Posts Tagged ‘Organized Labor’

Dec
2016
9

New House Committee Leadership: NLRB Is Expendable, Unions Have Lost “Reason for Being”

New House Committee Leadership: NLRB Is Expendable, Unions Have Lost
  Unions? The NLRB? Who needs ’em?! This appears to be the attitude of the new committee leadership under President-elect Donald Trump, which includes Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC), the incoming chair of the congressional panel that oversees labor issues in the House of Representatives: Organized labor has “sort of lost its reason for...
Sep
2016
23

In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker
  North Carolina is a key battleground state in this November’s election. That is why union organizers there are receiving an influx of money and resources from the AFL-CIO as they gear up for the largest mobilization of organized labor in the state’s history. The national AFL-CIO has elevated North Carolina to “Tier...
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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...
Jun
2016
1

Verizon Employees Head Back to Work, Prepare to Ratify Contract Viewed as Major Victory

Verizon Employees Head Back to Work, Prepare to Ratify Contract Viewed as Major Victory
  The contentious Verizon strike carried out by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has ended with both sides declaring victories on key points. 40,000 workers returned to their jobs yesterday as a result.   The four-year contract was agreed to in principle on Friday and...
Mar
2016
18

NY Congressman with Anti-Worker History Accused of Illegally Underpaying Workers

NY Congressman with Anti-Worker History Accused of Illegally Underpaying Workers
  A company that is owned by Congressman Chris Collins has been...
Mar
2015
12

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin's
  The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and two unions have filed a lawsuit seeking both temporary and permanent injunctions against the “Right-to-Work” legislation signed into law on Monday by Governor Scott Walker.   The lawsuit names Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and members of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission as defendants....
Mar
2015
12

7,000 Attend Workers Rising Rally in WV; Legislative Session Ends Saturday

7,000 Attend Workers Rising Rally in WV; Legislative Session Ends Saturday
  Last weekend, thousands of West Virginia workers gathered at the state capitol in Charleston for the Mountaineer Workers Rising rally to protest the agenda of the state’s GOP.  Since taking power in January, Republicans have pushed for several pieces of anti-worker legislation, including prevailing wage repeal, increased funding for...
Jan
2015
28

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is “Selling Out Working Families”

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is
  Just weeks into his term, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner amped up his well-established anti-union rhetoric during a speech at Richland Community College in Decatur.  Among the topics he discussed were prevailing wage, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), and the creation of “Right-to-Work” zones to fight what he calls “forced...
Jan
2015
26

Construction Union Membership Rises; “Value-Centric, Trusted Community Partner” Approach Working

Construction Union Membership Rises;
  New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the percentage of the workforce represented by a union fell to 11.1%, down from 11.3% the previous year.  Overall, 14.6 million Americans belonged to a union in 2014.  In 1983, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent with 17.7 million workers belonging to [&hellip...
Jan
2015
9

NLRB Decisions Admonish Walmart, McDonald’s for Retaliatory Behavior, Union Obstruction

NLRB Decisions Admonish Walmart, McDonald's for Retaliatory Behavior, Union Obstruction
  At the end of 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled against two major American companies in retaliation cases. This signaled a strong finish to a worker-supportive year for the board, something which the incoming Republican majority says it will try to prevent henceforth through the National Labor Relations Board Refort...
Jan
2015
7

300 Private Sector Businesses Align Against Potential Wisconsin “Right-to-Work” Law

300 Private Sector Businesses Align Against Potential Wisconsin
  As Wisconsin Republicans attempt to build momentum for the formal introduction of “Right-to-Work” legislation, a group representing over 300 private businesses is speaking out against the anti-worker move.  The Wisconsin Contractor Coalition (WCC) announced Monday that it would defeat “Right-to-Work” if it is brought before the...
Jan
2015
7

Miss This? Pair of December NLRB Rulings Made Union Organizing, Elections More Fair in the Digital Age

Miss This? Pair of December NLRB Rulings Made Union Organizing, Elections More Fair in the Digital Age
  A pair of end-of-year National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rulings have modernized the agency’s approach to technology in the workplace and will make it easier for unions to organize using company email.  The rulings reflect corrections of previous decisions the board made which ultimately came to pass as mistakes, born of a myopic...