February 17, 2018 Mexican Teachers Block Roads in Chiapas

SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Chiapas—Teachers from Section 40 of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (National Union of Education Workers) blocked highways at three places in Mexico’s southernmost state Feb. 8 to demand the rebuilding of classrooms damaged in last September’s earthquake and pay for teachers and other workers hired in the...

February 17, 2018 Boston Transportation Authority Drops Bus-Privatization Plans

BOSTON, Mass.—The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority approved a new four-year contract with its bus mechanics Feb. 5 that drops its plan to outsource work at up to three garages. In exchange, Machinists Union Local 264 agreed to work-rule and overtime-pay changes expected to save the authority $60 million over the next 10 years.

February 16, 2018 SPIRIT OF THE LAW: Should Officials be Allowed to Arrest People for Engaging in Free Speech?

Federal courts are divided over whether a police officer or government official can be sued for arresting someone merely for exercising their right to free speech. Several courts have created a legal barrier to such suits that makes it almost impossible for wrongly arrested citizens to prevail, even if there is overwhelming evidence that the arrest...

February 15, 2018 BCB 2/13/18 Episode: Democratizing the Workplace!

On this episode of LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz, we speak to fast food worker Mica Hargrove about Fast Food Justice, the new non-profit group advocating for low-wage workers in the industry. Striking Spectrum worker and IBEW Local 3 member Eddie Rogan talks about what’s at stake for workers at the giant cable provider. Independent Drivers...

February 15, 2018 Your Union: Making the Met Happen

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles looking at the unionized workforce producing some of the greatest theatrical productions in the world.  The world famous Metropolitan Opera employs about 2,400 unionized workers, represented by a range of unions, including the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the American Guild of Musical...

February 15, 2018 President Trump Promotes Political Hiring Rather than Merit

Washington DC – “What the President is actually asking Congress to do is give all of his Cabinet Secretaries the power to fire federal employees they consider not loyal to the administration and its political agenda.   Make no mistake: this is a plan to politicize federal employment and allow the administration to hire and fire...

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