WASHINGTON—Government actions and class-action lawsuits recovered almost $2 billion in 2015-16 in wages stolen from workers, according to a study released Dec. 13 by the Economic Policy Institute. The federal Department of Labor got more than $500 million, state governments about $320 million, and class-action settlements about $1.16 billion.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—SAG-AFTRA is now receiving at least five complaints a day about sexual harassment, far more than it got before the revelations about film producer Harvey Weinstein’s predatory practices came out in early October.
LANSING, Mich.—Five years after Michigan outlawed the union shop, three state Senate Democrats introduced two bills to repeal the so-called “right to work” law. “Michigan workers deserve the freedom and liberty to make decisions that suit their career ambitions without government mandating how they can and cannot associate,” Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) said in a…
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 12 rejected Harvard University’s appeal of its ruling that the 2016 election where graduate assistants voted against a union was invalid.
OAKLAND, Calif.—More than 3,000 Oakland city employees returned to work after a week-long strike Dec. 12, as contract talks between the city and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 resumed with the aid of an outside mediator.
BANGOR, Me.—Five people, including one from the Maine AFL-CIO, were arrested after a sit-in at Sen. Susan Collins’ office here Dec. 4 to protest her support of the Republican tax bill.
PORTLAND, Ore.—Workers at a Pacific Northwest grocery chain that claims “progressive values” are charging that it isn’t so progressive when it comes to them forming a union.
OAKLAND, Calif.—A strike by 3,000 city workers continued for its seventh day Dec. 11, but Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and city officials returned to the bargaining table with the aid of a mediator.
CHICAGO, Ill.—Part-time faculty members at Chicago’s Columbia College went on strike for two days Nov. 29-30 to demand that the administration bargain seriously with their union, the Part-Time Faculty At Columbia (P-FAC).
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Newsroom staff at the Los Angeles Times filed a petition for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board Dec. 4, seeking to be represented by the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America.