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President Biden ‘Backs Union Vote’ By Amazon Workers, Tells Company ‘Not To Interfere Or Intimidate’ With The Election

Published on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Referring to the Unionization Vote as a “vitally important choice,” President Joe Biden has publicly expressed his support for Amazon Warehouse Workers in Alabama - who last month kicked off a fresh bid to Unionize, despite strong pushback from the E-Commerce Giant. Biden asserted that “the choice to join a Union is more»

Under The New Biden Administration, The Veterans Administration Invites AFGE Locals Back To VA Facilities, ‘Won’t Charge’ Rent For Union Offices

Published on Monday, March 1, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A year ago, at the direction of the Trump White House, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) told American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Locals to either pay rent for Union Office space at VA facilities or move out. It was part of the previous administration’s plan to destroy Unions and weaken workplace rights and more»

The PRO Act ‘Is Pro-Worker’ - How The Act ‘Would Restore’ Workers’ Freedom To Form A Union

Published on Sunday, February 28, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would strengthen Workers’ Rights to form a Union and negotiate with their employers for better wages and working conditions. Specifically, it would reform our Nation’s Labor Law so that private sector employers can’t perpetually stall Union Elections and contract more»

‘If’ The Republican Party ‘Says It Is The Party Of Working People, Why Would’ GOP Lawmakers In Washington, D.C. ‘Introduce A National Right To Work Act?’

Published on Friday, February 26, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky (pictured above on the left) and U.S. Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina (pictured above on the right) have reintroduced the National Right to Work Act, a U.S. Right-To-Work (for less) Law that ensure Americans can work specific jobs without having to join Unions or pay Union more»

Calling Them 'Real Friends,' President Biden Seeks The Input Of Several Major Union Leaders On His Forthcoming Infrastructure Plan

Published on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Joe Biden recently met with a host of major Union Leaders to get input on his forthcoming Infrastructure Plan, while rolling back a Trump-era Apprenticeship Program. Among those Labor Leaders were: National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey; and more»

AFGE Announces 'Boldest Agenda Yet To Strengthen’ Federal Employee Rights, Pay & Benefits - Union Forecasts ‘Two-Year Window To Undo’ Former President Trump’s Workforce Policies & Expand Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights

Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President Everett Kelley has announced an expansive agenda to undo the former Trump Administration’s workforce policies and to improve the rights, pay and benefits of Workers throughout the Federal Government. At the Union’s Annual Legislative Conference, more»

House Panel Probes Meatpackers’’ Refusal To Protect’ Workers From The Coronavirus

Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The special House Committee investigating the Federal Government’s response, or lack of it, to the Coronavirus Pandemic has opened an investigation of big meatpackers’ refusal to protect their Workers against the contagion. In letters to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Nation’s more»

‘Unions By The Numbers’ - The 2021 Edition

Published on Sunday, February 21, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its annual report on Labor Unions last month - detailing, at least numerically, where Unions currently stand in America. Relative to years past, there is some favorable data for Unions in this year’s report. Overall, Union Membership increased on a percentage basis from 2019 to 2020. According to more»

From Repealing & Issuing New Executive Orders To Appointing Union Leaders To Run The Department Of Labor, Here’s 20 Things President Biden ‘Has Done To Help Unions’

Published on Friday, February 19, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Nearly a month into his Presidency, President Joe Biden has already taken some big actions to help working people. Some of them have gotten a lot of attention while others have been done quietly. With a lot of other news coming out of Washington over the last few weeks, UCOMM decided to put together a list of 20 things that Biden has more»

President Biden Nominates Labor Union Attorney For NLRB General Counsel Position - Jennifer Abruzzo Has A Long History Of Working For Unions & Is The CWA’s Special Counsel For Strategic Initiatives

Published on Thursday, February 18, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - On Day One in office, President Joe Biden fired National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb, a move that was widely applauded by Unions and Working People. Robb had completely changed the position from one that defends Workers’ rights to a prosecutor that went after Unions. Now, nearly one month later, Biden more»

"I Just Think This Is A Reckless And Irresponsible Exploitation Of The Fear And Frustration That Everybody Feels Right Now," AFT President Weingarten Says Of Republican Attacks On Teachers In A Bid To Retake The Suburbs

Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - House Republicans think school reopenings may be their winning issue in key races in the 2022 Mid-Term Elections that could help them recapture the chamber. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) says the main obstacle standing in the way of reopening schools is "the rich, powerful Unions that donate huge sums to more»

Election Of Former USW Labor Leader As Democratic Chair Of The U.S. Postal Service ‘Marks First Step In Potential Shake-Up’

Published on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A former Labor Leader and Obama Administration Official has been elected to serve as Chair of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors, marking the first step in a potential shake-up under President Joe Biden. Ron Bloom has replaced a former Republican National Committee Chair, Robert “Mike” Duncan, who remains on more»

Hollywood Unions Join The National AFL-CIO’s Push For Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Public Policy Agenda

Published on Monday, February 15, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Hollywood’s major Unions have signed on with the National AFL-CIO-affiliated push to advance public policy initiatives involving diversity, equity and inclusion issues. The broad goals of the campaign spearheaded by the Department for Professional Employees (DPE), a coalition of Unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO, is to strengthen collective more»

Teamsters ‘Applaud’ House Ways & Means Vote Approving Pension Reform Plan – Union Officials Say Passage Of The Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act ‘Is First Step Towards Relief’

Published on Sunday, February 14, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Teamsters are commending the work of the House Ways & Means Committee, which has approved broad COVID-19 stimulus legislation that includes a provision granting relief to hundreds of faltering Multi-Employer Pension Plans, including many serving Teamster Members. As part of language folded into the Butch Lewis Emergency more»

Democrat-Sponsored PRO Act ‘Would Invalidate’ Right-To-Work Laws In 27 States

Published on Friday, February 12, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. House and Senate Democrats have reintroduced the PRO ACT, a sweeping Pro-Union Bill that would wipe out Right-To-Work Labor (for less) Laws in 27 states. Democrats say the PRO Act will create safer workplaces and increase employee benefits by expanding Union Organizing. A version of the Bill was introduced in 2018 and 2019 more»

Biden Labor Appointee ‘Frees’ Scabby The Rat ‘From Legal Peril’ - New Acting NLRB General Counsel ‘Appears To Be Winding Down His Predecessor’s Fight’ With The Labor Protest Icon

Published on Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The end of the Trump Presidency has already impacted many lives, including that of a giant inflatable rat. Scabby the Rat, as the Organized Labor protest icon is known, recently found himself in the crosshairs of Peter Robb, the former Trump-appointed General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Robb wanted to ban more»

Biden Has Given Trump’s Union Busters ‘A Taste Of Their Own Medicine’

Published on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Twenty-three minutes after assuming the Presidency, Joe Biden demanded the resignation of Peter Robb, the notoriously Anti-Union General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) appointed by Donald Trump. Robb refused to resign, so Biden fired him. Alice Stock, another Anti-Union Trump appointee, then assumed the role of more»

"The Last Four Years ‘Have Been Incredibly Rough’ On Our Civil Servants" - Here's What Federal Workers Want From Biden In The Wake Of Trump's Union-Busting Tactics

Published on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Federal Workers who saw their rights to collective bargaining, due process and workplace representation eviscerated under Republican President Donald Trump have an enormous hill to climb to reclaim all they've lost. Trump - who had a decades-long history of sticking it to Workers before entering politics - did all he could to hurt the more»

Meanwhile - Here In The United States: How The Coronavirus Pandemic ‘May Be Causing Support Of Labor Unions To Rise’

Published on Monday, February 8, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Over the past several decades, Union Membership has steadily declined. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data indicates that in 1983, 20.1% of employed Americans were Members of a Union. But by 2019, that share had decreased by roughly half to 10.3%. However, as wealth inequality accelerates, Essential Workers organize for pandemic protections and more»

Lawmakers Aim To Dissolve 'Draconian' Law That Placed 'Heavy Pre-Funding Postal Benefit Financial Burden' On The USPS

Published on Sunday, February 7, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would provide the United States Postal Service (USPS) much-needed financial relief by doing away with a mandate that required it to pre-pay retirement benefits decades in advance. The issue stems from a 2006 law that required the Postal Service to more»

Biden Picks College Athlete Advocate As NLRB Acting General Counsel

Published on Friday, February 5, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Joe Biden has selected a familiar name in the Sports World to serve as Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Seven years ago, Peter Sung Ohr, then a Regional Director for the NLRB in Chicago, stunned athletes and coaches alike by finding that Northwestern University Football Players who received more»

‘More Good News’ For Organized Labor: Biden ‘Fires More Of’ Trump’s Labor Appointees - President Asked All Members Of The Federal Service Impasses Panel To Resign, ‘Two Declined & Were Fired’

Published on Thursday, February 4, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Joe Biden continues to take an ax to former President Donald Trump’s labor policies, removing all 10 of his predecessor’s appointees to the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) . The FSIP is supposed to resolve bargaining disputes between Federal Agencies and Worker Unions, but Union Leaders said more»

‘Great News’ For Organized Labor: Top NLRB Lawyer ‘Rolls Back Broad Slate’ Of Trump-Era Policies - Acting General Counsel ‘Withdraws’ 10 Of His Predecessor’s Memos, ‘Marks Major Step To Change Agency’s Direction’

Published on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new top lawyer dumped a slew of Trump-era changes to the agency’s enforcement of Federal Labor Law, including several that had intensified its policing of Unions. Acting General Counsel Peter Sung Ohr rolled back 10 separate directives issued by ex-General Counsel Peter Robb, the more»

Calls Mount For President Biden To ‘Shake Up’ Leadership In The U.S. Postal Service, Including The American Postal Workers Union

Published on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - It's been a rocky few months for the U.S. Postal Service. Numerous lawsuits were filed over the Post Office's handling of mail-in ballots during November's elections. Then came the holiday season and customers became frustrated by backlogs that meant their Christmas cards and packages weren't delivered until January. Among those more»

IATSE Offers President Biden Its Members' Services To Build Vaccination Sites

Published on Monday, February 1, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) has sent a letter to President Biden, offering the White House COVID Response Team and FEMA the Labor Union's infrastructure and members to contribute to building or converting vaccination sites across the country. "Together, we have a unique opportunity not only to help more»

A Labor Perspective From National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: What President Biden & Congress ‘Can Do To Support Unions’

Published on Sunday, January 31, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
CNN Business Editor’s Note: Richard Trumka is president of the 12.5 million member, 55-member union National AFL-CIO, America's labor federation. At the ballot box, Working People pushed America in a new direction. Two years ago, even two months ago, the idea of a Pro-Worker control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Senate and White House was more»

National AFL-CIO President Says The Creation Of Family-Supporting Union Jobs ‘Is A Major Component’ Of President Biden’s Climate Actions

Published on Friday, January 29, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Joe Biden has announced a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on public lands, one of a slate of executive actions to demonstrate his commitment to fighting climate change, despite opposition from the fossil fuel industry and many Republicans. Meanwhile, National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the creation of more»

A Victory For Teachers’ Unions & Public Employee Labor Organizations – The U.S. Supreme Court ‘Declines Appeals’ From Teachers ‘Seeking Union-Fee Refunds’ Based On Janus Case

Published on Thursday, January 28, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday (January 25th) declined to take up appeals from Teachers and other Public Employees who do not belong to their Unions and sought to pursue refunds for years of Collective Bargaining Fees after the High Court’s landmark 2018 decision barring the collection of such fees. The Court’s actions, more»

Top Democrats Formally Introduce A $15-An-Hour Federal Minimum Wage Bill

Published on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Joined by a top Fight for $15 and a Union Campaigner, Congressional Democrats have formally introduced legislation to raise the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 an hour by 2025 - which would more than double the current minimum for adult Workers, which stands at $7.25. The wage hike would particularly benefit women, who are 60% of all more»

President Biden’s ‘Buy American’ Executive Order ‘Aims To Boost’ Government Purchases From U.S. Manufacturers - National AFL-CIO Says Order ‘Will Close Loopholes That Allow Agencies To Sidestep’ Such Requirements

Published on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – President Joe Biden signed a Buy American Executive Order (EO) on Monday (January 25th) that aims to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers, a move the National AFL-CIO says will now close loopholes that allow agencies to sidestep such requirements. The United States has shed roughly 540,000 factory jobs since last more»

Biden ‘Repeals Union-Busting’ Executive Orders - Also Appoints Union Officials To Lead The FLRA, OSHA & Wage & Hour Division

Published on Monday, January 25, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Late last week, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order (EO) to direct the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to establish a Temporary Safety Standard for COVID-19, a top priority of the National AFL-CIO. Then he followed that up by taking action on a top priority for Federal Unions: Repealing more»

U.S. Union Membership Numbers ‘Are Down, But Union Density Is Up’ As The Labor Movement Continues To Deal With The Coronavirus Pandemic

Published on Sunday, January 24, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The galloping spread of the Coronavirus plague took its toll on U.S. Unions in 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported. But in a paradox, while Union Membership declined in its annual report, Union Density rose by 0.5%, to 10.8% in 2020. That’s because as the economy tanked to try to prevent the disease’s more»

The USW Applauds ‘Worker-Friendly Choices’ For OSHA Leadership Roles, Including ‘One Of Their Own’ - James Frederick, Who Will Serve As The Deputy Assistant Secretary Of Labor For Occupational Safety & Health

Published on Friday, January 22, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The United Steelworkers (USW) are praising President Joe Biden’s decision to tap Workplace Safety Advocates James Frederick and Joseph Hughes, Jr. for leadership positions within the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Frederick, who will serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety more»

That Didn’t Take Long: President Biden Fires NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb After He Refuses To Resign, First General Counsel Forced Out Since 1950

Published on Thursday, January 21, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Joe Biden fired Peter Robb, the Trump-appointed General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after Robb refused a request from the new administration to resign. The White House notified Robb of his dismissal by letter - sent minutes after Biden was sworn in Wednesday (January 20th) which specified he had more»

President Biden & National AFL-CIO Labor Law Agendas 'Track Each Other' – Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Agenda Contains The Words ‘Union, Right To Organize & Worker' Run Through It Like A Constant Thread

Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Go to incoming Democratic President Joe Biden’s “Building Back Better” agenda on his website and read through it - the word “Union,” the phrase “right to organize” and especially the word “Worker” run through it like a constant thread. No wonder National AFL-CIO President Richard more»

National AFL-CIO Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference Looks Ahead ‘To What Is Possible’

Published on Monday, January 18, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Organizers of the National AFL-CIO’s annual Martin Luther King Conference pledged to use it to “build on past victories,” but they also can’t escape the shadow of past events - especially the Radical Rightist and White Nationalist invasion of and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, marshaled by more»

Union Allies Call On Biden ‘To Fire’ Trump's Labor Board Attorney, ‘Immediately’ - What Biden Decides To Do About Peter Robb ‘Could Be A Bellwether For How He Governs, As A Moderate Consensus-Builder Or A Hard-Nosed Progressive’

Published on Sunday, January 17, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - One of the country’s most powerful Labor Unions is urging the incoming Biden Administration to quickly fire the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a potentially precedent-setting move that Labor Groups argue is necessary to protect Worker Rights. Peter Robb, who was appointed by Republican President more»

Several Major Unions Ask Pelosi & Schumer For $1 Trillion In Emergency Aid For State & Local Governments

Published on Friday, January 15, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Several major Labor Unions this week urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-California) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (Democrat-New York) to provide $1 trillion in emergency funding for states, cities, towns and schools. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the largest more»

Labor Perspective From National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Democracy And The Labor Movement ‘Are One And The Same’

Published on Thursday, January 14, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Our Constitution says that after a Presidential Election, Congress shall meet on January 6th to count the electoral votes cast for the President and Vice President. It is a solemn ritual of Democracy. But it is only that - a ritual. This ceremonial custom is not how our President and Vice President are chosen. They are chosen by us, the people. Of more»

Ratification Vote Begins On Tentative NALC/U.S. Postal Service Contract Agreement - Union Representing 205,000 City Letter Carriers Unanimously Recommends Approval Of The New 44-Month National Labor Agreement

Published on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – A ratification vote has begun on a on a new 44-month National Labor Agreement that was reached late last year between the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which covers 205,000 active City Letter Carriers across the United States. The agreement emerged in November after several more»

“It’s ‘Up To The Rest Of Us Create A Country Where All Work Has Dignity’” - A Labor Perspective From U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Of Ohio: Corporations That ‘Exploit Workers - Even Amid COVID, Don't Deserve To Run The Economy’

Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
In the early months of this pandemic, as businesses and feel good news stories hailed America’s Workers as the heroes of our time, I submitted an open letter to America’s Corporate Leaders, imploring them to live up to their ad campaigns and invest in the Workers who make their businesses successful. I wrote: If you truly believe that Workers more»

Biden & His New Labor Secretary ‘Vow To Boost’ Union Membership

Published on Monday, January 11, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden said his Labor Secretary nominee, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, understands Unions built the American Middle Class and will encourage Unionization. “Marty ‘understands, like I do, that the Middle Class built this country and Unions built the Middle Class,’” Biden said. “He more»

North America’s Building Trades Unions Announce $100,000 Reward For The Arrest Of Suspects Involved In The Murder Of A U.S. Capitol Police Officer Who Was Bludgeoned By Rioters With Fire Extinguishers

Published on Sunday, January 10, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) have announced a $100,000 reward for the arrest of suspects involved in the murder of a Police Officer during riots incited by Republican President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol last week. NABTU’s Governing Board of Presidents are issuing a $100,000 reward for information more»

“Marty Walsh Has Always Been A Fighter Who Understands The Power Of Working People Standing Together For A Better Life” - Boston Mayor Walsh Chosen By President-Elect Biden As His Labor Secretary

Published on Friday, January 8, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President-elect Joe Biden has picked Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a former top Union Leader, to serve as his Labor Secretary. Before Walsh was elected Mayor of Boston, he was a Union Leader himself, coming out of Laborers Local 223, which he joined when he was just 21 years old. Walsh later became the Local’s President and was more»

National AFL-CIO President Trumka Calls Capital Insurrection As ‘One Of The Greatest Assaults On Our Democracy Since The Civil War,’ Blames Trump For Instigating Violent Actions

Published on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is publicly condemning Republican President Donald Trump’s supporters for storming the U.S. Capitol, calling it “one of the greatest assaults on our Democracy since the Civil War.” Trumka largely blamed the president for instigating the actions. “Today’s attempted more»

Union Leaders Say The $900 Billion Stimulus Is ‘Only A Step To Rescuing’ Workers

Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The $900 billion Stimulus Law Congress passed and bitter GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump reluctantly signed has both good news and bad news for Workers and their families whose lives have been physically and financially smashed by the Coronavirus Pandemic and subsequent shutdowns and economic depression used to fight it. And more»

Employers ‘Will No Longer Be Required To Give Paid Leave To Workers With COVID-19’ - In March, Congress ‘Guaranteed’ Workers ‘Up To 2 Weeks Of Fully-Paid Sick Leave If They Contract’ COVID-19, But Republicans Blocked The Extension

Published on Monday, January 4, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Starting January 1st, employers will no longer have to give Workers with COVID-19, or those taking care of someone with the virus, two weeks of paid leave. Congress let the Coronavirus Paid Leave Guarantee expire at the end of the December without an extension. The $900 billion relief package Congress last week does extend tax credits more»

The Union Members Who Voted For Trump ‘Have To Be Organized, Not Ignored’ – Unions ‘Should Be Holding More Political Discussions With Their Members And Listening Closely To Their Needs’

Published on Sunday, January 3, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Although Republican Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will (hopefully) be leav­ing the White House, Progres­sives must reck­on with the fact that 74 mil­lion peo­ple - almost a third of whom came from house­holds mak­ing under $50,000 - vot­ed for him. It is alarm­ing that so many Work­ing Class more»

Another Labor 2020 Look Back: The Year That Organized Labor ‘Hung On By Its Fingertips’ - Disasters, Missed Opportunities & A Few Bright Spots In 2020

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
A lot of things hap­pened to Work­ing Peo­ple this year and most of them were bad. But even in a year as deranged as 2020, the broad­er themes that afflict and ener­gize the Labor Move­ment have car­ried on. If you are read­ing this, Con­grat­u­la­tions! And, there is still time for you to do some­thing more»

“This Is A ‘Slap In The Face’ Of Construction Workers ‘In The Eleventh Hour’ Of The Trump Administration” - Labor Department ‘Shifts’ Construction Wages On Trump’s Way Out

Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Labor Department (USDOL) has quietly updated policies on Construction Wage Standards, delivering industry groups a lobbying victory and taking a possible swipe at Building Unions in Republican President Donald Trump’s final weeks in office. Posted deep inside a Federal Government website, the USDOL’s Wage and Hour more»