Post Tagged with: "worker’s rights"

Detroit AFSCME, Other Unions Go to Court VS. City Bankruptcy Plea

Saying Detroit city workers would get hurt unnecessarily, the city’s AFSCME affiliate, which represents them, went to court August 19 against Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. Two city workers’ pension systems also filed, as did several other unions representing Detroit workers.

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Lawsuit Gives Workers At Wal-Mart Calif. Warehouse Big Win: 60% Raises

A victory in federal court against the owners of a Riverside, Calif., warehouse complex that is a main storehouse/shipment point for Wal-Mart has given the warehouse workers a big win: A 60% raise.

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Fast Food, Retail Workers Plan Nationwide Walkout August 29

If you go to your local McDonald’s, or Wendy’s, or KFC or Burger King on August 29, you may find something unusual: A picket line.  And as one New York Times food columnist wrote last month, “If you want to show support, don’t cross it.” And the same caution applies if you drop in at a major retailer – Macy’s […]

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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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DR. DAVID MICHAELS, the OSHA administrator shown here in a file photo, said on Workers Memorial Day that the agency is starting a new concentration on health and safety hazards facing contract workers.

OSHA Marks Workers Memorial Day By Focus On Contract Workers

WASHINGTON —The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) honored Workers Memorial Day, April 28, by focusing on deaths among one of the most vulnerable groups of employees, contract workers. “Many of those killed and injured are temporary workers who often perform the most dangerous jobs, have limited English proficiency and are not receiving the training and protective measures required,” said […]

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Skewing The Judiciary, Skewering Workers

By now, you’ve probably heard and read something about the Communications Workers’ Democracy Crusade and its goals. One of them is to end the tyranny of the minority in the U.S. Senate, by curbing or eliminating filibusters. The Senate Republicans have used hundreds of filibusters in the last four years to strangle pro-worker legislation – notably the Employee Free Choice […]

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Unions Nationwide Use May Day For Mass Rallies For Undocumented Workers’ Rights

With the Service Employees leading the way, unions nationwide used May Day, the international workers day, to hit the streets in mass campaigns for comprehensive immigration reform. From New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between unionists and their allies gathered in 70 rallies and marches for the cause. Not even another blizzard stopped the demonstrators. One photo SEIU […]

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Unemployment Drops 0.1% In April

WASHINGTON —The unemployment rate declined by 0.1% in April, to 7.5%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Businesses claimed to create 165,000 new jobs last month, a separate survey showed. The decline represents a continued slow recovery, statistically if not in workers’ real lives, from the Great Recession, otherwise known as the Bush Crash. But it still left 11.66 million […]

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Celebrating Worker Memorial Day

On this year’s Worker Memorial Day, AFSA paused to remember the countless school workers who have lost their lives on the job like Dawn Hochsprung, a school principal who went to work one morning not knowing that day would be her last. She lost her life while protecting the lives of others. No class of worker is immune from the […]

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HOFFA: Mich. GOP Legislators Trying To Ban Paid Sick Leave

DETROIT —Right Wing GOP Michigan state legislators are trying to ban paid sick leave in the state through a backdoor method – telling cities and counties they can’t pass ordinances ordering it. In an op-ed in the Detroit News, Hoffa, a Michigander, adds that “It’s enough to make you sick.” The proposed state law, he said, would bar the cities […]

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