Trump’s NLRB Just Made it Harder for Workers to Unionize

WASHINGTON—Two National Labor Relations Board actions in the past week will further undo Obama-era efforts to enable union organizing. On Dec. 12, the board voted 2-1 to order an administrative law judge to approve a settlement between McDonald’s and workers who claimed they’d been illegally fired. She’d rejected it last year on the grounds that…

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NYC Labor Unions Jeer ‘Out of Control’ Healthcare Costs

New York, NY – Two of the most powerful labor unions in the city and their allies are mad as hell at the skyrocketing cost of healthcare in this town and the “irrational” hospital billing that’s become the financial equivalent of “Russian roulette.” City Council Members Mark Levine [D-7th District] and Fernando Cabrera [D-14th District]…

How Can the Bosses be ‘Neutral’ When They’re Spending $340 Million on Union-Busting Lawyers?

Reporter’s Notebook New York, NY – In response to hard-pressed staffers seeking to organize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union [RWDSU], Housing Works — the venerable nonprofit dedicated to aiding marginalized New York City communities — did what a lot of corporations do in the face of employee uprisings — they hired a…

Home Care Workers Keep Up the Fight; Demand Back Pay, End to 24-Hour Shifts

NEW YORK, N.Y.—With speeches and chants in English, Spanish, and Chinese, about 100 home health-care workers and supporters rallied in front of the First Chinese Presbyterian home-care agency’s Lower Manhattan offices Dec. 11. They were demanding that it pay them for in full for 24-hour shifts they’d worked going back to 2015.  “First Chinese Presbyterian…

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Trump’s NLRB Just Made it Harder for Workers to Unionize

WASHINGTON—Two National Labor Relations Board actions in the past week will further undo Obama-era efforts to enable union organizing. On Dec. 12, the board voted 2-1 to order an administrative law judge to approve a settlement between McDonald’s and workers who claimed they’d been illegally fired. She’d rejected it last year on the grounds that…

NYC Labor Unions Jeer ‘Out of Control’ Healthcare Costs

New York, NY – Two of the most powerful labor unions in the city and their allies are mad as hell at the skyrocketing cost of healthcare in this town and the “irrational” hospital billing that’s become the financial equivalent of “Russian roulette.” City Council Members Mark Levine [D-7th District] and Fernando Cabrera [D-14th District]…

Queens Elementary School to Honor Héctor Figueroa

NEW YORK, NY — A Jackson Heights, Queens elementary school PS 398, has been re-named The Héctor Figueroa School. The re-naming honors the late union leader and 32BJ SEIU President who passed away earlier this year. The dedication ceremony took place on December 10, 2019. “Héctor Figueroa was the embodiment of the fight for fairness and…

Preventing Electrocution Tragedies on Construction Sites

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 77 percent of the 325 contract worker electrocutions from 2012-2016 happened to those who work in the construction industry.  This is why OSHA places electrocutions in its “Fatal Four Hazards” for construction every year. In one fatal construction accident in July 2018, a 40-year-old worker was electrocuted…

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Trump’s NLRB Just Made it Harder for Workers to Unionize

WASHINGTON—Two National Labor Relations Board actions in the past week will further undo Obama-era efforts to enable union organizing. On Dec. 12, the board voted 2-1 to order an administrative law judge to approve a settlement between McDonald’s and workers who claimed they’d been illegally fired. She’d rejected it last year on the grounds that...
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How Can the Bosses be ‘Neutral’ When They’re Spending $340 Million on Union-Busting Lawyers?

Reporter’s Notebook New York, NY – In response to hard-pressed staffers seeking to organize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union [RWDSU], Housing Works — the venerable nonprofit dedicated to aiding marginalized New York City communities — did what a lot of corporations do in the face of employee uprisings — they hired a...
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Cyber Monday Backlash: RWDSU President in Brussels to Help Put Anti-Worker Amazon in Check

New York, NY – While Amazon watched “Cyber Monday” 2019 become the single biggest shopping day in the company’s history — an international gathering of unions, policy makers, activists and academics met in Brussels for an inaugural symposium aimed at confronting Amazon’s rapacious worldwide business model.  “Amazon is one of the defining issues of our...
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AFL-CIO Condemns GOP Multi-Employer Pension Proposal

WASHINGTON—The AFL-CIO’s pension panel has roundly condemned proposals made by two leading Senate Republicans to shore up the nation’s endangered multiemployer pension funds that would cut benefits by up to 19%. The federation’s Retirement Security Working Group said Dec. 2 that the proposals contained in a white paper released Nov. 20 by Finance Committee chair...
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Judge Halts San Antonio’s Paid-Sick-Leave Ordinance

SAN ANTONIO, Tex.—A Bexar County judge issued an injunction Nov. 22 that will prevent San Antonio’s paid-sick-leave ordinance from going into effect on Dec. 1. The measure, first enacted last summer and revised in October, would require employers to provide up to 56 hours a year of earned paid sick time. It would cover more...