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The Rise Of Anti-Union Rhetoric In the 2016 Race
This week, the Supreme Court agreed to take a case that could spell doom for public sector unions, with the potential to make the entire country so-called “right-to-work” territory.

07/01/2015

U.S. Economy Nearing Full Employment, Bounced Back in Second Quarter: Fed's Fischer
The U.S. economy probably bounced back to an annual growth rate of around 2.5 percent in the second quarter, and the labor market is approaching full employment, Federal Reserve vice chairman Stanley Fischer said on Tuesday.

07/01/2015

Obama Overtime Rule Scratches the Surface in Helping the Middle Class
For all the ambition of President Obama’s plan to significantly expand the number of Americans eligible for overtime pay, the proposal falls well short of helping substantially increase middle-class wages, its chief advertised benefit.

07/01/2015

Myanmar Fisherman Goes Home After 22 Years as a Slave
All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again.

07/01/2015

U.S. Private Sector Adds 237,000 Jobs in June
U.S. private employers added 237,000 jobs in June, the biggest gain since December, suggesting further improvement in the jobs market which may allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later this year, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.

07/01/2015

Thousands of Children Rescued from Dangerous Work in Tanzania Gold Mines
More than 12,000 children have been rescued in the past three years from gold mines in northern Tanzania, according to children's rights groups who fear thousands more youngsters are being forced to work in hazardous conditions for a pittance.

06/30/2015

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Union Fees
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether public-sector unions may require workers who are not members to help pay for collective bargaining. A ruling against them could deal a severe blow to organized labor.

06/30/2015

Trumka: Francis' US Visit May Boost Alliance Between Unions, Church
It’s easy to make the country’s most powerful labor leader go almost schoolkid giddy. Just say, “Pope Francis.”

06/30/2015

Sirota: Rights Tilting to Corporations in Trade Deal
“In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity,” writes David Sirota in The Everett Washington Herald. “The Trans-Pacific Partnership would, in his words, ‘level the playing field’ and ‘give our workers a fair shot.’ But critics argue that within the hundreds of pages of esoteric provisions, the deal -- like similar ones before it -- includes a glaring double standard: It provides legal rights to corporations and investors that it does not extend to unions, public interest groups and individuals."

06/30/2015

Fast-Food Restaurants Should Raise Minimum Wage, New York Panel Says
The minimum wage for fast-food workers in New York should be raised substantially, maybe even to $15 an hour, a state panel appointed to study the issue said on Monday.

06/30/2015

Obama Making Millions More Americans Eligible for Overtime
President Obama announced Monday night a rule change that would make millions more Americans eligible for overtime pay. The rule would raise the salary threshold below which workers automatically qualify for time-and-a-half overtime wages to $50,440 a year from $23,660.

06/30/2015

July 4 Made-in-America BBQ Shopping List
Many of us will celebrate Independence Day with a barbecue. We can keep the red, white and blue in the holiday with this made-in-America, union label backyard barbecue checklist, compiled from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers, the LA Labor 411's website, Union Plus and the United Food and Commercial Workers.

06/29/2015

Obama to Make Nearly 5 million More Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay
Since President Obama announced last year that he would be raising the threshold for overtime pay eligibility, the big question has been how high he would raise it. Now we have an answer, and it's a good one.

06/29/2015

Boston Airport Workers Strike, Join Growing Campaign to Unionize Subcontracted Airport Employees
On the morning of June 17, a large group of non-union airport employees went on strike at Boston’s Logan Airport, with about 100 of them picketing outside the facility.

06/29/2015

Obama Signs Trade, Worker Assistance Bills Into Law
In a rare bipartisan scene at the White House, President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts.

06/29/2015

White House to Make More Workers Eligible for Overtime
Millions more U.S. workers will be eligible for overtime pay under a draft rule to be announced by the federal government as early as Tuesday, Bloomberg News said on Monday.

06/29/2015

GOP Sharpens Ax for Regulations
Republicans are using funding legislation for the government to try and unravel federal regulations that they say go too far. In the House and Senate spending bills that fund health, education and labor programs, Republicans included provisions that would either prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from using electronic voting in union elections or prevent it from issuing any future rules that allow those practices.

06/29/2015

IATSE President Loeb: Same-Sex Marriage Decision is a ‘Victory for Civil Rights’
“[Friday's] Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage is a victory for civil rights, and therefore human rights and worker rights. It is a truly historic moment."

06/28/2015

SEIU's Henry: Marriage Equality Ruling Advances Justice
In response to the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry said, "Justice and equality are at cornerstones of our union and of the labor movement, but more than that, they are at the heart of the American promise. Friday, the Supreme Court advanced justice by settling the debate over marriage equality, once and for all."

06/28/2015

Largest Federal Employee Union Hails Supreme Court Marriage Decision
American Federation of Government Employees National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices Augusta Thomas on Friday said, “AFGE applauds [Friday’s] Supreme Court ruling declaring that same-sex couples across the country have a Constitutional right to marry. This was the right decision for the country and the right decision for everyone who believes in the principles of fairness, equality, and basic human dignity."

06/28/2015

AFL-CIO: Supreme Court Ruling on Fair Housing a Win for Workers Everywhere
Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a major win for working families, ruling that housing discrimination does not have to be intentional in order to be illegal. Victims of housing discrimination may now bring a complaint when there is clear evidence that a housing provider intended to discriminate, or when a practice or policy that is not intentionally discriminatory has a negative impact on a particular group of people, like people of color or persons with disabilities.

06/28/2015

Justices Back Broad Interpretation of Housing Law
The Supreme Court on Thursday endorsed a broad interpretation of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, allowing suits under a legal theory that civil rights groups say is a crucial tool to fight housing discrimination.

06/28/2015

Massachusetts Home Care Workers Win $15 Pay
The Fight for 15 has another win. Home healthcare workers, who are represented by SEIU,will get a raise to $15 by July 2018, up from a current pay rate of $13.38, with a raise of 30 cents an hour effective next week. The more than 35,000 workers care for elderly and disabled people on Medicaid, helping them bathe, running errands for them, and other tasks that help people live in their homes.

06/28/2015

Trumka Calls Confederate Flag Removal ‘Welcome News’
“While it is welcome news that Governor Nikki Haley has finally taken a public position to remove the confederate flag from the South Carolina State Capitol -- it is far from enough,” said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka in a press release.

06/28/2015

Labor for Bernie Kickstarts Effort to Get Unions Behind Sanders
Labor for Bernie, a new nationwide network for union members, announced Friday the launch of their grassroots movement to push the AFL-CIO and other unaffiliated major labor organizations such as SEIU and the Teamsters toward endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign.

06/28/2015

Sanders Leads Progressive Uprising
Another day brings more good news for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). According to a new WMUR/CNN poll of likely voters in New Hampshire, Sanders has closed to within 8 percentage points of Hillary Clinton, with Clinton leading Sanders only 43 to 35 percent.

06/28/2015

GOP Battles to Defund Work of Obama Labor Board
Congressional Republicans are using the power of the purse to do battle against a series of controversial labor regulations from the Obama administration.

06/28/2015

US Auto Industry Braces for Labor Talks
The uneasy labor peace which helped the US auto industry survive a financial collapse will soon be tested as the Detroit Three prepare for contract talks with the United Auto Workers.

06/28/2015

Waldorf Astoria and Hotel Workers Union Reach $149 Million Deal for Severance Payouts
When a Chinese insurance firm bought the Waldorf Astoria Hotel for $1.95 billion this year, it said it planned to convert part of the aging building into high-end condominiums, while maintaining a smaller five-star hotel. Standing in its way were the hotel’s 1,221 union workers, whose jobs were protected by the Waldorf Astoria’s contract with the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, a union that represents hotel workers.

06/28/2015

Krugman: Hooray for Obamacare
“Was I on the edge of my seat, waiting for the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare subsidies?” writes Paul Krugman in The New York Times.

06/28/2015

House Approves Trade Bill’s Expansion of Worker Aid
The House gave final approval on Thursday to a significant expansion of aid to workers displaced by global competition, sending to President Obama the second half of a trade package that House Democrats had dramatically rejected just two weeks ago.

06/28/2015

Grace Lee Boggs' 100th Birthday Celebrated in Detroit
Hundreds gathered Friday night at the Charles H. Wright African-American Museum in Detroit for the 100th birthday party of Detroit activist Grace Lee Boggs, who turned 100 Saturday.

06/28/2015

Supreme Court Will Not Take Away Health Care from Millions of Americans
By a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court decided on Thursday to avoid a major disruption to the insurance market by leaving in place the Affordable Care Act’s current tax subsidies.

06/25/2015

Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s health care law may provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance.

06/25/2015

Obama Rescues His Trade Agenda with GOP Help
Two weeks after his own Democratic Party handed him an embarrassing defeat on trade, President Barack Obama maneuvered his way back to victory, salvaging a key piece of his second-term legacy with the extraordinary help of the very Republican leaders he once accused of obstruction. In the process Obama has left erstwhile allies seething. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka echoed the sentiment of many Democrats when he declared in a letter to lawmakers Wednesday that Obama seemed more intent on getting negotiating authority than in securing tougher trade enforcement and currency provisions and a better assistance package for dislocated workers.

06/25/2015

Sargent: Hillary Can’t Run from the Trade Debate Forever
"[Wednesday] the Senate is expected to cast the final vote granting President Obama 'Fast Track' authority to negotiate the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal," writes Greg Sargent in The Washington Post. "With trade badly splitting Democrats, Hillary Clinton had avoided taking a meaningful position on Fast Track, only suggesting she might not support it if it didn’t also include worker assistance."

06/24/2015

Senate Approves Fast-Track, Sending Trade Bill to White House
The Senate voted Wednesday to approve fast-track authority, securing a big second-term legislative win for President Obama after a months-long struggle. The 60-38 Senate vote capped weeks of fighting over the trade bill, which pitted Obama against most of his party -- including Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nevada) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California).

06/24/2015

Verizon Proposes Three-Year Agreement for 38,000 Union Workers
Verizon has proposed a new three-year contract with 38,000 union wireline employees represented by the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers it says will offer wage increases during the period.

06/24/2015

Marathon Galveston Bay Workers Approve Contract, End 5-Month Strike
Striking workers from Marathon Petroleum Corp's Galveston Bay Refinery ratified a new contract on Tuesday, ending a five-month strike, said local union officials.

06/24/2015

UAW Talks Could Bring End to 2-Tier Wage System
he UAW could win the end of its second-tier wages through a phase-out period during upcoming contract talks, while tier-one workers could get a modest raise, one labor expert said Tuesday.

06/24/2015

Ikea Raises Minimum Wage for US Workers 2nd Year in a Row
Ikea's U.S division is raising the minimum wage for the second year in a row as the Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture chain looks to improve its relations with workers and reduce worker turnover.

06/24/2015

Washington Post: Interview wth Bernie Sanders
Senator Bernie Sanders has become a surprise hit on the campaign trail as he competes to be the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee by running against the establishment and promoting a liberal agenda.

06/23/2015

Business Concerns Stall Minimum Wage Vote by L.A. County Board
The campaign to push Los Angeles County to significantly raise the minimum wage suffered an unexpected setback Tuesday, with a key county supervisor demanding a postponement to address complaints from small-business owners.

06/23/2015

Trade Accord, Once Blocked, Nears Passage
President Obama’s ambitious trade push is back on track, after several near-death moments, in large measure because top Republicans stood by him. The Senate on Tuesday narrowly voted to end debate on legislation granting Obama enhanced negotiating powers to complete a major Pacific trade accord, virtually assuring final passage Wednesday of Obama’s top legislative priority in his final years in office.

06/23/2015

Senate Bills Cut Social Programs, Boost NIH Research, Amtrak
Senate Republicans Tuesday proposed cuts to community health centers, national service, and grants to help children from low- and moderate-income families attend preschool as they unveiled the largest domestic appropriations bill, a $153 billion measure that's sure to attract a veto threat from President Barack Obama.

06/23/2015

Obama Poised for Huge Win on Trade
President Obama is poised for one of the biggest victories of his second term after the Senate voted Tuesday to advance legislation enhancing his trade powers. The Senate’s 60-37 vote sets the stage for passage on Wednesday of the trade-promotion authority bill, or fast-track, which House GOP leaders ushered through the lower chamber last week. If the Senate approves the measure, as expected, it heads to the White House for Obama’s signature.

06/23/2015

Senate Hands a Victory to Obama on Trade Pact
The Senate on Tuesday narrowly voted to end debate on legislation granting President Obama enhanced negotiating powers to complete a major Pacific trade accord, virtually ensuring final passage on Wednesday of Obama’s top legislative priority in his final years in office.

06/23/2015

Realistic Ways Policymakers Could Strengthen Collective Bargaining
When it comes to electoral politics, conservatives complain about the role played by “big labor” on behalf of progressive candidates and issues.

06/23/2015

Krugman: Slavery’s Long Shadow
"A history of slavery is a strong predictor of everything from gun control (or rather its absence), to low minimum wages and hostility to unions, to tax policy," writes Paul Krugman in The New York Times.

06/23/2015

Senate Set to Vote on an Altered Trade Promotion Bill
The Senate on Tuesday is set to vote for the second time on a motion to cut off debate on legislation that would grant President Obama enhanced negotiating powers to complete a major Pacific trade accord, but this time the bill is shorn of a measure to assist workers harmed by such agreements.

06/23/2015


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