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CWA Applauds NM Attorney General’s Advisory Reaffirming Public Sector Workers’ Rights

The advisory emphasized that the only change under the Janus decision is that public employers may no longer deduct agency fees from a nonmember’s wages, nor may a labor organization collect an agency fee from a nonmember, without the nonmember’s affirmative consent.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 7:08 pm

AFL-CIO Releases New Ad, 'We Are Winning'

AFL-CIO Releases New Ad, 'We Are Winning'

The AFL-CIO today launched a television ad campaign highlighting the wave of collective action sweeping the country. From union organizing victories to the defeat of “right to work” in Missouri, working people are on the rise. As AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka puts it, “Something is happening in America.... When we stand together, we have the power.” 

Working people are tearing down a broken status quo to advance our movement, build a fairer economy and usher in a more just society. Here are just a few of the recent wins the labor movement has secured in that fight:

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:19
Posted: August 20, 2018, 3:19 pm

Sorry to Bother You: A Spectacle That Teaches

If you haven’t seen Sorry to Bother You yet, please stop reading this and find somewhere in your town that is still playing the film. SEE IT NOW. If you have seen Sorry to Bother You, I hope you will … Continue reading
Posted: August 20, 2018, 11:11 am

AFT Identifies Companies that Profit from Family Separation Policies

AFT Identifies Companies that Profit from Family Separation Policies
AFT Report
AFT

One of the most heartbreaking news stories of 2018 is the Trump administration's decision to separate undocumented immigrant families that enter the United States.The AFL-CIO, the AFT and other advocates for working people have condemned this policy and called for families to be reunited. As part of this effort, the AFT has issued a new report to inform pension trustees and the working people they represent about companies that are profiting off of family separation and mass incarceration.

First, there are the companies that directly profit from the family separation policy. They build and operate the facilities used to detain immigrants or provide support services to those facilities. These companies include:

  • CoreCivic: Formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest private prison company owns and operates eight immigration detention centers.
  • GEO Group: A company that operates private prisons and operates family detention centers.
  • General Dynamics: A top defense contractor, the company provides case management services at youth detention centers.

Second, there are the companies that provide financing to CoreCivic and GEO Group. These companies include:

  • BlackRock
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Wells Fargo

These companies may hold direct shares in the companies that profit from the policy, or they may have indirect investments in those companies through index, private equity or hedge funds. 

AFT will issue a follow-up report that identifies individual investment managers who profit from private prisons and the mass incarceration of people of color.

Read the full report to learn more.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:57
Posted: August 17, 2018, 5:57 pm

Do They Care? What Working People Are Doing This Week

Do They Care? What Working People Are Doing This Week
Does Cornell Care?
Bricklayers

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

A. Philip Randolph Institute:

Our president is one of the greatest! https://t.co/x2AkDm28fe

— APRI National (DC) (@APRI_National) August 15, 2018

Actors' Equity Association:

This week’s #EquityWorks highlight is of @AmericanPlayers. Read a quick overview of the current LORT Agreement here - https://t.co/sZsub3QPqi pic.twitter.com/Pe31fLA2zC

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) August 16, 2018

AFGE:

California AFGE members visited their state legislators yesterday to pass #AJR51 and send a message to Washington: #EOHellNO. pic.twitter.com/jHCJR4zgik

— AFGE (@AFGENational) August 17, 2018

AFSCME:

Republican state legislator in Maine admits he was wrong about public-sector unions https://t.co/fxAsD1CtOx via @AFSCME93 #1u #union

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) August 17, 2018

AFT:

"@rweingarten, president of the AFT (the parent union of the @OhioNursesAssoc) issued a statement calling the move a 'cruel, callous move that will hurt the Youngstown community.'" More on the closing of Northside Regional Medical Center in Youngstown: https://t.co/Xbp1hgBoFh

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 17, 2018

Air Line Pilots:

Aviation Industry Urges U.S. Senate Leadership to Pass a Long-Term @FAANews Reauthorization: https://t.co/8UtoSB37aD @GAManufacturers

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) August 15, 2018

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Judge Kavanaugh is a threat to our healthcare and he is dangerous for working and older Americans. Call your Senator now at 866-828-4162 and tell them to reject his nomination! https://t.co/j0dZlsCOAq #SaveACA #1u #ForThePeople pic.twitter.com/nR8xfotCoW

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) August 16, 2018

Amalgamated Transit Union:

Metro must pay $82 million in wage increases to thousands of workers, arbitration panel says https://t.co/ywhRNX0aoQ #1u #publictransit #transit

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) August 16, 2018

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

APALA San Francisco Chapter hosted a press conference with partners (@AnakbayanUSA and others) last week after a successful action to pressure community festival, Pistahan, to disassociate itself with anti-worker company, NutriAsia. https://t.co/9HxxsMMQaE

— APALA (@APALAnational) August 13, 2018

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

Today, we remember the six crew members, 147 passengers and two people killed on the ground after Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport on August 16, 1987. https://t.co/lXXwNXMx4H pic.twitter.com/qPpvCw7ZN5

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) August 16, 2018

BCTGM:

From the Convention floor: All Resolutions submitted by the BCTGM General Executive Board have been adopted. Go here to read the full text of the Resolutions: https://t.co/vdzBkakxfY | #BCTGM2018

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) August 14, 2018

Boilermakers:

MT @GovernorBullock called #Boilermakers L-D239 lockout a "unicorn," bc the state hasn't had a union lockout since the 80s. Even more reason to #standwiththreeforks. Thank you for standing w/ L-D239, Governor! #MTnews, @mtaflcio, @bobfunk https://t.co/dFJwEPxNp5 pic.twitter.com/0XaYXmneL3

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) August 15, 2018

Bricklayers:

Please sign this petition to expose unsafe working conditions & the lack of Local labor at Cornell University: https://t.co/carm926YAv #DoesCornellCare #1u #construction @CornellUnivers pic.twitter.com/6YCpdUsXlX

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) August 17, 2018

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

Children yet to be born will inherit royalty: the Queen of Soul. #arethafranklin #RESPECT pic.twitter.com/6vlLv2aYqL

— CBTU (@CBTU72) August 16, 2018

Communications Workers of America:

CWAers at @verizon & at Verizon Connected Solutions voted to ratify a 4yr extension of their contracts. The extensions provide for additional wage increases and enhanced retirement benefits for over 34k Verizon workers. RT to congratulate the workers! #1u https://t.co/b6lFVYBml5

— CWA (@CWAUnion) August 17, 2018

Department for Professional Employees:

Nonprofit professionals see 👀👇#NationalNonprofitDay #1u https://t.co/2UM8govSIu

— DPE (@DPEaflcio) August 17, 2018

Electrical Workers:

Meet the unsung heroes following firefighters into California's fire-ravaged zones, putting themselves in harm's way to bring the power back. #ThankALineman https://t.co/kQec9PUgd4

— IBEW (@IBEW) August 16, 2018

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

Q: What is FLOC (Farm Labor Organizing Committee) up to these days?

A: Many things! But we wanted to update on one of our main actions. We want to put pressure on Reynolds American, now owned by British American Tobacco. pic.twitter.com/FLuNDNS11R

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) August 17, 2018

Federal Employees:

As the White House wages war against unionized federal workers, NFFE-IAM members are fighting back by sharing their stories about labor’s pride, power and patriotism. In part one of an on-going series we meet Lisa Fellshttps://t.co/V5fYd2XE6b

— NFFE (@NFFE_Union) August 15, 2018

Fire Fighters:

Judge sides with San Antonio #firefighters #union https://t.co/psF6E40FRZ

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) August 17, 2018

International Labor Communications Association:

There's still time to enter the 2018 ILCA Labor Media Contest! It's the first and largest contest exclusively for labor communicators. Learn more and enter online here: https://t.co/0vYJIJliy2 pic.twitter.com/PSsTmvV4D9

— Labor Communications (@ILCAonline) August 16, 2018

Ironworkers:

#PAsmart aims to double registered #apprentices by #2025. Registered apprentices in #Pennsylvania has increased by 20% from (13,282 to 16,000) since Gov. Wolf established the Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016. https://t.co/sHbXyZpBWa #ThursdayThoughts

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) August 16, 2018

Jobs with Justice:

If he's confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh and Betsy DeVos will team up to destroy public schools as we know it. We can't allow that to happen. https://t.co/JBGT6ZwMXM #StopKavanaugh #WhatsAtStake

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) August 17, 2018

Laborers:

DYK a total of 156 East Tennessee #bridges are structurally deficient? #FixOurBridges #InfrastructureMatters https://t.co/nVvGxoDjSv

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) August 16, 2018

LCLAA:

LCLAA team at our “All White Night Celebration in Honor and Recognition of the Resilience of Puerto Rican Families” 🇵🇷 #lclaa18 pic.twitter.com/RA2G95pdeI

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) August 11, 2018

Machinists:

Members who attended our Safety & Health Conference in Maryland toured the Grand Lodge, including our video production studio. pic.twitter.com/prwqy55Ffm

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) August 17, 2018

Metal Trades:

A Union Ironworker Just Won the Wisconsin Democratic Primary for Paul Ryan's Seat! https://t.co/uK14dmPSkL https://t.co/uK14dmPSkL

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) August 15, 2018

Mine Workers:

Time is running out to #savepensionssavelives #FixIt! pic.twitter.com/lH4K4KfC82

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) August 5, 2018

NABTU:

Booker: NABTU supports "responsible regulations that protect the environment, public health and worker safety. We believe they are critical to responsible infrastructure development that lasts for decades and allows for future generations to use these invaluable assets."

— The Building Trades (@BldgTrdsUnions) August 16, 2018

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

On Aug. 5, Cleveland Center (ZOB) hosted a solidarity event for its members and those at surrounding facilities. The event was held at Play: CLE, which bills itself as Ohio’s largest indoor adventure park. https://t.co/rJ1nWXuYy3 pic.twitter.com/TO7Dpp52dJ

— NATCA (@NATCA) August 16, 2018

National Association of Letter Carriers:

#TBT of Kathy Meador who launched @stampouthunger in Middle Tennessee back in 1994! Picture courtesy of @2HarvestMidTN.

For photo submissions, please send them to social@nalc.org! pic.twitter.com/kNWMJ5RxhV

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) August 16, 2018

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

It’s time to denounce those officials enabling the despicable policies of mass deportations and family separations — starting with @DanaRohrabacher. #UnmaskHate #DefendSanctuary #ICEoutofOC pic.twitter.com/SxLIeB7MOJ

— NDLON (@NDLON) August 9, 2018

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

Happy #NationalNonprofitDay! We are committed to the women who care for this country. We are Black, we are women of color, we are immigrants. Please consider making a donation to support our work!https://t.co/BZ1XjMJoLK

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) August 17, 2018

National Nurses United:

Thank you @chelliepingree for standing with nurses in our fight for economic justice!

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, representing #Maine's 1st District, has cosponsored the Inclusive Prosperity Act (aka the Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street).#TaxWallStreet #MEpolitics pic.twitter.com/p4gz4WUzwH

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) August 17, 2018

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

NYC BECOMES FIRST CITY IN THE NATION TO REGULATE APP DISPATCH COMPANIES!!! This victory belongs to the yellow cab, green car, Uber, Lyft, black car and livery driver who united in our union to fight for justice! READ OUR STATEMENT https://t.co/UmhSuIcPJU

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) August 8, 2018

News Guild:

.@pressfreedom finds that the U.S. is the third deadliest country for journalists at this point in 2018. We're behind Afghanistan and Syria. https://t.co/va6c10NNpa#right2report

— NewsGuild (@news_guild) August 17, 2018

NFL Players Association:

Happy birthday to the late, great Gene Upshaw. His 25 years of leadership and service left a lasting imprint that still benefits our union and player members today.

🎥: https://t.co/AJv8G8AHIM

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) August 15, 2018

Office and Professional Employees:

Put your money where your values are & buy #unionmade! Our extensive library of union-made products will help you shop in solidarity: https://t.co/lr9u9pqXKf

— OPEIU (@opeiu) August 15, 2018

Painters and Allied Trades:

Monday's event at Glencliff Elementary School marked the new partnership for IUPAT's nonprofit wing, Painters and Allied Trades Children's Hope Foundation (PATCH). #PartnershipWorks #IUPATwins2018 https://t.co/3sitYg9WSc

— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) August 10, 2018

Pride At Work:

Congrats to #ChristineHallquist -- the first EVER openly transgender candidate for governor just won the Democratic primary in Vermont!https://t.co/H5CREXUEtF

— Pride at Work (@PrideatWork) August 15, 2018

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

Recruitment & retention are key for U.S. government to continue to have the best & brightest civil service in the world. @PASSNational members at the FAA are proud federal employees who serve their country every day by protecting aviation safety. #publicservice #unionsolidarity https://t.co/kZBDz1kEnp

— PASS (@PASSNational) August 14, 2018

Professional and Technical Engineers:

IFPTE stands with @UniteHereLocal2 and @unitehere in saying that #1job should be enough!! #NerdsAreWithYou #UNIONYES #UNIONPOWER #NOCONTRACTNOPEACE! https://t.co/mBloKhiqS1

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) August 15, 2018

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers:

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center @PVWC1 in Massachusetts has developed a rapid response network to help immigrant workers targeted by ICE. the article has some good info on how to develop a plan in case of a raid. @labornotes https://t.co/aazmGfKwXQ

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) August 17, 2018

SAG-AFTRA:

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 SAG-AFTRA Network Television Code has been approved by 93% https://t.co/1P7auni8pI pic.twitter.com/cGr4bQ5qvQ

— SAG-AFTRA NEWS (@sagaftranews) August 17, 2018

School Administrators:

Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, has won the Democratic primary for an open U.S. House of Representative seat in Connecticut's 5th District https://t.co/uXUTVGV8UN

— AFSA Leadership (@AFSAUnion) August 15, 2018

Seafarers:

SIU Port Agent Georg Kenny (right in both photos) delivered a pro-maritime message last week at the Virginia AFL-CIO Convention in Williamsburg. He’s pictured with (respectively) Senator Tim Kaine and... https://t.co/z7SIbzBoxY

— Seafarers Union (@SeafarersUnion) August 14, 2018

Solidarity Center:

Get the facts on labor #migration #humantrafficking and #forcedlabor.https://t.co/mGD2BPlT6I pic.twitter.com/smGGlBGUwB

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) August 17, 2018

Theatrical Stage Employees:

IATSE has partnered with @OSHA_DOL to deliver an entertainment industry specific fact sheet and resource, which can be found here: https://t.co/Uyl1r4gUf3 #SafeAndSound2018 pic.twitter.com/OQTE56Riy7

— IATSE (@IATSE) August 17, 2018

Transport Workers:

Pres Samuelsen met today with union officials from @unitetheunion, the British union representing @AmericanAir workers in the UK, to discuss AA’s attacks on our scope protections. Further meetings are scheduled. pic.twitter.com/pMZNduIqjR

— TWU (@transportworker) August 13, 2018

Transportation Trades Department:

Assault on airport customer service agents is completely unacceptable—these men and women must be protected. @MachinistsUnion https://t.co/JHu71AdGH9

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) August 16, 2018

UAW:

"Voters want less talk and controversy and more action on wage stagnation, lack of job security, health care, and safety on the job and a fair fighting chance for their children’s future.” https://t.co/F05KHCTGLV

— UAW (@UAW) August 8, 2018

UFCW:

“Someone could walk off the street today and get paid the same as me,” says James Collins, who has worked at Walmart for six years. https://t.co/eZybYagPYl @seattletimes @ChangeWalmart .@abhabhattarai

— UFCW (@UFCW) August 17, 2018

UNITE HERE:

Stand with hotel workers across North America. @Marriott - one job should be enough to pay bills, raise a family, and retire with dignity.#1job #unitehere pic.twitter.com/OD5nlT3uJy

— UNITE HERE #1Job (@unitehere) June 27, 2018

United Steelworkers:

“I’ve been a steelworker for ten years and seven years ago my life needed to change. It was a life and death situation. If it wasn’t for my union I wouldn’t be here today. It’s changed my life,” Mike Spiess, Lu 10-00086. #USWLife pic.twitter.com/tRdOvVhP0q

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) August 17, 2018

United Students Against Sweatshops:

Yesterday we shut down @Nike in Georgetown and delivered a warning: Nike can try to run from their responsibilities to garment workers, but they can’t hide. #nikesweatshops https://t.co/68lLzvBXmf

— USAS (@USAS) August 12, 2018

Working America:

American Workers Just Got a Pay Cut in Economy Trump Calls Great https://t.co/VrDzCJX9kK pic.twitter.com/Tjz4tMSUez

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) August 16, 2018

Writers Guild of America, East:

Solidarity with our members in the #ThrillistUnion who are meeting at the WGAEast offices today instead of reporting to work. #1u https://t.co/OIbdvVcw2E

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) August 13, 2018
Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:48
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:48 pm

Viewpoint: Unions Aren’t Exclusive Clubs—We Fight for All Workers

Editor's note: This viewpoint is part of an ongoing debate about how unions should deal with free riders. Check out previous installments here.

Posted: August 17, 2018, 1:16 pm

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Rich Cordray

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Rich Cordray
Rich Cordray
AFL-CIO

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Ohio gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray.

Here are some of the key reasons why Cordray is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • He has a record of fighting for working people. When he was attorney general of Ohio, he worked to recover more than $2 billion for teachers and retirees who were victims of fraud.
  • Cordray served as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created to protect families against corporate and Wall Street abuse. Under his leadership, financial institutions were forced to pay back nearly $12 billion to more than 30 million Americans.
  • While attorney general, he launched programs to help working families plan for their retirement goals.
  • Cordray is a proponent of Medicaid expansion.
  • His "Reduced Costs, Reliable Coverage" plan will increase transparency and accountability in the state's health care system.
  • Cordray’s infrastructure plan will repair roads and bridges and invest in public transportation, broadband and clean water projects. These investments also will create jobs.
  • His workforce development plan will ensure every Ohioan has the skills they need to support their families by strengthening two- and four-year college degree programs, vocational school, apprenticeships, certifications and other types of skills training.
  • To improve the economy for Ohio workers, he is focused on supporting homegrown small businesses as well as attracting out-of-state companies.
  • Cordray stands firmly against "right to work" laws.
  • As attorney general, he went after bad employers who routinely misclassified their workers. 

Learn more about Cordray at his website.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:13
Posted: August 16, 2018, 7:13 pm

Bargaining Update

The latest bargaining information for AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy T, Verizon, and Consolidated Communications.

Posted: August 16, 2018, 5:48 pm

Community Leaders Call on PUCO to Reject AT&T's Request to Drop Out of Lifeline Program

AT&T's abandonment of the Lifeline program, which subsidizes vital phone and internet services, would harm more than 10,000 of their Ohio customers.

Posted: August 16, 2018, 5:40 pm

Local 6355 is CWA STRONG

Earlier this year, Missouri Republicans passed legislation to weaken public sector unions by making most state workers at-will employees.

Posted: August 16, 2018, 5:33 pm

South Dakota CWA Members Lead Fight Against Offshoring of Call Center Jobs

Members of CWA Local 7500 held a rally in Sioux Falls this week to call for politicians to step in and act.

Posted: August 16, 2018, 5:28 pm

District 1 CWAers Fight Back against Unprecedented Attacks on Labor

CWA members joined a Community Conversation event last week in the Bronx discussing how theys can mobilize to make the community stronger.

Posted: August 16, 2018, 5:24 pm

GDIT Workers Featured at Netroots Nation

Workers from General Dynamics Information Technology, who are joining together to gain a voice in their workplace with CWA, were featured earlier this month at the Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans.

Posted: August 16, 2018, 5:19 pm

CWA Member Honored as Champion of Social Security

Cecilia Valdez, CWA 7026 Secretary-Treasurer, was honored with the 2018 Grijalva Champion of Social Security Award

Posted: August 16, 2018, 4:43 pm

NewsGuild-CWA Joins Boston Globe in Condemning President Trump's Attacks on Journalism

The Boston Globe has launched an effort calling on news organizations to speak out about President Donald Trump's sustained assault on the free press.

Posted: August 16, 2018, 4:39 pm

Building a Rapid-Response Network to Defend Immigrant Workers

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As the Trump administration cracks down on undocumented immigrants, it’s urgent for worker centers and unions to organize to defend immigrant members.

In Western Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center has created a rapid-response network it calls “Sanctuary in the Streets” (SiS). The worker center, founded in 2014, organizes restaurant workers and farmworkers in the area. Worker committees set the network's priorities.

Posted: August 16, 2018, 3:39 pm

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Andy Levin

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Andy Levin
Andy Levin for Congress
Andy Levin for Congress

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are going to take a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Michigan congressional candidate Andy Levin.

Here are some of the key reasons why Levin is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • Levin wants to make increasing living standards a part of all trade deals.
  • He favors raising the minimum wage.
  • Levin said he wants to focus on restoring the freedom of working people to organize and bargain collectively.
  • He wants to expand paid family leave. 
  • Levin will fight for equal pay and benefits for all women, particularly women of color.
  • In Michigan, he became the state's first chief workforce officer and created a program, "No Worker Left Behind," which helped more than 162,000 Michiganders get workforce training and another 120,000 get new jobs.
  • He will fight Republican attempts to undermine and privatize Social Security. 
  • Levin advocates for universal public education under local control with well-compensated teachers.
  • He wants to create a comprehensive, long-term program to invest in roads, bridges, sewers, mass transit and other infrastructure.
  • In Congress, he will stand up for trade policies that protect the rights of working people and raise the standard of living for workers in all countries that are involved.
  • He said he wants to change tax policies to stop incentivizing outsourcing.
  • Levin will vote to increase investment in job training and apprenticeships.
  • He wants Congress to pass legislation barring discrimination against LGBTQ-plus people in employment, housing and other aspects of American life.
  • Levin said he wants the United States to move away from the prison industrial complex and favors other criminal justice reforms that diminish the oppression of people of color.
  • He wants comprehensive immigration reform with a clear pathway to citizenship and wants to end family separations at the border.
  • Levin will work to protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau so it can continue to protect families that are treated poorly by banks, payday lenders, check cashing stores and others.
  • He wants to ensure access to affordable health care for all Americans by passing Medicare for All and taking on the high cost of prescription drugs.
  • Levin wants to embrace postal banking as a way to give Americans easy access to banking services from a trustworthy source.​
  • He supports a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United in order to bring full disclosure of all money donated to influence elections.

Learn more about Levin at his website.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:15
Posted: August 16, 2018, 1:15 pm

Brett Kavanaugh dissent shows how far he'll go to side with the boss over workers

It’s starting to look like a requirement of being nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump is having at least one gratuitously, ludicrously anti-worker dissent in your record. Neil Gorsuch had the frozen trucker, and as for Brett Kavanaugh, Dave Jamieson offers a candidate. Kavanaugh was the lone dissenter on a case in which a […]
Posted: August 15, 2018, 5:56 pm

Trump's NLRB Is Back in Action After Its Ethics Scandal. And It's Not Good for Workers

The Trump-dominated National Labor Relations Board has been mostly quiet this summer, largely as the result of an ethics scandal that has tainted some of its earlier anti-union work. But NLRB initiatives are quietly underway to restart attacks on labor rights, including an effort disclosed August 1 that could restrict how workers can use email […]
Posted: August 14, 2018, 5:51 pm

Community Leaders Call on PUCO to Reject AT&T's Request to Drop Out of Lifeline Program

Today, leaders from the NAACP, Ohio Poverty Law Center, Alliance for Retired Americans, ProgressOhio and Communications Workers of America District 4 called on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to reject AT&T’s request to drop out of the Lifeline program. AT&T’s abandonment of the Lifeline program, which subsidizes vital phone and internet services, would harm over 10,000 of their Ohioa customers - including the elderly, veterans and low-income households.

Posted: August 14, 2018, 5:47 pm

Labor Department becomes latest Trump agency to take interest in 'religious freedom'

The Department of Labor issued a directive Friday that makes it easier for federal contractors to claim their religious beliefs as a defense against anti-LGBTQ discrimination charges. On August 10, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued an enforcement directive that says investigators should consider recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and […]
Posted: August 13, 2018, 5:44 pm

A Huge Win: The Working People Weekly List

A Huge Win: The Working People Weekly List
Working People Weekly List
AFL-CIO

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

A Huge Win for Organized Labor in Missouri: "'The defeat of this poisonous anti-worker legislation is a victory for all workers across the country,' declared AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka as the results came in Tuesday night. 'The message sent by every single person who worked to defeat Prop. A is clear: When we see an opportunity to use our political voice to give workers a more level playing field, we will seize it with overwhelming passion and determination. Tonight is the latest act of working people changing a rigged system that for decades has been favoring corporations, the mega wealthy and the privileged few.'"

Unions Triumph at the Ballot Box: "Something is happening in America. Missouri, riding a nationwide wave of victories for working people, on Tuesday became the first state in history to overturn a so-called right-to-work law by popular vote. It was an incredible display of the labor movement’s capacity to win change."

Giving 'Hope to Workers Across the Nation,' Missouri Votes to Repeal GOP Attack on Unions: "'Brothers and sisters, tonight we celebrate, but tomorrow we must get back to work,' declared Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis in a speech following Tuesday's victory. 'Tomorrow we must continue to organize. Together, we made history. Together, we must continue to fight for working families.'"

Ethical Camping Essentials: "Ah, the great outdoors. The fresh air, the sounds of nature, the s’mores! That’s right. When you’re planning an outdoor vacation during the final weeks of summer, you’ll need a bunch of supplies, both fun and practical. Whether you’re protecting against the elements or putting together a decadent fireside treat, Labor 411 reminds you to shop for ethical American-made brands manufactured by companies that treat their workers fairly. Enjoy the outdoors, and together we’ll camp our way to a stronger America."

Hard Work Pays Off in Missouri: In the States Roundup: "It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states."

Support Locked-Out Boilermakers in Montana: "On Aug. 2, Imerys locked out members of the Boilermakers (IBB) and brought in replacements at its talc plant in Three Forks, Montana. The lockout comes after Imerys consistently has refused to back down from its anti-worker contract proposal. The proposed contract would eliminate retiree health insurance, seniority, overtime over eight hours, double-time pay for overtime and the current defined contribution 401(k) plan, and would freeze the defined pension plan."

Missouri's Working People Overwhelmingly Reject Right to Work: "Last night was historic for working people in Missouri. Wealthy corporate interests tried to use their money to rig the system in favor of the 1%. But Missourians rejected the cynical power grab by an overwhelming 2-1 majority. Something big is happening with America’s working people—something that will bring change—and last night was just the latest evidence of this groundswell."

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:14
Posted: August 13, 2018, 3:14 pm

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Stacey Abrams

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Stacey Abrams
Stacey Abrams
Stacey Abrams for Governor

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are going to take a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Here are some of the key reasons why Abrams is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • She is the only gubernatorial candidate to propose a detailed jobs plan.
  • Abrams has introduced Georgia's Advanced Energy Jobs Plan to deliver tens of thousands of high-wage jobs. 
  • In a visit to Ironworkers Local 709, she has noted that her jobs program would increase registered apprenticeships in the state from 8,000 to 22,000 by 2022.
  • As co-founder of financial services firm NOW Account and other small businesses, she has helped create and retain jobs in the state.
  • Abrams wants to use old buildings to turn the city of Macon into a hub for renewable energy such as hydro, biomass, wind and solar.
  • She has received the Friend of Labor award for her support of working families.
  • While minority leader, she has led the charge to stop the practice of employee misclassification.
  • She said she wants to be the public education governor and has fought an undemocratic takeover of schools that would've shifted power to unelected officials only answerable to the governor.
  • Abrams would help small businesses access capital, skilled labor and critical infrastructure. 
  • She would prioritize economic mobility to make sure hardworking families have a chance to succeed. 
  • To do this, Abrams would establish a state earned income tax credit, focus on tax breaks for working families rather than the richest individuals and corporations and expand access to child care tax credits and subsidies.
  • In her agenda, she demands workplaces never discriminate based on a person’s race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, disability or immigration status.
  • Abrams would promote policies to ensure pay equity.
  • She wants to expand paid sick leave.
  • Abrams favors the state requiring a living wage in every county.
  • As a legislator, she has co-sponsored legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • She supports a Georgia civil rights bill to protect the LGBTQ-plus community, immigrants, people of color, and people of faith from discrimination in housing, public accommodation, and the workplace.
  • Abrams wants to end abusive on-call scheduling, so that families can have predictable workweeks and paychecks.
  • She has called for investment in infrastructure, including roads, bridges, transit, water and sewer systems, ports, broadband, and clean energy.
  • Abrams wants public projects to utilize more Georgia workers and products.
  • She opposes legislation that bans project labor agreements on public works projects.

Learn more about Abrams at her website.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 08/13/2018 - 09:12
Posted: August 13, 2018, 1:12 pm

Will the Left Get Fooled Into Abandoning Worker Pensions?

The ideological blinders of some on the left are aiding and abetting the right’s final assault on labor. Workers and their allies should be appalled, and they need to act quickly. In the past decade, one of the few hopeful developments in an often bleak labor landscape has been the rise of a new form […]
Posted: August 10, 2018, 5:31 pm

Review: Labor and the Class Idea in the U.S. and Canada

In 1965, in both Canada and the U.S., about 30 percent of the workforce was represented by unions. This figure, called union density, had been close between the two countries for 50 years. Often, density in the U.S. was a little bit higher than in Canada.

But starting in the mid-1960s, our paths diverged. Union density in the U.S. began to fall, while in Canada it kept climbing.

Canada’s union density peaked at 38 percent in the early 1980s. By 2017 it had fallen to 28.6 percent—but that’s still substantially higher than the 10.7 percent in the U.S.

Posted: August 9, 2018, 6:35 pm

Ethical Camping Essentials

Ethical Camping Essentials
Ethical camping
Labor 411

Ah, the great outdoors. The fresh air, the sounds of nature, the s’mores! That’s right. When you’re planning an outdoor vacation during the final weeks of summer, you’ll need a bunch of supplies, both fun and practical. Whether you’re protecting against the elements or putting together a decadent fireside treat, Labor 411 reminds you to shop for ethical American-made brands manufactured by companies that treat their workers fairly. Enjoy the outdoors, and together we’ll camp our way to a stronger America.

S’mores

  • Campfire marshmallows
  • Chocolate – Ghirardelli, Hershey, Cadbury
  • Honey Maid graham crackers

Grill 

  • Weber 

Hammocks

  • Algoma Net

Outdoor Clothing

  • AFL-CIO union-made gear
  • All American Clothing Co.
  • Carhartt

Coffee

  • 
Eight O’Clock coffee

  • Folgers

  • Maxwell House
  • Millstone coffee
  • USA Coffee Company

Hot Cocoa 

  • Ghirardelli
  • Swiss Miss


Coolers 

  • Rubbermaid

Sunscreen 

  • Bain de Soleil
  • Coppertone


This post originally appeared at Labor 411.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:12
Posted: August 9, 2018, 6:12 pm

Hard Work Pays Off In Missouri: In the States Roundup

Hard Work Pays Off In Missouri: In the States Roundup
In the States Roundup
AFL-CIO

It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations on Twitter.

Alabama AFL-CIO:

The Alabama AFL-CIO held its endorsement convention on August 2-3, 2018 at the Embassy Suites, in Montgomery, Alabama.https://t.co/YJHKRJ3h7r

— Alabama AFL-CIO (@AlabamaAFLCIO) August 6, 2018

Arizona AFL-CIO:

Some are calling this the "Missouri Miracle." Nonsense. This victory was no miracle; it was hard work by dedicated Missouri union members with the help of our brothers and sisters from all over the U.S. including Arizona. https://t.co/CvZySyNTZH

— Arizona AFL-CIO (@ArizonaAFLCIO) August 8, 2018

Arkansas AFL-CIO:

"The November election has been tailored to delight the business lobby, with the exception of one proposal that would upset its legislative apple cart. Working men and women beware." -Ark Times https://t.co/upuxIzj9KI
^JH #arklabor #NoOn1 #protectarfamilies @ARlaborradio

— Arkansas AFL-CIO (@ArkansasAFLCIO) August 9, 2018

California Labor Federation:

"Don’t let the billionaires privatize and destroy public education in our state. Keep our public schools free, funded and public."@Dartaft on why we MUST vote @TonyThurmond for Supt. of Public Instruction📝👏🏼 https://t.co/I2Aa8XNGf7#1u #ourvoteourvoice #unionstrong

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) August 8, 2018

Florida AFL-CIO:

Creating a living wage across Florida takes center stage at the #fldemdebate, a centerpiece of https://t.co/D9SwGWAXlV.

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) August 2, 2018

Idaho State AFL-CIO:

Read the fine print. #organize https://t.co/vGcPUKAtcJ

— Idaho State AFL-CIO (@IdahoAFLCIO) August 2, 2018

Illinois AFL-CIO:

Another photo from today's rally. #EOhellNO #RedForFeds pic.twitter.com/F1H8AjvGcN

— Illinois AFL-CIO (@ILAFLCIO) July 25, 2018

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

RT @WorkingAmerica: "Federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh, anti-worker President Donald Trump’s nominee for a vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat, would 'skew the court even more towards corporations and the elite,'" #StopKavanaugh https://t.co/0Mucvp4MUe pic.twitter.com/DwjlgPbWoU

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) August 9, 2018

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Why pastors should preach about labor unions https://t.co/beTX5rly9v

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) August 9, 2018

Kentucky State AFL-CIO:

Missourians went to the polls yesterday and defeated Right to Work. This Friday, oral arguments before the Kentucky Supreme Court will be held in our case against KY’s so-called “Right-to-Work” law.
2018 is the year of the worker.
And we’re just... https://t.co/Gj1ERkxmgq

— Kentucky AFL-CIO (@aflcioky) August 8, 2018

Maine AFL-CIO:

LIVE from Orono, members of the powerful German union @IGMetall share with local Maine union members what their labor movement is like. https://t.co/DOavc42nEg #1u #solidarity #mepolitics

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) August 8, 2018

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

Brian Doherty from @metrobtc speaking on @RadioBoston about what construction unions do to combat the opioid crisis: Construction Industry Has Highest Opioid OD Death Rates In Mass. https://t.co/rLvRdfn3I9 #1u

— Massachusetts AFLCIO (@massaflcio) August 9, 2018

Metro Washington (D.C.) Council AFL-CIO:

As Missouri goes, so goes the nation? https://t.co/IJbQZVkvsB

— MetroDCLaborCouncil (@DCLabor) August 9, 2018

Michigan AFL-CIO:

Whether it’s expanding the labor movement, bargaining life-changing contracts, rewriting the rules of the economy, or filling the halls of power with our allies, unions are on the rise. https://t.co/AkLsawft5B

— Michigan AFL-CIO (@MIAFLCIO) August 9, 2018

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

MN @AFLCIO congratulates working Missourians for defeating “Right to Work” https://t.co/TlW1EVBa9f #VoteNoOnPropA #1u @MOAFLCIO #Labor18 Today’s vote should serve as a clear message to MN policymakers that working people are sick of attacks on our freedom to prosper. #mnleg pic.twitter.com/xjUYSxFbvD

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) August 8, 2018

Missouri AFL-CIO:

It was wrong in 1978 and it was wrong 2018! Missouri workers win! Thank you! We have repealed “right-to-work”! pic.twitter.com/RfZ89JsC2Y

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) August 8, 2018

Montana AFL-CIO:

Day 4 of the @Imerys lockout.

Let @Imerys know what you think of it’s union-busting and worker intimidation. #StandWithThreeForks

— Montana AFL-CIO (@MTaflcio) August 5, 2018

Nevada State AFL-CIO:

"Collective bargaining affects pay standards across entire industries, meaning even nonunion workers benefit. Unions also reduce gender and racial wage gaps across industries, which contributes to broader equality in society."https://t.co/ZdYylfuZcU

— Nevada State AFL-CIO (@NVAFLCIO) August 9, 2018

New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

Proud to stand with @GovMurphy who signed an EO combating worker misclassification in order to promote a level playing field for workers across the state. https://t.co/Y185jWwn4l pic.twitter.com/8PQfmLkQvA

— New Jersey AFL-CIO (@NJAFLCIO) May 3, 2018

New Mexico Federation of Labor:

An attack on one is an attack on ALL! Labor Unions in New Mexico stand united in #RedForFeds!! 💪🔴
@AFLCIO @AFGENational pic.twitter.com/FvzgtK8XvQ

— NMFL (@LaborFed4NM) July 25, 2018

New York State AFL-CIO:

14,000 #UnionStrong working people at @ATT may strike soon if necessary for good jobs, affordable healthcare, and a secure retirement. #NoJobsNoDeal #1u
Stand with them in their fight. Sign the petition: https://t.co/1e1b7Ggwf5

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) August 3, 2018

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

Missouri is just the beginning. When working people come together, NO ONE can stop us! https://t.co/q6FfF2I9mJ

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) August 8, 2018

North Dakota AFL-CIO:

Kavanaugh has a bad record when it comes to workers! 1-844-899-9913 Call now! #1u pic.twitter.com/N9DJchUagp

— North Dakota AFL-CIO (@NDAFLCIO) July 26, 2018

Ohio AFL-CIO:

Kicking a$$ for the working (and artistic) class. #Solidarity from #Ohio! #UnrigTheSystem https://t.co/1mJLtFzrhq

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) August 9, 2018

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Nichols Park Restoration Receives USA 2017 Conservation Project of the Year Awardhttps://t.co/oppN79dT5T

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) August 9, 2018

Oregon AFL-CIO:

Oregon is leading the charge in bringing behavioral health workers together to make positive changes in their important work:https://t.co/51wD3BEjK5 #UnionStrong @oregonafscme

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) August 9, 2018

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

Philly leads the country in wage growth. Proud of this Union City! @PhillyAFLCIOhttps://t.co/N4PFflUJUA

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) August 9, 2018

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

#Eastland @UFCWLocal328 #1U #UnionStrong #UnionYes #Solidarity #Jobs #WorkersRights https://t.co/YNhUqTlMqv

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) August 2, 2018

South Carolina AFL-CIO:

Kavanaugh Sided With Trump Casino in 2012 to Thwart Union Drive https://t.co/Wiy19wRSGH

— SC AFL-CIO (@SCAFLCIO) August 7, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO:

TEA staff testifies that charter schools often “counsel” students with special needs to go elsewhere and claim they can’t serve them the way real public schools do. #charterschools #txed #txlege #AllmeansAll @DisRightsTx @pastors4txkids pic.twitter.com/R7f7cv1ylx

— Texas AFT (@TexasAFT) August 8, 2018

Virginia AFL-CIO:

Delegate @ChrisHurstVA presenting a workshop full of helpful tips and guidance on “Working with the Media” to union members who are interested in addressing media outlets in order to cover their interests and events. pic.twitter.com/BgafYQfYnU

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) August 9, 2018

Washington State Labor Council:

We marched for the dignity of farm workers (by WSLC President Jeff Johnson) https://t.co/G8OcphjZTH

"Farm workers shouldn’t have to go to work to suffer, but rather to earn family-supporting wages and to be treated with dignity." pic.twitter.com/xGnQRHhDh6

— WA State AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) August 7, 2018

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Union helps laid-off Harley employees retrain for new KC-area jobs, https://t.co/dsDnMvq3lx

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) August 9, 2018
Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:37
Posted: August 9, 2018, 5:37 pm

Employee Success Stories from the OSC

The Office of Special Counsel keeps federal agencies in check by holding them accountable for practices that violate the employment rights and civil rights of federal employees. In its recap of Fiscal Year 2017, the OSC highlighted successful resolution of complaints about whistleblower retaliation, prohibited selection practices and other abuses. Actions against federal whistleblower retaliation […]
Posted: August 9, 2018, 5:28 pm

Missouri Voters Overwhelmingly Reject ‘Right to Work’

Unions in Missouri are declaring victory after voters shot down a Republican-backed “right-to-work” law by a hefty 2 to 1.

The final vote count was 937,241 against the legislation to 452,075 in favor.

Missouri became the 28th state with a right-to-work law on the books in February 2017, when Republican Governor Eric Greitens signed the law at a ceremony in an abandoned factory.

Posted: August 8, 2018, 7:36 pm

Voters Just Killed Right to Work in Missouri, Proving Labor Still Has Power Under Janus

After a string of victories across the country in recent years—including this summer’s Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court ruling—the anti-union “right-to-work” movement has met its match in Missouri.  In Tuesday’s primary election, Missouri voters overwhelmingly rejected Proposition A, a ballot measure that would have made the state the 28th in the nation to adopt a […]
Posted: August 8, 2018, 7:16 pm

Support Locked-Out Boilermakers in Montana

Support Locked-Out Boilermakers in Montana
IBB Lockout
Boilermakers

On Aug. 2, Imerys locked out members of the Boilermakers (IBB) and brought in replacements at its talc plant in Three Forks, Montana. The lockout comes after Imerys consistently has refused to back down from its anti-worker contract proposal. The proposed contract would eliminate retiree health insurance, seniority, overtime over eight hours, double-time pay for overtime and the current defined contribution 401(k) plan, and would freeze the defined pension plan.

The Three Forks plant is French-owned Imerys’ most profitable site, generating more than $1 million profit monthly. Despite this, the company wants to gut the workers’ contract. These working people fought back, and Imerys locked them out.

Here are six ways you can help the locked-out workers:

1. Join the picket line: Our union brothers and sisters and their friends and neighbors will be picketing every day at the Imerys talc plant at 2150 Bench Road in Three Forks.

2. Call and tell Imerys to end the lockout: The phone number is (406) 404-0422.

3. Give Imerys a one-star review on Facebook for its anti-worker attitude: Let Imerys know you support IBB by giving the company a low rating on the social media site for its poor labor practices.

4. Write a letter to the editor: Let the community know you support the workers by submitting a letter to the editor of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

5. Spread the word: Talk about the story on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #StandWithThreeForks.

6. Support IBB: A GoFundMe account has been set up to support the locked-out workers.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:49
Posted: August 8, 2018, 4:49 pm

Viewpoint: How to Talk with Nonunion Workers about ‘Right to Work’

Today Missouri voters are at the polls in a referendum to repeal the state’s “right-to-work” law, thanks to the heroic efforts of union members and allies who gathered 310,657 signatures last year to block implementation of the anti-union law until voters could decide. Legislative Republicans pushed the referendum date back to August, instead of the November ballot, to suppress turnout.

Posted: August 7, 2018, 7:11 pm

Proposition A: The right-to-work referendum on Missouri’s ballot, explained

In February 2017, then-governor of Missouri Eric Greitens (R) signed a right-to-work bill drafted by the state’s GOP-controlled legislature. The bill made Missouri the 28th right-to-work state in the country and the sixth state to pass such legislation since 2012. But the bill isn’t yet law, thanks to petitioners who gathered over 250,000 signatures to […]
Posted: August 7, 2018, 7:10 pm

Trump Appointees Are Pushing a Deregulation Plan That Could Dramatically Erode Consumer Protections

A year ago, high-cost payday loans that preyed upon at-risk borrowers looked to be under assault. In October 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized federal regulations to force payday lenders to consider whether borrowers could actually pay back their loans. Those rules, combined with a smattering of state laws that capped interest rates, were […]
Posted: August 6, 2018, 7:04 pm

Tech Workers and Flight Attendants Resist Immigrant Family Separation

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The brutal and wildly unpopular Trump administration policy that separated thousands of children from their immigrant parents triggered widespread protests.

It also provoked resistance from workers whose jobs are crucial to carrying it out.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) don’t operate in a vacuum. They depend on a host of products and services—including technology produced by software engineers and travel assisted by flight attendants.

Posted: August 6, 2018, 6:15 pm

Real Government Help for Working-Class People

When I graduated college in 1975, the U.S. was in the midst of a recession, and New York City was on the verge of bankruptcy.  As a student, I’d commuted to Herbert Lehman College in the Bronx from my parents’ … Continue reading
Posted: August 6, 2018, 11:29 am

Minimum wage increases are working for workers at the bottom, but the middle is getting squeezed

Here’s news that should make people who consider themselves securely in the middle class sit up and take notice. Major retail chains like Walmart have made a big deal of raising their minimum wage for entry-level workers. But what about experienced workers who’ve been in their jobs for years? If you’re guessing they haven’t seen […]
Posted: August 3, 2018, 6:45 pm

South Korea: After 12 Years of Protests, Women Workers Get ‘Dream Jobs’ Back

August 02, 2018 / Yi San
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After 12 years of campaigns and protests against unjust layoffs, 180 female attendants at South Korea’s premier train service are getting their jobs back. These tenacious women workers defeated a ham-handed privatization effort and corrupt political collusion.

The KTX is South Korea’s answer to bullet trains. The country’s Railroad Administration launched it in 2004 and selected 351 female attendants, all in their twenties, from a pool of 4,600 applicants who dreamed of becoming “flight attendants on the ground.”

Posted: August 2, 2018, 10:19 pm

OSHA’s Rollback of the Recordkeeping Rule

OSHA proposed last week to roll back parts of the “Electronic Recordkeeping” regulation that the Obama administration issued in 2016. The rule would have required certain employers to electronically send worker injury and illness information into OSHA. OSHA then intended to publicize the (non-confidential) information on its website. In a somewhat amusing, but Orwellian press […]
Posted: August 2, 2018, 4:56 pm

Vermont's Striking Nurses Want A Raise for Nonunion Workers Too

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Especially for professional workers, when your main strike issue is pay, attracting public support can be a challenge.

Savvy employers paint union members as spoiled. They like to point out that you’re already making more than many of your nonunion neighbors.

Yet when 1,800 nurses and technical staff struck for better wages July 12-13 at the state’s second-largest employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center, the people of Burlington came out in force to back them up.

Posted: August 2, 2018, 2:30 pm

Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike

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Another big nurse strike this summer drew momentum from a surprising source—a hard-fought internal union election that ended in a toss-up between two factions.

At Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, 2,400 nurses and other professionals walked off the job July 23. After enduring a 10-year freeze on starting pay, they want a raise to help attract more nurses.

Posted: August 2, 2018, 2:22 pm

T-Shirt Ban Energizes Michigan Nurses

August 01, 2018 / Anne Jackson
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Stewards and active rank and filers at the University of Michigan Hospital have been working hard to engage a membership that has not had to fight for a contract in seven years. It was slow going at first, trying to get 5,800 nurses at maize and blue U of M to wear red to show our union solidarity as we bargain.

Posted: August 1, 2018, 5:04 pm

Black Working-Class Voices Doing It for Themselves

As a kid I didn’t expect to see myself reflected in a majority of the TV shows I saw or the  magazines and papers I read. It was the same for many children of immigrants in 90s UK. Even though … Continue reading
Posted: July 23, 2018, 10:42 am

Iowa’s Next Election: Bridging the Urban-Rural and Class Divide

My home state of Iowa famously gave Barack Obama a convincing victory in the Democratic caucuses in 2008, the first triumph that launched a young U.S. senator from Illinois to become the first African-American president. Obama ultimately won two terms, … Continue reading
Posted: July 9, 2018, 11:18 am

Working-Class Pride: Promise or Peril?

Pride in something seems to be a good thing to have. But pride can lead to prejudice. And it can also lead to displacement and erasure. For many, President Trump’s promise on Inauguration Day, that “From this moment on, it’s … Continue reading
Posted: June 25, 2018, 11:28 am

This is Your Daughter’s Labor Movement

If there is going to be a revival of the U.S. labor movement, it’s likely that women are going to lead it. Women activists, especially young women of color, are doing much more than resuscitating traditional unions; they’re pushing boundaries … Continue reading
Posted: June 18, 2018, 11:36 am

Relocating the Dream: Working-Class Housing as History and Spectacle

This week marks the beginning of the Venice Biennale – an internationally-acclaimed series of events and exhibitions showcasing the arts and architecture. However this year, one exhibition in particular has been met with a wave of campaigning and protest in … Continue reading
Posted: June 4, 2018, 11:25 am

Class at the Forefront: 2018 Working-Class Studies Association Awards

Since the 2016 election, the working class has been repeatedly blamed in the news for electing Trump, though as many have argued, the issue of class is a far more complicated and often misunderstood category that defies such summary scapegoating. … Continue reading
Posted: May 28, 2018, 11:08 am

The Future of Working-Class Studies

In 2005, John Russo and Sherry Linkon published their edited collection New Working-Class Studies, drawing together a rich array of writers across a range of disciplines. This was by no means the first book that addressed working-class life and culture, … Continue reading
Posted: May 21, 2018, 11:08 am

We Need a Working-Class Ranking System

Lists that rank U.S. colleges are everywhere these days.  You can find images of the “most beautiful” or “safest” campuses on Facebook.  Every major news magazine seems to have its own rankings system.  All of this started with US News … Continue reading
Posted: May 14, 2018, 10:56 am