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OSHA Becomes Quiet About Enforcement Under Trump
Health and Safety, National

OSHA Becomes Quiet About Enforcement Under Trump

June 7, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Washington, DC – Since President Donald Trump took office, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued only four press releases announcing the names of employers it has penalized for job-safety violations—down from 199 issued in the same period last year. During the Obama administration,…

Unions React to the MAX Killings
Multimedia, National

Unions React to the MAX Killings

June 6, 2017  By Don McIntosh Reprinted: nwLaborPress.org Portland, OR –  The May 26 attacks on the MAX light rail train hit close to home for many local union members. Jeremy Christian, an ex-con and self-described political nihilist, got on a westbound train at Lloyd Center at about 4:30 Friday and immediately targeted two African-American…

SEIU: Improving Dialysis Patient Care is Critical
Health and Safety, National

SEIU: Improving Dialysis Patient Care is Critical

June 6, 2017  By Jerry Levine, LaborPress USA Sacramento, CA –  California is closer to enacting major reforms in the dialysis industry that would improve patient care for 66,000 people and staffing at 562 dialysis clinics under legislation passed by the California Senate. SB 349, The Dialysis Patient Safety Act, now heads to the California…

21st Century Has Fewer Women in U.S. Workforce
Municipal Government, National

21st Century Has Fewer Women in U.S. Workforce

June 5, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Los Angeles, CA – Since 2000, the percentage of women participating in the U.S. workforce has declined slightly, reversing more than a half-century of dramatic growth. The percentage of “prime-age” women, between 24 and 54, working or looking for work peaked at 76.8% in 1999 and…

Canadian Media Guild Organizing Reality TV
Entertainment, National

Canadian Media Guild Organizing Reality TV

June 5, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Toronto, Canada – Reality-TV employment is called the “Wild West” by many in the entertainment industry because workers have so few rights. So the Canadian Media Guild, which represents workers at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Canadian Press, and Agence France-Presse, is campaigning to organize “factual…

House Republicans Revive Anti-Union Bill
Municipal Government, National

House Republicans Revive Anti-Union Bill

June 4, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Washington, DC – House Republicans reintroduced a bill May 25 that would seriously weaken labor unions’ ability to organize workplaces and continue to represent them. The Employee Rights Act, sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), would require unions to win a majority of all employees in…

Bill for National $15 Minimum Wage Introduced
Municipal Government, National

Bill for National $15 Minimum Wage Introduced

June 4, 2017   Washington, DC – A coalition of Democratic and independent Congressmembers introduced a bill May 25 that would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 by 2024. The Raise the Wage Act is sponsored by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Keith…

Anti-Union Firings At XPO Logistics
National, Transportation

Anti-Union Firings At XPO Logistics

May 31, 2017  By International Brotherhood of Teamsters Hamilton Township, NJ – A group of more than 50 Teamsters and supporters, including state lawmakers and the head of the state AFL-CIO, protested outside the XPO Logistics, Inc. terminal on May 25th and demanded that the company reinstate three fired workers they say were punished for…

OPEIU Hauls Menards Stands Before A Judge For First Time On Federal Labor Law Violations
Municipal Government, National

OPEIU Hauls Menards Stands Before A Judge For First Time On Federal Labor Law Violations

May 31, 2017  By Doug Cunningham Workers Independent News To hear the audio click the following link Washington, DC – Menard’s – the midwest home improvement chain owned by billionaire Scott Walker supporter John Menard – is on trial for breaking federal labor law. The National Labor Relations Board trial starts Wednesday in Minneapolis. Menard’s…

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