Issues

Unionized federal corrections officers: Trump makes a bad shortage worse

WASHINGTON—Republican President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts for the year starting Oct. 1 will make a bad shortage of corrections officers in the nation’s federal prisons worse, the union that represents them says.   And that should concern everybody, adds Eric Young, president of the Council of Prison Locals, a Government Employees (AFGE) sector.   That’s because other Bureau of […]

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Ed Leadership Groups Applaud Level Funding of Title II-A, Encourage Funding to Authorized Level

Washington, DC—”We are pleased that the Senate Appropriations Committee allocated $2.05 billion, preserving the current funding level, for the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program (Title II-A) in its FY 19 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill. “Overwhelmingly approved by a bipartisan Congress, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides opportunities for states to use Title II-A […]

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Machinists: Harley-Davidson using Trump tariffs as ‘an excuse” to move jobs overseas

KANSAS CITY—Harley-Davidson, the iconic and unionized U.S. motorcycle manufacturer, is using the Trump administration’s tariffs on European goods – and Europe’s retaliation against motorcycles and other U.S. products – as an excuse to move jobs overseas, which it had planned to do anyway, Machinists national and local leaders say.   Machinists President Bob Martinez called the firm’s announcement “the latest […]

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Unions, leaders nationwide, vow to fight back, after Janus Ruling

Defiant union members and leaders vowed to fight back against the corporate class behind the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, by organizing even more, both among state and local workers who are already unionists and among non-unionists in those fields, too.   And they’ll have to: In the 5-4 ruling in Janus vs AFSCME District Council 31, the court’s 5-man GOP-named […]

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With union backing, New Poor People’s Campaign brings demands to Congress

WASHINGTON—Culminating 40 days of marches and peaceful civil disobedience in Washington and state capitols, thousands of members and allies of the New Poor People’s Campaign brought their demands for ending systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy to Congress – which may not be listening – on June 23.   And if lawmakers don’t listen, speakers said, […]

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Whistleblower Mona Hanna-Attisha: Kids in Flint ‘still afraid to drink the water’

WASHINGTON—Four years after the crisis hit, kids in Flint, Mich., are still afraid to drink the water.   For good reason, adds Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician, whistleblower and – now – union member who revealed the presence of lead in the city’s drinking water.   “To this day, they’re scared,” she told Press Associates Union News Service after speaking […]

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The Supreme Court majority rules every state and local government worker is a potential free rider

WASHINGTON—In a predictable and mean ruling, the 5-man Republican-named majority of the U.S. Supreme Court lowered the boom on unions representing state and local government workers, declaring every single such worker in the country a “free rider,” able to take union services without paying one red cent for them.   The court’s 5-4 ruling in Janus vs AFSCME District Council […]

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Workers’ rights theme of New Poor People’s Campaign rallies, events

WASHINGTON—Worker rights, specifically the right to organize and the right to a living wage, took center stage at the New Poor People’s Campaign’s rallies in Washington, D.C., and state capitols nationwide on June 11 – and continued throughout the week.   “It is sin and sin and sin when the greedy take and take and take from the needy,” the […]

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Trumka predicts election wins, replacing broken Trump promises

DETROIT—Predicting political gains for workers this November, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Auto Workers convention that they’ll lead to subsequent gains for workers – gains that replace broken promises from GOP President Donald Trump.   Therefore, “let’s fight for those who fight for us, since the corporate right-wing is going all out for our blood,” Trumka declared.   Trumka’s […]

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Progressive unions, allies take on Dem regulars again in Md. gubernatorial primary

Progressive unions, groups and allies are taking on Democratic Party regulars again, this time in the June 26 Maryland Democratic gubernatorial primary. But whoever wins faces an unenviable task, even in the deep-blue state: Trying to dislodge popular GOP Gov. Larry Hogan in November.   On the progressive side, National Nurses United, the Amalgamated Transit Union, Unite Here Local 7, […]

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