New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!

New York,, NY – Shut. It. Down. Amalgamated Transit Union VP Bruce Hamilton, this weekend, urged U.S. trade unionists to “learn from our past” and start building towards a general strike in a last ditch effort to avert climate disaster.  “What we need to understand is that climate struggle is class struggle,” Hamilton told the…

The Working Theater Keeps The Spotlight On The People

New York, NY – Worker issues usually don’t bubble up and take centerstage in this town until there is a job action or strike — but the Working Theater is on a dedicated mission to shake up that paradigm, continually cultivating fresh new voices from within the labor community and bringing them straight to working…

Senator’s Pension-Cut Proposal Infuriates N.J. Unions

TRENTON, N.J.—A top New Jersey politician’s proposal to set up a two-tier pension system for government workers and cut their health benefits immediately infuriated public-sector unions. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) introduced a 27-bill package May 16 that would move non-uniformed public-sector workers on the job for five years or less to a hybrid…

Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Earlier this week, I got an email from a PR person touting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s impending run for President. It included five questions he said he could answer. I decided it would be unprofessionally snarky to reply with my own answers, but now that the mayor has officially announced, here they are:…

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Labor Secretary’s Chief of Staff Ousted

WASHINGTON—Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s chief of staff, Nick Geale, will be forced out of office by May 31, the result of complaints about him bullying subordinates and the Trump administration’s desire for harsher treatment of unions. A Department of Labor spokesperson confirmed May 14 that Geale was quitting. Administration sources told Axios and Politico that…

After Medallion Loan-Fraud Exposé, NYWA Calls On City To Help Drivers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The New York Times’ exposé of massive fraud and predatory loan practices in the taxi-medallion business didn’t shock the union representing yellow-cab drivers. “We’ve been sounding the alarm on the crisis of suicides, foreclosures, and bankruptcies among our city’s professional drivers for years,” New York Taxi Workers Alliance executive director Bhairavi Desai said in a…

The Working Theater Keeps The Spotlight On The People

New York, NY – Worker issues usually don’t bubble up and take centerstage in this town until there is a job action or strike — but the Working Theater is on a dedicated mission to shake up that paradigm, continually cultivating fresh new voices from within the labor community and bringing them straight to working…

NLRB Eyes Ending Protections for Workers Suing Employers

WASHINGTON—National Labor Relations Board general counsel Peter Robb is looking for ways to end workers’ protections against retaliation for actions not directly related to collective bargaining. While the National Labor Relations Act prohibits employers from punishing workers for collective action for “mutual aid or protection,” Robb’s office is arguing that the Supreme Court’s 2018 Epic…

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Labor Secretary’s Chief of Staff Ousted

WASHINGTON—Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s chief of staff, Nick Geale, will be forced out of office by May 31, the result of complaints about him bullying subordinates and the Trump administration’s desire for harsher treatment of unions. A Department of Labor spokesperson confirmed May 14 that Geale was quitting. Administration sources told Axios and Politico that...
Features, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

NLRB Eyes Ending Protections for Workers Suing Employers

WASHINGTON—National Labor Relations Board general counsel Peter Robb is looking for ways to end workers’ protections against retaliation for actions not directly related to collective bargaining. While the National Labor Relations Act prohibits employers from punishing workers for collective action for “mutual aid or protection,” Robb’s office is arguing that the Supreme Court’s 2018 Epic...
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Senator’s Pension-Cut Proposal Infuriates N.J. Unions

TRENTON, N.J.—A top New Jersey politician’s proposal to set up a two-tier pension system for government workers and cut their health benefits immediately infuriated public-sector unions. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) introduced a 27-bill package May 16 that would move non-uniformed public-sector workers on the job for five years or less to a hybrid...
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Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Earlier this week, I got an email from a PR person touting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s impending run for President. It included five questions he said he could answer. I decided it would be unprofessionally snarky to reply with my own answers, but now that the mayor has officially announced, here they are:...
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Chinese Rail Workers Remembered on 150th Anniversary of ‘Golden Spike’

OGDEN, Utah—The descendants of Chinese immigrants who worked on the first transcontinental railroad marked the 150th anniversary of its completion May 9. Margaret Yee of the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association helped Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and a descendant of Union Pacific’s chief engineer on the project tap a ceremonial spike in Ogden. “They say...
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Toledo Nurses Strike Over Understaffing, Scheduling

TOLEDO, Ohio—Before almost 1,900 nurses, lab technicians, and support staff went on strike at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center May 6, United Auto Workers Locals 2213 and 12 had already agreed that a three-year contract would raise pay by 2%. But money’s not the main problem, union leaders and rank-and-file members say: Understaffing and...

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