Post Tagged with: "worker’s rights"

Obama: Collective Bargaining One Way to Close Income Inequality

WASHINGTON —In a wide-ranging speech on the economy, President Barack Obama took sharp aim at income inequality, citing the growing gulf between the rich and the rest of us.  And he declared that strengthening collective bargaining is one way to close that gap. But the Democratic president didn’t stop there.  Since Republicans hate his solutions, he challenged them to come […]

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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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Adjunct Professor’s Death Sparks Outrage, Including at USW

By R.J. Hufnagel USW@Work Staff Writer PITTSBURGH —The death of dedicated Duquesne University French professor and Steelworkers supporter Margaret Mary Vojtko, 83, has sparked outrage on the university’s Pittsburgh campus and in the surrounding area. That’s because Vojtko, despite a consistently heavy workload, her advanced degree and her 25 years at the school, was still considered “part time,” an adjunct […]

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D.C., Maryland Suburbs Working Jointly on Minimum Wage Hike

WASHINGTON —In an effort to aid the lowest-paid workers in one of the highest-cost areas of the U.S., political leaders in Washington, D.C., and its two big Maryland suburban counties are working on a joint effort to raise their minimum wages.  Two local governments took key steps on Nov. 25-26, but there are pitfalls ahead. One is disagreement on how […]

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Dreamers Group to Push for Individual Immigration Bills

WASHINGTON—Taking their cue from Democratic President Barack Obama, one prominent “Dream Act” group – representing undocumented youths brought to the U.S. as children – now wants the GOP-run U.S. House to debate and vote on individual immigration-related bills by the end of this year. The object, they said on Nov. 20, is to get the measures on the House floor, […]

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Senate Veterans Panel OKs Restoring Bargaining Rights for Some VA Workers

WASHINGTON—Moving to close an injustice to workers, the Democratic-run Senate Veterans Affairs Committee voted 8-6 on party lines on Nov. 19 to restore some collective bargaining rights to some Veterans Affairs (VA) professional workers. Major veterans groups and the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents VA workers, support the legislation.  The GOP opposed it.  Senate Republicans argued the measure […]

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Fast Food Workers March on White House, Pick Up Senate Support

WASHINGTON —Some 175 low-paid – and sometimes unpaid – workers in fast food restaurants in federal buildings marched on the White House on Sept. 25, demanding Democratic President Barack Obama issue an executive order solving the pay problems. The workers, who toil for contractors who operate fast food restaurants at the federally owned Reagan Building a few blocks away from […]

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Bipartisan Effort in Missouri Sustains Dem Gov.’s Vetoes of ‘Paycheck Deception,’ Tax ‘Reform’ Bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.–Bipartisan opposition in the majority-Republican Missouri blocked the veto override of two dangerous bills during the lawmakers’ Sept. 11 veto session: Paycheck deception (SB29) and the radical tax “reform” bill (HB253).  Gov. Jay Nixon (D), re-elected in 2012 with strong union backing, bounced both. Paycheck deception would have taken away the political voice of Missouri’s workers such as […]

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Federal Court Opens Way For Case Challenging Internet Workers’ Low Pay

That’s because the case challenges some Internet based firms’ practice of misclassifying their workers as “independent contractors,” and paying them far less than the federal minimum wage. A top official for the firm defending itself in the case estimates up to 4 million workers could be included in the case, just from his company.

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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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