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Clinton Paints Sanders’ Plans as Unrealistic
Hillary Clinton, scrambling to recover from her double-digit defeat in the New Hampshire primary, repeatedly challenged the trillion-dollar policy plans of Bernie Sanders at their presidential debate on Thursday night and portrayed him as a big talker who needed to “level” with voters about the difficulty of accomplishing his agenda.

02/12/2016

Clinton, Sanders Spar Over Friends and Enemies
Now that the primary season is in full gear, Democratic primary voters are deciding whether they are siding with Team Hillary or Team Bernie. In Thursday night's debate, the candidates attempted to tell voters who already belongs in their respective camps -- and who doesn't.

02/12/2016

Farm Worker Union Activities are Trespassing, Rights Group Charges
A proposal by the state's farm labor watchdog to go out into fields to tell farmworkers about their rights is running into strong opposition from growers, who fear that the agency is about to mix policing with education.

02/12/2016

Reich: Want Change? Don’t Despair, Mobilize
"Instead of 'Yes we can,' many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: 'We shouldn’t even try,'" writes Robert Reich in The San Francisco Chronicle.

02/11/2016

Job Openings Surged in December
Job openings in the United States surged in December and the number of Americans voluntarily quitting work hit a nine-year high, pointing to labor market strength despite a slowdown in economic growth.

02/11/2016

Applications for US Jobless Aid Fell Sharply Last Week
Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week in a sign of a stable job market despite the slowing global economy hitting stocks and commodities.

02/11/2016

CSU Faculty Solidify Strike Date Amid Stalled Talks
Thousands of California State University faculty members are threatening to go on strike for five days in April if a labor agreement is not reached by then, union officials said Monday.

02/10/2016

Americans are Quitting their Jobs Like Crazy
The latest monthly "Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey" (JOLTS) showed that in December, the total number of quits was 3.1 million, the highest level in a decade, while the quits rate was 2.1%, the highest since April 2008.

02/10/2016

No Accord for NJ Transit, Rail Union as Strike Date Looms
Union officials representing rail workers said Wednesday their members are prepared to strike unless New Jersey Transit improves an offer they say would increase workers' health premiums by hundreds of dollars per month.

02/10/2016

Why Low-Wage Workers Rely on Public Assistance
There is an enduring myth that people who rely on public assistance are unwilling to work. However, there are 41.2 million working Americans (nearly 30 percent of the workforce) who receive public assistance -- and nearly half of these workers (19.3 million) have full-time jobs.

02/10/2016

Why Is SEIU Backing Hillary Clinton When Only Bernie Sanders Backs the Fight for 15 Campaign?
Bernie Sanders, the only candidate whose politics are in line with labor unions like SEIU, is also the only candidate who publicly supports the Fight for $15 campaign’s main goal -- a $15 an hour minimum wage. Barely a living wage at all in many parts of the country.

02/09/2016

Bill Press: Who's the Real Liberal - Clinton or Sanders?
"The whole issue might not have come up at all, were it not for the boast Clinton made at a Women for Hillary event in Ohio last September," writes Bill Press in The Hill. "'You know, I get accused of being kind of moderate and center. I plead guilty.' Sanders saw an opening and sprang for it, claiming that the former secretary of State, by her own admission, could not be trusted to push a progressive agenda in the White House."

02/09/2016

Union for U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Files Response in Lawsuit
Lawyers representing the United States women’s national soccer team told a federal court on Monday that the federation’s 2015 financial statement had conceded the key question in the lawsuit -- whether the women’s team, the reigning World Cup champion, has a valid collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer -- and charged that U.S. Soccer had filed “misleadingly incomplete” documentation to support its lawsuit.

02/09/2016

Bernie Sanders’s Tax Plan Would Test an Economic Hypothesis
In the Democratic presidential primary, Bernie Sanders is calling for a political revolution, saying his movement can sweep in policy changes that would seem impossible in traditional American politics.

02/09/2016

An Uber Labor Movement Born in a LaGuardia Parking Lot
Last Tuesday afternoon, at LaGuardia Airport’s Lot 7, fifty Uber drivers logged out of the app and staged a strike. On January 29th, Uber had reduced fares in more than eighty cities in the U.S. and Canada. Drivers in some of those cities, including San Francisco, San Diego, Tampa, and New York City, have reacted with strikes and protests.

02/08/2016

Could a New NLRB Case Limit Bosses’ Best Anti-Union Tool, the Captive Audience Meeting?
The captive audience meeting, “management’s most important weapon” in an anti-union campaign, is finally being challenged in a petition to the National Labor Relations Board that could help re-balance the scales in union representation elections.

02/08/2016

EPI: Raising Wages Would Significantly Reduce Reliance on Public Assistance
As corporations achieve extraordinarily high profit levels and executive pay reaches new heights, wages in certain sectors are so low that even those who work full time must rely on government assistance to make ends meet. A new report from EPI economic analyst David Cooper finds that raising wages for low-wage workers will significantly reduce government spending on public assistance, making billions of dollars a year available for improvements to other anti-poverty programs.

02/08/2016

Firefighters Union Slams Ted Cruz as 'the Worst Kind of Politician' over Iowa Victory Speech
Add the International Association of Fire Fighters to the long list of people and organizations that won’t be endorsing Ted Cruz for president. In his Iowa caucus victory speech, Cruz did some posturing about how great he’d be for firefighters and other first responders, and, rather than being pleased and flattered by the attention, the IAFF’s president calls it “disgusting.”

02/08/2016

Sanders Sounds Like FDR on Banks
Some pundits in recent days have said that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has criticized big banks and Wall Street firms much too harshly because any president must work with them. It is true that any president must work with the financial industry to govern the nation, but it is wrong to suggest that a future president cannot take strong positions on the financial industry prior to the election.

02/08/2016

Labor Force Participation Rate Moves Higher
Since about the turn of the millennium, the labor-force participation rate, or the share of American civilians over the age of 16 who are either working or looking for a job, has dropped pretty dramatically, with an acceleration in that drop after the 2008 financial crisis and the ensuing Great Recession.

02/08/2016

NFL Cheerleader Pay: Ongoing Fight For Minimum Wage Underscores Inequality
For football players, the goalpost is always in clear sight, but for those on the sidelines cheering them, the goal of getting paid a decent wage can feel a lot further away than 120 yards. It’s been two years since an NFL cheerleader named “Lacy T.” filed a wage-theft lawsuit against the Oakland Raiders claiming she was paid less than $5 an hour after mandatory appearances at events and rehearsals were factored in. The lawsuit touched off a megaphone-level debate about fair pay, workplace exploitation and the treatment of women in professional sports, sparking a litigious chain reaction that reached far and wide throughout the world’s richest sports league.

02/07/2016

California Cities Want to Raise the Minimum Wage. But It's Complicated.
Ater the city of Los Angeles adopted a plan last summer to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2020, there was a burst of activity by neighboring municipalities.

02/07/2016

IBEW Union in Las Vegas Backs Bernie Sanders for President
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 357 Saturday endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for president.

02/07/2016

Better Pay, Workplace Rights Among Top Congressional Priorities for Feds
Federal employees are in the midst of a legislative season in which they are struggling with friend and foe alike, on issues ranging from pay to an attack on unions in their sector where membership is the strongest.

02/07/2016

Union Membership Creeps Upward in the South
In the 13 Southern states, the number of workers belonging to unions grew from 2.2 million in 2014, or 5.2 percent of the workforce, to 2.4 million by the end of 2015, or 5.5 percent of Southern workers.

02/07/2016

Tesoro to Pay U.S. West Coast Refinery Workers $8 Million: NLRB
Independent U.S. West Coast refiner Tesoro Corp has agreed to pay $8.08 million to 769 United Steelworkers union members at refineries in California and Washington state who were denied bonuses while on strike in 2015, the U.S. National Labor Relations Board said on Friday.

02/07/2016

Hopeful Sign for US Economy: Job Hunting Ticks Up
For most of an agonizingly slow recovery from the Great Recession, millions of out-of-work Americans huddled on the sidelines of the job market. Yet Friday's jobs report added to evidence of a long-awaited shift: Some have grown confident enough to start looking for work.

02/07/2016

Wages Rise as U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%
After years of scant real gains despite steadily falling unemployment and healthy hiring, wages picked up significantly last month, a sign the job market could be tightening enough to force companies to pay more to attract and retain employees.

02/07/2016

Airlines Reap Record Profits, Workers See Gains and Passengers Get Peanuts
Carriers point out that they are improving their services by buying new planes, installing larger overhead bins, upgrading their entertainment systems and refurbishing airport lounges -- all improvements that customers can see. At the same time, rank-and-file employees are getting bonuses, and new labor agreements show gains that were unimaginable just a few years ago.

02/07/2016

Reich: It Takes a Movement, Not a Deal-Maker, to Attain Political Change
“‘I wish that we could elect a Democratic president who could wave a magic wand and say, ‘We shall do this, and we shall do that,’ Hillary Clinton said recently in response to Bernie Sanders’ proposals,” writes Robert Reich in The San Francisco Chronicle. “‘That ain’t the real world we’re living in.’"

02/04/2016

Meyerson: Flint Bookends the Hopes of the American Middle Class
"The most appropriate monument for Flint, Michigan, to erect would probably be a large sculpted alpha and omega -- or perhaps just a giant pair of bookends," writes Harold Meyerson in The Daily Mail UK. "For Flint was where American workers won their first crucial battle for power -- and it now appears to be a city whose residents have no power at all."The most appropriate monument for Flint, Michigan, to erect would probably be a large sculpted alpha and omega -- or perhaps just a giant pair of bookends," writes Harold Meyerson in The Daily Mail UK. "For Flint was where American workers won their first crucial battle for power -- and it now appears to be a city whose residents have no power at all."

02/04/2016

18,000 Steelworkers Approve 3-Year Contract
IndustriALL affiliate United Steelworkers (USW) union have ratified a new three-year contract with U.S. Steel covering 18,000 workers at more than a dozen facilities across the United States.

02/04/2016

Obama Budget to Adjust Health Insurance 'Cadillac Tax'
President Barack Obama will propose tailoring the controversial "Cadillac tax" on expensive private health insurance plans to reflect regional differences when he releases his 2017 budget plan next week, a senior White House adviser said in an article released on Wednesday.

02/04/2016

ADP Private Payrolls Rise More than Expected
Private payrolls rose by 205,000 in January, according to ADP Research Institute. Economists had estimated that private payrolls grew by 193,000 last month, down from the prior reading of 267,000 (revised from 257,000), which was the highest for 2015.

02/03/2016

Federal Judge Overturns Local Right-to-Work Laws in Kentucky
A federal judge says Kentucky local governments cannot ban mandatory labor union membership as a condition of employment.

02/03/2016

Meet the Woman Trying to Smash the Gender Pay Gap
On Friday, the seventh anniversary of his signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, President Obama introduced a slate of new measures aimed at addressing the stubborn gender pay gap.

02/02/2016

The Costs of Inequality: When a Fair Shake Isn't Fair Enough
Inequality has become a national buzzword and a political cause célèbre in this election year. It's been discussed everywhere in the recent past, from the State of the Union Address to Thomas Piketty's best-seller to the lips of presidential candidates to Pope Francis's encyclical "Laudato Si."

02/02/2016

Clinton Can't Count on Union Backing in Iowa, Despite Endorsements
Mounting anecdotal evidence from Iowa suggests that notwithstanding the endorsements of the people atop the unions, Clinton might not be able to count on the same level of support from actual union members in Monday's caucuses.

02/02/2016

Little Separates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Tight Race in Iowa
Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont were locked in an intensely tight race in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday as Mrs. Clinton’s strong support among women and older voters was matched by the passionate liberal foot soldiers whom Sanders has been calling to political revolution.

02/02/2016

Economists Sharply Split Over Trade Deal Effects
Lawmakers and presidential candidates are having their say about the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade accord that is President Obama’s top economic priority in his final year in office. But lately the liveliest debate over the deal is among blue-ribbon economists.

02/02/2016

Low-Paid Senate Workers' Boss Quietly Rolls Back Their Hard-Fought Raise
Here’s a good -- and by good I mean terrible -- example of the lengths to which American bosses will go to deny their workers a living wage. Low-paid contract workers in the Senate fought hard to get the word out that, while they’re serving senators, their low wages forced them to work second jobs and still scrape to care for their families. The group of janitors and cafeteria workers held one-day strikes. Bernie Sanders rallied with them before the pope’s visit. They fought hard, and they won … sort of.

02/01/2016

300 Union Plumbers Install Water Filters in Flint for Free
Due to the inaction of state and federal officials, thousands of people in Flint have been exposed to unsafe levels of lead in their water. Now a group of union plumber are taking matters into their own hands. On Saturday, 300 plumbers from unions across the country descended on Flint to install new faucets and water filters for free.

02/01/2016

Ports of New York and New Jersey Longshoremen to Return to Work
The Port of New York and New Jersey ground to a halt Friday after members of the International Longshoremen’s Association staged a surprise walkout, only to reopen about nine hours later after emergency negotiations with the port’s leading shipping association.

01/31/2016

Krugman: Plutocrats and Prejudice
"Every time you think that our political discourse can't get any worse, it does," writes Paul Krugman in The San Francisco Chronicle. "The Republican primary fight has devolved into a race to the bottom, achieving something you might have thought impossible: making George W. Bush look like a beacon of tolerance and statesmanship."

01/31/2016

Clawson: White Working-Class Voters and the Trump Phenomenon
Donald Trump’s appeal to white working-class voters is something Democrats are going to have to grapple with if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee. We know that intuitively, and now Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, has provided a more in-depth look at the challenge.

01/31/2016

Nader: Hillary’s Corporate Democrats Taking Down Bernie Sanders
“Before announcing for President in the Democratic Primaries, Bernie Sanders told the people he would not run as an Independent and be like Nader -- invoking the politically-bigoted words ‘being a spoiler,’” writes Ralph Nader in CounterPunch. “Well, the spoiled corporate Democrats in Congress and their consultants are mounting a ‘stop Bernie campaign.’ They believe he’ll ‘spoil’ their election prospects."

01/31/2016

AFL-CIO: Will the 2016 Presidential Election Be Decided by Voter Suppression Laws?
In 2016, 10 states will be putting into place restrictive voting laws that they will be enforcing for the first time in a presidential election.

01/31/2016

Michigan: Detroit Teachers Seek End to Control by Emergency Manager
The Detroit teachers’ union filed a lawsuit Thursday against the district calling for repairing “deplorable” conditions and removing the state-appointed emergency manager, Darnell Earley.

01/31/2016

BLS: 14.8M Workers Belonged to Unions in 2015
The union membership rate -- the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions -- was 11.1 percent in 2015, unchanged from 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

01/31/2016

Union Workers, GM Take 56,700 Water Bottles to Flint
Thursday night, UAW Local 2209 loaded up 28 pallets, each with 48 cases of water, each case containing 45 bottles. That amounts to 56,700 bottles of water.

01/31/2016


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