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GOP-Run House Panel Approves Anti-NLRB Bills; Board Holds hearings on Election Procedures

WASHINGTON –By party-line votes, the highly polarized Republican-run House Education and the Workforce Committee approved two bills curbing the National Labor Relations Board, even as the board held two days of hearings on its plan to streamline union recognition election procedures. Committee Democrats called the GOP measures “union-busting bills” and unsuccessfully tried to attach to them legislation to raise the […]

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Spring Bus Tours Nationwide to Lead to Marches on D.C.

Spring Bus Tours Nationwide to Lead to Marches on D.C.

Spring officially arrived on March 21, but even before that, unionists and their allies were on the road in two big bus tours, with their ultimate destination Washington, D.C., for mass marches there. The campaigns, for legalizing undocumented people – thus bringing them under labor law protection, among other things – and for raising the minimum wage, show labor’s determination […]

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BLS: Union Membership Rises by 162K in 2013, Union Share Unchanged

WASHINGTON —Union membership in the U.S. rose by 162,000 in 2013, to 14.528 million, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated, but the union share of the nation’s workers stayed unchanged at 11.3%.             African-Americans were more unionized than whites or Hispanics, and the oldest workers – aged 45-64 – were more unionized (14.5%) than other age groups, BLS said.  Almost eight million […]

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Union Charity Work Brings Christmas Year ‘Round; $2.84M Cash and Services Trove in St. Louis Area Shows Proof

By The St.  Louis Labor Tribune and Press Associates               ST.  LOUIS —When most Americans think of labor unions, they think of union members campaigning for causes – such as restoring the middle class – or politicians.   But unions are really a lot more, and a look at their charity efforts in the St. Louis area shows it.             That’s because what unions really are is […]

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Labor, Allies to use Public Pressure to Push Jobless Benefits Through Hostile U.S. House GOP Majority

WASHINGTON —With 72,000 more unemployed workers losing their jobless benefits every week, organized labor and its civic, religious and congressional Democratic allies turned to public pressure to push resurrection of the benefits through a hostile GOP majority in the U.S. House.             That promise came from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and others in a press conference-cum-rally Jan. 8 on Capitol Hill, […]

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Officials: Labor Making Progress in Talks with Administration Over Multi-Employer Health Plans

Organized labor is apparently making progress in convincing the Obama White House to revisit rules that would virtually trash multi-employer health care plans – joint employer-union run plans whose demise would throw 20 million people off of health insurance rolls.

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Holiday Gift Shopping? Labor Dept. Releases List of ‘Books That Shaped Work in America’

WASHINGTON—To commemorate its centennial, but also just in time for the holiday shopping season, the U.S. Labor Department has released a list of “Books that shaped work in America.”  And it wants its readers and viewers to jump in with their own choices, too. That’s because, as chief department spokesman Carl Fillichio notes, “The list is a work in progress, […]

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National Labor College to Close

SILVER SPRING, Md. —Faced with a continuing tide of red ink, no endowment, and constant turnover at the top, the National Labor College’s board voted Nov. 12 to close the college.  No date was set, but the closure is expected soon. “I am deeply saddened to report that yesterday the Board of Trustees directed me and the college’s officers to […]

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Labor, Asbestos Victims, Survivors Blast GOP’s Asbestos Fund Bill

WASHINGTON—The AFL-CIO, asbestos victims and their survivors are blasting the GOP-run House’s latest venture into the legal thicket of asbestos-caused cancer and its victims, saying the legislation harms the victims and helps the companies that injured them.  One survivor calls the measure “one-sided, unfair and unnecessary.” But that didn’t stop the House from approving it on Nov. 13 by a […]

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Trumka Warns Dems: Stick By Social Security, Medicare

LAS VEGAS—AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has put lawmakers on notice to stick by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid or face labor opposition at the polls next year. His Oct. 21 speech to the International Federation of Employee Benefit Plans in Las Vegas was directed at both parties, but with a special warning for the Democrats. His warning is notable because […]

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