Issues

Spokane transit union wins free speech right vs bosses

SPOKANE, Wash.—The union representing bus drivers and other transit workers in Spokane, Wash., has won a federal court fight over the U.S. Constitution’s 1st Amendment rights to free speech, specifically in advertising, in federal court. Federal District Judge Justin Quackenbush ruled on September 28 the Spokane Transit Authority violated the Constitution when it banned an August 2016 ad from Amalgamated Transit [...]

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Seafarers celebrate 50th anniversary of Paul Hall Academy

PINEY POINT, Md.—On the eve of their union’s convention, the Seafarers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of their industry-leading training school, the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education. The name honors the union’s second president, who combined four regional schools into one and located it at Piney Point, Md., just off Chesapeake Bay. “If I had [...]

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Washington-Baltimore News Guild wins another union recognition vote

WASHINGTON—Call it delightful monotony. The Washington-Baltimore News Guild, TNG-CWA Local 32035, just won another union recognition election. The “overwhelming” vote for the Guild at M&R Strategic Services came on Sept. 21, organizer Bruce Jett reported. The firm is a progressive PR company for non-profit organizations, including UNICEF, Planned Parenthood, the Nature Conservancy and the American Nurses Association, its website shows. [...]

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ATU: Fatal Queens charter bus crash reveals another “sweatshop on wheels” – and consequences

NEW YORK—The charter bus accident in Queens that killed three people and injured 16 more is yet another example of the consequences of such “sweatshops on wheels,” says Amalgamated Transit Union President Larry Hanley. And it again shows why Congress should enact, and the federal government should enforce, legislation and rules to prevent the driver fatigue that may have caused [...]

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Columbia TAs, RAs tell lawmakers about university stalling on bargaining

NEW YORK—Even though Columbia University’s teaching assistants and research assistants voted overwhelmingly nine months ago to unionize with the Auto Workers, the university’s administration still refuses to recognize and bargain with the union, the students told two U.S. representatives and other officeholders on Sept. 20. And that not only hurts the students, but also hampers the research they do for [...]

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Treasury Employees to challenge judge’s ruling freeing govt. of responsibility for big cyberattack

WASHINGTON—The Treasury Employees (NTEU) will challenge a federal judge’s ruling freeing the government – their employer – of responsibility for a big data breach/cyberattack of its computers that disclosed personal information of 22 million present and former federal workers and their families. “We immediately appealed the district court’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit,” said [...]

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Ellison goes 0-for-3 in fighting for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

WASHINGTON—It’s a measure of Congress’ ruling Republicans’ hatred for workers and consumers who could still be victims of finagling financiers that when Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-Minn., tried to aid the workers on the U.S. House floor, he went 0-for-3. And he even struck out on his move to let the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continue to regulate the shadiest [...]

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Four top Dems on trade push Trump agencies for stronger worker rights enforcement

WASHINGTON—Four top Democratic legislators who deal with trade are pushing the Republican Trump administration for stronger enforcement of trading rules. And current “new NAFTA” talks with Mexico are a particular target. “Vigilant enforcement of international labor rules is a crucial component of any strategy to level the playing field” for U.S. workers, Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., [...]

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AFGE to have contested presidential election next year?

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Government Employees may see a contested presidential election at its convention next August in Las Vegas: Former Secretary-Treasurer Eugene Hudson announced in early September he will seek the union’s top job. Current President J. David Cox has yet to officially seek re-election, but is expected to do so. Hudson was Secretary-Treasurer until the union’s board ousted [...]

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Midwest industrial workers demand Trump act to save jobs

Midwest industrial workers demand Trump act to save jobs, just as he promised during last year’s campaign. Their solution: A ban on federal contracts to firms – such as Verizon and GE – that offshore their jobs. WASHINGTON—As far as Chuck Jones is concerned, when Donald Trump talks about keeping good jobs in the U.S., he’s a liar. And the [...]

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