Issues

Ironworkers, pro-worker contractors OK paid maternity leave

SAN DIEGO –In a groundbreaking development for the building trades, the Ironworkers and their allied group of pro-union contractors will implement paid maternity leave for union members. The announcement, at the union’s joint conference with the contractors in late March in San Diego, builds on a previous summit on fostering diversity — including gender diversity — in the construction trades. [...]

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With votes looming, nurses union condemns GOP health care bill as ‘flawed and deadly’

WASHINGTON–With key votes on health care looming in Congress, the nation’s leading union for registered nurses issued a scathing analysis of the ruling Republicans’ health care plan. The GOP legislation “is flawed and deadly,” National Nurses United said. “Registered nurses care for Americans in their most difficult hours. More than any other profession, we see the personal effects of a [...]

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Union activist nurse warns of GOP health plan’s impact on people

In the onrushing forced march towards the U.S. House vote on the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act, D.C. denizens – union leaders included – throw around big numbers. Cori Gambini, a registered nurse who’s also president of Communications Workers Local 1168 in Amherst, N.Y., prefers to talk about people. And she doesn’t like what she hears coming out [...]

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Labor Sec. Nominee Acosta Skates Through Senate Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON —Despite ducking questions on whether he’d enforce or yank Labor Department pro-worker rules, Alexander Acosta, GOP President Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. Labor Secretary skated through his mass senatorial job interview: The GOP-run Senate Labor Committee’s three-hour confirmation hearing. At the end of the March 22 session, only Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., frustrated at Acosta’s non-answers about if [...]

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Union Leaders Struggle with 2016 Election Loss, What to Do Next

The federation’s Executive Council met in San Antonio, still groggy from November’s results, unsure of what to do. SAN ANTONIO—Four months after their shocking defeat in the 2016 election, leaders of the nation’s unions are still struggling to figure out why – and what to do next. Interviews at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in San Antonio, March 13-14, produced a [...]

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Fed to use Nabisco-Oreo campaign as start of national good jobs drive

SAN ANTONIO–The AFL-CIO will use the campaign against Nabisco’s shutdown of its Chicago Oreo cookies production line – which management moved to Mexico strictly to make higher profits – as the start of a national good jobs campaign. In a statement issued at the federation’s Executive Council meeting in San Antonio, the fed said the campaign against Mondelez, the conglomerate [...]

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Union leaders give Trump budget proposal bad reviews

“Slashing Meals on Wheels, which brings food to some of the nation’s most-vulnerable people, and heating assistance for low-income people, reflect a mean-spirited theme in Washington, said National Nurses United Co-President Jean Ross. It’s also “evident in a health plan that cuts coverage for 24 million while giving a massive tax break to the rich.” WASHINGTON —Republican President Donald Trump’s [...]

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Right wing GOP lawmaker unveils pension cut for federal union stewards

Imagine having your pension cut because you’re the union steward. That’s what right-wing Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., wants to inflict on federal workers. Hice dropped a bill in the hopper, HR1364, on March 6, whose official purpose is “to exclude certain official time for eligibility under CSRS and FERS and for other purposes.” To cut through the euphemisms: “Certain official time,” [...]

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Federal judges tackle joint employer issue

WASHINGTON—Browning-Ferris Industries owns the land and buildings of the Leadpoint recycle center in Milpitas, Calif. Its on-site supervisors often tell workers where to stand to collect the plastics, trash and other materials that come in. And BFI supervisors ponder if the center’s production line should speed up, slow down, or even stop. But BFI doesn’t pay the workers, and often [...]

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USW: Carey Salt workers win $7.33M back pay settlement

COTE BLANCHE, La. —It came more than six years later, but 90-100 present and former workers at Compass Minerals in Cote Blanche, La. – the old Carey Salt mine – won $7,33 million in back pay, the Steelworkers and the National Labor Relations Board said. The settlement also resolves issues in a 2010 unfair labor practices strike over Carey’s refusal [...]

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