Issues

Steelworkers, top rep on trade wonder: Where’s Trump’s anti-Chinese steel ruling?

WASHINGTON—The Steelworkers and a top lawmaker on trade issues, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, are starting to wonder: Where is the Trump administration’s planned report making the case for cracking down on subsidized Chinese steel imports as a matter of national security? That’s because Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross promised it to Kaptur, in a prior open hearing on trade, by [...]

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Two first-in-the-nation pro-worker bills highlight Oregon legislative session

By Don McIntosh, Associate Editor, The Northwest Labor Press  SALEM, Ore.—In its now-concluded 2017 session, the Oregon legislature passed two pieces of first-in-the-nation labor legislation: Cracking down on abusive scheduling practices by employers, and preventing local jurisdictions from passing antiunion “right-to-work” ordinances. Lawmakers also passed a $5.3 billion transportation funding package that was stalled for years. And they passed a tax on [...]

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Weingarten pushes petition to preserve ACA against stealth Trump effort to kill it

WASHINGTON—There’s more than one way to kill the ACA, and the Republican Trump administration is trying it. Teachers President Randi Weingarten — among others — is trying to stop him. And if Trump carries through on his threat, at least five million people could lose health insurance coverage and millions more would see their insurance premiums rise by 20 percent-25 [...]

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Communications Workers, progressive allies argue in court vs Trump regulation cuts

WASHINGTON—The Communications Workers want to stop Donald Trump’s deregulatory crusade in its tracks. And they went to court in D.C. in early August to do so. The union joined three other progressive groups in telling U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss that Trump’s order to federal agencies to kill two rules for every one they propose, and to count a [...]

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Union Presidents Wary As New NAFTA Talks Start

Both U.S. and Canadian union leaders are keeping a sharp eye on their nations’ trade negotiators – for different reasons — as talks on a new ‘free trade’ pact started in D.C. on August 16. Mexican unions, government-dominated, stayed silent. Workers didn’t.  WASHINGTON—Union presidents in the U.S. and Canada are casting a wary, skeptical eye on U.S. Trump administration and [...]

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UFCW local representing Charlottesville grocery workers condemns ‘violent actions of bigots’

The board of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, which represents – among others — workers at four large supermarkets in Charlottesville, Va., unanimously condemned the “violent actions of bigots” and white supremacists who killed counterprotester Heather Heyer there on August 12. Speaking for its 11,000 members in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, Local 400 President Mark Federici said: “Hatred [...]

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Union Leaders Condemn Hater-Caused Deaths in Charlottesville; One Directly Links Them to Trump

Union leaders, from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on down, strongly condemned the hate groups whose adherent, deliberately driving his car into a crowd of anti-hate counter protesters in Charlottesville, Va., killed one woman and injured 19 people. Several union leaders, including Trumka and Communications Workers President Chris Shelton, also blasted GOP President Donald Trump’s response, where Trump condemned both sides. [...]

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Nurses union challenges right-wing Texas lawmaker to a duel – with words, not bullets – on health care

SILVER SPRING, Md.—Members of National Nurses United, campaigning to organize the big Holy Cross Hospital in the D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, Md., are cheering a National Labor Relations Board ruling of rampant labor law-breaking by hospital managers. Not only that, but the nurses also used their late-July rally to honor oncology nurse Edith Saffra, whom Holy Cross illegally fired earlier [...]

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Bipartisan group of lawmakers protest proposed pay cuts for federal workers

WASHINGTON—A bipartisan group of 10 representatives, including an influential   GOP lawmaker close to House leaders, are protesting proposed pay cuts for federal workers. And in a letter to the GOP chairman of the House panel that writes federal worker legislation, they add that a 6 percent pay cut plus the other measures considered would particularly hurt workers in high-hazard occupations, such as [...]

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Washington state berry farm workers ratify historic first contract

BURLINGTON, Wash.—Some 200 farm workers at the giant Sakuma Brothers berry farm in Skagit County, Wash., culminated a 4-year organizing drive and union vote by negotiating and ratifying a successful first contract, the Northwest Labor Press reported. The workers, represented by the independent Familias Unidas Por La Justicia union, drew support from the state AFL-CIO and other labor groups. They [...]

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