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Update On The Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire Via The L.A. Times: 42 Face Murder Charges In Collapse That Killed More Than 1,100 People And Drew Worldwide Attention To Dangerous Conditions

Published on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(DHAKA, BANGLADESH) - Authorities in Bangladesh Have Charged 42 People With Murder in the 2013 Collapse of a Garment Factory Building That Killed More Than 1,100 People and Drew Worldwide Attention to Dangerous Conditions in One of the World’s Major Textile Industries. The Building’s Owner, Sohel Rana, and Several Others Who Owned Factories more»

Buy American Act’s Almost Meaningless: Report Says Foreign Firms Get Billions Of Taxpayer Money

Published on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Department of Defense Has Granted 307,123 Waivers to the Buy American Act Since 2007, According to a New Report – Which Means Instead of Investing in Home Production, it’s Spent More Than $176 Billion of Taxpayers’ Money on Goods Produced by Foreign Firms. U.S. Senator Chris Murphy Has Released His Report on more»

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Pension Cuts Unconstitutional

Published on Monday, June 1, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(THE STATE OF ILLINOIS) - The Illinois Supreme Court Has Unanimously Ruled That a $105 Billion Pension Change Affecting Half a Million Active and Retired Public Employees is Unconstitutional. The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Other Public Sector Unions Filed Suit to Overturn the Law. The Law That Was Passed in more»

National AFL-CIO President Trumka Warns Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Of No Labor Endorsement If Clinton Supports The TPP Trade Agreement

Published on Sunday, May 31, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is Warning Hillary Clinton That His Powerful Labor Union Coalition Might Not Endorse Her Presidential Campaign if She Comes Out in Support of the Controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Deal That’s Making its Way Through Congress. Trumka First said in an Interview With more»

Los Angeles County Pharmacists ‘Go Union,’ Vote Overwhelmingly To Join AFSCME

Published on Sunday, May 31, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(LOS ANGELES) - After Nearly a Year of Delays, Los Angeles County Pharmacists Have Overwhelmingly Voted to Join the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD), Which is Affiliated With the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The County Employee Relations Commission (ERCOM) is Expected to Recognize the New Unit at more»

IBEW President Edwin Hill Announces June 1st Retirement– Concludes “It Was The Right Time For The Next Generation Of IBEW Leadership To Come To The Fore.”

Published on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Has Announced the Retirement of President Edwin Hill, Effective June 1st. In a Brief E-Mail to His International Office Staff, Hill said: “I Came to This Decision After Much Thought and Reflection, Concluding it Was the Right Time for the Next Generation of IBEW more»

Ithaca College’s Part-Time Faculty Vote To Form Union

Published on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(ITHACA, NEW YORK) - Ithaca College’s Part-Time Faculty Has Voted to Form a Union, According to Sarah Grunberg, Who Teaches in the College’s Department Of Sociology. “It’s a Huge Thing for Ithaca College and for the Whole Community,” said Grunberg, Who’s Been Involved in the Push to Form a Union. “We’re more»

NYSUT Encouraged By Appointment Of New Education Commissioner - Western New York Native Maryellen Elia Is First Woman To Hold The Permanent New York State Post

Published on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union is Encouraged by the Appointment of Maryellen Elia as New York State’s New Education Commissioner, saying Her Background as a High School Teacher and Reading Specialist - and Her Deep Roots in Western New York, Make Her a Welcome Voice in the Discussion About How to Improve more»

LIUNA, NFFE & AFGE Local 3601 Win $80 Million Fair Labor Standards Act Union Grievance For Indian Health Service Employees

Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Has Announced an $80 Million Settlement Has Been Reached in its Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Grievance Filed Against the Indian Health Service (HIS), an Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Demonstrating its Commitment to Ensure the FLSA is more»

Washington State Employees Take ‘Unity Breaks’ Over Stalled Pay Raises

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(STATE OF WASHINGTON) - Thousands of State Employees Walked Out of More Than 80 Worksites Last Week to Urge the Washington State Legislature to End a Stalemate and Implement Negotiated Pay Raises for State Workers. Last September, Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) and Governor Jay Inslee Reached a Tentative Agreement to Fund Contracts That more»

Via The Galveston County Daily News: 100-Plus-Day Strike Continues United Steelworkers-Represented Workers Reject Marathon's Contract Offer

Published on Monday, May 25, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(TEXAS CITY, TEXAS) - Those at the United Steelworkers (USW) Union Hall in Texas City Broke Out in Cheers and Applause When Union Officials Announced Marathon Petroleum’s Latest Contract Proposal to Striking Galveston Bay Refinery Workers Had Been Rejected. The Union Did Not Release the Results of the Vote Count Taken Earlier This Month, But said more»

Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Legislation - Vote Paves Way For President Obama’s Signature Pacific Trade Deal, Though Fate In House Is Uncertain

Published on Sunday, May 24, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON) - The Senate on Friday (May 22nd) Passed Major Trade Legislation That Would Pave the Way for President Barack Obama’s Signature Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Deal, Marking a Victory For The Obama Administration and Republican Leaders in Congress and Sending The Bill Toward an Uncertain Fate in the House. Lawmakers Defeated a more»

Michael Wessel Via www.politico.com: I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal Elizabeth Warren Is Right To Be Concerned

Published on Sunday, May 24, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
“You Need to Tell Me What’s ‘Wrong’ With This Trade Agreement, Not One That Was Passed Twenty-Five Years Ago,” a Frustrated President Barack Obama Recently Complained About Criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He’s Right - The Public Criticisms of the TPP Have Been Vague. But That’s by Design - more»

A Bill Creating A Labor History Curriculum In The State Of Connecticut Is Headed To Governor’s Desk

Published on Sunday, May 24, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT) – Connecticut’s House Has Given Final Passage to a Bill That Requires the State Education Department to Come Up With a Curriculum on Labor History and the Role of Capitalism in America and World Economies. The Bill Passed the House by an 84-to-61 Vote With Three Democrats Voting Against and Four Republicans Voting in more»

Right-To-Work In Delaware? No Thanks, Lawmakers Say

Published on Saturday, May 23, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(THE STATE OF DELAWARE) - A GOP-Led Move to Create So-Called Right-To-Work (For Less) Zones in Delaware Has Been Scuttled by the State Senate’s Democratic Majority. Senate Minority Leader Greg Lavelle Sponsored the Legislation, Which he said Would Help Shore Up the State’s Manufacturing Base. The Bill Would Have Allowed the Delaware Economic more»

‘Dreams Come True’ For First Transit Workers Seeking Union Representation At Disney - Drivers Choose The Teamsters Union

Published on Friday, May 22, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA) – Seeking Respect, Fair Wages and Better Working Conditions, 127 First Transit Drivers Who Transport Tourists and Employees to and From Disneyland Amusement Parks in Anaheim, California Have Voted to Join Teamsters Local 952. The Workers Stood Strong and United During Their Campaign to Win Teamsters Representation. Terry more»

Via wepartypatriots.com: Wary Of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working For The State Of Pennsylvania’s Attorney General’s Office Press For Unionization

Published on Friday, May 22, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA) - A Unionization Effort by the 189 Attorneys Who Work for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is Taking Shape. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Pennsylvania Has Invited the Lawyers to a May 27th Meeting, During Which They Can Discuss “Workplace Issues.” If Successful, the Effort Would Create a more»

From The L.A. Times: Los Angeles City Council Approves Minimum Wage Increase To $15 By 2020 - 14-to-1 Vote Is Latest Demonstration Of Labor’s Clout At City Hall

Published on Thursday, May 21, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(LOS ANGELES) - The Los Angeles City Council Tentatively Agreed This Week to Raise the City’s Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour, Joining a Trend Sweeping Cities Across the Country as Elected Leaders Seek to Address Stagnating Pay for Workers on the Lowest Rungs of the Socio-Economic Ladder. The Ordinance Would Boost the $9-an-Hour Base Wage to $15 by 2020 more»

Thousands Of Teachers March Through City Of Seattle Streets As One-Day Strike Closes District Schools

Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(SEATTLE) - Teacher Union Protests That Have Rolled Through Washington School Districts for Nearly a Month Now Reached a Climactic Moment Tuesday (May 19th) as Thousands of Seattle Teachers Walked Off the Job for a One-Day Strike, Leaving Schools in the State's Largest District Closed. An Estimated 4,000 Teachers Picketed at Eight High Schools in the more»

Lesley University Adjunct Faculty Overwhelmingly Ratifies First Union Contract

Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(BOSTON) - Adjunct Faculty at Lesley University in Boston Have Overwhelmingly Ratified Their First Union Contract - a Three-Year Agreement That Makes Significant Progress in Job and Income Stability, Professional Development and the Faculty Role in University Decisions. Ninety-Six Percent of Voting Members Voted to Ratify the Contract, Which Caps Off a more»

Michigan Prevailing Wage Repeal Bills Advance With Addition Of Referendum-Proof Appropriation

Published on Monday, May 18, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(LANSING, MICHIGAN) - Michigan's Republican-Led Senate Began Moving on Bills Last Week That area Designed to Repeal the State's Prevailing Wage Law, Which Mandates Union Rates and Benefits for Workers On Government-Funded Construction Projects. The Michigan Competitiveness Committee Advanced the Three-Bill Repeal Package in a Series of 4-to-1 Votes. The more»

Governor & GOP Presidential Wannabe Chris Christie On New Jersey’s Pension Crisis: Union Members Will ‘Pay The Price’

Published on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(SPARTA, NEW JERSEY) – Governor and GOP Presidential Wannabe Chris Christie said During a Town Hall Held in New Jersey Last Week That it is Members of Public Sector Unions Who Will “Pay the Price” for Their Leadership’s Refusal to Negotiate a Way Out of the State’s $80 Billion Pension and Benefit Crisis. Days After Returning more»

National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: White House Trade Bill Argument Is ‘Unadulterated Horse Waste’ - Senate Votes To Start Trade Debate

Published on Friday, May 15, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Head of the Nation's Largest Labor Union is Ramping Up His Rhetoric to Fight President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Pact, Calling a Key Part of the White House Argument "Horse Waste." National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Has Been Speaking Out Against Obama's Bid to Win Approval For a 12-Nation Free Trade Deal more»

Right-To-Work (For Less) Goes Down In Flames In Illinois House With Zero Yes Votes

Published on Friday, May 15, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(THE STATE OF ILLINOIS) – Anti-Union/Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s Desires to Have Right-To-Work (For Less) In Illinois Went Down in Flames in the House on Thursday (May 14th), Gaining Zero Yes Votes in a Fiery Debate That Democrats Aimed Squarely at the Governor. The Vote Tally Was Zero Yes Votes, 72 No Votes and 37 Voting Present, more»

CSEA Agrees To New Labor Contract With Cayuga County - With A Little Help From State Public Employees Board

Published on Friday, May 15, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(AUBURN, NEW YORK) - A New Contract Has Been Reached Between the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and Cayuga County Through 2018, Following Negotiations Administered by the State Public Employees Relations Board (PERB). The Deal Features a 1.5% Pay Increase for Union Employees in 2015, a 1.75% Increase in 2016 and 1.9% Increases in Both 2017 and more»

NYSUT Union Leaders Blast Governor Cuomo’s ‘New’ Education Tax Credit - Which Has Been “Dressed Up” With Marketing Ploys Akin To “Putting Lipstick On A Pig”

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union Leaders Quickly Pounced On Governor Andrew Cuomo's New Education Tax Credit Scheme on Wednesday (May 13th), Which Would Divert $150 Million That Could be Used to Fund Public Education to Huge Tax Breaks for the Wealthy Who Donate to Private or Religious Schools. In an Interview With more»

CWA Reaches Tentative Contracts At AT&T Midwest & Legacy That Impact More Than 17,000 Workers

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Communications Workers of America (CWA) Bargaining Teams Have Reached Tentative Agreements in Separate Negotiations With AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy, it Was Announced by the Union Wednesday (May 13th). A Key Goal for the Negotiations That Began in February Was to Ensure an Overall Improvement in Workers’ Standard more»

United Steelworkers-Represented Employees At Kentucky Aluminum Smelter Operation Locked Out After Voting Down A Company Contract Offer For The Fourth Time

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(HENDERSON, KENTUCKY) - After Voting Down a Company Contract Offer for the Fourth Time Earlier This Week, 570 United Steelworkers (USW)-Represented Workers at Century Aluminum’s Hawesville Smelter Operation in Henderson, Kentucky Have Been Locked Out of the Plant. The Company said the Lockout Was to Begin on Tuesday (May 12th). USW Local 9423 Simply more»

UPDATE: Democrats Fold & Accept GOP’s Shady Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Less Than 24 Hours After Stopping Obama's Trade Push

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Less Than a Day After Blocking the Obama Administration's Path to a Secretive and Fast-Tracked Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Deal, Senate Democrats Accepted an Offer Put Forth by Republicans on Wednesday (May 13ath). The Democrats, Led by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, Came to Accept the Deal more»

As The U.S. Postal Service’s Announces A Second Quarter Operating Profit Of $313 Million, the American Postal Workers Union Says “There’s No Justification To Continue To Degrade Service Standards And Shut Postal Facilities”

Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON. D.C.) - As the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Announced its Second Quarter Operating Profit of $313 Million This Week, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) says “There’s No Justification to Continue to Degrade Service Standards and Shut Postal Facilities” The USPS’s Operating Profit for the Second Quarter of more»

Democrats Vow To Filibuster The Measure After Missouri Senate Committee Passes Right-To-Work (For Less) Measure

Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI) - A Missouri Senate Committee Passed a Controversial Right-To-Work (For Less) Measure Earlier This Week in an Effort to Push it Through the Legislature During the Last Week of Session. The Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee Heard About Two Hours of Testimony Monday (May 11th) on a Measure That Would Bar more»

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Suffers A Major Defeat As Senate Democrats Block Fast Track Trade Authority

Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Democrat-Nevada) Handed a Big Win to the Opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement – Including Organized Labor - by Getting Senate Democrats to Block Fast Track Trade Authority From Moving Forward Today (Tuesday, May 12th). The Final Vote Was 52-to-45, With All Democrats more»

Secret Donations Against Labor Spark $1.1 Million Common Wage Ad War

Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(THE STATE OF INDIANA) - It’s Pretty Clear Who Financed Most of the $1.1 Million Advertising War Over the Repeal of Indiana’s Common Wage Law - Two Major Unions. But What’s Less Clear is Who Put Up $400,000 to Fight Them. An Indianapolis Star Review of Spending on the Issue Found That Ads Advocating Repeal of the Law - Which Governs more»

Obama's Trade Pact Faces Cliffhanger Vote - Liberal Senators Imperil President's Trade Bill

Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s Economic Agenda Faces a Cliffhanger Vote in the Senate Today (Tuesday, May 12th) as Democratic Leaders Move to Block His Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Bill – Which Organized Labor is Fighting to Stop, Leaving One Powerful Oregon Democrat Who May Hold the Key to the Outcome more»

Senator Elizabeth Warren Hits Back At President Obama In Pacific Rim Trade Fight

Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Hit Back at President Barack Obama in Their Tussle Over Fast-Track Authorization to Negotiate a Pacific Rim Trade Treaty, Which Organized Labor is Fighting Hard to Stop, a Power she says Could be Used in the Future to Weaken Wall Street Reforms, Reuters Reports The President, Who Wants Expedited more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: Chicago Teachers Union Rejects District’s Call For 7% Pay Cut, Files Unfair Labor Practice

Published on Monday, May 11, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHICAGO) - The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Plans to File an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Charge Against the Chicago Board of Education, the Latest Development That Occurred Late Last Week During Tense Negotiations to Bargain a New Contract Before the Old One Expires on June 30th. The Suit Alleges the Board Has Bargained in Bad Faith by Refusing to Come to more»

Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s ‘Pet Project:’ Let’s Kill The Unions

Published on Friday, May 8, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Steve Hochstadt is a Professor of History at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and Author of Sources of the Holocaust (2004) and Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich (2012). Hochstadt Writes a weekly column for the Jacksonville (Illinois) Journal-Courier and Blogs for the History News more»

Teachers’ Union Says Chicago Public Schools Asks Teachers To Take 7% Pay Cut - Pay Cut Proposal Appears To Be Retaliation For Union Opposition To Mayor's Re-Election

Published on Friday, May 8, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHICAGO) - The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) says the City’s School District is Asking Teachers to Take a 7% Pay Cut in Their Next Contract, an Offer That Sets the Stage for Tough Contract Negotiations in the Weeks to Come. The Union Did Not Specify How the Proposed Pay Cut Would be Implemented and the District Did Not Respond to Questions. In a more»

GOP Governor Rauner’s Anti-Union Scheme Boosts Illinois AFSCME Local - Local 3649 Now Has 100% Full Membership - Something it Had Never Seen Before!

Published on Friday, May 8, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(THE STATE OF ILLINOIS) - In February, Republican Governor Bruce Rauner Tried to Undermine the State’s Public Worker Unions by Issuing an Executive Order That Would Deprive Them of the Right to Collect Fair Share Fees for Their Services - and Immediately American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 Vowed to Fight more»

Via The Detroit Free Press: UAW Seeks Exclusive Status At Volkswagen Chattanooga

Published on Thursday, May 7, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE) - Volkswagen (VW) Intends to Continue Meeting With United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 42 and the American Council of Employees, a Competing Organization Seeking to Represent the Workers Employed at the Company’s Plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The UAW Wants Exclusive Bargaining Recognition From Volkswagen So it Can Establish a more»

If (Ever) Elected, Anti-Union Republican Governor & Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Promises To ‘Finish Off’ Union With National Right-To-Work (For Less) Law

Published on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
American Unions and Worker’s Rights Will Hear its Death Knell Should Anti-Union/Republican Wisconsin Governor and Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Ever See the Oval Office. After Crushing Organized Labor in Wisconsin and Whatever Hopes Working People Might Have Had of Escaping the Miserly Yoke of the Koch Brothers and Their Corporate Allies, more»

New Federal ‘Raise The Wage’ Bill To Be Introduced Thursday In Washington – Would Raise the Hourly Minimum Wage From $7.25 To $12

Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(RICHMOND, VIRGINIA) - On Thursday (May 7th), U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott (Democrat-Virginia) Will Hold a News Conference Where he and Co-Sponsor, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (Democrat-Washington), Plan to Introduce the Raise The Wage Act to Raise the Current Minimum Wage of $7.25 an Hour. Scott Will Introduce a Plan to Raise the Minimum Wage to $12 an Hour more»

President Obama’s TPP Trade Bill Is In Trouble/The Measure, A Top White House Priority, Draws Serious Opposition From Both Parties

Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON) - The House is Currently Dozens of Votes Short of Being Able to Pass Legislation That Would Allow President Barack Obama to Send Trade Deals – Most Notably the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement - to Congress for Fast Approval, According to Senior Lawmakers and Aides in Both Parties. At This Point, Upward of 75 House more»

Did You Hear This One? Republican Illinois Governor Rauner Is Accusing Unions Of Manipulating Elections

Published on Monday, May 4, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHICAGO) – Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Has Accused Lawmakers Who Accept Campaign Contributions From Public Employee Unions of Engaging in a “Conflict of Interest,” Railing Against the Influence of Organized Labor in Determining State Workers’ Salaries and Benefits. But the Anti-Union Governor Dismissed Questions About more»

Illinois Republican Governor Rauner’s Right-To-Work Scam Appears To Have Backfired/In All, 27 Local Governments Across Illinois Either Defeat Or Table The Resolution

Published on Friday, May 1, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(THE STATE OF ILLINOIS) - More Than 500 Residents and Union Members in Jefferson County in Southern Illinois Turned Up at Their County Board Meeting Earlier This Week to Slam the Door on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s Anti-Worker Turnaround Resolution, Aimed at Reducing Wages for Working-Class Families by Passing Local Right-To-Work (For Less) more»

Striking Against Stolen Wages, Los Angeles & Long Beach Port Drivers Picket

Published on Thursday, April 30, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA) - With Strong Teamster Union Backing, Workers are Striking a Major Fulcrum of the Nation's Economy This Week on the West Coast as Picket Lines Have Gone Up at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Where Truck Drivers are Targeting Several Companies in a Massive Action Against Wage Theft. Port Truck Drivers Gathered more»

National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Sends Out Stern Message To Presidential Hopefuls, Warns “No Candidate Can Be All Things To All People.”

Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Country’s Most Powerful Union Leader Delivered a Speech Tuesday (April 28th) That Might Best be Characterized as a Memo to Hillary Clinton, Outlining What She Must Do to Earn Organized Labor’s Support and Cautioning Her Against Timidity. National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Delivered the Message That Labor more»

Did You Hear This? GOP Wisconsin Governor & Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Says National Right-To-Work (For Less) Law Is A ‘Legitimate’ Goal

Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says he Has the “Courage and Capacity” to Take on Powerful Interests, Including Unions, at the Federal Level. Walker, a Republican Who’s Likely to Enter the Presidential Race Soon, Signed a Right-To-Work (For Less) Law in Wisconsin This Year and he Sees a Need for a Similar Federal Law. “As Much as I more»

Via The Huffington Post: U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Tells President Obama To “Put Up Or Shut Up” On The Secretly-Negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

Published on Monday, April 27, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Progressive Democrats Have Been Hoping to See a Showdown Between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for Years. Instead, They're Now Getting a Public Feud Between the Senator From Massachusetts and President Barack Obama. Obama Accused Warren and Congressional Democrats on Friday (April 27th) of Being "Dishonest" and Spreading more»

UConn Graduate Assistants Reach First Accord With University

Published on Monday, April 27, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(STORRS, CONNECTICUT) - The University of Connecticut (UConn) and its Graduate Assistants' Union Have Reached a Tentative Agreement on a Three-Year Contract That Grants the Assistants 9% Pay Raises Over the Next Three Years, it Has Been Announced. The First-Ever Agreement With the UConn Graduate Employee Union (GEU) Was Reported to the College Faculty in a more»