Posts Tagged ‘AFSCME’

Aug
2016
3

Judge Grants Freedom Foundation Request for Thousands of WA Union Members’ Private Info

Judge Grants Freedom Foundation Request for Thousands of WA Union Members' Private Info
  A judge in Thurston County, WA has sided with the Freedom Foundation, granting the conservative think tank’s request for the release of tens of thousands names, emails, and birthdays of unionized state workers. Lawyers for the state labor unions failed to convince Judge Mary Sue Wilson that the request was a politically motivated...
Jul
2016
14

IL Gov’s Own Labor Board Unanimously Rejects Request to Thwart AFSCME Negotiations

IL Gov's Own Labor Board Unanimously Rejects Request to Thwart AFSCME Negotiations
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s latest attempt to stifle due process was shot down last week. The Illinois Labor Relations Board denied his unorthodox request to bypass a legal recommendation and skip straight to the board declaring negotiations with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council...
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Oct
2015
8

600 AFSCME Members Join Building Trades in Duluth Protest Over Out-of-State Painters

600 AFSCME Members Join Building Trades in Duluth Protest Over Out-of-State Painters
  Union workers have been bannering the Radisson Hotel in Duluth, Minnesota for weeks. As locals, they are offended that the hotel’s new owner decided to use non-union painters, shipped in from Texas, for renovation work.  On Friday, their cause spread as they were joined in solidarity by 600 members of the American Federation of...
Sep
2015
14

Madigan Says Dems Didn’t Defect During Rauner Override Vote; No Sign of Impasse Evolving

Madigan Says Dems Didn't Defect During Rauner Override Vote; No Sign of Impasse Evolving
  This month, the Illinois House of Representatives failed to overturn Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill which would have provided arbitration as an alternative to a strike or lockout if an impasse is declared in negotiations between the state and its workers.  Three Democrats appeared to buck the party line, siding with Rauner...
Sep
2015
3

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise
  The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has won a 1.5 percent cost-of-living wage for Milwaukee County employees despite the efforts of county executive Chris Abele to stunt wage growth.  The union fought for months by placing pressure on Abele through concerned citizens calls to his office.  The raise...
Jun
2015
2

Illinois Holds Its Breath: Gov. Rauner “Actually Courting a Strike,” Onlookers Say

Illinois Holds Its Breath: Gov. Rauner
  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s anti-union rhetoric and resolve will be tested in the leadup to June 30th, the date that a contract with 38,000 state employees expires and a statewide strike or lockout could ensue.  Contentious negotiations between the Rauner administration and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal...
Feb
2015
11

Positively Putinesque: IL Gov Flouts Law of Land with Aggressive Anti-Union Executive Action

Positively Putinesque: IL Gov Flouts Law of Land with Aggressive Anti-Union Executive Action
  On Monday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed an executive action that prohibits public sector unions from collecting ‘fair share fees’ from those who benefit from the collective bargaining of a union, but choose not to belong to the union.  Since his election in November, Rauner has taken aim at labor unions, talking to...
Nov
2014
17

NM House Gears Up for “Right-to-Work” Push, Needs 4 Senate Democrat Votes to Win Passage

NM House Gears Up for
  Having won the state’s House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, New Mexico Republicans are eyeing a strong push for “Right-to-Work” legislation in the 2015 session.  Gov. Susana Martinez, who won re-election earlier this month, supports “Right-to-Work” although it was not a focus of her campaign.  Republicans...
Jul
2014
3

L.A. Workers Flood City Hall Streets, Protest Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs

L.A. Workers Flood City Hall Streets, Protest Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs
  With their contracts expiring at midnight, city workers in Los Angeles flooded the streets around city hall in protest on Tuesday. Secretaries, 911 dispatchers, traffic controllers, sanitation workers and members of local community groups led by the Fix LA Coalition gathered to oppose predatory fees the city pays to Wall Street banks.  The...
Jul
2014
2

Many MN, MD, VT Home Care Workers Appear Undeterred by Harris v. Quinn

Many MN, MD, VT Home Care Workers Appear Undeterred by Harris v. Quinn
  The precedent set by the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn is having immediate impact in states such as Minnesota, Vermont, and Maryland where home care workers recently won the right to organize and bargain collectively.   Home health care workers in Minnesota and Maryland are considered “partial-public employees,” and...
Mar
2014
21

Unions Label NM Gov’s De Facto ‘Right-to-Work’ Talk a “Declaration of War”

Unions Label NM Gov's De Facto 'Right-to-Work' Talk a
  New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has one goal in 2014: Make Nikki Haley blush. The first-term governor has announced a policy shift that unions are calling a “declaration of war.”  Speaking to a group of commercial real estate developers, Martinez said she wants to stop union dues from being automatically drawn from American...
Nov
2013
19

Small Oklahoma City Votes to Restore Collective Bargaining, Bucking Governor’s Anti-Worker Law

  In a refreshing shift, Enid, Oklahoma voted in favor of changing the city charter to allow city workers to have unions represent them through collective bargaining.  The proposal passed by a 1,276-1,068 margin.   The city had previously recognized AFSCME based on a 2004 law that required cities with more than 35,000 residents to [&hellip...