Issues

Gebre: Court will decide ‘if workers still have a right to a voice’

WASHINGTON—All workers, union and non-union, public and private, have their workplace rights up for grabs, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre says.   “Sometime this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if workers still have a right to a voice in the workplace,” he told the American Constitution Society, a coalition of progressive attorneys and jurists, including pro-worker labor […]

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Opposition to Trump anti-worker exec orders mounts: 13 more

WASHINGTON —Opposition to Republican President Donald Trump’s executive orders trashing the nation’s two million federal workers is mounting. Thirteen more unions went to court on June 13 to sue to overturn them, and 21 House Republicans wrote to Trump to ask him to dump his own edicts.   And the largest federal workers union, the Government Employees (AFGE) went to […]

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Fed: Don’t let fast track renew itself automatically

WASHINGTON—The AFL-CIO wants Congress to block the automatic renewal of “fast track” trade promotion authority, now scheduled for July 1.   In a June 7 letter to lawmakers, federation Legislative Director Bill Samuel said fast track lets the president negotiate trade pacts that harm workers without any input from Congress or workers. He called for fast track to lapse and […]

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Alliance for Retired Americans: GOP tax cut lessens Social Security, Medicare dollars

WASHINGTON—The Trump-GOP $1.5 trillion tax cut for corporations and the rich not only gives them a financial windfall. It also lessens the financial future of two programs, Social Security and Medicare, that millions of people rely upon, the head of the Alliance for Retired Americans says.   And that’s important because the latest report of the trustees of Medicare and […]

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Mine Workers: Tax cut for coal firms threatens black lung benefits

TRIANGLE, Va.—A tax cut for coal companies, scheduled to take effect on January 1, threatens to undermine the black lung benefits which desperately ill retired miners and their survivors depend upon, the Mine Workers say.   Their solution? Keep the current tax each coal company pays for every ton it mines, which funds the trust fund that pays the benefits, […]

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Teachers’ Weingarten, NDWA join mass protest vs Trump policy ripping families apart

WASHINGTON—The leader of one big union, the Teachers’ Randi Weingarten, and the labor-backed National Domestic Workers Alliance joined thousands of other people who took to the streets on June 1 in a mass protest against GOP President Donald Trump’s policy to rip families apart.   Weingarten and her teacher members, NDWA, United We Dream, the American Civil Liberties Union, Moms […]

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Second federal workers union, NTEU, sues Trump over executive orders

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—A second top federal workers union, the Treasury Employees (NTEU), sued GOP President Donald Trump over his executive orders stripping the nation’s two million feds of most of their rights and employment protections.   And NTEU is taking on two of Trump’s orders – and in a different federal court – not just the one the Government Employees (AFGE) […]

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Female package loaders at Amazon reveal dangerous conditions at Minn. warehouse

EAGAN, Minn. –East African women who load delivery vans for Amazon delivered a message of their own to the world’s largest Internet retailer.   Backed by community and labor allies outside Amazon’s Eagan, Minn., facility, workers spoke publicly on June 5 about the increasingly dangerous working conditions inside the warehouse, and of management’s refusal to accommodate workers who fast during […]

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Journalists of the Chicago Tribune: It’s time to form a union

CHICAGO—In an organizing move most Chicagoans, along with veteran journalists with a sense of history, never expected to see, the Chicago Newspaper Guild-CWA officially announced an organizing drive at the Chicago Tribune. No election date has been set.   If successful, it would mark a watershed for the Guild, the city and the paper. In its 171-year history, the Tribune, […]

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Top union lawyer: High Court ruling could blow hole in overtime pay eligibility

WASHINGTON–A new Supreme Court ruling against a small group of workers – auto dealership service advisors – potentially blows a big hole in which workers nationwide are eligible to get overtime pay, a top union attorney warns.   That’s because the April 17 opinion in Encino Motorcars v Navarro gives the Labor Department wide latitude to decide which classes of […]

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