Posts Tagged ‘Collective Bargaining’

Jan
2017
3

Free Ride Override: Portion of Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law Deemed Unconstitutional

Free Ride Override: Portion of Wisconsin's
  A federal judge has ruled that a portion of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge William M. Conley issued an order permanently forbidding enforcement of Section 9 of the law, which gave Wisconsin workers a free pass to back out of unions. The legal wrangling over Section 9 dates back to early 2016:...
Nov
2016
15

Act Ten-uous: IA Fears WI-Style Collective Bargaining Upheaval Following GOP Victories

Act Ten-uous: IA Fears WI-Style Collective Bargaining Upheaval Following GOP Victories
  Republicans picked up six seats in the Iowa State Senate last week, giving them control of both the legislature and the governor’s mansion. Many are now concerned that Gov. Terry Branstad will be able to fulfill his longstanding wish to gut the state’s collective bargaining laws for public employees. Branstad is feared: Changes to...
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Oct
2016
25

Building Trades-Backed Bill C-4 Nears Passage, Would Right the Wrongs of C-377

Building Trades-Backed Bill C-4 Nears Passage, Would Right the Wrongs of C-377
  Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) celebrated the passage of Bill C-4 through the House of Commons last week. The bill aims to repeal anti-labor legislation, most notably Bill C-377, passed by the previous administration during a prior legislative session. C-377 aggressively targets labor unions with onerous bookkeeping and...
Sep
2016
13

Reckless, Extreme Nature of Long Island University Teacher Lockout Stuns Onlookers

Reckless, Extreme Nature of Long Island University Teacher Lockout Stuns Onlookers
  Long Island University (LIU) has locked out four hundred unionized faculty members from its Brooklyn campus over an ongoing contract dispute. LIU professors have been barred from campus, are not being paid, and have lost their health insurance. The dispute centers on disparities between salaries at the Brooklyn campus and the suburban Long...
Sep
2016
9

Pair of NLRB Charter School Decisions Deliver Promise of Union Representation for Teachers

Pair of NLRB Charter School Decisions Deliver Promise of Union Representation for Teachers
  In a pair of decisions issued late last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concluded that charter school teachers are private employees and therefore fall under the jurisdiction of the NLRB. The cases involved an online charter school in Pennsylvania called PA Virtual Charter School and a Brooklyn charter called Hyde...
Sep
2016
6

POLL: Americans More Optimistic About Labor Unions Than They’ve Been in a Decade

POLL: Americans More Optimistic About Labor Unions Than They've Been in a Decade
  Americans are warming up to organized labor. Or, more precisely, warming back up. Reheating, if you will. A new Gallup poll shows 52% believe labor unions benefit the broader U.S. economy, while only 41% believe unions hurt the economy. Although that slim majority is still below the historical norm, it is the most optimistic [&hellip...
Aug
2016
31

REPORT: Decline in Unionism Results in Stagnant Non-Union Private Sector Wages

REPORT: Decline in Unionism Results in Stagnant Non-Union Private Sector Wages
  Economy sagging? Don’t fret. All you need to do is turn the clock back 40 years! That’s right, according to a new Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report, private sector wages are suffering in part because of a decline in organized labor: Unions, especially in industries and regions where they are strong, help boost the [&hellip...
Aug
2016
16

Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers

Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers
  A federal court judge has knocked down one more hurdle on the path toward unionization of the gig economy. Last December, Seattle became the first city in the country to allow app-based gig drivers to unionize. Mayor Ed Murray refused to sign the legislation, calling it “flawed,” but a unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council made...
Aug
2016
12

Judge Sides with WV Unions, Issues Injunction Blocking State’s New Right-to-Work Law

Judge Sides with WV Unions, Issues Injunction Blocking State's New Right-to-Work Law
  Six months ago West Virginia became a Right-to-work state. This week organized labor got its day in court. The AFL-CIO and 10 other union groups successfully sought an injunction to block the state’s Right-to-work law, which took effect on July 1. The law required unions to extend benefits to all workers, even those who [&hellip...
Aug
2016
5

A “Culture of Fear” Has Contributed to Declining Union Membership

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  “Why are there no labor unions in America?” So begins a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post by author and American history professor Kimberly Phillips-Fein. Phillips-Fein, who teaches at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is quick to point out that millions of Americans do still belong...
Jul
2016
19

Re-temp-tion Song: NLRB Reinstates Collective Bargaining Rights for Non-Full-Time Employees

Re-temp-tion Song: NLRB Reinstates Collective Bargaining Rights for Non-Full-Time Employees
  In a recent ruling, the National Labor Relations Board determined that temporary workers can participate in the same collective bargaining units as full-time employees, and they can do so without consent from the employer or temporary agency. The decision overturns two previous rulings on the issue: Until now multi-employer bargaining has...
Jun
2016
27

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not
  When viewed through a global lens, both Canada and the United States appear somewhat strong on labor issues. We have our trove of workers’ rights weaknesses, but North America is by no means synonymous with the world’s worst working conditions. Is it surprising, then, that both countries are United Nations outliers when it comes...