Issues

Berger-Marks Awards celebrate young female organizers, activists

WASHINGTON—What happened to Jessica Ellul, unit coordinator – and, more importantly, union organizer – at the oncology ward of Danbury Hospital, is typical. Ellul spent three years organizing colleagues at the western Connecticut institution, on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers. She’s got key issues to work with, including patient care ratios, erratic hours, lack of respect on the [...]

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‘Drain the swamp?’ A top House GOP leader thinks federal workers are the swamp

WASHINGTON —When President Donald Trump (R) talks about “draining the swamp,” he means Washington lobbyists. When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., utters those words, he means federal workers. And that pisses them off. “Career bureaucrats who never face the voters wield punishing authority with little to no accountability. If there’s a swamp in Washington, this is it,” McCarthy alleged [...]

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Senators to Trump: Put broadband development in infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON —A bipartisan group of 48 senators urged new Republican President Donald Trump to include nationwide development of broadband networks and access to them in any infrastructure legislation he sends to Capitol Hill. Their letter reminds Trump, whose infrastructure concentration has been on traditional projects such as roadbuilding and airports, that broadband and access to the Internet is just as [...]

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Lawmakers reintroduce paid family leave bill

DOVER, N.H.—Mackenzie Nicholson is a young mother with a five-week-old girl and a three-year-old boy – and her own mother, aged 52, developed a brain tumor last year. It’s workers – and couples – like Nicholson and her husband who faced choices between job and family that prompted Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to reintroduce their [...]

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Bipartisan coalition unveils proposed constitutional amendment vs big money in politics

A bipartisan House coalition, led by Reps. Richard Nolan, DFL-Minn., and Walter Jones, R-N.C., introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to take big money out of politics. The measure, similar to proposals authored – like this one – after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, faces a rocky road, despite wide public support and backing from the 59-group Democracy [...]

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Postal unions back bipartisan postal reform bill

WASHINGTON—The nation’s postal unions back a bipartisan postal reform bill produced, after talks with them, mailers, the Postal Service management and others, by leaders of the normally ideologically polarized House committee that writes USPS legislation. If the measure, HR756, survives the legislative gauntlet on both sides of Capitol Hill and Republican President Donald Trump signs it, it could bring to [...]

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EPI: U.S. trade deficit with China cost 3.4M jobs since 2001

The skyrocketing U.S. trade deficit with China, starting in 2001, cost U.S. workers 3.4 million jobs, including jobs that disappeared and those that weren’t created because firms faced low-cost Chinese competition, a new Economic Policy Institute analysis says. In addition, U.S. workers lost at least $37 billion in wages due to Chinese competition, EPI adds. Every single U.S. congressional district [...]

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Airline Pilots, carriers complain to Trump about Norwegian Air decision

WASHINGTON—The nation’s biggest airlines and their unionized pilots want Republican President Donald Trump to reverse an Obama administration ruling and ban low-cost low-standard low-paying “flag-of-convenience” Norwegian Air International from flying nationwide.  And they took that argument to a White House meeting with Trump on Feb. 9. The Air Line Pilots and other airline unions have waged a long campaign to [...]

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AFGE’s Cox: Airport screeners need full federal worker rights

WASHINGTON—The nation’s 42,525 Transportation Security Officers – the airport screeners – need full federal worker rights to do their jobs even better, with better morale, and with less turnover, their union president says. And, adds Government Employees (AFGE) President J. David Cox, that includes collective bargaining rights to insure TSA’s chief cannot arbitrarily dump contract provisions. “TSOs signed up for [...]

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Updated: Federal judge upholds Labor Dept’s. investment advisors rule

DALLAS—For workers and their allies who can’t stand Republican Trump administration edicts, the newest way to overturn them could be in the courts. That’s because a federal judge in Texas — of all places — upheld yet another pro-worker rule, the Labor Department’s “fiduciary rule” that orders investment advisors to put their clients’ interests first. And that’s one of the [...]

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