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Tesla Offers Pay Rises and Job Guarantees to Defuse Labor Tensions
The union, IG Metall, stated job guarantees and the offer of worker stock options have substantially reduced the possibility of a strike. Still, the union is requiring a collective wage bargaining agreement and improved pay.

04/29/2017

Pelto: Los Angeles School Board Race Takes Center Stage in Battle for Public Education
“Zimmer, has the support of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, along with teacher and labor unions,” writes Jonathan Pelto in The Hill. “Zimmer is facing a well-financed assault by charter school ally Nicholas Melvoin."

04/29/2017

Vail: Food Workers Take on Fowl Play at Tyson—and Win Better Conditions
“A consumer pressure campaign against labor abuses in the chicken-processing industry has produced some initial results, with a detailed pledge this week from Tyson Foods to build a better workplace for its 95,000 employees,” writes Bruce Vail in In These Times.

04/28/2017

EPI: Trump’s First 100 Days are Marred by an Aggressive Anti-Worker Agenda
The first 100 days outlines how President Trump has rolled back worker protections, proposed a budget that would dramatically cut funding for the agencies that safeguard workers’ rights, wages, and safety, and advanced nominees to key posts who are hostile to policies that boost wages, enhance workers’ bargaining power, and protect worker safety.

04/28/2017

Levy: Despite Populist Rhetoric, Trump is Poised to Preside Over a Crackdown on Unions
“Donald Trump got a higher share of the vote among union members in last year's election than any Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan, helping propel him to victory in key Rust Belt states and to the White House,” writes Pema Levy in Mother Jones. “Trump's actual track record on organized labor is quickly moving in the opposite direction."

04/28/2017

In New Blow to Trump, Repeal of Health Law Fails Again
An 11th-hour White House push to give President Trump a major legislative victory in his first 100 days in office broke down late Thursday as House Republican leaders failed to round up enough votes for their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

04/28/2017

Senate Confirms Alex Acosta as Labor Secretary
A 60-38 vote by the Senate on Thursday confirmed Acosta to the post. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to swear in Acosta on Friday.

04/28/2017

Trump’s Tax Plan is a Reckoning for Republican Deficit Hawks
As President Trump’s top economic advisers faced a barrage of questions on Wednesday about the tax plan they had just unfurled, there was one that they struggled most to answer: how to keep the “massive tax cuts” they proposed from ballooning the federal deficit.

04/27/2017

Employer Must Reinstate, Compensate Nurses Fired Prior to Union Vote, Judge Rules
A California skilled nursing facility that fired employees one week before a union election must reinstate them and compensate them with back pay, a National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled.

04/27/2017

AFL-CIO: 150 Workers Die Each Day from Hazardous Work Conditions
“Corporate negligence and weak safety laws have resulted in tragedy for an astonishing and unacceptable number of working families,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Instead of working for stronger protections, too many Republican politicians in Washington, including the Trump administration, are trying to roll back commonsense regulations that enable workers to return home safely to their families,” he added.

04/27/2017

This is One Instance When an Employee Can Curse the Boss–and Get Away with It
Last Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that Herman Perez shouldn’t have been fired. Why? When a matter concerning unions is raised, the National Labor Relations Board gets involved. The NLRB argued that Perez’s speech was union related and legally protected.

04/26/2017

Labor Nominee Clears Procedural Hurdle, Setting Up Confirmation Vote
A procedural vote cleared the way for senators to consider Acosta’s confirmation. A confirmation vote could come as soon as Thursday, meaning President Donald Trump could have all 15 cabinet-level secretaries in place before his 100th day in office on Saturday.

04/26/2017

22 Dems Support Sanders' $15 Minimum Wage Bill
With four times as many Democratic co-sponsors as he had just two years ago, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Wednesday morning re-introduced a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

04/26/2017

Yale's Local 33 Members Begin Hunger Strike
Eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 began an indefinite, collective fast in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home on Tuesday in an effort to persuade Yale to begin collective bargaining.

04/26/2017

Workers Involved in Union Activities Say Tesla is Illegally Intimidating Them
Tesla is once again facing allegations that it's working to quash a union drive at its factory in Fremont, California. Last week, the United Automobile Workers union filed four separate charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the company has illegally surveilled and coerced workers attempting to distribute information about the union drive.

04/26/2017

Workers Endured Long Hours, Low Pay at Chinese Factory Used by Ivanka Trump’s Clothing-Maker
Workers at a factory in China used by the company that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line and other brands worked nearly 60 hours a week to earn wages of little more than $62 a week, according to a factory audit released Monday.

04/25/2017

Clawson: Trump Might Put a Professional Union-Buster on NLRB
"Donald Trump likes to occasionally pretend he doesn’t 100 percent hate unions, usually by spending time with the relatively friendly building trades unions," writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos. "But for anyone tempted to believe that, check out one of the people on his short list for National Labor Relations Board. Doug Seaton is a professional union-buster—and that’s something new, even for Republican presidents."

04/25/2017

Public Pans Republicans’ Latest Approach to Replacing Affordable Care Act
In strategy and substance, the American public disagrees with the course that President Trump and congressional Republicans are pursuing to replace the Affordable Care Act with conservative policies, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

04/25/2017

AFL-CIO: Trump’s Tax Plan is a Massive Giveaway to the Wealthy Few
President Donald Trump is working on a new tax plan. Reports suggest that Trump wants to cut the corporate tax rate to 15%. That proposal could have serious long-term consequences for the United States—estimates show this will reduce revenue by $2.4 trillion in the first decade—and it amounts to little more than a massive giveaway to big corporations.

04/25/2017

20,000 Union Members, Retirees at Risk of Losing Pension Benefits
Many labor funds, already on shaky ground following the 2008 financial crash, have been threatened by the bankruptcy of companies that previously contributed to the plans, as well as an aging workforce that has led in some cases to retirees outnumbering union members.

04/25/2017

Write Your Representative: Oppose Legislation that Would Steal Overtime Pay
Write your representative today and tell them to reject the “Working Families Flexibility Act” and maintain overtime protections for millions of working people.

04/25/2017

MIller: When Wall Street Writes the Rules for Retirement
"Today in the United States, nearly half of all those employed in the private-sector don’t have access to a retirement savings plan at work," writes Ethan Miller for Jobs with Justice. "Put another way, a near majority of private companies have walked away from contributing to or even offering the convenience of retirement plans for the people who work for them."

04/25/2017

Global Support for Workers at VW Chattanooga Plant
In December 2015, an overwhelming majority of more than 70 per cent of the skilled-trades workers voted to be represented by IndustriALL affiliate United Autoworkers. Yet VW Chattanooga is refusing to bargain with UAW Local 42, even after the US government has ordered the company to enter into negotiations.

04/25/2017

Report: Companies Not Complying with Bangladesh Garment Plan
Dozens of global clothing companies are not complying with a plan to ensure better safety in Bangladesh garment factories following the deadly collapse of a building four years ago, a rights group said Monday.

04/24/2017

Washington Post: When Should Voters March to the Beat of Scientists?
“[Saturday’s] March for Science protests are at least in part motivated by concerns that the Trump Administration is ignoring scientific expertise,” writes Ilya Somin in The Washington Post. “The protesting scientists and their supporters hope to persuade the public to put more faith in the views of the scientific community and elect politicians who will do the same."

04/23/2017

Disapproval of President Donald Trump Grows in Latest WSJ/NBC News Poll
Americans are dissatisfied with President Donald Trump as he nears his 100th day in office, with views of his effectiveness and ability to shake up Washington slipping, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

04/23/2017

Trump to Name National Labor Relations Board Chairman
President Donald Trump intends to designate Philip Miscimarra as the chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, the White House said on Friday.

04/23/2017

GOP Plan to Erase Obama-Era Wall Street Rules is More Generous than Even Banks Asked For
Representative Jeb Hensarling’s bill includes a blueprint for defanging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by stripping the agency of some of its most important powers. It would no longer be able to write major rules regulating consumer financial companies, such as debt collectors, without getting approval from Congress.

04/21/2017

Education Secretary, Teachers Union Chief Meet on School Tour
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the head of a national teachers union sought to find common ground as they toured public schools in Ohio, but differences remained.

04/21/2017

Gilman: What Gorsuch's Conservative Supreme Court Means for Workers
A careful look at Gorsuch’s record demonstrates, I believe, how this will be bad news for American workers and anyone who cares about economic justice,” writes Michele Gilman in The San Francisco Chronicle.

04/21/2017

EPI: How Trump and Republicans are Undercutting Wages and Protections for Working People
EPI’s Perkins Project tracks actions by the administration, Congress, and the courts that affect people’s wages and their rights at work. Here are the top ten things the president and Congress have done that affect working people.

04/21/2017

Sargent: The GOP Has a New Plan to Destroy Obamacare. It’s Even Crueler than the Last One.
"House Republicans have been hinting they may introduce a new plan to replace Obamacare before the 100th day of the Trump presidency," writes Greg Sargent in The Washington Post. "Naturally, giving President Trump something to arbitrarily tout as an achievement (even if it passes the House, the Senate looms) in advance of the arbitrary 100-day mark is far more important than the human toll the proposal would have on millions."

04/20/2017

Immigrants Flooded California Construction. Worker Pay Sank. Here’s Why.
In the span of a few decades, Los Angeles area construction went from an industry that was two-thirds white, and largely unionized, to one that is overwhelmingly Latino, mostly nonunion and heavily reliant on immigrants, according to a Los Angeles Times review of federal data.

04/20/2017

Thousands of D.C.-Area Airport Workers Win a Raise after Two-Year Fight
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s board voted Wednesday to require companies that do business at the airports to pay contract workers a base hourly wage of $11.55 starting in January.

04/20/2017

Unionized Scientists March in Protest of Attacks on Science and Jobs
"Of all the attacks on our civil society, the attacks on evidence-based science pose perhaps the greatest existential threat," writes Carly Eaton in the AFL-CIO's blog Now. "Decisions being made about climate science and environmental protection at this critical time will shape the future of our planet."

04/20/2017

NYT: Donald Trump Threatens to Sabotage Obamacare
"This isn’t Trump’s promised 'insurance for everybody,'" according to a New York Times editorial. "It sounds more like a two-bit Hollywood villain promising carnage if he doesn’t get his way."

04/20/2017

US Weekly Jobless Claims Up; Continuing Claims Hit 17-Year Low
New applications for US jobless benefits rose slightly more than expected last week, but a drop in the number of Americans on unemployment rolls to a 17-year low suggested the labor market continues to tighten.

04/20/2017

Automation in Labor Could Worsen Income Inequality, BoC Official Warns
Still, Carolyn Wilkins, senior deputy governor at Bank of Canada said, the rise of automation will lead to some job losses, although they could be offset by new jobs as demand for other services grow. More worrisome, she said, was the impact on income inequality.

04/19/2017

A Major Problem: Gender Pay Gap Present Even Among Recent Grads
Analyzing 46,900 resumes shared on Glassdoor of those who graduated from college between 2010 and 2017, Glassdoor found a gender pay gap is present even at the start of young workers' careers. In the first five years of their careers, men earn $56,957 on average, while women earn $50,426.

04/19/2017

Steelworkers Re-elect Gerard, Emphasize Solidarity
From fighting unfair free trade deals to standing up to politicians and corporations who are destroying workers’ rights in the United States and Canada, the United Steelworkers spent their 2017 convention emphasizing unity and solidarity.

04/19/2017

Retired Miners Lament Trump’s Silence on Imperiled Health Plan
Donald Trump made coal miners a central metaphor of his presidential campaign, promising to “put our miners back to work” and look after their interests in a way that the Obama administration did not. Now, three months into his presidency, comes a test of that promise.

04/19/2017

Teamsters Get a Reprieve from Pension Cuts
Thousands of upstate retired New York Teamsters have dodged a potential pension cut — at least for now — thanks to a recent decision by the federal government.

04/18/2017

US Seafood Gets Fair Trade Seal
Interest in the seafood supply chain has grown since an Associated Press investigation of slave labor conditions in Thailand's shrimp fishery, said Ashley Apel, senior manager of the seafood program for Fair Trade USA.

04/18/2017

Judge Slams Fruit Grower Over 'Bad Faith' Bargaining with Farmworkers
The state’s largest grower of peaches and other fruit bargained in bad faith with the United Farm Workers of America and wrongly tried to exclude as many as 1,500 employees from a collective bargaining agreement, a judge has ruled.

04/18/2017

Vox: Europe Could Have the Secret to Saving America’s Unions
“Labor unions in America are in crisis. In the mid-1950s, a third of Americans belonged to a labor union,” writes Dylan Matthews in Vox. “Today only 10.7 percent do, including a minuscule 6.4 percent of private sector workers. The decline of union membership explains as much as a third of the increase in inequality in the US, caused voter turnout among low-income workers to crater, and weakened labor’s ability to check corporate influence in Washington, DC, and state capitals."

04/17/2017

Sargent: This Brutal New Poll Shows that Fewer and Fewer People Believe Trump’s Lies
Trump's "general promises may be in the process of running aground, or just disintegrating, now that the difficulties of translating them into detailed policy are proving that the original promises were unrealistic, rooted in bad faith or outright fantasies," writes Greg Sargent in The Washington Post.

04/17/2017

EPI: Republicans’ Opening Bid for Tax Reform is Egregiously Tilted to the Rich
"Tax season in 2017 coincides with the next item on President Trump and congressional Republicans’ legislative agenda—tax reform," writes Hunter Blair for The Economic Policy Institute. "As we’ve argued previously, we’re unlikely to see anything resembling 1986-style 'tax reform,' which—whatever its flaw—really was a bipartisan effort to find efficiencies that could be introduced into the tax code, and which was revenue-neutral. Instead we’ll likely end up with deficit-financed tax cuts for the rich."

04/16/2017

Vail: Union Actors and Musicians Fight Trump’s Attacks on the Arts
"If President Donald Trump is serious about creating jobs in the nation’s heartland then he needs to rethink his own proposal to eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the agency that helps fund the not-for-profit groups behind thousands of the theater and music productions seen every year in middle America," writes Bruce Vail in In These Times.

04/16/2017

Tesla Fremont Factory: UAW Cranks Up the Pressure and Enlists Local Groups to Push Union
The United Auto Workers has tentatively probed Tesla’s Fremont factory to potentially join their union on a few occasions in the past few years, but it looked like they quickly let it go. This time appears to be different since the organization has kept the pressure on the company since a first publicized effort in February.

04/16/2017

Clawson: How Far Did Union Households Swing Toward Trump?
"Did Donald Trump really make major inroads with union households? Sociologists Jake Rosenfeld and Patrick Denice take a look at the (imperfect) data and conclude that the story is more complicated than the headlines have made it out to be," writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos.

04/16/2017


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