Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Published on Friday, July 17, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - With at least one out of every nine American Workers still jobless, the extra $600 a week in Unemployment Benefits enacted in March is scheduled to expire before the end of the month. As such, Labor Unions are mounting a campaign to overcome Senate Republicans’ resistance to extending them. The House passed a Bill in mid-May, more»
Published on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(BANGOR, MAINE) - The International President of the Machinists Union is calling on Congress to pressure Navy Shipbuilder Bath Iron Works to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair agreement with Striking Workers. “The Machinists Union is ready and willing to work with all partners in our effort to save these vitally important jobs and more»
U.S. Postmaster General Tells Union-Represented Postal Workers ‘To Leave Mail Behind If It Slows Down Their Route’
Published on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As it struggles to stay afloat during the Coronavirus Pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has implemented "difficult" cost-cutting measures that may slow mail delivery, The Washington Post first reported. The changes, established by the USPS's new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, were disseminated this week in memos that were more»
Labor Board ‘Makes It Easier’ For Federal Employees ‘To Cancel’ Union Dues - Until Now, Feds ‘Could Only Opt Out Of Union Membership At One-Year Intervals’
Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The entity tasked with overseeing labor-management relations in the Federal Government has issued final regulations making it easier for Workers to cancel their Union Dues, despite opposition from Labor Groups and accusations of shifting rationale from one of its own members. Last February, the Federal Labor Relations Authority more»
“The Labor Movement Is Committed To Being The Tip Of The Spear In The Fight To Bring Long Overdue Racial Justice To Our Country” - The National AFL-CIO Creates New Labor Task Force On Racial Justice
Published on Monday, July 13, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has announced the creation of the National AFL-CIO Task Force on Racial Justice, charged with implementing a series of recommendations adopted by the National AFL-CIO General Board that focuses on taking concrete action to address America’s long history of racism and police violence more»
Published on Sunday, July 12, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Joe Biden said last week that if he defeats Republican President Donald Trump in the November Election that Labor Unions can count on him to champion their causes and rest assured they will have a seat at the table in the White House. Speaking to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Biden, the presumptive more»
‘Thanks To Trump, Your Boss Can Now Search Your Car’- NLRB Gave Employers Permission ‘To Search Your Personal’ Property
Published on Friday, July 10, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has given employers a sweeping ability to increase surveillance on their Employees, overturning years of Labor Law that protected the privacy of Workers. In late June, the NLRB issued a ruling that expanded an employer’s right to surveil their workforce. In the decision, the NLRB said more»
Trump's Labor Board ‘Eyes Striking Down’ FDR-Era Union Protection - Delaware Poultry Workers ‘Facing Down’ National Right-Wing Anti-Union Group & Trump Mega-Donor
Published on Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is considering killing a legal precedent that has protected Unions since before he was born, according to a recent filing by the Board. One Professor of Labor Law said he was “stunned” when Trump’s NLRB announced that it would review more»
Republicans ‘Want To Make Sure You Can’t Sue Your Boss If You Get Sick’ - Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell Is ‘Worried’ About An ‘Epidemic Of Lawsuits’ Against Businesses As The Coronavirus ‘Pummels’ Workers
Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - With millions of Workers returning to their jobs amid a still-raging Coronavirus Pandemic, the top Republican priority for the next big Coronavirus Bill is preventing them from suing their employers if they get sick. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) says his “number one” policy for a Bill more»
Trump's NLRB Is ‘Tying The Hands’ Of Investigators - Union-Buster Peter Robb ‘Changes What Evidence Can Be Collected’ & ‘Allows Bosses To Coerce’ Witnesses
Published on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chief Counsel Peter Robb has announced some new rules to further constrain investigators at the NLRB. Robb, who has a long history of fighting against Union-represented Workers, has sent a memo to Regional Directors across the country that outlines the changes. The new guidelines will prohibit more»
Published on Monday, July 6, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Once again, the Trump Administration is showing Workers in the U.S. the back of its hand. As if going AWOL on Workplace Safety in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic wasn’t enough, now the Trump Administration's Labor Department has decided to tell employers not to worry too much about paying their employees properly. It telegraphed that message more»
Published on Sunday, July 5, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The generous expansion to Unemployment Insurance that Congress passed to keep Americans afloat during the COVID-19 crisis is due to run out at the end of the month, potentially leaving millions of people struggling. Unemployment remained at 11.1% in June, worse than it was at the height of the Great Recession in 2009, but Congress is more»
Why Labor Unions ‘Make People Less Racist’ - Study ‘Finds They Change The Way You See The World, Too’
Published on Friday, July 3, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Compared to Non-Union Workers, Union Members have higher wages and smaller gender and racial wage disparities. Now, a new research paper finds that stronger Labor Unions have an Anti-Racist side effect - White Union Members feel less racial resentment against Blacks than their Non-Union counterparts. The paper published in the American Journal of more»
Published on Thursday, July 2, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - It’s an economic lifeline that Congress extended to millions of Americans who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but Congress - specifically the Senate - is getting ready to yank it away prematurely, though the economy continues to buckle and Workers continue to lose jobs through no fault of their own. We’re more»
Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congress needs to enact “at least $1 trillion” in Federal Aid for state and local governments in order to prevent public services from collapsing, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders says. Speaking on a telephone press conference organized by the Union, he said more»
Trump Administration Moves To ‘Abolish’ Office of Personnel Management, ‘Despite Law Prohibiting It’ - AFGE Working To Get Language In The Appropriations Process That Would ‘Prevent’ Administration From Moving Forward
Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Trump administration is working behind the scenes to move forward with its plan to merge the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with the General Services Administration (GSA) and transfer key policy setting functions to the White House, a move that would politicize the Federal Workforce and reintroduce the spoils system in which more»
Coronavirus ‘Opens Door’ To Company Surveillance Of Workers - Privacy Advocates ‘Warn Of A Slippery Slope’ Toward ‘Normalizing New Levels’ Of Employer Surveillance
Published on Monday, June 29, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Amazon is piloting a system that sends real-time warnings to Workers if they’re standing too close to each other and some major companies are testing technology to identify Workers who have been in close contact with a Co-Worker who tests positive for the Coronavirus. Employers are rushing to use Digital Tracking Technology to reduce virus more»
Published on Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(TULSA, OKLAHOMA) – Earlier this month, Republican President Donald Trump held a sparsely attended rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma to relaunch his campaign after months of falling poll numbers. While the campaign expected hundreds of thousands of people, just over 6,000 MAGA fans showed up to listen to Trump ramble on and prove that he could drink a glass more»
Published on Friday, June 26, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -The U.S. Supreme Court won’t decide whether to take the case dubbed “Janus II” until at least this Fall. Mark Janus, plaintiff in the Court’s 2018 Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision that ruled Public Sector Workers could not be required to pay “Fair Share Fees” to the Union representing them, filed a more»
Published on Thursday, June 25, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Reversing a four-year-old decision on the standard for Employee Discipline in advance of a first contract that many employers found onerous, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has overruled Total Security Management Illinois 1, LLC, 364 NLRB No. 106 (2016). 800 River Road Operating Company, LLC d/b/a Care One at New Milford, 369 more»
Employers ‘Step Up’ Anti-Unionization Efforts As Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Spurs Activism’ - Crisis Is Making Union Organizing Efforts ‘Difficult’ For Unions And Bosses ‘Seem Keen To Take Advantage’
Published on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
During the Coronavirus Pandemic, employers have opposed Unionization Elections even as Workers’ activism over safety protections, job security and wages has increased in the face of an economic shutdown and health fears. But the pandemic has created difficult conditions for Workers to organize elections, something many employers appear to have taken more»
New York Times Editorial: Why Is OSHA AWOL? - Worker Protections ‘Are Critical’ During The Pandemic, Yet The Trump Administration ‘Has Issued Only Voluntary Guidance Instead Of Enforceable Rules’
Published on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
As states and municipalities relax shelter-in-place orders, the Nation seems to be racing to get the economy back to something resembling the pre-pandemic era. Restaurants, malls, cinemas, day care centers and retail stores are reopening sooner than most medical professionals think is wise. The risk is obvious to many businesses that stayed open as the more»
Published on Monday, June 22, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - The enormous white stone arch in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza is a memorial to the Union’s victory in the Civil War. While Confederate monuments are toppling across the country, but the arch is only getting more popular. At 11:30 on a hot Juneteenth morning, Kyle Bragg stands in its shade, wearing a red T-shirt, a New more»
Published on Sunday, June 21, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Under the leadership of Trump appointees, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is suing to overturn an Oregon Law that gives Workers the right to skip Anti-Union Captive Audience Meetings. In a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against the State of Oregon, the NLRB argues the Oregon Law is preempted by the National Labor more»
Published on Friday, June 19, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA) - Facebook has apparently backed down from guidance to firms using its Office Management App, Facebook Workplace, that they could ban the word “Unionize.” The ban was used as an example in an internal company memo telling customers such as Walmart - which is notorious for its hatred of Unions and Workers’ Rights - more»
Leading U.S. Retirees 'Like Lambs to the Slaughter,' Trump’s Labor Department ‘Quietly Offers Up’ 401k Plans ‘To Private Equity Vultures’
Published on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - With the American public's attention consumed by the COVID-19 Pandemic and mass protests against police brutality, the U.S. Labor Department earlier this month quietly gave corporate sponsors of retirement plans something they've been agitating over for years: a government green light to invest Workers' savings into funds managed by more»
Federal Appeals Court Denies Request From National AFL-CIO ‘To Require’ COVID-19 Rule From OSHA, ‘Which Decided It Didn't Need An Emergency’ Standard
Published on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A Federal Appeals Court has denied a petition from the National AFL-CIO, which sought a court order to force the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard on infection control in the workplace. “In light of the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as the more»
‘No’ NLRB Jurisdiction At Religious Colleges - In A ‘Blow’ To Unions, Labor Board ‘Overturns A Rule Saying Many Adjuncts At Religious Institutions Are Entitled To’ Collective Bargaining
Published on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Reversing a precedent set by the Obama-era National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Republican President Donald Trump’s appointed Labor Board says it doesn’t have jurisdiction over Faculty Members at religious colleges and universities. The decision, concerning Bethany College - a Lutheran Liberal Arts Institution in Kansas, more»
NLRB Decisions ‘Restore’ Employers’ Right To Use Work Rules ‘To Control’ The Workplace - Decisions Include Bans On Union Solicitations, Use Of Cell Phones In Work Areas & Use Of Employer E-Mail Systems For Non-Work Purposes
Published on Monday, June 15, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - During the last half of May, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued four decisions upholding the legality of employer facially Neutral Work Rules. Two of the decisions applied the Boeing standard to assess the legality of work rules or policies, while the other two decisions restored past precedent to find that an more»
Labor Veterans React To Trump’s ‘Photo-Op’ That Used The Military To ‘Push Peaceful Protestors Out Of’ Lafayette Park ‘So He Could Go To St. John’s Church, Where He Was Photographed Holding A Bible’
Published on Friday, June 12, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council (UVC) - an affiliate Veterans Organization within the Labor Movement, has called for the resignation of both U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley for their participation in the violent clearing of peaceful protesters in more»
Citing Inclusion And Access, The National AFL-CIO Executive Board Rules Police Unions ‘Can Stay In’ The Labor Federation, ‘Justifies Its Consequential Position’
Published on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Since the George Floyd killing, groups like the National AFL-CIO have come under pressure to cut ties with Police Unions – but this week, the Labor Federation’s Executive Council considered a resolution that would have removed the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA) from their ranks. But in a released a more»
$500 Billion In Federal Stimulus Money Went To Corporations While The Postal Service ‘Got Nothing’ – Union Leaders Say ‘If’ The USPS ‘Doesn’t Get Aid By September 30th, It Might Have To Shut Down’
Published on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As the Republican Trump Administration and its Congressional allies have ladled out tons of cash towards private businesses hit in the worst depression in years, they’ve given the financial back of their hand to the one institution all those firms depend on: The U.S. Postal Service (USPS). And Postal Union Leaders don’t more»
Declaring Workers And Others “Must Come Together And Call Out Oppression” - Major & National Union Leaders ‘Commit To The Fight Against Racism’
Published on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Declaring that Working People are saying, “We’ve had enough,” National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Unions will continue the fight to root out systemic racism in the U.S. In a 77-minute Zoom telecast, Trumka and other Labor Leaders, including: American Federation of State, County & Municipal Workers more»
Published on Monday, June 8, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Glen Heck spent 28 years sweating in a Campti, Louisiana Paper Mill that he likes to say was “hotter than nine kinds of hell.” But now, Heck’s sacrifice may have been for nothing because his Multi-Employer Pension Plan is one of about 150 nationwide set to go broke. If that happens, the 78-year-old Heck will have to more»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»