Issues

Mass. Passes Equal Pay Law

BOSTON—With bipartisan support, the Massachusetts legislature passed and GOP Gov. Charlie Baker signed the most-comprehensive state equal pay for equal work law in the U.S. The state AFL-CIO, the New England Jewish Labor Committee, 9to5 and Jobs With Justice were among the large coalition that pushed the law. It would, for the first time, bar employers from demanding past salary [...]

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Boilmakers President Stays Neutral in Election

Boilermakers President Newton Jones announces it will stay neutral in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. He openly opposes the Obama administration’s climate change plan, which is supported by Clinton. This plan will cost American’s their jobs, including jobs represented by the Boilermakers. “Obama’s climate change legacy will be the subject of debate long after he leaves office in January 2017. [...]

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Rank-and-File Union Members Work to Stop the TPP

VANCOUVER, Wash.—United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters, Local 290 members, who are also a married couple, are passionate about stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). They are active in collecting signatures for a petition demanding congress votes in opposition of the TPP. They plan to take their signatures, so far 300, to Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, both D-Washington. [...]

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NLBR Pushes to Make Labor Law-Breaking More Expensive

Companies have been breaking labor laws and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is looking to force employers into a new practice. A memo detailing how to file for reimbursement of workers’ other expenses was issued on July 28. Past-due fees for illness, mortgage or insurance may be able to be covered. These issues can be covered as a result [...]

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Police Union Leader Blames Politicians & Media For Dallas Retaliation Against Officers

DALLAS—The president of the AFL-CIO’s police officer union blames the politicians and the media for the Dallas shootings this July. Sam Cabral denied that U.S. police officers are “systematically racist.” Cabral’s comments were in opposition to most national union leaders. The other leaders were expressing sympathy for all involved and promoted dialogue about the conflict between minorities and police. However, [...]

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Trump Joins List of Republicans Seeking to Privatize VA Hospitals

Donald Trump, along with many other Republicans, want to privatize Veterans Affairs Department’s hospitals. “The VA system provides the best possible health care to veterans at the lowest possible cost. Veterans know this and that’s why they overwhelmingly want to keep the care they have,” said Union President J. David Cox. “Trump’s claims that privatization would improve care and cut costs [...]

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Teamsters Convention Sets Up Union Elections this Fall

The Teamsters will be involved in the general election and the presidential election for its union. Enough prior votes have forced another vote for either incumbent President Jim Hoffa or his challenger Fred Zuckerman. Incumbent, Hoffa, has raised the current strike fund to $150 million. Challenger, Zuckerman, was unsuccessful in starting strike benefit payments. The Teamsters directly vote for all [...]

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Communications Workers Formally Back Clinton

Communications Workers union has endorsed Hillary Clinton after Bernie Sanders had officially withdrawn from the presidential race. The union and Sanders are backing Clinton and hoping she will defeat Trump. “We know that elections are about choices. The contrast between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, couldn’t be greater,” the union said. The union will focus on [...]

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Labor Department Fines to Increase

August 1 will bring with it new and larger Labor Department fines. These fines that encompass mine safety fraud and job safety violations will raise the penalties by 150 percent claims Obama Administration Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Perez says the fines have not gone up in decades and need to be adjusted to match the cost of living. We can [...]

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Working Women Win Big Twice at U.S. Supreme Court

Women are rejoicing at the Supreme Court’s decision to remove Texas’ restrictions on freedom of choice in reproductive rights. The decision set a precedent for lower courts to make similar decisions to reject laws excluding particular groups. Home health care workers, a majority of which are women, minorities or both, have won their right to earn at least minimum wage [...]

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