Post Tagged with: "Union Rights"

‘Right to Work’ Strategy Session Gets Uninvited Guests: Unionists

VANCOUVER, Wash.–Backers of proposed right-to-work initiatives in Oregon and Washington got a taste of what the political fight might look like on Sept. 5 at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. Then, more than 50 protesters — primarily from construction trades unions — greeted attendees of a strategy session on how to pass right-to-work referendums in Oregon and Washington.  The event […]

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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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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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Pres. Diann Woodard Presents at AFL-CIO Convention, Pledging a Commitment to Equality in Pay and Opportunity for Women

Pres. Diann Woodard Presents at AFL-CIO Convention, Pledging a Commitment to Equality in Pay and Opportunity for Women

On Sunday, September 8 at the opening of the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention in Los Angeles, President Diann Woodard Introduced Resolution 18, making the following statement: “Women may hold up half the sky, as the resolution states. But we don’t have half the pie. And that’s a fact despite more than a century of struggle and significant gains. Women still only […]

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Appeals Court Gives Federal Govt. Broad Leeway to Hit Workers for ‘Security’ Reasons, Disappointing Unions

A federal appeals court gave the federal government broad leeway to demote or fire civilian workers for “security” reasons by yanking their clearances, even when the workers don’t routinely handle classified and secret information. Its ruling disappointed workers’ unions, who defended the employees.

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Unions, Allies, March for Jobs, Voting Rights on King March 50th Anniversary

Echoing the same themes as they did 50 years ago, thousands of unionists and their civil rights allies marched to the Lincoln Memorial on August 24, demanding jobs and freedom, particularly living wage jobs and voting rights.

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Postal Unions Welcome Withdrawal Of USPS Saturday Shutdown Scheme

WASHINGTON —Leaders of the nation’s postal unions welcomed the Postal Service board’s April 10 decision to overrule the Postmaster General’s plan to shut down virtually all Saturday pickups and deliveries, retaining 6-day service. But the unions added saving Saturday is not enough. Postal Workers President Cliff Guffey said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe still wants to speed up mail sorting center […]

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Advocates Start Making Case For Minimum Wage Hike

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. —For seven years, Carolle Fleurio has been a cook at a family restaurant in Stockbridge, Ga.  It’s a nice place, she says, where people come in to enjoy the atmosphere and the meals she cooks. But one thing wrong with her job, Fleurio adds, is the pay.  She makes $8 an hour.  That’s only slightly more than the […]

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Michigan Righ-To-Work Laws Head on Fast Track for State High Court

Michigan’s two controversial right-to-work laws, passed by the GOP-run legislature in a lame-duck session in December – over long and loud unionists’ protests and a state capitol lockout – are headed on a fast track to the state’s Supreme Court, thanks to, ironically, the GOP governor who signed them.

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Statement by AFSA President Diann Woodard on Senator Tom Harkin’s Retirement in 2015

When Senator Harkin retires at the close of the 113th Congress the Senate will lose a true champion for workers’ rights and education.

As a passionate advocate for improving public education and health care access, and as a staunch supporter of working families and their retirement security, Senator Harkin will forever be recognized for what he accomplished throughout his four decades of distinguished service.

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