Post Tagged with: "worker’s rights"

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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Minimum Wage Hike Drive Resumes; Bus to Visit More States, MD. OKs Hike

The labor-backed campaign to raise the minimum wage resumed the week of April 13, as the “Raise The Wage” bus headed for more states, while Maryland became the second state to enact a multi-year hike of the wage to $10.10 an hour. The bus will head for Nevada, Nebraska, Ohio, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina and Iowa, said Jeremy Funk of […]

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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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Oregon ‘Right-to-Work’ Initiative Dropped

By Mike Gutwig Editor, The Northwest Labor Press PORTLAND, Ore. –Sponsors of two anti-union initiative petitions — including a so-called right-to-work measure for public employees — agreed to withdraw their measures aimed at the Oregon ballot in November.  In exchange, a labor-backed coalition that sponsored pro-union counter-measures agreed to do the same. The announcement was made March 3 by Gov. […]

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GOP-Run Missouri House Moving Fast on Anti-Worker Agenda

By Tim Rowden Editor, The St. Louis Labor Tribune and Press Associates  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –Now that the Missouri legislature is in full swing, the extremist Republicans who control the state House are working fast and furious to move their anti-worker anti-union legislation to the General Assembly floor. In late February, the House Workforce Development Committee focused on bills to  […]

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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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City Ordinance: All Portland Workers Get Sick Leave

By Don McIntosh, Associate Editor, The Northwest Labor Press PORTLAND, Ore. –On Jan. 1, more than a quarter of a million Portland workers gained a human right — the right to stay home when they’re sick. That’s when a city ordinance passed last March took effect, guaranteeing up to 40 hours of sick leave per year for all employees who work […]

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States, Tired of Waiting for Congress, Raise Minimum Wage

States, Tired of Waiting for Congress, Raise Minimum Wage

BOISE, Idaho —Even in Idaho, they’re getting tired of waiting for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. Lawmakers’ inaction in faraway Washington, D.C., has prompted a grass-roots campaign in the Gem State, one of the most Right Wing in the country, to raise the minimum wage. Idaho adheres to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which hasn’t […]

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Missouri GOP Leaders Re-Introduce Union-Busting ‘Right to Work’ Bill; GOP Lieut. Gov. Targets it For Fall Referendum

By the St. Louis Labor Tribune and Press Associates JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.–Instead of focusing on creating jobs and strengthening Missouri’s economy, Republican leaders in the GOP-run state House of Representatives, under the influence of radical right-wing extremists, have once again filed legislation that would authorize a phony “right-to-work” (for less) law in Missouri. And the extreme Rightist GOP Lieutenant Governor, […]

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Dear Mr. President: Now, Walk the Walk

An open letter to the President of the United States: “Dear Mr. President: “Your speech the other day, blasting income inequality and laying out a road map to close the gap between the rich and the rest of us, was something we’ve long waited to hear.  And we’re glad that you said you’ll make that road map a priority for […]

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