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Workers Endured Long Hours, Low Pay at Chinese Factory Used by Ivanka Trump’s Clothing-Maker
Workers at a factory in China used by the company that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line and other brands worked nearly 60 hours a week to earn wages of little more than $62 a week, according to a factory audit released Monday.

04/25/2017

Clawson: Trump Might Put a Professional Union-Buster on NLRB
"Donald Trump likes to occasionally pretend he doesn’t 100 percent hate unions, usually by spending time with the relatively friendly building trades unions," writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos. "But for anyone tempted to believe that, check out one of the people on his short list for National Labor Relations Board. Doug Seaton is a professional union-buster—and that’s something new, even for Republican presidents."

04/25/2017

Public Pans Republicans’ Latest Approach to Replacing Affordable Care Act
In strategy and substance, the American public disagrees with the course that President Trump and congressional Republicans are pursuing to replace the Affordable Care Act with conservative policies, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

04/25/2017

AFL-CIO: Trump’s Tax Plan is a Massive Giveaway to the Wealthy Few
President Donald Trump is working on a new tax plan. Reports suggest that Trump wants to cut the corporate tax rate to 15%. That proposal could have serious long-term consequences for the United States—estimates show this will reduce revenue by $2.4 trillion in the first decade—and it amounts to little more than a massive giveaway to big corporations.

04/25/2017

20,000 Union Members, Retirees at Risk of Losing Pension Benefits
Many labor funds, already on shaky ground following the 2008 financial crash, have been threatened by the bankruptcy of companies that previously contributed to the plans, as well as an aging workforce that has led in some cases to retirees outnumbering union members.

04/25/2017

Write Your Representative: Oppose Legislation that Would Steal Overtime Pay
Write your representative today and tell them to reject the “Working Families Flexibility Act” and maintain overtime protections for millions of working people.

04/25/2017

MIller: When Wall Street Writes the Rules for Retirement
"Today in the United States, nearly half of all those employed in the private-sector don’t have access to a retirement savings plan at work," writes Ethan Miller for Jobs with Justice. "Put another way, a near majority of private companies have walked away from contributing to or even offering the convenience of retirement plans for the people who work for them."

04/25/2017

Global Support for Workers at VW Chattanooga Plant
In December 2015, an overwhelming majority of more than 70 per cent of the skilled-trades workers voted to be represented by IndustriALL affiliate United Autoworkers. Yet VW Chattanooga is refusing to bargain with UAW Local 42, even after the US government has ordered the company to enter into negotiations.

04/25/2017

Report: Companies Not Complying with Bangladesh Garment Plan
Dozens of global clothing companies are not complying with a plan to ensure better safety in Bangladesh garment factories following the deadly collapse of a building four years ago, a rights group said Monday.

04/24/2017

Washington Post: When Should Voters March to the Beat of Scientists?
“[Saturday’s] March for Science protests are at least in part motivated by concerns that the Trump Administration is ignoring scientific expertise,” writes Ilya Somin in The Washington Post. “The protesting scientists and their supporters hope to persuade the public to put more faith in the views of the scientific community and elect politicians who will do the same."

04/23/2017

Disapproval of President Donald Trump Grows in Latest WSJ/NBC News Poll
Americans are dissatisfied with President Donald Trump as he nears his 100th day in office, with views of his effectiveness and ability to shake up Washington slipping, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

04/23/2017

Trump to Name National Labor Relations Board Chairman
President Donald Trump intends to designate Philip Miscimarra as the chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, the White House said on Friday.

04/23/2017

GOP Plan to Erase Obama-Era Wall Street Rules is More Generous than Even Banks Asked For
Representative Jeb Hensarling’s bill includes a blueprint for defanging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by stripping the agency of some of its most important powers. It would no longer be able to write major rules regulating consumer financial companies, such as debt collectors, without getting approval from Congress.

04/21/2017

Education Secretary, Teachers Union Chief Meet on School Tour
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the head of a national teachers union sought to find common ground as they toured public schools in Ohio, but differences remained.

04/21/2017

Gilman: What Gorsuch's Conservative Supreme Court Means for Workers
A careful look at Gorsuch’s record demonstrates, I believe, how this will be bad news for American workers and anyone who cares about economic justice,” writes Michele Gilman in The San Francisco Chronicle.

04/21/2017

EPI: How Trump and Republicans are Undercutting Wages and Protections for Working People
EPI’s Perkins Project tracks actions by the administration, Congress, and the courts that affect people’s wages and their rights at work. Here are the top ten things the president and Congress have done that affect working people.

04/21/2017

Sargent: The GOP Has a New Plan to Destroy Obamacare. It’s Even Crueler than the Last One.
"House Republicans have been hinting they may introduce a new plan to replace Obamacare before the 100th day of the Trump presidency," writes Greg Sargent in The Washington Post. "Naturally, giving President Trump something to arbitrarily tout as an achievement (even if it passes the House, the Senate looms) in advance of the arbitrary 100-day mark is far more important than the human toll the proposal would have on millions."

04/20/2017

Immigrants Flooded California Construction. Worker Pay Sank. Here’s Why.
In the span of a few decades, Los Angeles area construction went from an industry that was two-thirds white, and largely unionized, to one that is overwhelmingly Latino, mostly nonunion and heavily reliant on immigrants, according to a Los Angeles Times review of federal data.

04/20/2017

Thousands of D.C.-Area Airport Workers Win a Raise after Two-Year Fight
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s board voted Wednesday to require companies that do business at the airports to pay contract workers a base hourly wage of $11.55 starting in January.

04/20/2017

Unionized Scientists March in Protest of Attacks on Science and Jobs
"Of all the attacks on our civil society, the attacks on evidence-based science pose perhaps the greatest existential threat," writes Carly Eaton in the AFL-CIO's blog Now. "Decisions being made about climate science and environmental protection at this critical time will shape the future of our planet."

04/20/2017

NYT: Donald Trump Threatens to Sabotage Obamacare
"This isn’t Trump’s promised 'insurance for everybody,'" according to a New York Times editorial. "It sounds more like a two-bit Hollywood villain promising carnage if he doesn’t get his way."

04/20/2017

US Weekly Jobless Claims Up; Continuing Claims Hit 17-Year Low
New applications for US jobless benefits rose slightly more than expected last week, but a drop in the number of Americans on unemployment rolls to a 17-year low suggested the labor market continues to tighten.

04/20/2017

Automation in Labor Could Worsen Income Inequality, BoC Official Warns
Still, Carolyn Wilkins, senior deputy governor at Bank of Canada said, the rise of automation will lead to some job losses, although they could be offset by new jobs as demand for other services grow. More worrisome, she said, was the impact on income inequality.

04/19/2017

A Major Problem: Gender Pay Gap Present Even Among Recent Grads
Analyzing 46,900 resumes shared on Glassdoor of those who graduated from college between 2010 and 2017, Glassdoor found a gender pay gap is present even at the start of young workers' careers. In the first five years of their careers, men earn $56,957 on average, while women earn $50,426.

04/19/2017

Steelworkers Re-elect Gerard, Emphasize Solidarity
From fighting unfair free trade deals to standing up to politicians and corporations who are destroying workers’ rights in the United States and Canada, the United Steelworkers spent their 2017 convention emphasizing unity and solidarity.

04/19/2017

Retired Miners Lament Trump’s Silence on Imperiled Health Plan
Donald Trump made coal miners a central metaphor of his presidential campaign, promising to “put our miners back to work” and look after their interests in a way that the Obama administration did not. Now, three months into his presidency, comes a test of that promise.

04/19/2017

Teamsters Get a Reprieve from Pension Cuts
Thousands of upstate retired New York Teamsters have dodged a potential pension cut — at least for now — thanks to a recent decision by the federal government.

04/18/2017

US Seafood Gets Fair Trade Seal
Interest in the seafood supply chain has grown since an Associated Press investigation of slave labor conditions in Thailand's shrimp fishery, said Ashley Apel, senior manager of the seafood program for Fair Trade USA.

04/18/2017

Judge Slams Fruit Grower Over 'Bad Faith' Bargaining with Farmworkers
The state’s largest grower of peaches and other fruit bargained in bad faith with the United Farm Workers of America and wrongly tried to exclude as many as 1,500 employees from a collective bargaining agreement, a judge has ruled.

04/18/2017

Vox: Europe Could Have the Secret to Saving America’s Unions
“Labor unions in America are in crisis. In the mid-1950s, a third of Americans belonged to a labor union,” writes Dylan Matthews in Vox. “Today only 10.7 percent do, including a minuscule 6.4 percent of private sector workers. The decline of union membership explains as much as a third of the increase in inequality in the US, caused voter turnout among low-income workers to crater, and weakened labor’s ability to check corporate influence in Washington, DC, and state capitals."

04/17/2017

Sargent: This Brutal New Poll Shows that Fewer and Fewer People Believe Trump’s Lies
Trump's "general promises may be in the process of running aground, or just disintegrating, now that the difficulties of translating them into detailed policy are proving that the original promises were unrealistic, rooted in bad faith or outright fantasies," writes Greg Sargent in The Washington Post.

04/17/2017

EPI: Republicans’ Opening Bid for Tax Reform is Egregiously Tilted to the Rich
"Tax season in 2017 coincides with the next item on President Trump and congressional Republicans’ legislative agenda—tax reform," writes Hunter Blair for The Economic Policy Institute. "As we’ve argued previously, we’re unlikely to see anything resembling 1986-style 'tax reform,' which—whatever its flaw—really was a bipartisan effort to find efficiencies that could be introduced into the tax code, and which was revenue-neutral. Instead we’ll likely end up with deficit-financed tax cuts for the rich."

04/16/2017

Vail: Union Actors and Musicians Fight Trump’s Attacks on the Arts
"If President Donald Trump is serious about creating jobs in the nation’s heartland then he needs to rethink his own proposal to eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the agency that helps fund the not-for-profit groups behind thousands of the theater and music productions seen every year in middle America," writes Bruce Vail in In These Times.

04/16/2017

Tesla Fremont Factory: UAW Cranks Up the Pressure and Enlists Local Groups to Push Union
The United Auto Workers has tentatively probed Tesla’s Fremont factory to potentially join their union on a few occasions in the past few years, but it looked like they quickly let it go. This time appears to be different since the organization has kept the pressure on the company since a first publicized effort in February.

04/16/2017

Clawson: How Far Did Union Households Swing Toward Trump?
"Did Donald Trump really make major inroads with union households? Sociologists Jake Rosenfeld and Patrick Denice take a look at the (imperfect) data and conclude that the story is more complicated than the headlines have made it out to be," writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos.

04/16/2017

Workers Find Winning a Wage Judgment Can Be an Empty Victory
The operators of the small chain, José and Andrés Vázquez, agreed to pay $1.65 million to 18 employees to settle a federal lawsuit over stolen wages, a significant victory in the battles against wage theft in the city’s low-paying industries. But the suddenly shuttered carwashes illustrate a p

04/16/2017

This Labor Giant is Preparing for ‘Catastrophic’ Changes Under Trump
Judge Gorsuch, who was sworn in this week, could cast the deciding vote in a case that concerns whether public sector unions can collect “agency fees” from workers who don’t want to bankroll the union’s political activities. One such case in Illinois could land before the court as early as this year.

04/13/2017

American University Graduate Student Workers Win Historic Union Election
Hundreds of research assistants and teaching assistants at American University voted overwhelmingly to join Service Employees International Union Local 500, which represents thousands of employees in higher education in the Washington metropolitan area.

04/13/2017

Airline Food Workers at 13 Airports Call on American, United and Delta for Equality, Says UNITE HERE
This year, major US airlines gave employees, including pilots, flight attendants and technicians, over $2.7 billion in bonuses, a well-deserved share of another year of record industry profits. Yet, at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports, workers at companies supplying airplane meals for these same airlines are paid as low as $8.55 per hour.

04/13/2017

Seven Decades of Historical Data Find No Correlation Between Minimum Wage Increases and Employment Levels
If the claims of minimum-wage opponents are akin to saying “the sky is falling,” this report is an effort to check whether the sky did indeed fall.

04/13/2017

AP Fact Check: Trump Again Out of His Lane on Auto Jobs
President Donald Trump claimed direct credit for Toyota’s new investment in a Kentucky plant, calling it new evidence of economic improvement in a White House discussion with CEOs. The company says the move was planned long before Trump even announced he was running for president.

04/12/2017

Toyota to Invest $1.33 Billion in Its Kentucky Plant
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor said it is spending $1.33 billion in its Kentucky plant as part of a plan to invest $10 billion in the United States over the next five years.

04/11/2017

Nissan Faces More Labor Law Charges at Mississippi Plant
Federal labor regulators have added to charges to a complaint that Nissan Motor Company and a contract worker agency at Nissan's Mississippi plant have violated workers' rights.

04/11/2017

Trump’s Promised Announcement on Labor Law Unnerves Unions
President Donald Trump shocked organized labor by saying he would soon have an announcement to make about a law that guarantees wage levels for workers on most federally funded construction projects. And since then, the White House has declined to reveal his position publicly.

04/11/2017

US Employers Posted More Jobs in February; Quitting Fell
US employers posted more open positions in February, but the number of people getting hired and the number quitting jobs fell. The overall figures suggest that the job market remains healthy, although it has yet to take off during the early stages of the Trump presidency.

04/11/2017

New Report Details Exploitation of Hotel Industry Workers
Relaxing vacations mean little work for travelers, thanks to the host of people who work as housekeepers, bellhops and cooks. But a new analysis has found that the largely invisible nature of these jobs means workers can sometimes be exploited by those who market in human trafficking, even within the United States.

04/11/2017

Female Athletes Get a Trio of Wins in Equality Fight
The actions of these teams highlight the struggle for female athletes to achieve fair compensation for their efforts, even if that doesn’t mean identical paychecks to their male counterparts. ‘Fair’ can include even simple items like access to changing rooms, in the case of the Irish players.

04/09/2017

Jerry Brown Signs $15 Minimum Wage in California
Governor Jerry Brown, casting a living wage as a moral imperative while questioning its economic rationale, signed legislation last Monday raising California’s mandatory minimum to $15 an hour by 2022, acting within hours of a similar bill signing in New York.

04/09/2017

Lawson: Republicans Attack Minimum Wage Wins
Voters took to the polls in November and approved big hikes in four states’ minimum wages: Washington State, Colorado, Maine and Arizona. But the increases may not actually take effect as voters intended because elected representatives -- mostly Republicans -- are moving to rein them in.

04/09/2017

AT&T Will Bring Back Outsourced Jobs Under Union Deal
As AT&T struggles with several difficult union contract negotiations, the carrier hammered out a deal with 20,000 workers in five states. Part of the agreement includes a commitment by AT&T to hire 3,000 people locally for jobs that have been previously outsourced, mostly overseas.

04/09/2017


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