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Cesar Chavez Portrait to Go on Display at Smithsonian
Gary Miyatake knew that getting Cesar Chavez to pose for a formal portrait would be tricky.

03/27/2015

Sargent: What the GOP Budgets Really Tell Us about the GOP Economic Agenda
“[Wednesday], the House GOP leadership successfully passed a budget that would cut $5.5 trillion in spending, repealing Obamacare, block-granting (a.k.a., cutting) Medicaid, and slashing away at food stamps, education, and many other programs,” writes Greg Sargent in The Washington Post.

03/27/2015

Did the U.N. Just Ruin This $5 Billion Monsanto Business?
The United Nations may have just delivered a hard right hook to Monsanto's business. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the U.N.'s cancer research center at the World Health Organization, declared the main ingredient in Monsanto's leading weed-killer Roundup a probable cancer-causing product.

03/27/2015

Baltimore Longshoremen Approve Contract
Members of Baltimore's largest dockworkers union have agreed to a new contract.

03/27/2015

Clawson: Teachers Push for Los Angeles Charter Chain Management to Stay Neutral in Union Drive
“One of the big appeals of charter schools, for the hedge funders and politicians who support them, is that they're a way to break unions,” writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos.

03/27/2015

Krugman: Mornings in Blue America
“Two impossible things happened to the U.S. economy over the course of the past year -- or at least they were supposed to be impossible, according to the ideology that dominates half our political spectrum,” writes Paul Krugman in The New York Times.

03/27/2015

Las Vegas Culinary & Bartenders Unions Reach 4-Year Agreement with MGM
Culinary and Bartenders unions’ negotiating committee reached a tentative agreement with the MGM Grand Las Vegas for a new four-year contract.

03/27/2015

Thai Junta Leader: I'll Fight Forced Labor in Fishing Industry
Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.

03/27/2015

Inglewood NFL Stadium Plan Developers, Labor Group Reach Jobs Deal
Developers of the proposed NFL stadium in Inglewood and organized labor reached agreement Thursday on jobs for the $1.86-billion project, avoiding a referendum that could have delayed the start of construction.

03/27/2015

Fewer U.S. Jobless Claims Suggest a Rebounding Economy
Fewer people sought unemployment benefits last week in the United States, evidence that strong hiring should continue despite signs of slower economic growth at the start of 2015.

03/26/2015

Walmart, Lowe's, Safeway, and Nordstrom are Bankrolling a Nationwide Campaign to Gut Workers' Comp
Nearly two dozen major corporations, including Walmart, Nordstrom, and Safeway, are bankrolling a quiet, multistate lobbying effort to make it harder for workers hurt on the job to access lost wages and medical care -- the benefits collectively known as workers' compensation.

03/26/2015

U.S. Autoworkers Face Threat as Car Makers Drawn to Mexico
The United Auto Workers union on Wednesday said getting raises for workers at the Detroit automakers will be a top priority in contract talks this summer, but more jobs and production are shifting to U.S. plants without unions and Mexico.

03/26/2015

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Five-Week Low
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000 for the week ended March 21, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That was the lowest level since mid-February.

03/26/2015

Sargent: A Massive Trade Deal is Marching Forward. Can Labor and Democrats Improve It?
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and other critics of the process are pushing for additional built-in accountability mechanisms. Among them would be a provision that would allow Congress to revoke this fast-track authority by a simple-majority vote, once the details of the trade deal are known.

03/26/2015

UAW Union Head Says No to New Level of Low Wages for Workers
The leader of the United Auto Workers union has rejected a new level of lower wages for members who make auto parts ahead of contract talks with automakers that start in the summer.

03/26/2015

Union Head Confident Ohio City Will Keep Jeep Wrangler Line
The leader of a union that represents Jeep workers in Toledo said Wednesday that he’s confident that the city and state have put together a package that will convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles against moving Jeep Wrangler production.

03/26/2015

Perez, Jarrett to Take Paid-Leave Show on the Road Starting April 1
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett will travel to several states this spring to promote paid-leave policies, showing the extent to which the Obama administration is working outside the Beltway to achieve its policy goals.

03/25/2015

The Way We Pay Tipped Workers Disproportionately Harms Women
Under federal law, employers of tipped workers are only required to pay their tipped staff a base wage of $2.13 per hour -- an amount that has not been raised since 1991 -- provided that the sum of an employee’s weekly tips plus their base wage equates to an hourly rate of at least the minimum wage.

03/25/2015

Edsall: How Poor Are the Poor?
“There is a consensus among poverty experts that over the past 50 years there has been some improvement in the condition of the poor,” writes Thomas Edsall in The New York Times.

03/25/2015

Thai Seafood Firm Drops Supplier Named in AP Slavery Report
Thailand's biggest seafood company said Wednesday it has cut ties with a supplier named in an Associated Press report after determining it might be involved with forced labor and other abuses.

03/25/2015

The Thorny Task of Advocating Good Corporate Behavior
In the war to control corporations, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the $300 billion pension fund, has decided that it is willing to actively press companies to emphasize the environment, diversity and good corporate governance, perhaps even at the expense of profitability.

03/25/2015

Nine Things to Know About Boosting the Minimum Wage in L.A.
Los Angeles lawmakers will hold the first in a string of public hearings Tuesday on whether to boost the citywide minimum wage.

03/24/2015

Few Nurses are Men, but They're Still Paid More than Women
Nursing is an occupation massively dominated by women. But the small fraction of nurses who are men earn substantially more than the women, according to an analysis of two large data sets.

03/24/2015

Hillary Clinton Caught Between Dueling Forces on Education: Teachers and Wealthy Donors
The last time she ran for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton did not have to take a position on the Common Core, Race to the Top or teacher evaluations in tenure decisions.

03/24/2015

Moberg: After 6-Week Strike, Oil Workers Say They Have 'Won Vast Improvements in Safety and Staffing'
“Negotiators from the United Steelworkers and Shell, the lead bargainer for unionized oil refining businesses, reached agreement on a new national contract [last week],” writes David Moberg in In These Times.

03/24/2015

Tesoro Refinery Workers to Vote on Labor Contact, Ending Strike
Workers at three refineries owned by San Antonio-based energy company Tesoro are expected to vote on a labor contract and a strike that has lasted more than two months.

03/24/2015

New Pro-Trade Board Will Sharpen Dems' Divide on the Issue
President Barack Obama's allies are recruiting high-profile Democrats to help combat liberal resistance to his bid for new trade agreements in Asia and elsewhere.

03/24/2015

Tennessee GOPer Slams VW: Creating 200,000 Jobs is a ‘Magnet for Unionized Labor’
Tennessee Republican state Senator Bo Watson warned on Tuesday that a plan to bring 200,000 jobs to his state was a “magnet for unionized labor, intentionally.”

03/23/2015

USW Reaches Tentative Agreement with Honeywell
The United Steelworkers (USW) Monday said that the union has reached a tentative agreement on a new, three-year contract with Honeywell Corp., covering about 150 members of Local 7-669 who were locked out of their jobs at the company’s Metropolis, Illinois chemical processing facility on August 2, 2014.

03/23/2015

Clinton: US Needs Solutions to Income Inequality
Approaching a likely presidential campaign announcement next month, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that income inequality and wage stagnation are problems that go hand-in-hand and the nation needs creative solutions to bolster job opportunities and living conditions in the cities.

03/23/2015

Conservative Republican Group Offers More Austere U.S. Budget Plan
House Republican conservatives and defense hawks dissatisfied with their party's budget plan will get to vote on a more austere alternative that eliminates deficits faster and shifts more spending to the military from domestic programs.

03/23/2015

GM, Ford to Ask UAW for New Lower-Pay Tier in U.S.
U.S. automakers General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company are considering asking the United Auto Workers union to create a new tier of lower-paid union workers in their U.S. factories, Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with the matter.

03/23/2015

Diabetes Study Shows Benefits of Expanded Medicaid Under Obamacare
Low-income patients with diabetes are getting better access to medical care in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act, suggests a new study that provides one of the first indications of the sweeping law's health effects.

03/23/2015

Overtime Pay for Overworked People
“More than a year has passed since President Obama directed the Labor Department to revamp the nation’s outdated rules on overtime pay, which are basically stuck in the 1970s,” according to a New York Times editorial.

03/22/2015

EPI Lays Out Agenda to Raise America’s Pay
There is now widespread agreement across the political spectrum that wage stagnation is the country’s key economic challenge. Wages for the vast majority of American workers have stagnated or declined since 1979, and wage stagnation has broadened over the last dozen years to include college graduates as well as those without a college degree. Importantly, wages stagnated despite ample productivity gains over the last three-and-a-half decades that provided the potential for widespread wage growth.

03/22/2015

AFL-CIO: GOP Presidential Candidates Scramble to Attack the Minimum Wage
During a stop in South Carolina this week, former Florida Governor (and potential Republican presidential candidate) Jeb Bush came out in opposition to the federal minimum wage.

03/22/2015

Could Wisconsin's Scott Walker Now Abolish the Weekend?
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a leading aspirant for the Republican nomination for president, made his state the 25th "right-to-work" state in the nation on March 9 when he signed a measure passed by the Republican-controlled legislature. He may soon get another crack at a worker-unfriendly law: Legislators have introduced a bill to abolish employees' legal right to at least one day off per week.

03/22/2015

Taking the Pulse of Obama’s Health Care Law at Age 5
With more than 50 congressional repeal votes, a near-death Supreme Court experience and a botched marketplace debut to its credit, the Affordable Care Act has had a tortured five-year existence as the Republican Party’s legislative enemy No. 1. While it’s too soon to declare a summary judgment on the law, its early success usually would quiet most naysayers.

03/22/2015

Dolack: Why the Real Unemployment Rate is Double the ‘Official’ Unemployment Rate
“How many people are really out of work?” writes Pete Dolack in CounterPunch. “The answer is surprisingly difficult to ascertain. For reasons that are likely ideological at least in part, official unemployment figures greatly under-report the true number of people lacking necessary full-time work."

03/22/2015

Illinois AG Says GOP Governor's Anti-Union Proposals Illegal
Illinois' Democratic attorney general on Friday delivered a blow to Governor Bruce Rauner's efforts to weaken labor unions, saying two of the main ideas the Republican has been pitching across the state would be illegal.

03/22/2015

Labor Groups Fear 'Union Armageddon' in Nevada Legislature
A woman behind a bullhorn yelled to a crowd of union workers in front of the Nevada Capitol on a recent Thursday, screaming until her voice broke for the governor to "quit attacking us" and rallying attendees to "stand up, fight back!"

03/22/2015

After Target Wage Hike, Labor Groups Turn to Drugstore Chains
Some labor groups looking to broaden their push for minimum wage hikes after success at big U.S. retailers including Target Corp, are preparing to take on drugstore chains.

03/22/2015

$200 Million to Help Food Stamp Recipients Find Jobs
The Obama administration announced on Friday that it would give $200 million to 10 states for pilot projects to help food stamp recipients find jobs, part of a larger effort to reduce the rolls of a program that provides assistance to nearly 50 million Americans.

03/22/2015

Union: Collective Bargaining Rights at Issue in BP Strike
United Steelworkers members working at BP Whiting Refinery near Chicago and public school teachers have a common bond, according to the local USW president -- they both found themselves in a fight to maintain their collective bargaining rights.

03/22/2015

Levine: Since 2000, America's Middle Class has Shrunk in Every Single State in the Union
“The American middle class is officially dying,” writes Jon Levine in Mic.com.

03/22/2015

Hugo Boss Plant to Stay Open, Keep 160 Union Workers
A fine garment factory scheduled to close next month is under new ownership….and a new lease on life, so to speak.

03/22/2015

Work is a Dangerous Place for Millions of Americans
There are 3 million work-related injuries and illnesses per year in the private sector, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, down from 6.6 million two decades ago, due to increases in safety and health practices over that time.

03/22/2015

U.S. Mediators Report Tentative Deal in Honeywell Illinois Dispute
A tentative agreement has been reached in a labor dispute at a Honeywell International Inc uranium conversion plant in Illinois, potentially ending a work stoppage that began last August, federal mediators and the company said on Saturday.

03/22/2015

AFL-CIO: House Republican Budget: Same Old Cuts, Same Old Tricks
House Republicans on Tuesday released their budget proposal that privatizes Medicare, cuts Medicaid, repeals the Affordable Care Act, and slashes vital nutrition and family assistance programs. At the same time, it cuts taxes on the wealthy, capital gains and multinational corporations. It also is full of accounting tricks and gimmicks so that Republicans can claim it balances the budget.

03/22/2015

Public Pension Cuts Exempt Police and Firefighters
In recent weeks, Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois has traveled the state promoting his proposal for more than $2 billion in cuts to pensions for public employees. All public employees, that is, except police officers and firefighters.

03/22/2015


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