Search 
 
User Login 
Password 
    Remember My Login 
 
 
From the Guild
Labor News
Industry News
What Do Our Members Do?
 
Quick Links
 
Contact Us
Site Map
 
 

Labor News


Keyword:
Displaying 1 - 50 of 11526 Results     Next >>
Title Post Date

On Third Attempt, JetBlue Pilots Vote to Unionize
Pilots for JetBlue Airlines, the nation's sixth largest carrier, voted Tuesday to unionize after rejecting two previous union votes.

04/22/2014

Lax Oversight Cited as Factor in Deadly Blast at Texas Plant
Federal investigators have determined that a lack of oversight and regulations at the local, state and federal levels contributed to the deadly fertilizer plant explosion that devastated a rural Texas town last year.

04/22/2014

Depillis: VW Case Shows Why US Labor Law is Broken
"Ten days after losing a historic union election at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in mid-February ... the United Auto Workers vowed to seek redress from the National Labor Relations Board, citing 'outrageous' interference by politicians and outside groups," writes Lydia Depillis in The Washington Post. "In the months since, new revelations surfaced that Tennessee offered Volkswagen a $300 million incentive package allegedly contingent on the outcome of the vote, and the UAW's appeal was seen as a key test for unions' ability to run organizing campaigns in the anti-labor South."

04/22/2014

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest
While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.

04/22/2014

Auto Workers Union Drops Appeal in VW Vote
The United Automobile Workers union unexpectedly announced Monday that it was dropping its effort to force a new unionization vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Bob King, the U.A.W.'s president, said his union was basing its decision on the belief that the National Labor Relations Board’s adjudication process in the dispute “could drag on for months or even years.”

04/21/2014

Fracking Foes Cringe as Unions Back Drilling Boom
After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom. That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as fracking.

04/20/2014

Robertson and Leumer: The Myth of the Pro-Labor Democrat
“As the standard of living of working people continues its four-decades-long steady decline, the number of people who classify themselves as ‘middle class’ has correspondingly dropped, including by almost 10 percent in the past six years alone,” write Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer in Common Dreams. “Under the circumstances one might assume that leaders of organized labor are furiously rethinking their single-minded, long-held strategy of ‘defending’ working people by simply electing Democrats to office."

04/20/2014

A Year After Rana Plaza: What Hasn’t Changed Since the Bangladesh Factory Collapse
“When I met Rajina Aktar in February of last year, her eyes were still red and her memory still fuzzy from the toxic smoke that had knocked her unconscious three weeks earlier,” writes Jason Motlagh in The Washington Post.

04/20/2014

Ludlow Massacre Spurred New Deal Labor Reforms; 100 Years Later, Union Legacy has Diminished
What became known as the Ludlow Massacre quickly evolved into a national rallying cry for labor unions and eventually helped lead to New Deal labor reforms. But over the years, the tragedy has been largely forgotten, even among many in Colorado.

04/20/2014

One Year After 15 Died in Preventable Texas Fertilizer Blast, Safety Rules Stalled
When the West, Texas, fertilizer plant, where 30 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate -- stored in wooden sheds without sprinkler systems and near other combustible material -- caught fire, exploded and killed 15 people, including 10 emergency responders, the state of Texas had virtually no regulations governing ammonium nitrate and other hazardous chemicals. A year later, it still doesn’t.

04/20/2014

Budget Office: Wage Boost Would Cost Firms $15B
A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

04/20/2014

With Cuomo’s Help, M.T.A. and Union Reach a Deal
When the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved its budget in December, agency documents warned that any increases in labor costs could have devastating consequences. But on Thursday, when Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a much-delayed contract agreement between the transportation authority and the union representing New York City’s subway and bus workers, that dire warning seemed a distant memory.

04/20/2014

Economist Receives Rock Star Treatment
French economists who boldly question the dominance of capital over labor -- and call for a progressive global tax on wealth -- visit the American halls of power about as often as French rock stars headline Madison Square Garden.

04/20/2014

AFL-CIO: Encouraging Economic Leadership
This week, Janet Yellen made her second major speech as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank. Again, her talk as chair is fresh air compared with what is typically heard from Fed chairs. During her first speech in April in Chicago, she actually called out the names of specific unemployed workers -- putting a human face on the real effects of Fed policy.

04/20/2014

After Longest Labor Dispute in U.S. Orchestral History, Osmo Vänskä Considers His Options
For the musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, the Finnish conductor who will lead them in three performances this week, is a welcome returnee, a once-frequent visitor to the Kennedy Center podium coming back for the first time since 2007.

04/20/2014

Labor Union Attorney Seeks Detroit Pension Commitment
A labor union attorney wants a state of Michigan commitment to funding for a so-called Detroit bankruptcy grand bargain before retirees vote on pension fund settlements. A proposal would pair 350-million dollars in tobacco settlement money with similar private foundation contributions to support the two funds and protect the Detroit Institute of Arts from creditors.

04/20/2014

UAW Rejects Boeing C-17 Labor Offer as 'Economically Inferior'
The aerospace union that represents an estimated 1,000 workers on Boeing Co.’s dying C-17 cargo jet program in Long Beach rejected a proposed contract because of cuts to pension and medical benefits, union officials announced Thursday.

04/20/2014

Four US Tech Firms Face $3bn Payout Over Claims They Conspired on Pay
Four of the world's best-known large technology companies could face damages claimed of $3bn (€2.17bn) over claims they worked together to keep down pay in the sector.

04/20/2014

American Airlines' Bid to End Benefits for Many Retirees is Rejected
A federal judge has rejected an attempt by American Airlines to quickly cut off benefits for many of its retirees.

04/20/2014

Warren: Why Equal Pay is Worth Fighting For
“I honestly can't believe that we're still arguing over equal pay in 2014,” writes Senator Elizabeth Warren in The Huffington Post.

04/20/2014

Leno: SB935 Will Raise California Minimum Wage to $11/hour
“One of our most notable and quotable Supreme Court Justices, Louis Brandeis, stated nearly one century ago, ‘We can have democracy in this country or we can have the concentration of great wealth in the hands of the few, but we cannot have both,’” writes California State Senator Mark Leno in The San Francisco Chronicle. “Unfortunately, in the United States today, we see a society far too skewed toward economic inequality. It's time to give Californians a raise, and a bill I am authoring this year will do just that."

04/20/2014

BART Fined Over 2 Track Workers' Deaths During Strike
State regulators fined BART $210,000 Thursday in connection with the deaths of two track workers who were hit by a train in October during a union strike, alleging that the transit agency deliberately violated safety rules.

04/20/2014

Kaplan Teachers Win Contract, Proving For-Profit Ed Can Be Unionized
Manhattan-based English language schools run by Kaplan, Inc. have won their first union contract with the corporation, breaking new ground in efforts to organize the booming for-profit education sector.

04/20/2014

Mississippi Governor Signs Bills Limiting Union Activities
Republican Governor Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed three bills to limit union activities in Mississippi, saying he hopes they strengthen the state's reputation as a place where organized labor has little influence.

04/20/2014

Lewison: Rand Paul Wants to Know When U.S. Economy Last Created Millions of Jobs. Here's the Answer.
“Kentucky Senator Rand Paul asks a question,” writes Jed Lewison in The Daily Kos. “Unfortunately, he wasn't interested in the answer."

04/20/2014

Report: Walmart Workers Cost Taxpayers $6.2 Billion in Public Assistance
Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15.

04/20/2014

Piketty in Washington: How to Reverse the Increasing Concentration of Wealth
"French Economist Thomas Piketty, author of the best-selling 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century,' came to Washington DCon Tuesday for a series of discussions with other economists and the public," writes Mark Weisbrot in Common Dreams.

04/17/2014

Applications for US Jobless Aid Edge Up to 304,000
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 312,000. That average has fallen from 357,500 applications over the past 12 months. It is the lowest four-week average since October 2007, just two months before the Great Recession started.

04/17/2014

Manufacturing is Doing Great — but Not for Workers. Here’s What that Means.
There's been a lot of triumphalism around manufacturing over the past few years. Publication after publication has written about the rise of "insourcing" and "re-shoring," or bringing back production that long ago had gone overseas. The Obama administration has made making things a centerpiece of its economic recovery message, and companies from Apple to Wal-Mart have trumpeted their commitment to buying local. So is this thing really happening, in a way that would really matter to America?

04/16/2014

Obama, Biden to Announce $600M for Job Grants
Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

04/16/2014

Detroit Reaches Pension Deal with Retired Police, Firefighters
Detroit, fighting its way through the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, has reached an agreement that preserves current pensions but cuts cost-of-living payments for retired police and firefighters.

04/16/2014

Jaffee: How 250 UPS Workers Fired for a Wildcat Strike Won Back Their Jobs
“Two hundred and fifty UPS drivers, clad in their brown uniforms, rallying in a Queens parking lot, must have been quite a sight. Not very many people got to see it, however,” writes Sarah Jaffee in In These Times. “The 90-minute work stoppage outside the Maspeth, Queens, UPS facility on February 26 was a spontaneous protest against the firing, allegedly without due process, of one of their colleagues, Jairo Reyes."

04/16/2014

Tennessee Governor not Attending NLRB Hearing on VW Union Vote in Chattanooga
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam doesn't plan to be in Chattanooga on Monday for a scheduled National Labor Relations Board hearing to which he and 23 others were subpoenaed by the United Auto Workers. The UAW is seeking a revote in February's union election at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant, alleging interference by third-party groups and Tennessee politicians.

04/16/2014

Center for Public Integrity Wins First Pulitzer Prize
Stories detailed systematic denial of benefits to black lung sufferers.

04/15/2014

Motley Fool: What the March Jobs Report Tells Us About the U.S. Economy
Bad news first: Unemployment is still steady at 6.7% despite recent positive job reports. This means there are still nearly 10.5 million Americans out of work. But this is not because the economy is stalling. Rather, the U.S. economy is continuing to show progress and moderate expansion in the face of the recent harsh weather. Considering the economy has added an average of 170,000 jobs per month since the beginning of the year, all signs look pretty good.

04/13/2014

Clawson: Will Republicans Find Motivation on Minimum Wage After November?
“As congressional Republicans stand in the way of a higher minimum wage, The New York Times highlights a pattern from the last three minimum wage increases,” writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos.

04/13/2014

Clawson: Tennessee Governor and Senator Get Subpoenas Over Anti-Union Threats in Volkswagen Vote
As the UAW appeals the narrow vote against union representation at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, it has sent subpoenas to several of the politicians -- including Senator Bob Corker and Governor Bill Haslam -- and anti-union groups that it argues helped intimidate workers away from union support.

04/13/2014

U.S. Mines Remain Deadly Workplaces
Fatalities at U.S. mines rose in 2013 as 42 workers lost their lives on the job, the Labor Department said.

04/13/2014

Wise: Kain Colter’s Unionization Effort is Fueled by Compassion, Common Sense
“I sat two feet away from the most dangerous man in college sports earlier this month,” writes Mike Wise in The Washington Post. “His name is Kain Colter. He is the former starting quarterback at Northwestern, whose players were recently declared employees of the university by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board."

04/13/2014

EPI: Long-Term Unemployment is Elevated Across All Education Groups
Job opportunities have been so weak for so long that jobless workers continue to get stuck in unemployment for unprecedented lengths of time.

04/13/2014

AFL-CIO: 6 Reasons Why Unions are Essential to Creating Broadly Based Prosperity
At the end of March, the Roosevelt Institute launched a new project, the Future of Work, which takes a look at the changing landscape in the area of workers’ rights and representation in the political and economic system that affects their lives.

04/13/2014

College Athletes and NCAA Headed for June Trial
A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss a lawsuit by past and present men's college basketball and football players seeking royalties from the NCAA for the use of their names and images in telecasts and video games.

04/13/2014

Chen: Why Do Bosses Want Their Employees’ Salaries to Be Secret?
“Asking someone at a party how much they make in a year might get you a weird look,” writes Michelle Chen in The Nation. “Asking someone about their salary at work might get you fired. Seem unfair? Don’t bother complaining: Washington just once again reaffirmed the boss’s inalienable right to punish workers for talking about whether they’re being treated fairly."

04/13/2014

Gallagher: Why Bernie Sanders Should Enter the Presidential Primaries
“So Bernie Sanders has posed us -- the American left -- the question: Should he run for president?” writes Tom Gallagher in Common Dreams.

04/13/2014

Sanders: What Do the Koch Brothers Really Want?
“As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires and large corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence the political process,” writes Bernie Sanders in Common Dreams.

04/13/2014

Krugman: Health Care Nightmares
"When it comes to health reform, Republicans suffer from delusions of disaster," writes Paul Krugman in The New York Times. "They know, just know, that the Affordable Care Act is doomed to utter failure, so failure is what they see, never mind the facts on the ground."

04/11/2014

$300 Million of Meddling? UAW Expands Tennessee Vote Complaint
A drive by the United Auto Workers union to organize a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee has taken yet another unusual turn, this time in a legal filing.

04/11/2014

Macaray: If Obama Were Serious
"Even President Obama’s most vociferous enemies would grudgingly admit that the man is a brilliant orator," writes David Macaray in CounterPunch. "His speech yesterday (April 8) on the subject of women being paid the same rate as men was nothing short of inspirational. His remarks included everything: steel-trap logic, a sense of fair play, the historical imperative."

04/11/2014

Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour
Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states already have taken action -- Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A few cities have been more ambitious -- Washington, D.C., and its surrounding counties raised it to $11.50, Seattle is considering $15.00.

04/11/2014

What Happened to Fast-Food Workers When San Jose Raised the Minimum Wage?
A 25% minimum-wage increase in San Jose, California, didn’t cause the region’s fast-food franchises to stop hiring. But it might have caused some heartburn.

04/11/2014


Los Angeles:
7715 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 200
Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 876-4770
 Find us on
 Facebook
 Find us on
 Twitter
New York:
145 Hudson Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10013
(212) 302-0700

(800) 705-8700 • webmaster

Copyright © 2008 Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy