Issues

Op-Ed: Sam Pizzigati on ‘Time to police U.S. plutocrats’

By Sam Pizzigati, Editor, Too Much WASHINGTON —Donald Trump’s White House wants to see local cops crack down on poor people who break federal laws on immigration. Why not a crackdown on the rich who scoff at tax laws? Law enforcement officers should enforce the law. America’s hardliners on immigration really believe that. They want their local police out looking for “illegal [...]

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Washington Window: A reminder of the extent of corporate criminality

Every so often, a corporate crook hits the newspapers. Think of former coal company czar Don Blankenship completing a year in jail for lying to the feds about conditions in his Upper Big Branch mine. That’s the mine where a methane explosion seven years ago killed 29 miners. But for every Don Blankenship who makes the roll of infamy, there [...]

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Southern California Teamsters local reports big contract wins

Organizing and mobilizing at the University of California system pays off, as Teamsters Local 2010, which successfully organized tens of thousands of workers at the system campuses last year, reported big contract wins to the Southern California Teamster. Three UC bargaining units achieved “significant wage increases,” while “protecting the benefits of our members,” Secretary-Treasurer Jason Rabinowitz wrote. The other, the [...]

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College organizing accelerating: TAs, RAs at Boston College, Penn seek votes

A prior ruling by National Labor Relations Board, opening the way for teaching assistants and research assistants at private colleges to organize and file for union recognition votes, as employees of the schools, is leading to increasing unionization drives nationwide. Hard on the heels of one such vote petition in early May, among TAs and RAs at one of the [...]

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Philly school superintendent backs down from pay-docking threat vs. union teachers

PHILADELPHIA —Philadelphia’s Superintendent of Schools has decided to back down from his threat to dock the pay of 1,000 of the city’s teachers – out of 8,000 unionized teachers there – who took a leave day without prior permission on May Day to protest years without progress on a new contract. Superintendent William Hite’s climbdown came in a memo released [...]

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Unions again split on GOP plan to privatize air traffic control

Aviation unions split again on the latest Republican scheme to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system – and turn control of controllers, towers and airspace over to a supposedly non-profit corporation run by an airline-dominated board. The plan, floated at a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing in May, comes as the Federal Aviation Administration, parent agency for the [...]

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Labor news around the nation

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. —Some 38 production and janitorial workers at Wendt Corp., a Cheektowaga, N.Y., manufacturer of scrap metal recycling processes and products, are scheduled to vote on June 9 on whether to unionize with Ironworkers Local 576, National Labor Relations Board Buffalo Regional Director Paul Murphy ruled in May. The company tried to expand the unit – a common corporate [...]

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A. Philip Randolph Institute challenges another state anti-voting law, in Ohio

WASHINGTON —Fresh off its big win at the U.S. Supreme Court, where it joined other civil rights groups in overturning North Carolina’s infamous anti-African American “voter ID” law, the A. Philip Randolph Institute is going after yet another state’s restriction, in Ohio. The catch in this case is that APRI and its allies won in federal appeals court, but the [...]

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Pope Francis criticizes corporate abuses of workers, again

GENOA, Italy —Continuing his crusade for workers – and against corporate abuses – Pope Francis I told workers at a financially troubled steel plant in Genoa, Italy, that firing people just to increase profits is, in so many words, wrong. And he had some sharp words for politicians who abet those firings, too. Francis’ May 25 visit to the ILVA plant [...]

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Teamsters, Kentucky AFL-CIO challenge state right-to-work law in court

FRANKFORT, Kent. —Teamsters Local 89 and the Kentucky AFL-CIO are challenging the Bluegrass State’s new so-called “right to work” law in court. By doing so, on May 25, they follow the footsteps of other unions nationwide, which have turned to the courts after GOP-dominated legislatures and right wing GOP governors pushed through anti-worker legislation. Kentucky passed its RTW law early [...]

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