OTEEN, N.C.—Veterans Administration workers gathered at Charles George VA Medical Center here Oct. 12 to protest the federal government leaving 49,000 staff positions vacant nationwide, while appropriating $2.1 billion to save the nearly bankrupt Choice Program, created in 2014 to pay for veterans to see private doctors if they don’t want to wait 30 days for an…
Columbus, Ohio—The United Auto Workers announced Oct. 15 that it will back Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) for re-election. “Sherrod Brown recognizes that we need to invest in our workers and restore the value of work in our country,” UAW Region 2B director Rich Rankin said in a statement.
Washington—The AFL-CIO has asked the federal Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether the purchase of more than 870,000 shares in student-loan servicer Navient Corp. involved insider trading.
Sooma, Calif.—Hundreds of the men and women risking their lives to battle the massive, fast-moving wildfires devastating Northern California are being paid only $10.50 an hour for it—the state’s minimum wage. Under International Association of Firefighters Local 2881’s contract with “Cal Fire,” the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, entry-level first responders get the…
The Supreme Court as expected did not indicate which way it will come out when it heard oral arguments on October 2 in the most important case of the year for non-unionized workers. (See my Sept. 18 and 30, 2017 columns.) The four Democratic justices’ questioning of the lawyers revealed that they will support the…
WASHINGTON―Multibillionaire Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is demanding major givebacks in contract talks with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild.
The AFL-CIO has sent a letter to all U.S. House of Representatives and Senators expressing concern that the repeal of the Jones Act could destroy the U.S. maritime industry. Without the protection of the Jones Act, foreign ships and crews would replace Americans in the shipping industry.
Chicago, Illinois – Statistical data has now confirmed assaults on correction officers in Illinois prisons housing youths continue to rise. There were 541 assaults on correction workers in 2015. and this year 819 are projected. In August 2017, there were 10.5 assaults on staff reported per 100 youth.
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.