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…
Des Moines, Iowa—Iowa’s public-sector unions began holding recertification votes in late September, under a state law passed earlier this year that requires each of the about 1,200 bargaining units to vote at the end of each contract on whether to keep their current union.
Washington—Teachers in the United States make on average less than 60% as much as other professionals with similar levels of education, according to a report released Sept. 12 by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
San Diego, Calif.—The union representing most of San Diego County’s 17,000 employees has ratified a new contract. More than 75% of the voters approved the five-year agreement, Service Employees International Union Local 221 announced Sept. 14. It will give about 10,000 county workers, including librarians, social workers, and nurses, raises ranging from 13% to 17%,…
Lapeer, Mich.—The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 12 that the state’s 2013 law banning the union shop gave a county clerk the right to stop paying union dues even if she hadn’t resigned during the union’s official opt-out period.
Santa Fe Springs, Calif.—Almost 20 years after they first tried to form a union, the workers at Wismettac Asian Foods voted 75-22 on Sept. 19 to join Teamsters Local 630 in Los Angeles. The Teamsters had begun organizing warehouse workers and drivers in April, and added clerks and temporary workers after the company, trying to…
Lansing, Mich.—The Michigan Civil Service Commission on Sept. 20 voted 3-1 to prohibit state workers’ unions from bargaining on issues related to the “employer’s right to assign staff,” including scheduling and privileges for seniority.
Atlantic Beach, N.C.—The North Carolina State AFL-CIO unanimously elected MaryBe McMillan president Sept. 15. McMillan, the state federation’s secretary-treasurer since 2005, will be its first woman leader. She succeeds James Andrews, who is stepping down as president after more than 40 years in North Carolina’s labor movement.
Burlington, Vt.—Teachers in Burlington, Vt. went on strike Sept. 14 after a nine-hour negotiating session with the city school board failed to produce a contract agreement. Burlington Education Association President Fran Brock said Sept. 15 that the strike was provoked by the cumulative effect of reductions in school staff and programs.