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Don’t Think Workers ‘Need’ A Union In Their Workplace? Then How About This: Pennsylvania Company To Pay Up After Making Workers Clock Out For Bathroom

Published on Thursday, January 7, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
(PHILADELPHIA) - A Pennsylvania company that publishes business newsletters will pay about $1.75 million to thousands of Employees who had to clock out while going on short breaks, including for the bathroom. A Federal Judge wants the U.S. Department of Labor and the Malvern-based company, American Future Systems Incorporated, to submit proposals on how to more»

New NYS Law Protects Emergency Medical Services Paramedics And Technicians From Assaults - AFSCME’s DC 37 Says Law “Sends A Message To Would-Be Perpetrators.”

Published on Thursday, January 7, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
(NEW YORK CITY) – A two-year battle for legislation that would help stop assaults on Emergency Medical Services Paramedics and Technicians (EMS/EMT) has ended in a victory for the dedicated First Responders throughout the State of New York. Attacks on EMS and EMT Workers have been on the rise since EMT Teresa Soler captured national attention when more»

United University Professions Unveils Innovative Action Plan For 2016 That Features Key Buffalo Initiative – UUP President Kowal Says Proposals Will Help All New Yorkers

Published on Thursday, January 7, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – Fulfilling a promise the Statewide Union has said would be a catalyst for positive change, United University Professions (UUP) President Frederick Kowal has introduced the Union’s 2016 Legislative Action Plan – an agenda that includes several proposals to create and expand Green Technology and Renewable Energy Programs more»

CSEA-Represented Public Employees In Onondaga County Reject Contract Agreement

Published on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
(SYRACUSE, NEW YORK) - A majority of Members of the largest Union of Onondaga County Workers voted Tuesday (January 5th) to reject a Tentative Contract Agreement that had been reached between the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and the County. By a count of 1,057-to-747, County Workers voted down the agreement, which would have covered the years more»

GOP Attacks Labor In The State Of Illinois: Anti-Union Governor Rauner Wants A Ban On Campaign Gifts From State Worker Unions

Published on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHICAGO) – Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner just lit a fire under Labor Unions (again) when he suggested local governments should be able to implement their own Right-To-Work (for less) Laws. But Rauner went one step further, saying Government Unions should be banned from contributing to political campaigns. Rauner had largely been silent more»

And More Good Organizing News Just Keeps On Coming: American Red Cross Workers In South Portland, Maine Vote To Join Teamsters Union

Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
(SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE) - Workers at the American Red Cross' Portland, Maine Donation Center have voted to join Teamsters Local 340. The Blood Donation Center's 57 Employees will now form a Bargaining Unit that includes Collections Technicians, Collections Specialists and Mobile Unit Assistants of various classifications. These Employees are responsible more»

Bloomberg BNA Analysis Of NLRB Elections Shows Quicker Elections & More Union Wins

Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
Since the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial amendments to its Representation Election Rules took effect last April, supporters and opponents alike have asked two questions: Have the new rules served to speed up the Election Process? And, if so, has this pickup in tempo favored Unions more than employers? Bloomberg BNA has more»

Yale University Expands Local Hiring Agreement With UNITE HERE Yale Unions & New Haven Works - Commits To Hire 1,000 City Residents

Published on Monday, January 4, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
(NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT) - Yale University, UNITE HERE Yale Unions, and New Haven Works have announced an agreement has been reached that will further expand the University’s Employment Outreach to New Haven residents. As part of this agreement, the University has made a commitment to hire 1,000 New Haven residents over the next three years, with a more»

Via The Huffington Post: 10 Of The ‘Best Things’ That Happened To American Workers In 2015

Published on Monday, January 4, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
Via The Huffington Post: 10 Of The ‘Best Things’ That Happened To American Workers In 2015 www.huffingtonpost.com Historians may remember 2015 as the Year of the Minimum Wage - and for good reason. Twenty-one States and multiple Cities raised the Minimum Wage in the past 12 months, scarcely two years after the Fight For $15 was dismissed as a more»

What The Hell Is Wrong With The GOP? Anti-Worker/Missouri Republican State Representative Harasses Union Members On Picket Line

Published on Monday, January 4, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
(VALLEY PARK, MISSOURI) – Missouri State Representative Rob Vescovo, who voted three times for Right-To-Work (for less) Legislation in 2015, showed just how Anti-Union he is during a recent verbal confrontation with Union Members at a picket line in Valley Park. Members from Laborers’ Local 110 and Bricklayers Local 1 were picketing at Bobcat more»

In What May Become The ‘Future Standard’ For Labor Unions In Right-To-Work States, A UAW Local Publishes Names Of Workers Who’ve ‘Opted Out’ Of The Union

Published on Sunday, January 3, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WARREN, MICHIGAN) - A United Auto Workers (UAW) Local in Warren, Michigan is singling out Workers who decide to opt out of the Union. In a recent UAW Local 412 Newsletter obtained by The Detroit News, a list of 43 Workers “who ‘choose not to pay their fair share’” was published alongside “conditions” that will apply to more»

The National AFL-CIO's Top 10 ‘Most-Read’ Stories Of 2015

Published on Sunday, January 3, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
2015 was a busy year here on the National AFL-CIO News Now Blog where we try to cover the issues that are important to Working People. The stories, from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement to Anti-Worker rhetoric from presidential candidates and governors to the growing momentum in efforts to organize Workers, Raise Wages and expand the more»

An Open Letter To Members Of The New York State United Teachers From President Karen Magee: Opening The Door To Transformative Change

Published on Sunday, January 3, 2016 in State-National Labor News Archive
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Karen Magee (Pictured Above/NYSUT Photo) serves as President of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union, who Statewide Union represents more than 600,000 Members in Education, Human Services and Health Care. Her Open Letter to NYSUT Members can be directly accessed at: more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: Teamsters Reach Tentative Contract Agreement With Coca-Cola In Illinois, End Nearly One-Month Strike

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHICAGO) - Teamsters Local 727-represented Coca-Cola Workers who have been on Strike for nearly a month in Illinois are now heading back to work after their Union reached a tentative three-year Contract with the company, it was announced this week. Local 727, which represents 319 Production Workers at Coca-Cola plants in Niles and Alsip, announced late more»

United Steelworkers & Allegheny Technologies Resume Contract Talks – 2,200 USW Members, Including 44 In Lockport, Have Been Locked Out Of Their Jobs For Nearly Four Months Now

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(PITTSBURGH) – Representatives from the United Steelworkers (USW) Union and Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) and United Steelworkers resumed Contract talks Wednesday (December 30th), marking the first time the sides have met since September in a Labor Dispute punctuated by a four-month-long lockout of more than 2,200 Workers – including more»

In Germany, Hundreds Of Thousands Shut Down Berlin To Protest The ‘Trojan Horse’ – The Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership

Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(BERLIN, GERMANY) - Despite its earth-shattering status as one of the biggest and most controversial trade deals we’ve seen in many years, the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) has received very little coverage in the U.S. media. But protests and opposition to this Pro-Corporate Dream Bill has raged across Europe. And in America, more»

New York State Contributing $1.5 Million To Help Build Triangle Shirt Waist Factory Fire Memorial In Manhattan – 146 Workers Died In Historic 1911 Fire That Brought About Sweeping Changes To Protect Workers

Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State is contributing $1.5 million to help build a memorial to the 146 people who died in the historic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire back in 1911 in Manhattan. The memorial will be affixed to the Greenwich Village building where the fire occurred, which is located just off Washington Square Park and is now being used by New York more»

NYSNA-Represented Nurses At The Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home Outside Albany Plan To Go Out On Strike In Early January Over Unfair Labor Practices – Nurses Have Been Working Without A Contract For Two Years Now

Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(GLOVERSVILLE, NEW YORK) – Union-represented Nurses at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home in Gloversville plan to Strike on January 6th over what they say are Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs) there. New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) spokeswoman Tara Martin said the Strike is needed after management at the hospital has negotiated in bad more»

Teamsters-Represented UPS Workers Rally Over Job Relocations In Rhode Island

Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND) - Dozens of Teamsters-Represented UPS Workers rallied outside the shipping facility in Warwick, Rhode Island in late December to protest the relocation of jobs to Massachusetts. The Workers - who say 10 Tractor Trailer Jobs were being moved to Worcester, Massachusetts - are not happy about the change. "We have a problem with that more»

Illinois AFL-CIO Plans Legal Challenge To Chicago Area Town’s Local 'Right-To-Work' Ordinance

Published on Monday, December 28, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(LINCOLNSHIRE, ILLINOIS) – A day after the Village of Lincolnshire a Right-To-Work (for less) Ordinance, the Illinois AFL-CIO announced it would sue to overturn the the new rules. Lincolnshire’s Village Board voted to approve the measure by a vote of 5-to-1, The Chicago Tribune reported, despite an outpouring of dissent from Union Members, who more»

A Disappointing Point Of View From Apple CEO Tim Cook, Who Says The ‘Real Reason’ Apple Products Are Made In China Is Because Of The ‘Skill’ Of Workers There

Published on Monday, December 28, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
“It’s skill,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in response to a question on a recent edition of the Television News Program 60 Minutes from Reporter Charlie Rose as to why the company’s products are made in China. Rose clearly wasn’t buying it. “They have ‘more skills’ than American Workers? They have ‘more more»

Not A ‘Big Surprise’ When It Comes To The Mainstream Media Covering Organized Labor: Unions Says The West Virginia Media is ‘Coloring’ The Right-To-Work Fight

Published on Monday, December 28, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA) - Right-Wing Media in the State of West Virginia are working overtime in an effort to squelch the Labor Movement’s legitimate complaints about Right-To-Work (for less) Laws. First, the State’s largest commercial radio network and its ultra-conservative owners pulled three radio ads sponsored by the AFL-CIO, calling more»

California Port Drivers Win Nearly $7 Million In Back Pay From Trucking Firm

Published on Sunday, December 27, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CARSON, CALIFORNIA) - A port trucking firm in Carson has been ordered to turn over nearly $7 million in back pay to 38 Drivers, the latest in a series of recent wins for Port Drivers and the Teamsters Union that has been trying to organize them. The State of California Labor Commissioner's Office ruled this month that the Drivers at Pacific 9 more»

More Union Members Making The Holiday Season Better For Those In Need: Civil Service Employees Members Make the Holidays Happen For Kids In New Paltz

Published on Thursday, December 24, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(NEW PALTZ, NEW YORK) - Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Union Members working at the State University at New York (SUNY) New Paltz Campus couldn’t stand the thought that local children might wake up Christmas morning and find Santa’s itinerary didn’t include their home. And that’s how they got involved several years ago, more»

Targeting Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, AFSCME Mobilizes & Rallies Thousands For Fairness Across The State Illinois - Sends GOP ‘Clear Message:’ Anti-Worker Agendas Have ‘No Place’ In Illinois

Published on Thursday, December 24, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHICAGO) - Thousands of American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Members and Retirees joined with members of other Labor Organizations, Community Groups, Elected Officials, Faith Leaders and Allies at seven Rallies For Fairness that were held across the State of Illinois this month to send Republican Governor Bruce more»

Richard Lanigan Named National President Of The Office And Professional Employees International Union - Succeeds Michael Goodwin

Published on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(NEW YORK) - The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Executive Board has named Richard Lanigan to serve as president, effective immediately, following the resignation of Michael Goodwin. Lanigan – who has served as Secretary-Treasurer of OPEIU Local 153 and as an International Vice President for Region II since 1994, said: more»

NYS Governor Cuomo Signs Industrial Development Agency Reform Bill - State AFL-CIO President Cilento Says Reforms Will Bring IDAs “Back On Course” To Their Goal Of Helping To Create “Solid Middle-Class Jobs”

Published on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) across New York State will soon have a mechanism to claw back tax breaks if businesses don't follow through on the promise of new jobs. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill implementing a series of new requirements for the agencies, often known as IDAs, which have the ability to grant local tax more»

United Steelworkers Appoint Kim Nibarger To Head Union’s Oil Sector

Published on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(PITTSBURGH) - United Steelworkers (USW) Union International President Leo Gerard has announced Kim Nibarger is the new chair of the Union’s Oil Sector and will head Oil Bargaining Nationwide. “Because he has served as both a Safety Expert and a Local Union President, Nibarger (pictured below/USW Photo) will bring ‘crucial leadership and more»

The United Auto Workers Charge Volkswagen Is Refusing To Enter Into Collective Bargaining For Some Of Its Tennessee Plant Workers

Published on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE) - The United Auto Workers (UAW) has filed charges against Volkswagen (VW) AG, claiming the company is refusing to enter into Collective Bargaining for a portion of Workers employed at its Chattanooga, Tennessee Factory. The charges were filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Monday (December 21st). On December more»

Unions Giving Back To Their Communities This Holiday Season: UAW/Ford Employees Manned An Assembly Line For A ‘Different Product’ - Package ‘Boxes Of Love’ For Those In Need In Detroit

Published on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(DETROIT) - Hundreds of United Auto Workers (UAW)-Ford Members and volunteers from Church, Community and Youth Groups, packed thousands of food boxes at the Brownstown Plant in Romulus (on December 12th) for Metro Detroit Residents in need this Holiday Season. The third annual Boxes of Love initiative - considered the single largest food giveaway of 2015 - more»

CSEA Local 834 Blasts Onondaga County Executive & Legislators For Showing ‘Poor Leadership’ By Giving ‘Themselves’ Raises While Union-Represented Public Employees Are Without A New Contract

Published on Monday, December 21, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(SYRACUSE, NEW YORK) - Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 834 - Onondaga County's largest Government Employee Union – is blasting the Legislature and County Executive Joanie Mahoney for accepting pay increases for themselves while Rank-and-File, Union-represented Workers do not have a contract. "CSEA is ‘strongly more»

In What Was Described As One Of The ‘Most Difficult’ Bargaining Sessions In History, The United Steelworkers & U.S. Steel Reach Tentative Agreement On A New Three-Year Contract

Published on Sunday, December 20, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(GARY, INDIANA) – The United Steelworkers (USW) Union had been growing increasingly anxious as Contract Talks dragged on, fearing increased Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses that would essentially amount to deep pay cuts. The USW also worried what less coverage would mean for their spouses and children and they talked about whether they’d be more»

How UAW-Represented Kohler Employees' ‘United Front’ Won A New Contract & Livable Wages - Union's Solidarity & Community's Strong Backing Helped Striking Workers Turn The Tide

Published on Sunday, December 20, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(KOHLER, WISCONSIN) - Louis Wery, who helps manufacture bathtubs, joined 2,000 other of his United Auto Workers (UAW)-represented Co-Workers last week in returning to work for the Kohler Company - a leading producer of sinks, tubs and toilets – after a 32-day Strike that focused on one of the most contentious issues in Organized Labor today: Two-Tier more»

In A First, IBEW Woman Member Elected To Maine AFL-CIO Helm

Published on Sunday, December 20, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(MANCHESTER, MAINE) - Cynthia Phinney worked as a Hand Sewer for 12 years in Maine’s struggling shoe industry. She loved the work, but didn’t like the way she and her Co-Workers were treated while management sent jobs overseas. Then she and her Co-Workers decided to fight back and won some concessions, but it was a difficult battle without more»

National Labor Relations Board To Issue Complaint Alleging Four-Month ATI Lockout Is Illegal - Complaint Will Allege, In Part, That ATI Bargained In Bad Faith, Both Before & During The Lock Out

Published on Saturday, December 19, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(PITTSBURGH) – The United Steelworkers (USW) were informed Friday (December 18th) by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Pittsburgh it will issue a complaint in the four-month-long Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) Lock Out - alleging, in the absence of a settlement, that the Lock Out has been illegal since its August 15th inception. more»

Proposed Government Spending Bill Includes ‘Big Wins’ For Workers' Safety – Including New Silica Rule That ‘Stays on Track’ in Budget Deal & Extended Funding For 9-11 First Responders

Published on Friday, December 18, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(SAN DIEGO) – The newly-proposed Government Spending Bill includes big wins for Worker’s Safety, including a New Silica Rule that stayed on track in the budget deal and Extended Funding for 9-11 First Responders and their families, says Jessica Martinez, the Acting Executive Director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health more»

23,000 New York City Commercial Cleaners’ Could Walk Off Job On December 31st If Negotiations Fail

Published on Friday, December 18, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(NEW YORK) - With the contract deadline fast-approaching, Commercial Cleaners – Union Members of 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - have voted to Strike if no agreement is reached by the December 31st Contract Expiration. Should the Cleaners and building owners and contractors fail to come to an agreement by December 31st, the more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: United Auto Workers-Represented Kohler Employees In Wisconsin Ratify New Contract, Bringing Month-Long Strike To An End

Published on Thursday, December 17, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(KOHLER, WISCONSIN) - United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 833-represented Employees at Wisconsin’s Kohler Company ratified a new contract Wednesday (December 16th), ending a month-long Strike. Of the 1,847 votes cast, 91% were in favor of the agreement. Under the contract, Employees would get Wage increases in each year of the four-year contract, more»

American Federation Of Government Employees Applauds U.S. Senate Passage Of Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act Of 2015

Published on Thursday, December 17, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Council of Prisons Locals (CPL) is applauding the U.S. Senate's passage of the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act of 2015, which makes permanent the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) pilot program to provide pepper spray to Federal Correctional Officers and Employees at medium, more»

From The AFSCME/SEIU Lawyers Conference: Lawyers Come Together To Strategize About How Best To Meet The Challenges Facing Public Sector Workers – Including The Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Friedrichs’ Decision

Published on Thursday, December 17, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - For the first time ever, attorneys representing both the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have come together to strategize about how best to meet challenges threatening Workers’ Rights in the months and years ahead. The AFSCME/SEIU Lawyers more»

STRIKE OVER?: United Auto Workers & The Kohler Company Reach Tentative Agreement On New Four-Year Contract – Ratification Vote Scheduled For Wednesday

Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(KOHLER, WISCONSIN) - United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 833 and the Kohler Company jointly announced Tuesday evening (December 15th) that the two sides have reached an agreement on a new four-year Labor Contract. If approved by the UAW Membership, the agreement will end a Strike by some 2,000 Workers that began four and a half weeks ago. The agreement more»

In What Could Be A ‘Major Problem’ For Labor, Chicago Area Town Becomes First To Established Itself As A ‘Right-To-Work Zone,’ A Move Critics Assail As Anti-Union

Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(LINCOLNSHIRE, ILLINOIS) - In what could be a major problem for Organized Labor, a Chicago Area Town has become the first to established itself as a Right-To-Work Zone, a move critics assail as Anti-Union – and it's also a move experts say is sure to face a legal challenge. To create the zone, the Village of Lincolnshire Board has approved an more»

Seattle Becomes The First U.S. City To Give Contract Drivers The Power To Unionize

Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(SEATTLE) - The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday (December 14th) to give Taxi, For-Hire and Uber drivers the ability to Unionize. Seattle now becomes the first City in the U.S. to establish a framework for Contract Drivers to Organize and to bargain for agreements on issues such as Pay and Working Conditions. Backers of the groundbreaking more»

Two Actors Unions Tell Their Members Not To Perform In Tyler Perry’s Newest Madea Stage Play - No Word On What It’s All About, But Disputes Like This Usually Involve The Issue Of Paying Actors Equitable Wages

Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(LOS ANGELES) - Two Actors Unions are forbidding their Members from participating in Tyler Perry's stage play - Madea on the Run. According to Deadline, the Actors' Equity Association (AEA) Union put the production on its Do Not Work List. Apparently, Perry's production company has yet to sign a contract with AEA. Those contracts dictate such things as more»

Still Looking To Buy Something For That Someone Special This Holiday Season? Well Look No Further – Here’s Some ‘Union-Made In America’ Gift Ideas

Published on Monday, December 14, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
Y’know it’s not too late yet to find that perfect holiday gift that carries a Union Label and is made in America. Below is a wide range of gift possibilities, from clothes to games to sports equipment and more, made by Union Members represented by UNITE HERE, the Boilermakers (IBB), Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers more»

The National AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust & The United Clergy Task Force Announces Plans To Invest $300 Million To Build Affordable Housing & Community Facilities At Seven Sites In Brooklyn, The Bronx & Jersey City

Published on Monday, December 14, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(NEW YORK CITY) - Can an alliance of Carpenters and churches help solve New York City’s housing crisis? That was the hope expressed at Riverside Church on Saturday (December 12th) when the National AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust and the United Clergy Task Force, a coalition of religious institutions and Labor Unions, announced plans to invest $300 more»

Thousands Of Union Construction Workers Hold Memorial Procession That Features Wood Coffins To Symbolize The Deaths Of 16 Non-Union Workers Whose Lives Were Lost In Construction Accidents In New York City This Year

Published on Saturday, December 12, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(NEW YORK CITY) – Earlier this week, thousands of Union Workers, flanked by more than a dozen New York City and State Officials, gathered near City Hall to push for stronger Safety Standards. To honor the 16 Workers who have died this year - most of them Immigrants who worked on Non-Union projects - the marchers bore witness to a symbolic memorial more»

Another Case Made For The Need To 'Work Union:' Non-Union Philadelphia Roofer Pleads Guilty In Worker's Job-Site Death

Published on Saturday, December 12, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(PHILADELPHIA) - Two years ago, the first day of summer was the last day in the life of Mark Smith, 52, a Construction Worker who fell 45 feet to his death while repairing a roof at Old Zion Lutheran Church on North Broad Street in Philadelphia. But earlier this month marked the beginning of a new episode for Smith's boss, Roofer James McCullagh, 60, of more»

Teamsters Join With Community Activists To Deliver 75,000 Signed Petitions To UPS Calling For Its Withdrawal From Anti-Union, Anti-Worker Organization ALEC

Published on Saturday, December 12, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(WASHINGTON) - Earlier this month, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Representatives in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia led delegations that included Environmental and Community Activists who delivered thousands of signed petitions to UPS offices in both cities. The 75,000 signed petitions collected call on the corporation to withdraw its more»

More Good Organizing News: University Of Chicago Non-Tenured Faculty Vote To Form Union With The SEIU

Published on Friday, December 11, 2015 in State-National Labor News Archive
(CHICAGO) - A group of Non-Tenured Instructors at the University of Chicago has voted to form a Union, adding a prestigious name to a swelling National Movement to bring Organized Labor to the ivory tower. The vote was 96-to-22 in favor of joining the Service Employee International Union's (SEIU) Local 73, according to Union Officials. The vote count more»