Post Tagged with: "Labor"

Senate to Vote Oct. 28 on Griffin for Top NLRB Enforcement Post

WASHINGTON—The Senate is scheduled to vote in late afternoon on Oct. 28 on Democratic President Barack Obama’s nomination of former Operating Engineers General Counsel Richard Griffin to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the agency’s chief enforcement officer. Though the Senate Republicans reportedly promised not to filibuster Griffin, Right Wing groups, plus the notoriously anti-worker Wall […]

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Domestic Workers, Labor Win Bill of Rights in California

LOS ANGELES—With a final mass rally during the AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles and a lobbying blitz in the state capitol of Sacramento, domestic workers and union allies won California legislative votes for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The measure, approved 22-12 in the State Senate on Sept. 13, after prior approval in the Assembly, headed for Gov. Jerry […]

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Indiana Circuit Judge Tosses State Right-To-Work Law

LOS ANGELES—An Indiana circuit court judge has tossed out the state’s new, controversial “right to work” law, agreeing with the Operating Engineers that the statute violates the state’s constitution. The Sept. 10 announcement by national Operating Engineers President James Callahan, in the middle of the AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles, brought a rousing cheer from the delegates and guests there. […]

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Politics: Labor to ‘Play Heavily’ in State Races Next Year

LOS ANGELES —Organized labor, with its community allies, will “play heavily” in state gubernatorial and legislative races next year, its top two political operatives say. Briefing reporters Sept. 9 during the AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles, fed Political Committee Chair Lee Saunders and Political Director Michael Podhorzer explained that’s because workers found themselves under heavy attack since the 2010 by […]

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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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Op-Ed: A Labor Day for Low-Wage Workers

WASHINGTON–Earlier this month, Americans nationwide celebrated Labor Day, honoring the men and women who built our country with their toil and talents.  Labor Day is traditionally a day of parades and picnics.  But it should also be a day to honestly acknowledge the jobs that make our great middle class possible are disappearing. While our economy has shown promising signs […]

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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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Celebrating Labor Day

Celebrating Labor Day

America was built and continues to run today on the sweat and sacrifice of millions of hard working people. Rightly so, we will pause this Labor Day to celebrate the invaluable contributions American workers have made over the course of our nation’s history.

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Laborers’ O’Sullivan: Health Care Law Gives Non-Union Contractors ‘Unfair Competitive Advantage’

WASHINGTON—Add the Laborers to the list of unions who say the Obama administration’s health care law leaves multi-employer health care plans, and the union workers who depend on them, in the lurch. Not only that, Laborers President Terry O’Sullivan said in an August 13 letter to the White House, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives non-union contractors “an unfair competitive […]

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Thousands Shut Down Chicago Streets, Protesting ALEC Meeting

CHICAGO –Union and non-union workers and their allies shut down the streets around the posh Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, protesting the Right-Wing American Legislative Exchange Council meeting at the hotel. Unionists from around the country descended on the Second City for the protest, organized by the Chicago Federation of Labor and a host of community allies. […]

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