Post Tagged with: "workers"

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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House GOP Jams Through Budget Blueprint Over Union, Dem Dissent

WASHINGTON –Brushing aside dissent and objections from unions, workers and the Democratic minority, the House’s ruling Republicans jammed through a GOP-written budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, by a 219-205 vote on April 10.  Democrats opposed it 193-0.  Solons then scattered for a 2-week recess. The blueprint sets priorities for legislators as they start writing actual money […]

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Federal Appeals Courts Split on Overtime Pay for Public Workers

Two federal appeals courts, one in Los Angeles and the other in Washington, D.C., have split on whether public workers – and which ones – in safety fields can get overtime pay. The decisions could affect millions of Fire Fighters, EMTs, police and other state and local public safety workers, as well as, in the D.C. decision, air traffic controllers. […]

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Trumka to Obama: Fast-Track is Dead; Construct Pro-Worker Trade Policy

WASHINGTON –Declaring presidential “fast-track” trade authority dead, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is challenging Democratic President Barack Obama to construct a new pro-worker U.S. trade policy, as part of larger pro-worker economic policy. In a major speech on fast-track and trade, and in Q&A afterwards, Trumka called the president’s trade plan “dead on arrival” in the U.S. Senate because then-Senate Finance […]

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BLS: Union Membership Rises by 162K in 2013, Union Share Unchanged

WASHINGTON —Union membership in the U.S. rose by 162,000 in 2013, to 14.528 million, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated, but the union share of the nation’s workers stayed unchanged at 11.3%.             African-Americans were more unionized than whites or Hispanics, and the oldest workers – aged 45-64 – were more unionized (14.5%) than other age groups, BLS said.  Almost eight million […]

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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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Women Politicans, Activities Launch Economic Initiative, Similar to AFL-CIO Policy, Action Plan

Saying the nation cannot wait any longer to make women economic equals, a group of prominent woman politicians and activists re-launched a comprehensive women’s economic initiative with a Sept. 18 symposium in D.C.

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