticizing leaders of major Labor Unions and former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, who hit the campaign trail in the State of Pennsylvania on Monday (April 29th), a State Trump won in 2016, but where Biden was born and raised. After the International more»
National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Democratic-Run U.S. House ‘Has Stood On The Side Of Workers’
Published on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The new Democratic-run U.S. House “has stood on the side of Workers” on issues ranging from defending Federal Workers to opposing job-losing Free Trade Pacts to Pro-Worker Labor Law Reform, National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says. As a matter of fact, he added in a wide-ranging Q-&-A hosted by the Economic Club more»
‘Don’t Become Numb’ To Workplace Deaths & Illnesses, National AFL-CIO Says During Workers’ Memorial Week
Published on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka cautioned the public not to become “numb” to workplace fatalities and illnesses, as his major Labor Organization released its annual report detailing the hazards Workers face every day. Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect was released late last week during Workers’ Memorial more»
Published on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - National Nurses United (NNU), the first Union to promote Medicare For All and the leader in Labor’s drive for it, is getting specific in which lawmakers it will lobby - from the outside - to make sure the plan gets hearings and votes it deserves, not sidetracked. In a mass conference call earlier this month, NNU Leaders listed more»
Published on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As the number of U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Inspectors shrinks, enforcement action to safeguard workers is on the decline - at the same time that investigations into workplace deaths and injuries are rising. A new study of OSHA Data since 2016 suggests that record-keeping sleight of hand is masking a more»
Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
“Whatever the fight, don’t be ladylike” - So said Labor Organizer and Self-Professed “hell-raiser” Mary “Mother Jones” Harris more than a century ago as she called to action the wives of striking Coal Miners across Appalachia. Their combined efforts helped drum up public support and turn the tide in the more»
New Alliance For American Manufacturing Poll: What Do Voters Want? U.S.-Made Subways, Roads & Bridges. What They Don’t? Trump’s Mexican Wall
Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - What do U.S. voters want? A new poll commissioned by the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) - a Labor and United Steelworkers (USW) ally - has a succinct answer: Four-fifths want U.S.-made rebuilding of our subways, roads and bridges. Nine percent don’t. And what don’t they want? Except for Republicans, they more»
Federal Union Busting: Rail, Airline Unions Challenge Mediation Board Rule To Let Workers ‘Toss Unions Out, Followed By Two-Year Ban On Some’ Organizing Drives
Published on Monday, April 22, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Unions representing Railroad and Airline Workers nationwide are challenging the National Mediation Board’s (NMB) plan to formally let Workers throw Unions out of their workplaces and then ban Organizing Drives at those sites for two years - but the plan seems to be set in stone already. The NMB - which regulates Labor-Management more»
Published on Sunday, April 21, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Remember going to a “Miners for Trump” rally in Downtown Pittsburgh, a month before the November 2016 general election? If you did, you were fooled by a Russian fake. A poster for the October 2nd, 2016 rally, featuring a Miner in a coal-black background wearing a headlamp-lit hard hat, illustrates the wide range of more»
Yet Another ‘Sad Fact’ Of Voting Republican: Bonuses ‘Are Up One Cent’ In 2018 Since The GOP Tax Cuts Passed
Published on Friday, April 19, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Employer Costs for Employee Compensation gives us a chance to look at Workers’ bonuses in 2017 and 2018, in order to gauge the impact of the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. Last year, our analysis showed that bonuses rose by $0.02 between December 2017 and more»
Published on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Millennials have become some of Labor Unions’ most vocal advocates and allies. According to John Schmitt at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), three-fourths of the people who joined Unions during 2016 and 2017 were Workers 34 years of age and younger - i.e.: Millennial Workers. Further, Shiva Maniam at the Pew Research Center notes the same more»
Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Majority Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee will push two key Pro-Worker Safety Bills this year, but the exact timetable is uncertain. In an informal conversation after the first Congressional briefing in years on Worker Health and Safety, a top committee aide on the issue said he expects the legislation will hit the more»
NABTU President Sean McGarvey: Results Of Several Successful Labor Campaigns Across The U.S. Is The “Kind Of Force” Organized Labor Needs To Get A $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill On Trump’s Desk…
Published on Monday, April 15, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Union Leaders and some of their Congressional Advocates met during last week’s North America’s Building Trades Unions’ (NABTU) 2019 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. - and discussed the need for national infrastructure investment, which has been a resounding theme. NABTU President Sean McGarvey kicked off his more»
Published on Sunday, April 14, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - It’s called, in political parlance, “a cattle call.” The phrase refers to what happens when Presidential Hopefuls parade their positions, one by one, before a group, large or small. And that’s what nine Democrats - John Hickenlooper, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tim Ryan, Terry McAuliffe, Michael Bennet, more»
National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka ‘Warns’ Lawmakers: “Don’t Vote For Quickie New NAFTA” - Adds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “No Enforcement, No Treaty”
Published on Friday, April 12, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is warning lawmakers that voters will oppose anyone who votes for a “quickie new NAFTA,” so to speak. That means Workers would oppose lawmakers who favor a quick vote on legislation implementing the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement - before Mexico has both enacted more»
American Federation Of Teachers, SEIU Join Alliance That’s Demanding ‘Full Release’ Of Mueller Report, With Backup Evidence
Published on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Shades of Watergate. In late 1973, Republican President Richard Nixon tried to shut down the Watergate investigation by arbitrarily firing Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, padlocking the prosecutor’s offices and canning a top official, William Ruckelshaus, who refused to fire Cox. Another Nixonite, Robert Bork, did so. Cox more»
Published on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressional Democrats are planning to introduce legislation that would invalidate all Right-To-Work (for less) Laws, stripping Employees in 27 States of the right to decide whether they wish to join or otherwise support a Union. The legislation, dubbed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act - includes several other changes that more»
Addressing The International Association Of Machinists, U.S. Senator & Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Calls For A ‘National Ban’ On Right-To-Work, Presses Candidates ‘To Stand With’ Unions
Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(LAS VEGAS, NEVADA) - U.S. Sen. 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. Sanders is also demanding that American Airlines back off its push to slash Airline Workers benefits as it pays its CEO more»
Published on Monday, April 8, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Congressional Progressive Caucus is fighting back against an attempt by Centrist Democrats to undercut the push for a $15 Federal Minimum Wage with legislation that would allow lower hourly pay in "rural areas." "We want to pass a full ($15) Minimum Wage Bill," U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (Democrat-Washington) told Politico more»
Published on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
I played a pretty big role in a Labor Fight noted in Erik Loomis’s entertaining, tough-minded, and strenuously argued new book: A History of America in Ten Strikes. Back in the day, I was a “comprehensive campaign” guy - the newish strategic paradigm that was supposed to compensate for Organized Labor’s loss of shop-floor power by more»
'If You Cheat Working Americans, You'll Go to Jail:’ U.S. Senator & Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren Unveils A Bill To Punish ‘Criminal’ CEOs
Published on Friday, April 5, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren (Democrat-Massachusetts) has introduced legislation that would make it easier to imprison corporate executives whose companies commit crimes or "harm large numbers of Americans through civil violations." "Corporations don't make decisions, people do, but for far too long, more»
Congress Probes AT&T's ‘Broken Jobs Promises” - In Testimony Given To The U.S. House Ways And Means Committee, CWA President Chris Shelton Says AT&T “Is A Prime Example Of How Those Promises Have Not Become Reality”
Published on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - When the Republican Corporate Tax Cut Bill was being debated, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson was happy to make big promises to the American people that if it passed, AT&T would create thousands of new jobs - but it turns out those promises were a scam, just like the Corporate Tax Cut Bill itself, a massive giveaway to corporations more»
Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Labor Department has announced a proposal that would limit the ability of Workers to sue big companies for violations made by franchises or contractors, according to The New York Times. This would affect Workers who fall under the category of joint employment, in which more than one company directly or indirectly controls more»
Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Every day, Cynthia Harper went to work for two years. From early 2015 to early 2017 at the Fuyao Glass America plant in Moraine, Ohio, she wondered if she’d come home alive. She didn’t have such worries, she told Washington, D.C. Lawmakers when she toiled at that then-Unionized General Motors (GM) Bus and Truck Assembly more»
It’s Found Companies That ‘Falsely Labeled’ Their Products Were ‘Made in U.S.A.’ Paid $0 In Financial Penalties
Published on Friday, March 29, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Patriot Puck, a New York-based company, wrapped its hockey pucks in American flags, declaring them: “The Only American Made Hockey Puck!” The mattress firm Nectar Sleep, founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, promoted its mattresses as “designed and assembled in the U.S.A.” Two California-based manufacturers more»
Published on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA) - Every Democratic Presidential Hopeful has already told Construction Union Leaders they support key Building Trades issues, according to Bricklayers National President Jim Boland. In an interview with Press Associates Union News Service during the National AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting that was held in New Orleans, Boland more»
Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA) - The National AFL-CIO Executive Council has announced it will oppose any GOP Trump Administration and corporate rush to enact a “new NAFTA” quickly in the 116th Congress. In a detailed statement/position paper released at the end of the Council’s meeting in New Orleans, the National Labor Federation said more»
Published on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Coal Miners are slamming Republican President Donald Trump and GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for refusing to pass legislation that would continue to fund treatments for Black Lung Disease. "Coal Miners sort of been put on the back burner, thrown to the side," former Coal Miner John Robinson told the Associated Press. "They more»
Published on Monday, March 25, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Wall Street pressure, particularly from rich and secretive hedge funds and their managers, prompted the General Motors (GM) plant closures that will throw at least 14,000 United Auto Worker (UAW) Members - and countless other Workers in GM’s supply chain – out of jobs, a new report says. The report, commissioned by the more»
Published on Sunday, March 24, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Trump Administration asked Congress as part of its Fiscal 2020 Budget to approve legislation that makes it easier to fire or discipline Federal Workers and to make a series of pro-management changes to the law governing Collective Bargaining Rights at Federal Agencies. The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Budget more»
Published on Friday, March 22, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA) – Republican President Donald Trump has declared an emergency at the Southern Border that many say isn’t an emergency at all, but Trump’s alarm is creating an emergency in North Carolina. The problem here isn’t too many illegal Immigrants, it’s too few. The lack of laborers has hit farmers whose more»
Published on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set off a firestorm among Progressives when she appeared to take impeachment off the table, failing “something compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan.” But Pelosi was right. She went on to say: “It’s not about (Trump). It’s about what we can do for the people to lower more»
Don’t Look Now, But Republicans Are Coming For Unionized Construction Workers' Jobs - PA GOP Congressman Introduces Two Bills That Would Allow Temp Visas For Non-Farm Workers, Including Construction Workers
Published on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Republican Congressman Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania has introduced two bills that would create a new Immigration Visa System for non-Farm Workers and potentially provide more money for Construction Career Training and Apprenticeships. The “Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act” would allow U.S. employers to staff more»
Published on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Trump has once again proposed a slew of changes to the operations of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and its Employees’ benefits, with the White House estimating the plan would save $98 billion over the next decade. In addition to a renewed push for offering Postal Employees lower pay and benefits, Trump more»
Published on Monday, March 18, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA) - The National AFL-CIO’s decision not to make an early endorsement in the 2020 Presidential Race is by no means a decision by Organized Labor that it will stay out of the election. Almost every single Union Leader, without exception, wants to get rid of Republican President Donald Trump, but this year most of them think that more»
Bernie Sanders Presidential Staff Says Campaign Says Staff Has Decided To Unionize With The United Food & Commercial Workers - A First For A Major Party Candidate
Published on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s (Independent-Vermont) Presidential Campaign has announced it will have a Unionized Workforce, a first for a major party candidate. “Bernie Sanders is the ‘most Pro-Union’ Candidate ‘in the field, he’ll be the most pro-union’ president in the White House more»
The Stark Reality Of Voting Republican: Trump’s Budget Request ‘Slashes’ Retirement Benefits For 2 Million Federal Workers, With Each Losing About $75,000 In Retirement Savings
Published on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump’s grand vision for America in 2020 can be summarized this way: spend billions more dollars on the U.S. Military and Immigration Enforcement and cut billions of dollars from the Social Safety Net; and then do nothing to close the $1 trillion deficit the GOP created with their 2017 corporate more»
Published on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is weighing a 2020 Presidential Bid, found a friendly audience earlier this week when he addressed a meeting of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) in Washington. Biden has a decades-long relationship with the IAFF, a Labor Union that represents more than 300,000 Workers, and IAFF more»
Published on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA) - The National AFL-CIO, the 12.5 million-strong Labor Federation, will not be making an early endorsement in the 2020 Presidential Race. “There ‘will be no early endorsement of any of the candidates who have announced,’” American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee more»
In Republican President Donald Trump’s ‘Continuing War On Labor Unions,’ Proposed New Administration Rule Would Make It Easier For Some Airline & Railroad Workers To Decertify Their Unions
Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In Republican President Donald Trump’s continuing war on Labor Unions, his administration is looking into making it easier for some Employees to decertify their Union - a process that Employees go through to kick their Union out as the Bargaining Agent for the workplace. The National Mediation Board (NMB), which is stacked with more»