Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Published on Monday, September 23, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
New York Daily News Editor’s Note: Steven Greenhouse, a New York Times Reporter for 31 years, including 19 years covering labor, is author of Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor. The United Auto Workers’ (UAW) Strike against General Motors (GM) is hugely important because it involves so many of the key more»
Republican Majority NLRB Deals Grad Student Unions ‘A Blow’ As Proposed New Rule Says Students Aren’t ‘Employees’
Published on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Graduate Students are not “Employees” with a right to Unionize, according to a rule proposed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), an agency that’s tasked with enforcing U.S. Labor Laws. If implemented, the rule would undercut a recent wave of Grad Student Unionization Efforts at private U.S. universities. more»
Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Republican President Trump says he is “winning big time, against China,” but his Trade War is causing measurable damage to the U.S. Economy, with the pain likely to worsen. Forecasting Firm Moody’s Analytics estimates that Trump’s Trade War with China has already reduced U.S. employment by 300,000 jobs, compared more»
Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Republican President Donald Trump has selected a Washington outsider to head the government agency responsible for paying back dissolved pensions. That might be welcome news for Trump voters who want the President to fulfill a promise to “drain the swamp” and rid the capital of the politically connected. Yet - Trump’s more»
Published on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA) - For the ninth consecutive year, Fall Protection - General Requirements is the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) most frequently cited standard, OSHA and Safety+Health have announced. The rest of the preliminary list of OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 also remained largely more»
Published on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner was matter-of-fact in his call for Congress to pass the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1935: The New Deal's Labor Board was failing American Workers. "The oversight agency had become a ‘maze of confusion and contradictions, a sham and a delusion,’" Wagner said. Workers were more»
‘Now This Is Cool:’ Washington, D.C.’s Newest & Tallest Mural Honors A Local Jazz Legend Who Was Also A Union-Represented Mailman
Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A man in a U.S. Postal Service uniform leans against a brick wall at 14th and U Streets NW. He’s playing a tenor saxophone, with his mailbag resting at his feet. He’s also nine stories tall. The 70-foot-tall mural of Buck Hill is D.C.’s newest and tallest outdoor portrait. City officials dedicated it this week as more»
Published on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Disabled Federal Employees are being let go at alarming rates under the Trump Administration. NBC News reports: In 2017, the Government fired 2,626 Full-Time Employees with disabilities, according to documents from the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) obtained by NBC News. That marks a 24% increase from 2016. The EEOC more»
‘More Bad News’ From A National Labor Relations Board’ Dominated By’ Republican Trump Appointees: NLRB ‘Outlaws’ Union Organizing At The Workplace If The Property ‘Is Not Owned’ By Employer
Published on Monday, September 9, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – There’s more bad news for Unions and Workers from an NLRB dominated by Trump appointees. Reuters reports “The National Labor Relations Board has ruled Workers do not have the right to engage in Union Organizing and similar activities on private property where they work - but that is not owned by their employer. In a more»
The Worker's Friend? Here’s How Trump Has Waged His War On Workers: A Look At The President’s ‘Continual Attacks On America’s Working Men & Women’
Published on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
When it comes to wowing Workers, Donald Trump is an absolute magician. Through some mysterious sorcery, he has convinced millions of American Workers that he is their true friend, fighting hard for them, even though he and his appointees have taken one Anti-Worker action after another - dozens of them. Yes, it is perplexing to many of us that so many more»
Published on Friday, September 6, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WINNSBORO, SOUTH CAROLINA) - A South Carolina plant that assembles televisions, using Chinese parts, has announced it will shut down and lay off nearly all its Employees because of new tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration. Element Electronics - which describes itself as the only assembler of televisions in the U.S. - plans to lay off 126 of its 134 more»
Know Your Enemies & Keep Tabs On How They Are Attacking You: ALEC’s 2019 Agenda to ‘Erode’ Union Power
Published on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - When Mark Janus was introduced at the Conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference in Washington, D.C. in December 2018, he was hailed as a conquering hero. Lisa Nelson, the group’s CEO, called him “the successful plaintiff of one of the most consequential Supreme Court decisions of the year” - more»
Published on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Once thought to be on their dying breath, Labor Unions in the United States are bouncing back, driven by immense public interest in combating Income Inequality and creating a better and fairer experience for current and future generations of Americans. As the International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) with over 200,000 Members, I know more»
Instead Of ‘Recognizing’ Workers Across The Country For The Role They Play, Trump ‘Goes After’ National AFL-CIO President Trumka In A Tweet - ‘On Labor Day’
Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump lashed out at National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Labor Day, a day after the Labor Union Leader criticized Trump's trade deal in a Fox News interview. Trump, in a Labor Day morning tweet, claimed Trumka doesn't share the same critique of Trump's trade deal when "he is with me at the more»
Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka insists Union Members were not responsible for electing Republican President Donald Trump in 2016, but he is vowing they will help defeat him in 2020. During a breakfast held last week with Washington reporters that hosted by The Christian Science Monitor, Trumka promised an unprecedented more»
Military Vets Join With Unions, Accuse Trump Administration Is ‘Undermining’ The VA Health Care System
Published on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(TUCSON, ARIZONA) - There's a battle brewing for Military Veterans and some of the Union Workers who deliver their health care. They say the Federal Government is undermining the Veterans Administration (VA) Health Care System. Some Vets and Health Care Workers say the Federal Government is hurting the health of the VA itself by trying to carve Unions out more»
Published on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
David Portnoy, the founder of the website Barstool Sports, recently got national press attention for flagrantly violating Labor Law on Twitter. After sharing an article about how much he hates Unions, he threatened that if any of his Employees talked to a Labor Reporter. "I will fire you on the spot," he said. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more»
‘Swipe Long Enough And You’re Bound To Find 'Em:’ Why Philly Men List Their Unions On Tinder - Why? Because, In Search Of A Significant Other, They Say, Going From Non-Union To Union ‘Might Suggest They’re A Catch’
Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA) - Swipe long enough and you were bound to find 'em. Somewhere between “founder at tech company” and graduate student at Temple University was Journeyman Plumber at Local 690. And there was another, after the baristas, consultants and (a favorite job title) “hustlers” - a Tile Setter at Local 1 more»
USDA Employee Union ‘Blasts Agency For Slashing Separation Payments For Workers Forced To Quit’ - Payments ‘Were Promised’ For Employees Losing Their Jobs As Agency Relocates Two Divisions From D.C. To Kansas City Region
Published on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has slashed the amount of separation payments it promised to make to Employees who are being forced to quit their jobs as the department relocates two agencies from Washington, D.C. to the Kansas City region. Employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and more»
Published on Monday, August 26, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) may soon change the rules on how profane, verbally abusive, and racially insensitive Labor Activists can be and still be protected under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRB, the main Federal Labor Law Enforcement Agency, is seeking public comment on the subject for an upcoming more»
A Message To Union Members From International Union Of Elevator Constructors General President Frank Christensen: “If You Voted For Trump, You Paved The Way For An All-Out Attack On Unions”
Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
St. Louis Labor Tribune Editor’s Note: Frank Christensen is the General President of the 25,000-Member International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC). He was the longest-serving Business Manager of Elevator Constructors Local 2 in its history and was the Chairman of the Illinois Elevator Safety Board from its inception in 2003 to 2013. I more»
Home Health Aides Care For The Elderly, ‘But Who Will Care For Them?’ One Of The Fastest-Growing Jobs In America ‘Is Also One Of The Hardest’
Published on Friday, August 23, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO) - When the alarm clock went off at 7 a.m., Angelica Rios had barely gotten four hours of sleep. She rolled out of bed anyway and slipped into her Winnie the Pooh scrubs. “I have a lot of trouble sleeping,” Angelica said as she combed mousse through her thick brown curls. She picked up two silver hoop earrings and more»
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN) – National Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry has unveiled an ambitious "Unions for All" proposal - and Democratic Presidential Candidates had better take notice. The two million-Member Union's endorsement is up for grabs and contingent on a candidate backing the proposal that aims to overhaul more»
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Back in 2016, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, but once Donald Trump won they responded warmly to his promise to be the Builder-in-Chief. In fact, Trump told them he planned to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, maybe $2 trillion! Here’s Trump speaking to the group more»
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - According to a report at Politico, Workers who are a part of one of the Nation’s largest Unions are very unhappy with Republican President Donald Trump’s Labor Department after they had fallen in line behind Trump following this election in 2016. The report states “a deal gone bad between Trump and North more»
Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Trump Administration has proposed a rule that would allow Federal Contractors to factor in religion in hiring a person, a move advocates say would enable employers to apply a Religious Litmus Test and condone discrimination against the LGBTQ Community and other groups. The rule is the latest nod to the Religious Right and more»
Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - New Trump Department of Labor (DOL) Apprenticeship Rules, opening training for Building Trades jobs to cut-rate Non-Union Firms and their bosses - while threatening quality training and building standards - are “like the fox guarding the henhouse,” a veteran Construction Union Apprenticeship Trainer says. But Workers and more»
Anti-Labor Group ‘Urges’ Federal Government ‘To Stop All Existing’ Union Payroll Deductions - Argument Has Already Been Rejected By A Federal Appellate Court In Decision That Did Not Set A Precedent
Published on Friday, August 16, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A prominent Anti-Labor Advocacy Organization is urging the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to call on agencies to cancel all existing agreements to deduct Union Dues from Employees’ paychecks, claiming the agreements violate the First Amendment. Last month, the FLRA proposed changing its policy guidance, at the behest of more»
The AFGE Sues Over Trump Wanting To ‘Ban Any Talk’ By Federal Employees Of 'Resistance Or Impeachment’
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The largest Federal Employee Union is suing the Federal Government over guidance issued to Federal Employees warning against the use of terms like "resistance" or "#resist" in statements regarding Republican President Donald Trump. The lawsuit, brought this week by The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and AFGE Local more»
‘Despite’ Republican President Donald Trump’s Stance On Immigration, The Trump Organization ‘Still Employs Undocumented Workers’
Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Construction Workers who work for Donald Trump recently told The Washington Post that the Trump Organization is still employing Undocumented Workers. Trump continues to employ these Undocumented Workers despite his vowed crackdown on employing Workers who are not in the U.S. legally across the Nation. According to The Post, Workers on more»
Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Democrats and Organized Labor aim to make Eugene Scalia, Republican President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Labor Department, a target in 2020 in hopes of testing Trump’s support among Rank-and-File Union Voters. Trump is nominating Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to more»
Trump’s ‘War On Unions’ Escalates: Trump Administration ‘Moves To Decertify’ Labor Union Representing Immigration Judges
Published on Monday, August 12, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S., Justice Department has moved to decertify the Union of Immigration Judges, a maneuver that could muzzle an organization whose Members have sometimes been openly critical of the Trump Administration’s Immigration Enforcement Agenda, The New York Times reports. The department filed a petition late last week asking the more»
Trump Sure Is A ‘Big Supporter’ Of Working People & Union Members: Trump Administration Continues To Attack American Workers, Says Cancer “Is No Excuse” For Federal Workers Not Relocating
Published on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Inspector General concluded last week (August 5th) that the Trump Administration violated Federal Budget Laws when it decided to relocate 550 Workers from Washington to Kansas City - but the USDA, denying the validity of those rules, has begun preparing to fire Workers who haven’t more»
‘More Bad News’ From Trump’s Republican-Majority National Labor Relations Board: NLRB Confirms Intermittent Strikes In Furtherance Of The Same Goal ‘Are Unprotected’
Published on Thursday, August 8, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Act’s (NLRA or Act) Section 7 grants to all Employees - regardless of whether they are Unionized or not - the right to engage in protected concerted activity (PCA). Accordingly, an employer may not punish or take any adverse action against a Worker because they engage in PCA. Such adverse action is an more»
The President Of The AFGE Calls For ‘Bold Action’ In The Wake Of The El Paso & Dayton Mass Shootings, Which Claimed The Lives Of 30 People & Left Scores Of Others Wounded In Two Separate Attacks Within 24 Hours
Published on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is calling for “bold action” from Federal Lawmakers in the wake of the El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio mass shootings, which claimed the lives of 30 people and left scores of others wounded in two separate attacks within 24 hours. “My heart breaks more»
Published on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump has consistently expressed support for protecting American jobs - but four top Airline Industry Labor Leaders say that support seemed to waver at a White House meeting held last month. The July 19th White House meeting was expected to help resolve the continuing controversy over subsidized Qatar more»
Union ‘Blasts’ Trump-Republican Tax Cut As ‘Corporate Giveaway,’ Calls For Firms & The Rich To ‘Pay Their Fair Share’ Through Taxes On Speculation
Published on Monday, August 5, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(LAS VEGAS, NEVADA) - Blasting the 2017 Trump-Republican Tax Cut as “the largest single giveaway to the wealthy and corporations in U.S. History,” the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is demanding Federal Lawmakers to force the rich to “pay their fair share” through its repeal, plus taxes to stop Wall Street speculation. The more»
The Executive Board Of The American Federation Of Government Employees ‘Condemns’ President Trump’s Racist Tweets Aimed At Four Congresswomen Of Color
Published on Sunday, August 4, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The American Federation of Government Employees’ (AFGE) National Executive Council has passed a resolution condemning Republican President Trump’s racist tweets against Members of Congress and calling on Trump to disavow the attacks. The unanimous vote by the 15-Member Board follows a series of messages President more»
“Let’s Be Honest About The Democratic Party’s Record” - In Closed Meeting, The National AFL-CIO President Tells Campaigns That Dems ‘Shouldn’t Expect Union Support If They Don’t Change Their Ways’
Published on Friday, August 2, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) – National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke at a closed meeting with representatives from the entire field of 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates ahead of Wednesday’s (July 31st) debate in Detroit and his message was straightforward: “It’s time to do better,” The Huffington Post reports. Trumka more»
Published on Thursday, August 1, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Democrats and Organized Labor aim to make Eugene Scalia, Republican President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, a target in 2020 in hopes of testing Trump’s support among Rank-and-File Union Voters. Trump is nominating Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to replace more»
The AFGE & NETU Says The Trump Administration’s “Ultimate Goal” In Pushing An Opt-Out Initiative “Is To Destroy’ Federal Sector Unions” - Federal Unions Pledge To “Do Everything In Their Ability To Prevent That From Happening’”
Published on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - One year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Anti-Union Janus decision and with Opt-Outs lower than expected, Anti-Union politicians are working to make it easier for people to opt-out of their Union. And while there has been a lot of action at the state level, there is now a new push at the Federal level to convince Public Employees more»
Republican Majority NLRB ‘Rules In Favor Of Walmart,’ Which ‘Lawfully Disciplined & Fired’ Protesters Who Took Part In A 2013 Public Action At Its Annual Stockholders’ Meeting
Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Republican-majority National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled Walmart did not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it disciplined or fired Employees for breaking its attendance policy when they left work for nearly a week to protest at the Retail Giant's annual shareholders' meeting in 2013. The walkout more»
Trump ‘Promised Massive’ Infrastructure Projects, ‘Instead - We’ve Gotten Nothing’ - That Contract Trump Signed With American Voters To Produce An Infrastructure Plan ‘In The First 100 Days Never Happened’
Published on Monday, July 29, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Bad news about infrastructure is as ubiquitous as potholes. Failures in a 108-year-old railroad bridge and tunnel cost New York commuters thousands of hours in delays. Illinois doesn’t regularly inspect, let alone fix, decaying bridges. Flooding in Nebraska caused nearly half a billion dollars in road and bridge damage - just more»
If You Voted For Him, You Need To Know What He Is ‘Truly Doing’ To Working People - Part 2: President Trump Asks Court To ‘Quickly Reinstate Anti-Union Orders’
Published on Friday, July 26, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – President Donald Trump has called on the D.C. Circuit to immediately green-light enforcement of three Executive Orders challenged by Labor Unions and deemed unlawful by a Federal Judge last year. Trump’s motion comes one week after the Federal Appeals Court overturned the Lower Court ruling striking down provisions in the more»
House Passes Union-Backed Butch Lewis Pension Reform Bill - Critical Legislation Now Moves To Senate For Consideration
Published on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday (July 25th) to pass H.R. 397 - the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, more commonly referred to as The Butch Lewis Act. The legislation is an essential step to help secure the retirement security of more than 1.5 million Workers and Retirees nationwide. The Butch more»
A Labor Perspective Every Worker In This Country Should Read - From L.A. Times Business Columnist Michael Hiltzik: Trump Is Pursuing The ‘Most Hostile’ Anti-Labor Agenda ‘Of Any’ Modern President
Published on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
No advocates for Workers’ Rights or Organized Labor were especially surprised when Republican President Donald Trump nominated Eugene Scalia for U.S. Secretary of Labor, succeeding the utterly discredited Alex Acosta. Scalia - the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia - had made his reputation in Washington as a lawyer for big more»
Judges ‘Side With Trump Administration In Bid To Weaken’ Federal Unions - Decision By Three-Judge Panel ‘Keeps Alive A Batch’ Of Executive Orders That Unions Have Been Fighting
Published on Monday, July 22, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – While Unions have been fighting a trio of Republican President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders meant to weaken their clout and make it easier for agencies to fire Federal Employees, a Federal Appeals Panel has delivered a stinging setback to Unions representing Government Workers - overruling a decision last year that had more»
If You Think Trump ‘Is For’ Working People, Then Think Again - The Trump Administration ‘Is Trying To Outlaw’ Union Organizing Over Company E-Mail
Published on Sunday, July 21, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
David Galvan’s job is typically either hard, or very hard. As the lone Full-Time Organizer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 304 - the largest Electrical Workers’ Union in Kansas - he is tasked with starting new Unions in industries ranging from rural gas service to power line construction, and building more»
House Votes To Raise The Federal Minimum Wage - Labor Says The Raise The Wage Act ‘Will Reduce Inequality And Strengthen Our Communities, Lifting Families Out Of Poverty And Putting Upward Pressure On Wages For Everyone’
Published on Friday, July 19, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The House voted 231-to-199 Thursday (July 18th) to raise the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 per hour incrementally over six years – and, in the process, eliminate the exploitative Tipped Minimum Wage. The Raise the Wage Act would impact the wages of roughly 34 million Americans, those in the know have stated. Additionally, more»
Trump's NLRB: Employers ‘May Now File’ Decerts - ‘Devastating’ New Policy ‘Will Force Thousands Of Costly And Unnecessary’ Union Certification Elections
Published on Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued yet another decision that would make it easier for employers to decertify Labor Unions. This time, the NLRB is streamlining the process for employers who “think” a Union has lost the support of a majority of their Members. more»