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Senate Republicans Block Emergency Paid-Sick-Leave Bill
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Senate Republicans Block Emergency Paid-Sick-Leave Bill

WASHINGTON—With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. nearing 1,200 on Mar. 11, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) stalled an attempt to expedite a bill that would require employers to give workers 14 days of paid sick leave in case of a public-health emergency. Alexander, chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, blocked…

Wage Theft, Tax Fraud, Trump’s Labor Spies And Much More…
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Wage Theft, Tax Fraud, Trump’s Labor Spies And Much More…

WATCH: On the latest episode of Labor This Week, show host Mark Harrison takes a look at the newly-released report detailing outrageous levels of wage theft and fraud occurring within the construction industry today. Harrison then turns to the deadly cost middle-aged workers across all sectors are paying in the race to the bottom, as…

LP Spotlight on Workers Circle CEO Ann Toback
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LP Spotlight on Workers Circle CEO Ann Toback

New York, NY – This Women’s History Month, LaborPress is highlighting Ann Toback, a fourth-generation union member, Jewish-American and the first woman to lead the Workers Circle (formerly Workmen’s Circle), which will have its 120th anniversary September 4.  Toback, Brooklyn-born and Long Island-raised, was brought up in a semi-traditional, semi-progressive family.  “The progressive part is…

Inside the CSA’s Hard-Fought Agreement With NYC
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Inside the CSA’s Hard-Fought Agreement With NYC

This past month, after nearly a year of bargaining, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators [CSA] agreed to a provisional but momentous contract with the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. According to CSA President Mark Cannizzarro, if the more than 6,400 membership, which include principals, assistant…

Trump’s NLRB Deals New Blow to Workers with ‘Joint Employer’ Rule
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Trump’s NLRB Deals New Blow to Workers with ‘Joint Employer’ Rule

WASHINGTON—A new National Labor Relations board rule published Feb. 26 will make it much more difficult for workers to organize unions or challenge labor-law violations if they are hired by a franchise, contractor, or temporary staffing agency. The rule, which will go into effect April 27, nullifies a 2015 NLRB decision that expanded when companies…

Texas Teachers Union Aims for ‘Critical Mass’
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Texas Teachers Union Aims for ‘Critical Mass’

AUSTIN, Tex.—From the birth of so-called “right to work” laws in the 1940s to the recent state legislation pre-empting local paid-sick-leave ordinances, Texas has been tough turf for organized labor. Yet seven months into his first term as president of the Texas American Federation of Teachers, Zeph Capo is optimistic. “We’re beginning to finally gain…

On Their Tools in India – NYC Carpenter Leads All-Woman Union Delegation Overseas
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On Their Tools in India – NYC Carpenter Leads All-Woman Union Delegation Overseas

New York, NY – Local 157 Carpenter Amanda Kay Johnson still remembers the day this past fall, when she realized the two long years she spent helping to plan the 2019 International Tradeswomen Training Exchange Delegation to Kerala, India had actually become a reality.  “I remember crying and just being like, ‘This is awesome’ — seeing the Indian tradeswomen really…

CWA Calls on Dems to Cut Off Pro Act Opponents
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CWA Calls on Dems to Cut Off Pro Act Opponents

WASHINGTON—Saying the seven House Democrats who voted against the Protecting the Right to Organize Act earlier this month had “betrayed the fundamental principle of the Democratic Party,” the Communications Workers of America is urging the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to cut off campaign support for them. “Ever since Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal,…

More American Workers Are Going Out on Strike!
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More American Workers Are Going Out on Strike!

WASHINGTON—Led by a wave of walkouts by fed-up teachers, the last two years have seen more American workers go out on strike than any time since the 1980s, according to figures released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Feb. 11. The BLS reported that 425,500 workers were involved in 25 “major work stoppages” that…

Leveling the Playing Field: House Votes ‘Yes’ on Pro Act
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Leveling the Playing Field: House Votes ‘Yes’ on Pro Act

WASHINGTON—The House voted Feb. 6 to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a bill lead sponsor Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) called “the most significant upgrade to U.S. labor law in 80 years.”  The vote was 224-194, largely along party lines. Five Republicans voted yes, while seven Democrats voted no, four of them members…

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