Issues

Teachers unions campaign to derail Trump nominee DeVos as Education Dept. head

Saying Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee Betsy DeVos, a Michigan millionaire, hates public schools and teachers, the nation’s two big teachers unions launched a campaign to stop the Senate from confirming her to head the federal Education Department. And the Senate’s most-prominent former teacher, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is skeptical about DeVos, too. Murray is the top Democrat on the [...]

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Foes Marshal Evidence Against Trump Labor Secretary Nominee Puzder

WASHINGTON–With the Senate confirmation hearing looming for Andrew Puzder, the fast-food magnate whom Republican President-elect Donald Trump nominated to be Secretary of Labor, foes of the Puzder nod are marshaling evidence to try to convince senators to reject him And the evidence — full of wage and hour violations, sexual harassment, job safety problems and more at his restaurants — [...]

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Op-Ed: Leo Gerard on ‘Coming Soon: American-made battle of the heavyweights’

By Leo Gerard, President, United Steelworkers Virtually every time President-elect Donald Trump performs in cities across America on his thank you tour, he mentions, to grand applause,аhis preference for Made inаAmerica. He describes his plan to create jobs with a federal infrastructure spending project —  that is improvements to the likes of crumbling roads, bridges, waterlines and airports — and then [...]

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Labor News Around the Nation

EDGARTOWN, Mass. —It’s taken almost two years and two representation elections, but bus drivers in Edgartown, Mass., on fancy-shmancy Martha’s Vineyard, finally have their union. On Dec. 28, the National Labor Relations Board ordered the town’s transit authority to bargain with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1548, whom the drivers voted for. Source: PAI

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Trump nominees draw more union flak: Nurses oppose Price at HHS; CWA’s Shelton denounces Mnuchin at Treasury

Add Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Wall Street banker Steven Mnuchin to the ever-lengthening list of prospective Trump administration cabinet members whom unions want senators to reject. Whether the GOP-run Senate will do so is another matter entirely. National Nurses United wrote to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, urging its members to reject Trump’s nod for Price [...]

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Oregon labor gearing up for high-stakes legislative session

By Michael Gutwig Editor, Northwest Labor Press PORTLAND, Ore. –The Oregon legislature won’t begin its next session until February, but Oregon labor organizations are getting ready. Democrats will have a 35-25 majority in the House and a 17-13 margin in the Senate, and as usual, there’s a lot at stake: Budget battle royale Oregon faces a projected $1.7 billion budget [...]

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The Rockettes won’t rock at Trump’s inaugural

NEW YORK—Members of the Rockettes won’t rock – or dance – at Donald Trump’s inaugural, unless they volunteer to do so. That’s the end result of a confused situation where the owner of the famed high-kicking all-woman troupe — featured performers at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall — declared they would dance for Trump, and then got hit [...]

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AFL-CIO King Day events to honor leaders who dared to dream

WASHINGTON —Just days before the inauguration of the most-divisive president-elect in memory, the AFL-CIO’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and the accompanying federal holiday will “honor leaders who dared to dream for a better today and tomorrow,” the federation’s Civil and Human Rights Department said. The observance starts with a panel discussion on Jan. 15 on [...]

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Massive women’s march to lead protests planned around Trump inaugural

A massive women’s protest march will lead the huge demonstrations, in Washington and around the nation, to greet — in a manner of speaking — Republican Donald Trump when he takes the presidential oath of office on Jan. 20. Unionists will be right in the middle of them. And many of the participating organizations are already laying plans to continue [...]

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Labor news around the nation

PALM BEACH, Fla.—It’s a common employer tactic – trying to stuff a proposed bargaining unit with anti-union workers before the election. But Steven Cohen, the National Labor Relations Board’s southern Florida acting regional director, didn’t buy it. On Dec. 20, he gave the go-ahead for a representation election among 60 shipside stevedores at Tropical Shipping USA in Palm Beach. They’ll [...]

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