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Senators Call for Pay Equity for US Women's Hockey Team
In a letter to Dave Ogrean, the executive editor of USA Hockey, 14 senators said they are “disturbed by reports” from the women’s team that the association does not provide “equitable support” for female athletes.

03/27/2017

Trump’s Path Forward Only Gets Tougher After Health-Care Fiasco
The stunning collapse of the Republican health-care bill now imperils the rest of President Trump’s ambitious congressional agenda, with few prospects for quick victory on tax revisions, construction projects or a host of other issues in the months ahead despite complete GOP control of government.

03/27/2017

AFL-CIO Ready to Sue If Trump Waters Down Overtime Regulations
The AFL-CIO will sue if the Department of Labor tries to water down a boost in overtime eligibility put in place by the Obama administration, the chief of the labor federation said in an interview.

03/27/2017

Baltimore Mayor Vetoes $15 Minimum Wage Bill
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has vetoed the $15-an-hour minimum wage bill approved by the City Council. The council voted 11 to 3 on Monday to approve the bill, which would raise the minimum wage in the city gradually to reach $15 an hour by 2022.

03/26/2017

Western Brands Respond to Report on Bangladesh Tanneries
Leather made with child labor and under dangerous, polluted conditions in Bangladesh went to factories that produced goods for major US and European shoe and handbag brands and companies, according to a report released Friday by New York-based nonprofit Transparentem.

03/26/2017

Clawson: Self-Driving Cars Will Kill a Lot of Jobs. What Then?
"A lot of companies are working on self-driving cars, hoping they’ll reshape a range of industries," writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos. "That could provide benefits on some fronts, including the environment and road safety, but a lot of people work as drivers, so self-driving cars could have a massive impact on the jobs landscape."

03/26/2017

Greenberg and Silberstein: Remembering Triangle
“[March 25] marks the 106th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which in twenty minutes consumed the lives of 146 people, mostly young immigrant Jewish and Italian women and girls who worked in the New York City factory,” write Samuel Greenberg and Lane Silberstein in Jacobin. “The youngest victims, Kate Leone and Rosaria Maltese, were just fourteen years old."

03/26/2017

US Workers Most at Risk from Robots
Thirty-eight percent of jobs in the US are at high risk of being replaced by robots and artificial intelligence over the next 15 years, according to a new report by PriceWaterhouseCooper.

03/26/2017

New York Senator Announces Support For Cornell Grad Workers
As graduate students prepare to head to the polls, US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) sent a statement to Cornell graduate workers pronouncing his support for unionization.

03/26/2017

US Women's Hockey Players Get Support for Boycott
As sports organizations and notable hockey figures express support of the US women's team, several players say they rejected overtures from USA Hockey to serve as replacements for the upcoming world championships.

03/25/2017

In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails
House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday afternoon in a significant defeat for President Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency.

03/24/2017

Nissan Declines Talks with Union After Mississippi Rally
“It would be inappropriate to have discussions with your union regarding employees at Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Canton, Mississippi, without your union first having obtained the support of a majority of employees at that plant,” Becker wrote in a letter to UAW President Dennis Williams.

03/24/2017

Downie: 'Yes, Democrats Should Filibuster Gorsuch. His Record Shows Why.'
“The Republican theft of the Supreme Court proceeded apace this week,” writes James Downie in The Washington Post. “A survey of Gorsuch’s record shows that when he has broken with his colleagues, it is usually to favor businesses over workers."

03/24/2017

CBO: Latest House GOP Health-Care Bill Would Mean as Many Uninsured by 2026
Changes that House Republicans have made to their health-care legislation would reduce savings in federal spending by $150 billion over the next decade — far less than for their earlier plan — and would still leave 24 million more Americans uninsured, according to congressional budget analysts.

03/23/2017

US Supreme Court Rejects Structured Bankruptcy Dismissals
Jack Raisner, lawyer for the unpaid Jevic truck drivers, said he was grateful the court “preserved and reaffirmed the important right on which employees have long relied: to get paid” instead of allowing a bankrupt company to pay off lower ranked creditors.

03/23/2017

AT&T Reaches Agreement With Striking Workers on West Coast
The Communications Workers of America said workers would be returning to scheduled shifts, and that AT&T “will no longer require technicians to perform work assignments outside of their expertise and classification.”

03/23/2017

First US Labor Union of Fitness Professionals Set to Form in Los Angeles
Calling themselves the “Fitness Alliance,” the group of 18 certified personal trainers began efforts to form a union in January to address workplace problems, which they allege include “unpaid hours of work, sexual harassment, and constant pressure from management to meet excessive sales goals at all hours of the day and night.”

03/23/2017

17,000 AT&T Workers in California and Nevada Go on Strike
AT&T is asking technicians who install cable to also work outside maintaining phone and cable wires, which is a higher-paid job, said Sheila Bordeaux, who works in an AT&T call center and is an executive board member of the union local that covers Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

03/23/2017

Alexander Acosta, Labor Nominee, Dismisses Concerns Over Political Pressure
Senator Patty Murray of Washington and other Democrats pointed to a 2008 report by the Justice Department’s in-house investigator, which found that under Acosta his office had violated federal law and department policies by weighing political affiliations in hiring and assessing employees.

03/23/2017

Senate Votes to Block an Obama-Era Safety Rule
Labor groups, including the AFL-CIO, said the six-month restriction makes it impossible to enforce the record-keeping requirements since federal government doesn't conduct regulator inspections of even the most hazardous workplaces and won't likely find a violation before the window has expired.

03/23/2017

USA Hockey Postpones Women’s Team’s Training Camp
Players announced last week that they would boycott the tournament unless they made significant progress with USA Hockey in negotiations on a labor deal. The sides met for more than 10 hours on Monday, and John Langel, a lawyer for the players, said that the next meeting would be by phone but has not been scheduled yet.

03/23/2017

Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 258,000
More people sought US unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market. The four-week average ticked up 1,000 to 240,000.

03/23/2017

Democrats Press Gorsuch on His Independence from Trump
Democratic senators pressed Judge Neil Gorsuch Wednesday to explain his views on issues such as the Constitution’s “emoluments clause” and the notion of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” questions designed to more aggressively probe his independence from President Trump.

03/22/2017

Senate Panel to Weigh Law School Dean Acosta for Labor Secretary
R. Alexander Acosta, tapped by President Donald Trump to head the US Labor Department, on Wednesday told a Senate panel he had reservations about an overtime rule put in place by the Obama administration, saying its effect on the economy needed to be considered.

03/22/2017

Labor Nominee Acosta Cut Deal with Billionaire Guilty in Sex Abuse Case
A lawsuit questions why Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, former Miami US attorney Alexander Acosta, whose confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin Wednesday, cut a non-prosecution deal with Epstein a decade ago rather than pursuing a federal indictment that Acosta’s staff had advocated.

03/21/2017

Gorsuch on Political Pressure and Judicial Independence
Judge Neil Gorsuch sought to reassure senators Tuesday that he would not be swayed by political pressure if he wins confirmation to the Supreme Court — trying to take the steam out of anticipated attacks from Democrats likely to push him to distance himself from President Trump.

03/21/2017

Baltimore City Council Passes $15 Minimum Wage Bill
The vote sends the bill to Mayor Catherine Pugh, who hasn’t said whether she will sign it. Spokesman Anthony McCarthy says she’ll make a decision “within the next few days.”

03/21/2017

Warren Grills Labor Pick on Trump Policies
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is questioning President Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department ahead of a key hearing on the nomination.

03/21/2017

Boeing Plans to Lay Off 170 Workers in Region; Offers Buyouts
At least 170 people received layoff notices Friday — 111 members of the Machinists union and 62 white-collar workers represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.

03/21/2017

Women's Players Call Negotiations with USA Hockey Productive
USA Hockey and the women's national team say their marathon meeting Monday was productive and they hope to have an agreement this week that will end their ongoing wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the upcoming world championships.

03/21/2017

Last-Minute Talks Could End US Women's Hockey Boycott of World Championships
Top players from the US women’s hockey team are meeting with USA Hockey officials for last-minute talks that could end a planned boycott of the upcoming world championships.

03/20/2017

Singletary: Trump to Struggling Seniors: You’ll Be On Your Own
"When people talk about retirement, they often muse about traveling the world, playing golf or visiting with grandchildren," writes Michelle Singletary in The Washington Post. "But the truth is many seniors won’t spend 'golden' retirement years like they are on a long vacation."

03/20/2017

Gorsuch Confirmation: Democratic Senators Express Doubts about Nominee
Asked about what more she hopes to learn about Gorsuch’s stances, Senator Dianne Feinstein said: “Voting rights. Right to choose. Guns. Corporate dollars in elections. Worker safety. Ability of federal agencies to regulate. All of the environmental issues — water, air.”

03/20/2017

A New Tracker for Corporate Human Rights
Global companies continue to grapple with issues of human rights across their operations, so in the spirit of creating a race to the top, some investors and non-profit organizations just launched a benchmark to help shape corporate policies and responses in this area. Based on the inaugural mark-up, any help should be welcome.

03/20/2017

Grossman: What Slashing the Labor Dept. Budget by 21 Percent Would Mean
“The Trump administration’s ‘budget blueprint’ would devastate worker safety, job training programs and legal services essential to low-income workers,” writes Elizabeth Grossman in In These Times. “Its cuts include a 21 percent, or $2.5 billion, reduction in the Department of Labor’s budget."

03/20/2017

Marvit: Staughton Lynd is Building a New World in the Basement of the Old
“Shortly after Donald Trump’s election, I traveled to Niles, Ohio, a small, struggling city on the outskirts of Youngstown, part of what’s known as Steel Valley—though the industry has been on decline for decades,” writes Moshe Marvit in In These Times. “The story of America’s steel mill closures, starting in the 1970s, is well known. Less known is the way that workers and communities in Youngstown, and later Pittsburgh, fought to keep the mills open—and almost succeeded."

03/20/2017

Clawson: Got Laid Off? Republicans Plan to Make You Pee in a Cup for Your Unemployment Benefits
"Last week, Congressional Republicans pushed through a measure undoing Obama-era rules for when states can drug test applicants for unemployment insurance," writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos. "But it seems House Speaker Paul Ryan wanted to save it in order to make a splash when Donald Trump signs it this week, because stigmatizing jobless workers is always worth more attention in his book."

03/20/2017

NYT Editorial: Compounding the Risk for Coal Miners
President Trump’s vow to bring back the coal industry’s heyday is a delusion. But it’s already inspiring Republican legislatures in Appalachia to resurrect a grim element of those boom times: loose safety laws that endangered miners’ lives and protected owners’ profits.

03/20/2017

GOP Threatens to Deny Poor People Medical Care If They Aren’t Working
Republicans moved to require able-bodied, poor Americans to work in order to receive publicly funded health insurance through Medicaid on Thursday, advancing a long-held goal of conservative reformers.

03/19/2017

Court Upholds Seattle Ordinance Rules Allowing Uber Union Vote
A Washington state judge upheld a Seattle ordinance allowing app-based ride-hailing drivers to vote to unionize, dealing a blow to Uber Technologies Inc.’s hopes of stalling the legislation.

03/19/2017

Massive Labor Strike Planned for May 1
Hundreds of thousands of service workers will strike on May 1, seizing on the wave of opposition among labor organizations to President Trump, BuzzFeed News reported Saturday.

03/19/2017

President Trump’s Budget Breaks his Promises to Workers
President Donald Trump ran on and was purportedly elected to deliver good jobs.* So far, however, his jobs agenda has amounted to little more than threats to strip workers’ health care and promises to slash corporate taxes and reward companies shipping jobs overseas. His budget is the latest in a series of attacks on workers.

03/19/2017

Trump's Proposal to Scrap Chemical Safety Board Draws Criticism
President Donald Trump's proposal to do away with the federal agency that investigates chemical accidents drew sharp criticism from environmental, labor and safety advocates, who said that eliminating the watchdog would put American lives at risk.

03/19/2017

Group of 40 US House Democrats Oppose Delay of Labor Dept Retirement Rule
Forty House Democrats, led by the party's top member of the House of Representatives Financial Services committee Maxine Waters, voiced opposition on Friday to a US Labor Department proposal to delay the start of a 'controversial' retirement regulation.

03/19/2017

Female Players and USA Hockey Spar Over Contract Talks
USA Hockey said the demands would exceed $8 million in an Olympic year and $5.7 million in a non-Olympic year. Players called that information “patently false.”

03/19/2017

NYT: President Trump’s Wheezing Jobs Effort
"President Trump traveled to Michigan last week and promised to recreate the industrial America that existed when Willow Run was 'the arsenal of democracy' and Rosie the Riveter was a celebrated symbol of its work force," according to a New York Times editorial.

03/19/2017

Gorsuch Praised a Leading Republican Activist Behind Voter Suppression Efforts
“Few people in the Republican Party have done more to limit voting rights than Hans von Spakovsky,” writes Ari Berman in The Nation. “He’s been instrumental in spreading the myth of widespread voter fraud and backing new restrictions to make it harder to vote. But it appears that von Spakovsky had an admirer in Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, according to e-mails released to the Senate Judiciary Committee covering Gorsuch’s time working in the George W. Bush Administration."

03/17/2017

Perez Calls Trump ‘a President of the Rich’ Over Budget Blueprint
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez ripped President Trump’s first federal budget outline Thursday, saying it favors the wealthy over the working class. “Donald Trump’s budget blueprint has one goal: to devastate hardworking families,” Perez said in a statement.

03/17/2017

Home District 'Stakeouts' Begin as TrumpCare Advances in Congress
The GOP's healthcare plan narrowly passed out of the House Budget Committee on Thursday, while "stakeouts" began in Congressional home districts aimed at pressuring lawmakers to vote against the widely unpopular legislation.

03/17/2017

AFL-CIO: Trump’s FY 2018 Budget 'Dangerous and Destructive'
"The budget abandons the future," writes AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, "slashing investments in workers, communities, young people, protecting our environment and building democracy. There are major cuts in job training, education, health programs, the environment, the arts and foreign aid. Research programs in science and medicine are slashed. Sixty-two government programs/agencies are slated for elimination."

03/17/2017


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