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  • Virginia May Kill Right to Work. The new Democratic majority moves to force union dues on workers.

    01/29/2020 5:38:35 AM PST · by karpov · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 28, 2020
    Democrats in Virginia aren’t wasting time with their first statehouse majority in 26 years—by repealing the state’s 70-year-old right-to-work law that has helped the commonwealth thrive. Twenty-seven states including Virginia have right-to-work laws that give workers a choice of whether to belong to a union. According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, the rate of job growth was two times higher in right-to-work states between 2008 and 2018 than in states where workers can be compelled to join unions or pay dues as a condition of employment. This disparity is the result of a confluence of pro-growth policies...
  • #RedforEd: Teachers Unions All In for Impeachment

    09/26/2019 6:09:59 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/25/2019 | Ian Hanchett
    The presidents of the two largest teachers unions in the country, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), are supporting the impeachment inquiry on President Trump, announced Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday.
  • UAW to go on strike after negotiations with GM fall through

    09/15/2019 8:34:09 AM PDT · by springwater13 · 152 replies
    The UAW announced Sunday morning that it would strike "effective at midnight tonight" after contract negotiations fell through. During a press conference on Sunday, the union's vice president said it informed GM that its membership would follow through after the contract ended Saturday at 11:59 p.m.. "This is our last resort," said VP Terry Dittes. A spokesman said the strike impacts about 48,000 UAW workers at GM plants across the country.
  • Trump Slams AFL-CIO's Trumka

    09/02/2019 11:48:16 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | Monday, 02 September 2019 08:33 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    resident Donald Trump Monday launched a Labor Day Twitter attack against AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka after the powerful labor leader Sunday said the nation's unions won't have "any choice" but to block the "unenforceable" United States-Mexico-Canada trading deal. "Just watched AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on @FoxNews and thought to myself how different he is on TV than he is when he is with me at the White House," the president tweeted. "Likes what we are doing until the cameras go on. We got robbed on Trade and everything else while his Dems just sat back and watched." "NAFTA is the...
  • Bernie Sanders calls for doubling union membership, scrapping ‘right to work’ laws

    08/21/2019 10:11:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/21/2019 | Paul Steinhauser |
    Sanders, who is making his second straight bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, vowed “that war will come to an end when I am president. If we are serious about rebuilding the middle class in America, we have got to rebuild, strengthen and expand the trade union movement in America.” Sanders said if elected, he would aim to double union membership by the end of his first term in the White House in January 2025. His plan also calls for ending so-called "right to work" laws favored by Republicans and decried by organized labor for weakening a union’s ability to...
  • Big Labor warns 2020 Dems: Don't take union workers' support for granted

    08/02/2019 3:24:18 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 02 2019 | Danielle Wallace
    Big Labor warned Democratic presidential contenders Wednesday against taking union support for granted, adding that Dems would need to be more honest about the party’s record on workers’ rights, reports said. The president of the AFL-CIO labor union, which represents 12.5 million union workers, addressed a closed-door meeting with representatives from each campaign in attendance before the second round of debates Wednesday in Detroit. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka argued that “both parties” needed to take responsibility for U.S. labor laws that benefit corporations to the detriment of the middle class.
  • NEA Adopts New Social Agenda: "White Fragility"

    07/25/2019 9:21:15 AM PDT · by aspasia · 77 replies
    American Experiment ^ | July 23, 2019 | Catrin Wigfall
    National Education Association—held its annual convention in Houston the beginning of July. Attended by thousands of delegates on behalf of teachers and educators across the country, the meeting includes a Representative Assembly where resolutions and new business items are proposed and voted on. This year, 6,000 NEA delegates (a low attendance compared to previous years) approved teaching the concept of “White Fragility” in trainings and staff development, endorsed “the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade,” and called on the U.S. government to “accept responsibility for the destabilization of Central American countries… and that this destabilization is a root...
  • Union Brags About Winning Wage Increase Already Paid by Non-union Employers

    05/18/2019 5:25:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2019 | F. Vincent Vernuccio F. Vincent Vernuccio
    In a move that has the supermarket industry scratching its head, the United Food and Commercial Workers, or UFCW, is singing its own praises for negotiating a wage increase that is already common practice among some of the largest non-union businesses.Last month, Kroger stores in Kentucky and southern Indiana agreed to increase wages for part-time workers and new hires to $10 an hour, keeping one of the nation’s largest supermarket chains in line with its competitors on employee pay.It’s the same song, different day for union leaders who think they deserve reward and recognition for implementing changes that business executives and...
  • How Unions Are Pushing Back Against the Rise of Workplace Technology

    05/01/2019 11:30:15 AM PDT · by matt04 · 25 replies
    A few years ago, Marriott debuted a new app at hotels in five cities that was supposed to save housekeepers time by telling them which rooms to clean. It was a disaster. Housekeepers ended up yo-yoing between rooms on different floors, ignoring messy rooms just down the hall. If anything, the cleaners felt that the app made them less efficient, and they worried about being disciplined by their bosses for failing to finish their work on time. “A wild-goose chase” is how Rachel Gumpert, a spokeswoman for Unite Here, the labor union that represents Marriott’s housekeepers, describes the episode. Several...
  • Public Unions Lose Over 90% Of Non-Member Dues After SCOTUS Ruling

    04/10/2019 1:34:16 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-10-2019 | John Nolte
    Two powerful, left-wing public unions lost over 90 percent of non-member fees after the Supreme Court ruled against forcing non-members to pay union dues. In other words, until June of 2018 we lived in a country where public sector workers who chose not to join their respective unions were still forced to pay union dues, which are called agency fees. These agency fees represented 70 to 80 percent of union dues and were forcibly removed from the pay checks of public workers who wanted nothing to do with far-left unions that spend billions of dollars every year to elect Democrats....
  • Labor unions fear Democrats’ Green New Deal poses job threat

    02/12/2019 8:57:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 12, 2019 | by Valerie Volcovici
    Labor unions say they are withholding support for a Green New Deal unveiled by Democrats last week to transition the American economy away from fossil fuels, arguing the loosely-defined plan could kill jobs if its architects aren’t careful. The cool response from unions underscores the challenge facing Democratic presidential hopefuls who support aggressive action on climate change but must also win back the blue-collar voters that swept President Donald Trump to victory in 2016. Democratic presidential hopeful Senators Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren have already thrown their support behind it. The resolution’s backers say the plan...
  • Loads of American workers are dropping out of unions – Now liberals have a new plan..

    01/25/2019 10:34:32 AM PST · by chief lee runamok · 12 replies
    fox ^ | 01/25/2019 | Aaron Withe, Ashley Varner
    Government labor unions are losing dues-paying members at an unprecedented rate, which is good news for workers and bad news for liberal coffers. The mass exodus is forcing leaders on the left to address a serious problem: Their decades of financial backing from fat cat union bosses may be coming to an end.
  • Air traffic controllers union sues Trump administration over frozen pay during shutdown

    01/11/2019 9:38:17 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 68 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11 JAN 19 | Leslie Josephs | @lesliejosephs
    The union representing the United States' air traffic controllers is suing the Trump administration over pay that's frozen as part of the partial government shutdown. The Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic controllers are among the 420,000 federal employees who have been deemed essential and have been ordered to work without pay during the shutdown, which began on Dec. 22 due to an impasse over funding for a wall along the U.S. southern border. This story developing. Check back for updates.
  • Largest Federal Employee Union Praises House Effort to Reopen Government,Raise Fed Pay

    01/02/2019 4:01:35 PM PST · by mdittmar · 30 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | January 02, 2019 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    AFGE President Cox to President Trump: “Sign this bill, end this shutdown, and stand up for America’s workforce.”WASHINGTON – Democrats plan to officially introduce legislation to reopen the federal government at the start of the 116th Congress. The funding measure funds six of the seven remaining appropriations bills through the remainder of fiscal year 2019. The legislative package also includes a Continuing Resolution (CR) until February 8 for the Department of Homeland Security and a 1.9% pay adjustment for federal workers.“We fully support the House Democrats’ plan to end the shutdown and reopen the government,” said American Federation of Government...
  • UAW Scandals Show Why Michigan Needs to Keep Workers' Right to Work Protections

    11/03/2018 6:39:17 PM PDT · by willowsdale · 11 replies
    Holland Sentinel ^ | November 3 | Mark Mix
    According to the latest available U.S. Commerce Department data, the number of Michiganders employed in the auto and auto parts manufacturing industry is about half what it was at the turn of the millennium. United Auto Workers (UAW) union bosses, who for decades have wielded their government-granted monopoly-bargaining power to foist counterproductive work rules and inefficient benefit plans on unionized autoworkers and automakers, bear a large part of the responsibility. Of the roughly 170,000 remaining Michigan auto manufacturing employees, it’s likely that more than 100,000 are subject to UAW officials’ monopoly-bargaining power. In order to keep their jobs, employees must...
  • Election Day is just around the corner. I’m ready. Are you?

    10/19/2018 5:21:52 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 62 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | October 19, 2018 | Lily Eskelsen García, President of the National Education Associ
    I’ll never forget the first time I voted.It was way back in the, ahem, 20th century. I remember how proud I was to finally carrying out my civic duty and vote. I actually decided before Election Day to be a volunteer on one of the campaigns.  A great man, Senator Frank Moss, had led the fight on so many issues I cared about: Medicare, Social Security, assistance for hospice care, money for special education. I signed up to help him.He’d been in the Senate for 18 years. His challenger’s platform was pretty much that 18 years was too long to serve...
  • Want to be heard? Speak out with your vote!

    09/08/2018 4:39:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | September 6, 2018 | Lily Eskelsen García
    The well-rounded education that all students deserve includes a deep appreciation for citizenship and its core right and responsibility: voting.With National Voter Registration Day just around the corner (Tuesday, September 25), the NEA is encouraging members to advocate for—and hold—voter registration drives in public high schools. We are getting voter registration tools out to members through the NEA EdJustice League, our new avenue for building power and making our voices heard in communities across the nation. (By the way: The NEA Edjustice League offers a variety of ways you can connect with other activists in your area on lots of...
  • Whole Foods Workers Look to Unionize after New Bosses at Amazon 'Plan Cost Cutting Layoffs [Trunc]

    09/08/2018 12:01:20 PM PDT · by Cecily · 62 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 8, 2018 | James Gordon
    Workers at Whole Foods are looking to unionize after rumors parent company Amazon are planning mass layoffs in an order to reduce costs. It's not the first time Whole Foods workers have tried to organize themselves but it is the first attempt since Amazon bough the company. The email reveals strains between managers and lower-level employees at the supermarket chain. 'Over the past year, layoffs and the consolidations of store-level positions at Whole Foods Market have upset the livelihood of team members, stirred, anxiety, and lowered moral [sic] within stores,' the email states. It alleges Whole Foods CEO John Mackey...
  • Labor Day Needs an Education Revolution

    09/03/2018 7:31:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2018 | Edward Hudgins
    With Labor Day on the horizon, many Americans are worried that automation will soon monopolize the job market. And who could blame them considering that recent Labor Days have been haunted by headlines about human workers becoming obsolete? Here is just a small sample:“Robots Could Steal 40% of U.S. Jobs by 2030.”“Artificial Intelligence Will Take Your Job.”“Jeff Bezos believes people shouldn’t do jobs software can do.”“Robots won’t just take our jobs – they’ll make the rich even richer.”So, is this dystopian nightmare inevitable? Will the vast majority of Americans in the workforce be replaced by robots and cold, mechanical automata?Wrong...
  • AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Trump ‘Has Done More to Hurt Workers Than to Help Workers’

    09/03/2018 5:46:35 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 57 replies
    On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka said President Donald Trump has “hurt workers.” On Trump’s performance for workers, Trumka said, “Unfortunately, to date, the things that he has done to hurt workers outpace what he’s done to help workers. He hasn’t come up with an infrastructure program that could put a lot of us back to work. He overturned a regulation that would deny over 5 million overtime that they would’ve had. He overturned some health and safety regulations that will hurt us on the job.” He continued, “Wages have been down since the...