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Tentative Pacts with Unions Avert Metropolitan Opera Lockout Scheme

NEW YORK –Tentative contracts with its major unions on August 18 averted the Metropolitan Opera’s scheme to lock out its 2,500 union workers in mid-August. The workers, including International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 1 and Musicians Local 802, which represents the Met’s orchestra, were scheduled to vote on the pacts later in August, union leaders said. […]

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President Diann Woodard’s Statement on the Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Harris v. Quinn case earlier this week is a disgrace to workers everywhere and the latest in a series of attempts to erode workers’ rights. Strong unions are the backbone of a fair workplace, and collective bargaining allows for working men and women to come together to make sure they are protected. This latest […]

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Challenges in Collective Bargaining

Recently, misinformation about changes to Michigan’s Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) have added complications to collective bargaining, with unwarranted and illegal restrictions being applied to labor organizations representing school administrators. Enacted in 1965, PERA governs Michigan’s public-sector collective bargaining. In 2011, the legislature added eight prohibited subjects for bargaining, including among other items: placement; standards for layoff and recall; and […]

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Obama: Collective Bargaining One Way to Close Income Inequality

WASHINGTON —In a wide-ranging speech on the economy, President Barack Obama took sharp aim at income inequality, citing the growing gulf between the rich and the rest of us.  And he declared that strengthening collective bargaining is one way to close that gap. But the Democratic president didn’t stop there.  Since Republicans hate his solutions, he challenged them to come […]

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Senate Veterans Panel OKs Restoring Bargaining Rights for Some VA Workers

WASHINGTON—Moving to close an injustice to workers, the Democratic-run Senate Veterans Affairs Committee voted 8-6 on party lines on Nov. 19 to restore some collective bargaining rights to some Veterans Affairs (VA) professional workers. Major veterans groups and the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents VA workers, support the legislation.  The GOP opposed it.  Senate Republicans argued the measure […]

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AFL-CIO Makes it Official: Labor Movement Opens Itself to Non-Union Workers, Too

LOS ANGELES—The labor movement has made official what federation officers forecast for months: It’s opening itself to non-union workers, too. In resolutions and speeches at the AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles, the federation’s delegates decided organized labor would represent – and speak for – not just the organized workers in union locals, but the unorganized on the streets, in workers’ […]

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AFL-CIO Convention Preview: Labor in for a Major Remake

LOS ANGELES—When thousands of delegates to the AFL-CIO Convention gather in Los Angeles on September 8, they’ll face a big task: Remaking the labor movement to make it a movement of workers, not just unions. And that means not only changing the labor federation’s structure, but also its goals, its methods and even its definition of who it includes. The […]

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Statement by AFSA President Diann Woodard on Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

As a daughter of a union worker, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis fought tirelessly to protect, preserve and strengthen workers’ rights. She refused to allow strained state and local budgets to serve as an excuse for attacking public employees’ collective bargaining rights, their benefits, and their retirement security.

As a product of public schools, Secretary Solis never forgot the importance of providing all children with equal access to a high quality education, understanding that education is the key to our nation’s future prosperity. She recognized that strong leadership is a critical element to a successful school and that school leaders must be fully supported in their efforts to implement policies in the reform movement.

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Romney Declares His Plans to Oppose Bargaining for Public Workers

When the Fraternal Order of Police, the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, sent a questionnaire regarding workers’ issues to President Barack Obama and candidate Mitt Romney, the differences between the two hopefuls could not be more different.

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President Diann Woodard’s Statement On Wisconsin Ruling

AFSA applauds Dane County Judge Juan Colas’ decision. This ruling is not only a victory for working families in Wisconsin, but it substantiates what AFSA and workers across the nation have been saying since this law was passed – that Gov. Scott Walker’s unabashed efforts to categorically attack workers, by denying local and school employees their constitutional collective bargaining rights is in fact, unconstitutional. Perhaps the Governor would benefit from a refresher course in civics, because his immoral, unjust and illegal power grab is precisely why we need the system of checks and balances that we have in place.

We continue to stand by our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin with a renewed sense of energy as we see what is possible through our collective activism, and continue to make our voices heard for what is right.

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