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AFL-CIO: The Need to Win Schedules That Work
The past 10 years have been a nightmare for retail and other working people who are subjected to automated scheduling. That’s a fancy term for a tool that allows employers to schedule staffing according to predictions of consumer demand with no discussion and often no notice.

09/04/2015

AFL-CIO: The Browning-Ferris NLRB Decision Explained
Last week, working people won a significant victory when the National Labor Relations Board issued the Browning-Ferris decision and increased employer accountability for wages and work conditions. As with most rulings issued by government bodies, it's a little complicated and a lot of questions are being asked about what exactly the ruling means. We at the AFL-CIO are here to tell you.

09/04/2015

Watch AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on 'Meet the Press' this Sunday
In advance of Labor Day, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will appear on NBC's 'Meet the Press with Chuck Todd' on Sunday. In L.A. it's on MSNBC at 2:00 pm.

09/04/2015

US Employers Add 173K Jobs in August; Rate Falls to 5.1 Pct.
The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent from 5.3 percent, the lowest since April 2008.

09/04/2015

Patriot Coal Union and Suitors Agree on Labor Pact
Patriot Coal Corp. averted a bankruptcy showdown with its miners on Thursday, after the union representing its workers and the company’s proposed suitor agreed on a new employment pact.

09/03/2015

Union Arbitration Override Fails in Illinois House
Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican who has pushed an agenda to curb organized labor's power, won a significant victory when the House failed to reverse his veto on union-backed legislation to aid contract negotiations.

09/03/2015

Detroit Three Show Interest in UAW Healthcare Overhaul
The Detroit Three automakers are showing increased interest in the United Auto Workers union's proposal that they pool their healthcare systems, a sign that contract talks between the union and manufacturers are down to the big money issues.

09/03/2015

U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows; More File for Jobless Claims
While other data on Thursday showed an increase in the number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits, the trend in jobless claims remained consistent with a strengthening labor market. Activity in the vast services sector also hovered at a 10-year high in August.

09/03/2015

Millions Strike in India to Protest Against Modi's Labor Reforms
Unions called the one-day action against Modi's plans to loosen rigid labor laws, which they say will put jobs at risk. Nearly 150 million workers in banking, manufacturing and construction, backed by 10 major unions, stayed away from work.

09/03/2015

Walmart to Reopen 5 Stores Named in Union Complaint
Walmart said it would reopen five stores in the United States whose closure had prompted a union to file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board claiming retaliation against workers for organizing.

09/03/2015

Low-Income Workers See Biggest Drop in Paychecks
Despite steady gains in hiring, a falling unemployment rate and other signs of an improving economy, take-home pay for many American workers has effectively fallen since the economic recovery began in 2009, according to a new study by an advocacy group that is to be released on Thursday.

09/03/2015

Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 282,000
More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remain at historically near low levels in a positive sign for the U.S. economy amid a broader global slowdown.

09/03/2015

Obama Coming to Boston-Area Unions' Labor Day Breakfast
President Barack Obama will be coming to Boston for the annual Greater Boston Labor Council's Labor Day breakfast on Monday.

09/02/2015

Court Sides with Uber Drivers to Expand Case Over Pay
A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit in California against Uber over the payment of its drivers, upping the stakes for the ride-hailing company in the case.

09/02/2015

Big Leaps for Parental Leave, if Workers Actually Take It
Some corners of corporate America have a new message for new parents: Put down that laptop and pick up your baby instead.

09/02/2015

U.S. Private Payrolls Rise Misses Expectations; Productivity Revised Up
U.S. private employers added fewer-than-expected workers in August, but the labor market momentum likely remains strong enough for the Federal Reserve to consider an interest rate hike this year.

09/02/2015

US Productivity Up 3.3 Percent in Spring, Labor Costs Fall
U.S. productivity in the spring rose at the fastest pace since late 2013, while labor costs declined.

09/02/2015

Hillary Clinton Can't 'Mouth Empty Words' about Income Inequality and Workers' Issues, Labor Boss Says
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Clinton would make a "good President" but warned that she can't just "mouth empty words" about income inequality, and needs to lay out a clear vision for what she wants to do after praising both Vice President Biden and Clinton’s biggest current rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

09/01/2015

This Steel Industry Battle Shows Why Unions are Necessary
As we approach Labor Day, the old question about what unions are good for is being played out in the steel industry, where Allegheny Technologies has locked out more than 2,000 workers in an effort to extract sizable concessions on health and retirement benefits from the United Steelworkers union.

09/01/2015

Labor Resists Republican Attacks on Overtime Rule
The Department of Labor said Monday it will move forward on schedule with new regulations intended to expand the number of workers who qualify for overtime pay.

09/01/2015

Democrats Make a $15 National Minimum Wage an Establishment Principle
The Democratic Party platform now calls for a $15 per hour national minimum wage for all hourly workers after delegates voted in an amendment proposed by progressive activists during the Democratic National Committee Meeting here on Friday.

09/01/2015

New Broadway Production Contract Reached in Tentative Labor Agreement
Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents stage actors and stage managers, has reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with the Broadway League, the trade association of theater producers and presenters.

09/01/2015

As His Term Wanes, Obama Restores Workers’ Rights
With little fanfare, the Obama administration has been pursuing an aggressive campaign to restore protections for workers that have been eroded by business activism, conservative governance and the evolution of the economy in recent decades.

08/31/2015

Vote for Your Favorite Labor Hero and You Could Win $500
Labor Day isn’t just a day off from work to eat good barbecue with friends and family. It’s a celebration of America’s labor movement and its workers.

08/30/2015

AFL-CIO: Watch This Poet Slam Wisconsin's Scott Walker
Poet Dylan Garity takes on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) in this compelling performance from the Button Showcase at last year's National Poetry Slam. It's hard to think of a more deserving target than Walker.

08/30/2015

Clinton 'Can Be Beaten' as Sanders Shows New Surge in Iowa
Matching trends previously seen in New Hampshire, a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll released Saturday shows that Senator Bernie Sanders is trending upwards in the key early primary state as he closes the gap with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

08/30/2015

Sanders Wins South Carolina AFL-CIO Endorsement
The South Carolina AFL-CIO executive board passed a resolution supporting U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for the Democratic Party presidential nomination and recommending his endorsement by the state and national labor organization.

08/30/2015

Fight for $15: Strategist Going to War to Make McDonald's Pay
The Fight for $15 is giving McDonald’s a stark choice: either sit down and work together with us to find a way to lift up hundreds of thousands of low-wage McDonald’s workers or face continued economic war. That warning is not without heft. Already, as a result of the Fight for $15’s prodding, Brazilian prosecutors are investigating alleged wage theft, child labor and unsafe conditions at McDonald’s franchised operations, while the European Union is investigating it for more than $1bn in alleged tax evasion.

08/30/2015

Gap to End Abusive On-Call Scheduling
Workers in low-wage industries like retail and food service don't just need better pay. They need stable schedules -- to know ahead of time when they're going to work, how many hours they'll be paid for in a week, when they'll need child care. So it's big news that Gap Inc. will be ending on-call scheduling.

08/30/2015

How Much Money Does a Family Need to Get by Where You Live?
We [at The Daily Kos] talk a fair amount about what people earn. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, or $15,080 for a year of full-time work. Workers are organizing to demand $15 an hour, or $31,200 a year. The median household income is around $52,000. To be in the top one percent of households, you need $385,195 in income. But we need to put those numbers in the context of what people need.

08/30/2015

GOP Anti-Latino Rhetoric 'Hateful and Racist,' Says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
The leader of the largest federation of unions blasted the Republican presidential candidates for taking “a very ugly and dangerous” course discussing immigrant workers.

08/30/2015

Unions Plot Major Push After Landmark Labor Ruling
U.S. union leaders said on Friday that a landmark U.S. labor board ruling on companies' obligations toward contract and franchise workers would help them organize manufacturers and e-commerce companies as well as fast food chains.

08/30/2015

IFJ Backs Univision’s Journalist Booted Out of Trump’s Press Conference
The International Federation of Journalists has supported its US affiliate The NewsGuild-CWA in condemning the attitude of the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, after he ordered the removal from his press conference of Univision’s top anchor Jorge Ramos for repeatedly trying to challenge him about his immigration policy in Iowa.

08/30/2015

What the Boy Scouts Have to Do with Unions
You'd have to live under a rock to not be somewhat familiar with the Boy Scouts of America program. The Boy Scouts work to instill values in its young members and one of those values is workers' rights on the job. Mainly, the ability to join and form unions.

08/29/2015

Labor Board Makes it Harder for Employers to Dodge Responsibility for Their Workers
Rampant use of subcontractors or franchises is one of the key ways companies get away with workplace abuses and avoid union organizing drives.

08/29/2015

Walgreens’s ‘No Overtime’ Rule: Why I Support Raising the Overtime Threshold
My name is Caleb Sneeringer, and I worked for Walgreens for six years. I was first hired in 2008 as an assistant manager, and in 2010 I was promoted to executive assistant manager -- my first salaried position with Walgreens. I earned a salary of $46,000 and was scheduled for 45 hours a week. Unfortunately, 45 hours a week quickly turned into 55–70 hours.

08/29/2015

Obama Orders Pay Raise for Military, Fed Workers
President Obama on Friday ordered a 1 percent across-the-board base pay increase for federal civilian workers and a 1.3 percent raise for members of the military in 2016.

08/29/2015

Unions Set Sights on e-Commerce and Manufacturing Firms After NLRB Ruling
U.S. union leaders said on Friday that a landmark U.S. labor board ruling on companies' obligations toward contract and franchise workers would help them organize manufacturers and e-commerce companies as well as fast food chains.

08/29/2015

FedEx Pilot Union's Executive Council Votes in Favor of Labor Contract
FedEx Corp pilot union's executive council has voted in favor of a tentative contract that seeks better employment terms including higher hourly pay rates and retirement plan enhancement, the Air Line Pilots Association said.

08/29/2015

Experts Say Tough Talk on China Overlooks Economic Realities
"Uncoupling" the U.S. from China as candidate Donald Trump proposes would mean undoing the largest trade relationship in the world: $592 billion in goods and services were exchanged last year. While most of that consists of U.S. imports of Chinese products, China is still the United States' third-largest export market.

08/29/2015

Owned by Union, Amalgamated Bank Gives Lift to the Left
Four years after nearly collapsing amid the financial crisis, Amalgamated has aggressively carved out a position as the left’s private banker, leveraging deep connections with the Democratic establishment to expand rapidly in a niche long dominated by larger but less nimble financial institutions.

08/29/2015

N.L.R.B.’s Browning-Ferris Decision Could Reshape Contract and Franchise Labor
In the much-anticipated Browning-Ferris Industries case, the National Labor Relations Board Thursday decided in a split 3-2 vote to return to the common law test for when two corporations are joint employers, and therefore may be jointly responsible to bargain with the union representing employees who work under the control of both.

08/28/2015

Ruling Could Ease Way for Unionizing at Fast-Food Chains
It could be easier for unions to bargain for better pay and working conditions on behalf of millions of workers at McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food chains after a National Labor Relations Board ruling on Thursday.

08/27/2015

Labor Board Says Contractors’ Workers Can Bargain with Parent Company
The National Labor Relations Board in Washington on Thursday made it substantially easier for unions to bargain for higher wages and benefits, opening the door for organized workers at fast-food chains and other franchises to negotiate with corporations like McDonald’s and Yum Brands, rather than with individual restaurants, where they might have a harder time achieving their goals.

08/27/2015

Gender Wage Gap Narrower Among Unionized Workforce, Figures Show
The pay disparity between men and women is lower among union members than among American workers as a whole but it still exists, according to a new analysis of data released Wednesday.

08/27/2015

WSJ: New Labor-Board Rule Speeds Union Votes
Business groups that feared a new federal rule would speed hundreds of union-organizing elections were right: The average election time has fallen by 40% since the rule took effect in April.

08/27/2015

Labor Trouble with Pilots Deepens at Republic Airways
The Teamsters group representing pilots at Republic Airways is balking at allowing a vote on the company's contract offer, deepening the rift between labor and management at the regional airline.

08/27/2015

Gap Says It Will Phase Out On-Call Scheduling of Employees
Facing increasing pressure to curb erratic scheduling practices, Gap announced that it would stop requiring employees to make themselves available for last-minute shift

08/27/2015

Applications for US Jobless Aid Drop to Very Low 271,000
The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 271,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up 1,000 to 272,500.

08/27/2015

In Labor Day Statement, Catholic Bishops Renew Call for Living Wage
Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, emphasized in the importance of a living wage in the USCCB’s annual Labor Day statement.

08/26/2015


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