CHICAGO, Ill.—Two of the city’s main labor unions have joined the campaign demanding that the Obama Presidential Center sign a community benefits agreement before it begins construction.
ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State United Teachers and United Federation of Teachers plan to file a lawsuit to prevent the state from letting some charter schools certify their own teachers.
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico—With 85% of Puerto Rico still without electrical power three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island Sept. 20, the U.S. Postal Service is now the most reliable system of communication for its 3.4 million people.
WASHINGTON—Union workers are much more likely to get health insurance from their jobs than nonunion workers, according to a study by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released Oct. 6. As of March, it found, 94% of union workers had access to “an employer-provided medical-care plan,” and 76% participated in one.
Canton, Ohio—United Steelworkers Local 1123 has reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with TimkenSteel Corp., the two parties announced Oct. 3. The deal came after the previous pact had expired and been extended for a week.
Haverville, Mass.—The mayor of this old manufacturing city is asking local building-trades unions to help combat its growing problem of gang violence by mentoring at-risk youth and giving them apprenticeships. “Just to see how we can get kids into jobs,” Mayor James Fiorentini said of his talks with Laborers Local 175 and Carpenters Local 111…
More Than 20 Unions Join Puerto Rico Relief Efforts SAN JUAN, P.R.—Volunteers from more than 20 labor unions have traveled to Puerto Rico to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Maria killed at least 34 people and left most of the island’s residents without electricity and running water. The more than 300 volunteers include doctors,…
Washington, D.C.—Late in the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 29, President Donald Trump quietly disbanded the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations, an advisory panel created in 2009 to enable federal agencies to work with employees and their unions to resolve problems and improve services.
Washington—Four members of Congress introduced legislation Oct. 3 intended to save the United Mine Workers of America’s pension plan. The American Miners Pension Act—sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Reps.
Washington—The Supreme Court announced Sept. 28 that it would take another crack at ruling that public-sector unions can’t charge nonmembers fees for representing them—and the unions don’t like it one bit. “The Janus case is a blatantly political and well-funded plot to use the highest court in the land to further rig the economic rules…