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Racial Wage Gap Regresses to 1950 Levels
Education, National

Racial Wage Gap Regresses to 1950 Levels

December 1, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Durham, NC – Black men’s incomes have gone back to the back of the bus, according to study released in late November by the National Bureau of Economic Research. “When it comes to the earnings gap between black and white men, we’ve gone all the way…

SEIU: Airport Workers Live Below Poverty Line
Municipal Government, National

SEIU: Airport Workers Live Below Poverty Line

November 30, 2016 By Stephanie West Washington, DC –  According to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), 42 percent of airport workers live below the poverty level. This based on a recent SEIU survey of workers at the nation’s 30 busiest hubs. Those interviewed included security officers, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, wheelchair attendants and…

Trump’s Education Pick Funds Child-Labor Advocates
Law and Politics, National

Trump’s Education Pick Funds Child-Labor Advocates

November 30, 2016 By Steven Wishnia Washington, DC – Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, is not just one of the nation’s leading funders of efforts to privatize education and destroy labor unions. She also funds two organizations that have recently advocated ending laws against child labor. On Nov. 3, Jeffrey Tucker…

AFL-CIO Endorses Pelosi Over Challenger for Leadership
Municipal Government, National

AFL-CIO Endorses Pelosi Over Challenger for Leadership

November 30, 2016 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Washington, DC – The AFL-CIO on Nov. 22 endorsed Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for re-election as House Minority Leader, backing her over longshot challenger Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). “Nancy Pelosi was with us before and after the election,” federation President Rich Trumka posted on Twitter. “Our…

Hoffa Re-Elected Teamsters President
Municipal Government, National

Hoffa Re-Elected Teamsters President

November 30, 2016 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Washington, DC – James P. Hoffa has narrowly won a fifth term as general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, according to final results released Nov. 21. “We will continue to lead the fight to organize the unorganized, ensure strong health care, good wages, a…

Advocating for Fairness in the Workplace
Municipal Government, National

Advocating for Fairness in the Workplace

November 29, 2016 By AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunder Washington, DC – ”In this month’s election, voters spoke loudly and clearly about their economic anxiety and frustration, their fear that they won’t be able to provide for their families no matter how hard they work. Blocking the overtime rule, which would have given millions of Americans…

Speaking Out About Walmart
Municipal Government, National

Speaking Out About Walmart

November 28, 2016  By Cyndi Murray & Mary Watkines OUR Walmart Board Members Washington, DC – We are current workers and members of OUR Walmart’s board of directors. We know that Walmart won’t treat us fairly or with respect unless we speak out in ever increasing numbers. That’s why this year for the build up…

IUF Demonstrations at Mondelēz European HQ
National, Retail

IUF Demonstrations at Mondelēz European HQ

November 27, 2016  By John Quinn, LaborPress USA Kensington, MD – The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), which represents nearly 4,000 members at Mondelēz International, maker of Nabisco and other popular snack products, has announced its full support of the International Union of Food Workers’ (IUF) rallies and demonstrations taking…

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