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Why Would Protesters Burn A Union Office? - The Motivations For Attacking The National AFL-CIO Office In D.C. ‘Are Unclear, But Raise Questions About How Unions Associate With Police And Address Their Brutality’

Published on Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Last Sunday night, the Washington D.C. headquarters of the National AFL-CIO, the Nation’s largest Federation of Unions, was set aflame. Its windows were smashed in and a prized collection of art depicting the plight of the American Worker was likely damaged. A gold inscription on its 16th Street entrance was painted over more»

Trump ‘Using Record Unemployment To Push An Anti-Labor’ Agenda

Published on Friday, June 5, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump, followed immediately by GOP Governors across the U.S., said our Nation “must reopen” - then those Governors told Workers in their states that they must return to work when recalled or they would have their Unemployment Benefits cut off. So, with millions more filing jobless more»

NLRB Says Work Time Chat About Union Election Voting Is ‘Illegal’

Published on Thursday, June 4, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Employers can block Workers from urging colleagues to support a Union during work hours, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said in a precedent-shifting ruling that upheld a Wynn Las Vegas worker's write-up for promoting organizing on the clock. The NLRB chose to broaden an existing bar on Union "solicitation" during working more»

Federal Judge ‘Strikes Down’ NLRB Election Rule

Published on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new Election Rule, which was set to take effect on Monday, June 1st, was struck down by a Federal Judge after a challenge to the rule by the National AFL-CIO. Back in December, the NLRB issued the rule without first releasing a proposed rule for public comment. The new rule was welcome more»

National AFL-CIO Headquarters In Washington, D.C. Torched During Protests, President Trumka: “We Will Clean Up The Glass, Sweep Away The Ashes And Keep Doing Our Part To Bring A Better Day Out Of This Hour Of Darkness And Despair.”

Published on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National AFL-CIO’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. was vandalized and torched during protests that have been occurring in cities across the United States since the death of George Floyd by the hands of the Minneapolis police, but Labor Federation President Richard Trumka said: “We will clean up the glass, sweep more»

National AFL-CIO President Trumka: COVID-19 & The Symptoms Of Structural Discrimination In Our Society - “We ‘Must And Will Continue To Fight For Reforms In Policing And To Address Issues Of Racial And Economic Inequality’”

Published on Monday, June 1, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka delivered the following remarks at a Town Hall on Civil Rights and COVID-19 on Friday (May 28th): This is an important conversation. Quite frankly, it’s a long overdue one. We often hear people say the Coronavirus doesn’t discriminate. We know that’s far from the more»

More Than 60 Labor Leaders Urge Congressional Leaders To #SaveThePostOffice

Published on Friday, May 29, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – More than 60 Labor leaders have sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, copying both the Postal Board of Governors and the Postmaster General, urging them support the United States Postal Service. The letter states: As representatives of our 17 million Members and all American more»

Trump Team ‘Killed Rule Designed To Protect’ Health Care Workers From Pandemics Like COVID-19, A Decision That’s Documented In Federal Records Reviewed By National Public Radio

Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - When Republican President Donald Trump took office in 2017, his team stopped work on new Federal Regulations that would have forced the Health Care Industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19. That decision is documented in Federal Records reviewed by National Public Radio (NPR). "If that rule more»

Vice President Pence ‘Leads An Under-The-Radar Attack’ On Unions

Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Since he took office, Vice President Mike Pence has been working with high-level backers of Republican President Trump to develop a comprehensive strategy to weaken Labor Unions. It revolves around so-called Right-To-Work (for less) Laws that have already been rammed through numerous state legislative bodies. Among the GOP bright more»

Veterans Affairs Union ‘Sues To Stop’ Trump-Appointed Board - Board Is Made Up Of ‘Anti-Union’ Appointees ‘Who Are Trying To Unilaterally Force A Contract On The VA’

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Union that represents Employees at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department is seeking an injunction to prevent the Trump-appointed Federal Service Impasses Panel from unilaterally imposing a contract onto the Workers at the VA. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the panel’s makeup - saying that the positions on the more»

Top Union Leaders, Marshaled By National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Back Vote-By-Mail Efforts Across the U.S.

Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Top Union Leaders, marshaled by National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, are backing the $3.6 billion in the House Democrats’ Stimulus Bill to pay states to establish Vote-By-Mail Systems - and the measure’s mandate requiring states to do so. But whether the Unionists’ statements, plus wide public support for the more»

The Coronavirus ‘Pay Inequality’ Class War

Published on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Randy Narvaez had worked for a Denver-area King Sooper Store for over 30 years by the time he died from the Coronavirus. In a press release, his Union - the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), said there are a dozen cases among his Co-Workers. Even if they all survive, they’ll see their pay reduced by the time they recover. King more»

After Win At United, Labor ‘Looks To Change’ Delta & JetBlue CARES Act Policies

Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
A win at United Airlines has Labor Unions seeking similar gains at Delta and JetBlue. Earlier this month and just hours after the International Association of Machinists (IAM) filed a lawsuit, United withdrew a plan that would have moved several thousand Fleet Service Workers and Passenger Service Agents from full-time to part-time and reduced weekly hours more»

National AFL-CIO Sues OSHA For Emergency Temporary Standard To Protect Workers

Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National AFL-CIO has filed a petition for a Writ of Mandamus in the U.S. Court of Appeals to compel the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) protecting U.S. Workers against the Coronavirus. The petition demonstrates that thousands of Workers have been infected on the more»

National COSH Releases Guidelines For “A Safe And Just Return To Work” - Workers Must Be Included In Safety Plans, Say Health Experts, As Wave Of Walkouts Leads To New Protections

Published on Monday, May 18, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
“My Co-Workers are getting sick and ‘we know this disease can be fatal,’ says Sofia, a pseudonym for a Worker at an undisclosed Case Farms Poultry Plant on the East Coast. “We ‘want to do our jobs and help feed people during this crisis, but we need to know our employer is listening to us and doing everything possible to make more»

$200 Billion In Hazard Pay: These Essential Workers ‘Must Get Their Fair Share’

Published on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The House voted last week on another Coronavirus Relief Stimulus Package that includes $200 billion in Hazard Pay for Essential Workers. Now, the question now is will this money get to the Essential Workers who actually work on the frontlines or will they be overlooked? Before now, neither political party had put forward a stimulus more»

U.S. Companies ‘Cut Thousands Of Workers While Continuing To Reward Shareholders During Pandemic’ - Five Paid A Combined $700 Million To Shareholders While Cutting Jobs & Closing Plants

Published on Friday, May 15, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Since the Coronavirus Pandemic was declared, Caterpillar has suspended operations at two plants and a foundry, Levi Strauss has closed stores, and Toolmaker Stanley Black & Decker has been planning layoffs and furloughs. Steelcase, an Office Furniture Manufacturer, and the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) have also shed Employees. And as thousands more»

House Rescue Package Includes $25 Billion For Postal Service, But Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell Says ‘There's No Urgency' For The Senate To Act

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A new Coronavirus Aid Package released by House Democrats includes $25 billion for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which is expected to run out of money by the end of September without additional support from Congress because it’s losing so much revenue during the pandemic. The Bill released earlier this week also more»

Essential Workers ‘Risk Their Lives On A Daily Basis To Help The Country Beat The Pandemic, But They Aren't Making Enough Money.’ What’s The ‘Easiest Way To Fix That?’ ‘Pay Them More.’

Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Business Insider Editor’s Note: The authors of this Labor Perspective are: Rachel Korberg is a Program Officer with the Ford Foundation's Future of Work initiative; and Sarita Gupta is Director of the Ford Foundation's Future of Work Program. Kim Brown used to love her job at a Publix Grocery Store in Georgia. She enjoyed meeting new people and more»

National AFL-CIO President Says 'Any Plans To Reopen U.S. Economy Must Include Worker Safety' - Warns Workers ‘Will Be At Risk Of Getting Sick With Coronavirus If Restrictions On Businesses Are Lifted Without Robust Safety Protocols In Place’

Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is warning Workers will be placed at risk of getting sick with Coronavirus if restrictions on businesses are lifted without robust safety protocols in place. “Don’t ‘talk about tough restrictions and guidelines.’ ‘Talk about Worker safety,’” more»

AFSCME Says Job Numbers Show State & Local Aid ‘May Be The Difference Between A Recession And A Depression’ - Black Civil Rights And Faith Leaders Pen Letter To Congress Calling For ‘Immediate’ State & Local Aid

Published on Monday, May 11, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National Action Network, Civil Rights and Faith Leaders - representing a combined 30,000 congregations of more than 25 million people - have sent a joint letter to Congress calling for swift passage of state and local aid in the next Stimulus Bill. As COVID-19 disproportionately ravages African-American Communities, those more»

‘Looking For A Way To Increase Union Power?’ – ‘Subsidize’ Union Membership Fees, Study Finds Unions ‘Make Companies More Productive’

Published on Sunday, May 10, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Most companies are Anti-Union for bad reasons. They argue Unions are actually anti-Worker, corrupt and put unnecessary barriers between Workers and management. The argument you have likely heard the most if you’ve ever worked in an Anti-Union company (like Amazon or Walmart) is that Unions actually hurt productivity and wages. But that’s more»

‘Surprise, Surprise!’ - New Postmaster General ‘Is A Top’ Republican Fundraiser - North Carolina Businessman’s ‘Given Millions To The GOP, Including The Trump Campaign’

Published on Friday, May 8, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors has announced Louis DeJoy, a North Carolina businessman who has given millions of dollars to the Republican Party - including the Trump campaign, has been named the Nation's new Postmaster General. “The APWU ‘is deeply concerned’ with the appointment process to make Mr. more»

As Businesses Reopen, ‘A Fight Is Brewing Over’ Worker Safety Lawsuits

Published on Thursday, May 7, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
When is it safe for people to go back to work? That's the question both employers and Workers are asking, as businesses around the country start to open doors shuttered by the Coronavirus. Workers want assurances they aren't putting themselves at risk. And employers want to know they won't be sued if Workers get sick. Senate Majority Leader Mitch more»

Labor Perspective From Mark Erlich, Retired Executive Secretary-Treasurer With The New England Regional Council Of Carpenters: COVID-19 Outbreak ‘Shows The Importance’ Of Unions - ‘Without’ Organizing, Workers ‘Have Little Clout’

Published on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Common Wealth Magazine Editor’s Note: Mark Erlich is the Wertheim Fellow at the Harvard University Labor and Worklife Program. He is the retired Executive Secretary-Treasurer with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and a Member of the Board of MassINC, which is the corporate parent of CommonWealth. If crises expose the underlying more»

AFSCME Launches Ads For State & Local Aid: ‘Strong Public Services’ Needed To Beat Coronavirus Pandemic And Re-Open The Economy

Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has launched two ads urging Congress and Republican President Donald Trump to approve desperately needed state and local aid to keep Front Line Public Service Workers on the job to fight the Coronavirus Pandemic and reopen the economy. The ads are part of the 1.4 more»

What About Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson As Joe Biden’s Running Mate?

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Let’s just say upfront that the selection of Sara Nelson to be the Democratic nominee for Vice President is a long shot. At the same time, Nelson is not a good person to underestimate. Since 2014, she has been the President of a relatively small Labor Union - the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), which has just 50,000 Members, but has punched more»

As The Coronavirus Has Placed ‘Underpaid Workers In Untenable Positions, They're Fighting Back’ - Pandemic’s Caused More Than 150 Strikes & An Active Map Is Tracking Them All

Published on Sunday, May 3, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(THE STATE OF WISCONSIN) - In late March, Workers at multiple call centers in Wisconsin had had enough. The company they worked for, CapTel, provides text captions for hearing impaired people during phone calls, and amid the Coronavirus Pandemic there was more work than ever - but management was refusing to consider Employee demands for additional pay, more»

Trump Labor Department Says It May ‘Actively Defend’ Meatpacking Companies ‘Over Workers’ In COVID-19 Lawsuits

Published on Friday, May 1, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The stated mission of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to protect Workers, but the agency is signaling that it may actively defend meatpacking corporations against Workplace Safety Lawsuits filed by Employees who contract Covid-19 on the job if the companies show they made a "good faith" effort to comply more»

NLRB Dismisses Charge That Fuyao Glass America ‘Suppressed’ UAW Unionization Campaign At Its Ohio Plant - Comments That Apparently Led To The Charge Were Captured In The Oscar-Winning Netflix ‘American Factory’ Documentary

Published on Thursday, April 30, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(DAYTON, OHIO) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has dismissed a charge that Fuyao Glass America suppressed a Unionization Campaign at its Moraine, Ohio Plant. Comments that apparently led to the charge were captured in the Oscar-winning Netflix documentary “American Factory.” At the time, company leaders were concerned about a more»

Top Unions Accuse Trump Of ‘Exploiting Loopholes’ In Covid-19 Stimulus To 'Enrich Corporate Executives'

Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Leaders of some of the largest Labor Unions in the United States are warning that the Trump administration is brushing aside the interests of Workers in its distribution of trillions of dollars in Coronavirus Bailout Funds and instead using the taxpayer money to further enrich wealthy corporate executives. As funds authorized by the more»

The ‘Grim New Relevance’ Of Workers Memorial Day - A Holiday Dedicated To Workers Injured Or Killed On The Job ‘Takes On A Darker Resonance As Work Grows More Dangerous In A Pandemic’

Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The United States loves a good holiday and depending on how detailed a calendar one keeps, there are daily opportunities to celebrate everything from gumdrops to argyle. And given our political leaders’ penchant for trumpeting America’s manufacturing prowess and undying respect for hard-working families, there are a number of holidays - both more»

Labor Perspective From USW International President Tom Conway: ‘The Fox In The Henhouse’ - Workers ‘Put Their Faith In OSHA And Waited For The Agency To Come To Their Aid To Help Them Battle COVID-19, But Help Never Came’

Published on Monday, April 27, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Thousands of Workers across America begged the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate when their employers failed to take steps to protect them from COVID-19. They reported a lack of face mask, gloves, soap and hand sanitizer. They warned of have to share desks and stand right next to one another on production lines, despite more»

After Trump Says He'll ‘Block’ Coronavirus Aid For U.S. Postal Service ‘If It Doesn’t Hike Prices Immediately,’ Postal Workers Union Says Trump Will “Sacrifice Our Public Postal Service At The Altar Of Private Profit”

Published on Sunday, April 26, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein slammed Republican President Donald Trump and his administration in response to a Washington Post report that Trump is using the Coronavirus Pandemic to cripple the United States Postal Service (USPS). Trump says he will block Coronavirus aid for UUSPS if it doesn’t more»

‘Bad Economics & Bad Policy:’ Trump's Aiming To ‘Shield’ Corporations From Legal Liability For Workers Who Contract COVID-19 On The Job - Businesses ‘Ask For The Right To Expose Their Workers To Fatal Risks, With No’ Consequences

Published on Friday, April 24, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump says his administration is aiming to shield corporations from legal responsibility for Workers who contract the Novel Coronavirus on the job, a move that the Chamber of Commerce and Right Wing advocacy groups are aggressively lobbying for as the White House pushes to reopen the U.S. economy more»

National AFL-CIO President Says Trump 'Made This Crisis Worse,' Richard Trumka Also ‘Urges Slower Return To Work’

Published on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says Workers can’t trust Republican President Donald Trump to lead the country back to work safely, adding Employees need more Coronavirus testing and massive supplies of protective equipment before returning to their jobs. “President Trump ‘made this crisis more»

USW President Says Trump Administration’s Decision To Grant Importers A ‘Three-Month Delay In Paying Tariffs Undermines’ Buy American, Hire American Provisions

Published on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Thomas Conway says the Trump Administration’s decision to grant importers a three-month delay in paying the tariffs they owed on them ‘undermines’ Buy American, Hire American Provisions. Conway - whose Union represents 850,000 Members who are employed in more»

National Nurses United, The Largest Nurses Union In The United States, Protests Outside The White House To Demand Funding For Mass Production Of PPE In The Next Coronavirus Stimulus Package

Published on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Members of the National Nurses United (NNU), the largest Nurses Union in the United States, will protest outside the White House today (Tuesday, April 21st) to demand funding for mass production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the next Coronavirus Stimulus Package. The NNU said in a press release that its Members more»

National AFL-CIO President Says He Told Trump ‘Workers Have To Have A Say’ In How Economy Is Restarted - Trumka Said Country ‘Needs A Federal Standard To Ensure Workplaces Have Proper Safety Protocols In Place'

Published on Monday, April 20, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The head of the National AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, says he told Republican President Donald Trump that American Workers must have input into how the U.S. economy restarts from the Coronavirus Pandemic. “Workers ‘have to have a say in how we go back at every level,’ whether it is in the industrial level, the workplace more»

Labor Perspective From Sharan Burrow, The General Secretary Of The International Trade Union Confederation: “We Can Applaud The Women Workers On The Pandemic Frontline, But We Also Owe Them The Recognition Of Equal Pay”

Published on Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
COVID-19 is exposing the enormous inequality for women in work – not only here in the United States, but around the globe. With women making up 70% of the global health and social care workforce and 58.6% of that of the service sector, the pandemic spotlight is uncovering the wage and safety divide for female-dominated occupations. Workers on the more»

As COVID-19 Death Toll Mounts, ‘U.S. Ruling Class Demands A More Rapid Return To Work’ - ‘However, Without The Resources Being Spent To Put These Measures In Place, Any Back-To-Work Order Will Be A Bloodbath’ For Workers

Published on Friday, April 17, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(ACROSS THE UNITED STATES) - After a week in which more than 10,000 Americans died from COVID-19, the U.S. media and political establishment have launched a concerted effort to get workers back to work, even as the pandemic continues to spread and kill in the United States and internationally. This effort is being spearheaded above all by the Trump more»

Trump Administration ‘Named’ National AFL-CIO To The ‘Council To Reopen America,’ But AFL-CIO President Trumka Says Organized Labor ‘Was Not Asked’ – However, Trumka Says ‘Council To Reopen America Must Include Voices Of Workers’

Published on Thursday, April 16, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Republican President Donald Trump’s attempt to enlist corporate executives - as well as the National AFL-CIO and other Labor Unions - in a push to reopen parts of society amid the Coronavirus Pandemic got off to a rocky start Wednesday (March 15th), with some business leaders complaining the effort was haphazard and warning that more»

How OSHA ‘Has Failed To Protect’ America’s Workers From COVID-19

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As Front Line Workers, from Emergency Room Staff to Grocery Store Clerks, face an elevated risk of contracting COVID-19, they have little in the way of regulatory protections to fall back on. Democrats’ efforts to move Worker Protections through Congress have so far been stymied and a regulatory process launched by the U.S. more»

FBI Discovers ‘Promised’ Stockpile Of 39 Million Medical Masks That The SEIU-UHW Had Offered To Purchase ‘Was A Scam’

Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA) - As state governments and hospitals have scrambled to obtain masks and other medical supplies during the Coronavirus Pandemic, scammers attempted to sell a fake stockpile of 39 million masks to a California Labor Union. The Los Angeles Times first reported the FBI had uncovered the scam, which has been traced back to a broker in more»

Trump ‘Rejects Calls For’ U.S. Postal Service Stimulus As Agency ‘Sounds Alarm Over Its Future’ - Lawmakers Push For A $25 Billion Cash Injection To The USPS As Part Of Another Forthcoming Stimulus Package

Published on Monday, April 13, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump has dismissed requests for emergency funding for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service, attributing its financial woes to mismanagement as the agency sounds the alarm about the negative impacts of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. Prior to the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic more»

AFSCME Says Essential Workers ‘Have No Voice on the Job,’ But The Virginia Collective Bargaining Bill ‘Would Start To Fix That’

Published on Friday, April 10, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(RICHMOND, VIRGINIA) - In early March, State of Virginia Lawmakers passed a Bill expanding collective bargaining to Public Sector Employees, signaling a huge win for the rights of those Workers in the South. But a deadline is quickly approaching. Governor Ralph Northam has until Saturday (April 11th) to sign the Bill into law or it will expire, ending the more»

Labor Perspective From Former National AFL-CIO General Counsel Lynn Rhinehart: The Trump NLRB ‘Needs To Be Removed’

Published on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
OnLabor.org Editor’s Note: Lynn Rhinehart was General Counsel of the National AFL-CIO until July 2018. She is a currently Senior Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). That’s it. The Trump appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) need to be removed for neglect of duty and malfeasance – now. The latest more»

Listen To The Nurses: “We Are The Canaries In The Coronavirus Mine - Instead Of Saying We're Heroes, We Need People And Organizations To Stand Up And Protest The Unsafe Working Conditions In Health Care Facilities All Across The Country”

Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
CommonDream.org Editor’s Note: Amy Silverman is a Registered Nurse and writer who is passionate about social justice and health care reform. She works at Holos Health, a medical cannabis and functional medicine practice in Boulder, Colorado. Nurses are the canaries in the coal mine. We can sing from our cages about the impending catastrophic more»

Why Put American Workers At Risk? ‘Despite Stay-Home Orders’ Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic, Crews ‘Are Still Hard At Work’ On Trump’s Border Wall - ‘We’ve Been Told To Show Up Every Day, Non-Stop,’ Says One Worker

Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(COLUMBUS, NEW MEXICO) - Efforts are fully under way around the country to slow the spread of Coronavirus, with Americans under stay-at-home orders, allowed out only for essential work - but not everywhere. Construction of Republican President Donald Trump’s massive border wall is continuing here along a barren stretch of the border between Mexico more»

The Trump Administration Has ‘Issued A New Rule That Blocks Guaranteed’ Paid Sick Leave For 75% Of American Workers - Lawmakers Say The Exemption 'Violates Congressional Intent'

Published on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Republican Trump Administration diminished the scope of a Coronavirus Aid Law that went into effect last week. The law, which guarantees paid leave, ensures coverage for 25% of the workforce, according to published Department of Labor guidelines. Lawmakers are criticizing the Labor Department guidelines, saying they "violate more»