Post Tagged with: "Labor"

Locked Out Workers Scrambling

With hundreds of thousands of locked-out federal workers scrambling to pay their bills, their union leaders are urging lawmakers to override GOP President Donald Trump’s partial government shutdown and put the employees back to work. But their pleas appear to have fallen on deaf ears, so far at the White House. In the final week of 2018, solons gave up […]

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Ariz. GOP House Speaker Shelves Anti-Worker Legislation

PHOENIX–In an interesting demonstration of labor’s political clout, the Republican Speaker of the Arizona House is shelving two controversial anti-worker bills, fearing that passing them would drive unions, their allies, and anti-GOP voters to the polls this fall.

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July Jobless Rate at 6.2%

WASHINGTON—The U.S. unemployment rate rose 0.1 percent in July, to 6.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. A separate Labor Department survey said businesses claimed to create 209,000 new jobs, net, last month. The number of unemployed rose by 197,000 last month, to 9.67 million, while another 131,000 people found jobs, BLS added.

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Member Associations: New Direction In Organizing?

WASHINGTON–Building on paths blazed by the Communications Workers and, more recently, the Auto Workers, labor is taking – or to be precise, reviving — a new direction: “Member organizations.”

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Laborers’ O’Sullivan: D.C. Political Paralysis Prevents Highway-Mass Transit Bill Solution

              WASHINGTON (PAI)–D.C. political paralysis, with lawmakers “licking their fingers to see which way the wind is blowing” and worrying about re-election, prevents passage of a comprehensive highway-mass transit bill, including a gas tax increase to pay for those repairs, Laborers President Terry O’Sullivan says.             O’Sullivan laid the blame on that gridlock during a joint […]

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CWA’s Cohen Ties Fight Versus Inequality To Fight For Democracy

The fight against stagnating wages and income inequality will fail unless workers and their allies band together in a mass campaign to fight to reclaim our democracy, Communications Workers President Larry Cohen declares.

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Scholar Floats Radical Plan: Repeal Most of National Labor Relations Act, Turn Unions, Workers Loose in Streets, Courts

WASHINGTON –The National Labor Relations Act is so weak, hamstrung, antiquated and encumbered with pro-business provisions and court rulings that Congress should repeal almost all of it and turn unions and workers loose in the streets and the courts, a labor law scholar says. Marion Crain, co-author of a new book on economic inequality and fragility – of workers and […]

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May Day Draws Mass March in Manhattan

            NEW YORK –Thousands of workers and community activists thronged lower Manhattan on May Day, the international workers holiday, in a mass march for raising the minimum wage, backing municipal workers, opposing private firms running public schools and for comprehensive immigration reform, among other causes. The march, organized by AFSCME District Council 37, the state […]

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AFL-CIO Joins Other Progressives in Democracy Alliance, As Coalition Turns Toward Politics

CHICAGO –The AFL-CIO stepped forward to publicly proclaim its membership in a wide-ranging coalition of progressive groups, the Democracy Alliance, even as that coalition turns its attention from grant-making for progressive causes to electoral politics. The alliance, founded in 1995, welcomed federation President Richard Trumka to its April 29 meeting in Chicago.  The alliance requires member groups to pay a […]

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International Union Leader: World’s Top Nations Recognize Widening Income Gap

PARIS –Leaders of the world’s richest nations recognize the widening income gap between the rich and the rest of us is a global problem, an international union leader who addressed the group says.  But now those nations have to figure out what to do about it. One big solution that Phillip Jennings, General Secretary of UNI Global Union, urged them […]

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