Issues

A Washington Split: D.C. Rejects Worker-Friendly Scheduling Bill, Seattle OKs It

WASHINGTON—At the McDonald’s restaurant in the National Air and Space Museum in D.C., Luis Chiliquinga, a soft-spoken middle-aged gentleman, works less than 20 hours a week for the minimum wage, and he has for three years. Not only does Luis work, but elsewhere, so does his wife. And his adult daughter. And his two sons. And his work hours are [...]

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Labor Board’s Top Enforcement Officer: Companies Must Prove They Need to Hire Permanent Replacements to Keep Going

WASHINGTON—In what would be a major advance for workers’ use of the ultimate economic weapon, the strike, the National Labor Relations Board’s top enforcement officer, its general counsel, is proposing that companies must prove – not just state – that only by hiring “permanent replacement” workers can they keep going economically, after the firms force their own employees to strike. [...]

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Long Island University-Brooklyn Locks Out All Faculty; Students Walk Out In Support

BROOKLYN, N.Y. —In what the union called “an unprecedented move in higher education,” the administration at Long Island University’s Brooklyn, N.Y., campus locked out its entire faculty – full-timers, part-timers, adjuncts and others – just before Labor Day. The lockout came though the faculty union, American Federation of Teachers Local 3998, offered to keep bargaining, while its 240 full-timers and [...]

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Obama: House VA Accountability Bill Harms Due Process for Workers

WASHINGTON—A new Republican measure to improve “accountability” at the Department of Veterans Affairs is positive on streamlining veterans’ appeals about quality of care and denial of benefits, but harms due process for the VA’s workers, President Barack Obama’s Office of Management and Budget says. But while blasting due process provisions of HR5620, Obama’s advisors stop short of threatening to tell [...]

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Campaign 2016: Panel Says Lack of Wide Economic Benefits From Recovery, Politicians’ Tilt to Elite Leader to Anger, Mistrust in Society – And In This Year’s Political Campaign

The lack of wide economic benefits of the recovery from the Great Recession, politicians’ tilt to the elite and voters’ current realization – which wasn’t there before — that Washington governmental gridlock really does hurt them at home have led to anger and mistrust in society and in this year’s political campaign, a panel of political analysts says. As a [...]

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St. Paul, Minn., Council Gives City Nation’s Strongest Earned Sick Time Ordinance

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Members of the St. Paul City Council have voted 7-0 to pass an ordinance hailed by working people, small business owners, clergy members and other advocates as the strongest earned sick and safe time law on the books nationwide. After its passage on Sept. 8, Mayor Chris Coleman immediately indicated he would support the ordinance, making St. Paul [...]

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Unions, Allies Lead Charge Against VA Health Care Privatization Scheme

WASHINGTON — In prepared statements for a Sept. 7 congressional hearing, AFGE President J. David Cox, whose union represents most VA health care workers, spoke out against the proposed privatization of the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. The plan, proposed by an outside Commission on Care established two years ago, offers 15 recommendations for improving the VA health care system, [...]

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Clinton Kicks off Stretch Run of Presidential Drive with Speech at Cleveland Labor Day Celebration

CLEVELAND (PAI)—Reaffirming her support for workers, especially union workers, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton kicked off the home stretch of her White House drive with a Sept. 5 speech to a Labor Day celebration in Cleveland. Flanked by three top union leaders on the festival stage – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFSCME President Lee Saunders [...]

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Miners March on Congress to Demand Pension Legislation

WASHINGTON — Armed with backing from fellow unionists and support from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, several thousand unionists – most of them Mine Workers from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania – marched and lobbied on Capitol Hill on Sept. 8 to demand legislation to save pensions. Several thousand unionists marched to Capitol Hill on Sept. 8 to demand [...]

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Biden Blasts GOP for Abandoning Middle Class

WASHINGTON –Vice President Joe Biden blasted GOP members for abandoning the middle class this week. During the American Progress symposium, Vice President Biden listed the journey out of the Great Recession in 2009 and the economic slump in 2008 as Republican faults. He uses unions in the auto industry as an example of the alleged abandonment. “Republicans accepted that the [...]

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