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Philadelphia Airline Contractors Agree to Bargain With 32BJ
National, New York, Transportation

Philadelphia Airline Contractors Agree to Bargain With 32BJ

Philadelphia, PA – Mayor Jim Kenney, Local 32BJ SEIU, and American Airlines announced Aug. 29 that two of the airline’s subcontractors had agreed to negotiate a first union contract with their 1,400 workers at Philadelphia International Airport. The workers at PrimeFlight Aviation and Prospect Airport Services, who include baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, aircraft cabin cleaners,…

American Workers Discriminated Under Federal Program
Building Trades, National, New York

American Workers Discriminated Under Federal Program

Washington, DC – In an effort to control the practice of companies in the USA hiring non-Americans under the H-2B program, the Department of Justice is now reviewing this practice. Utilizing H-2 regulations, hundreds of thousands of foreign workers have replaced Americans in jobs across the USA. This anti-American hiring practice is particularly affecting the building…

Maine Union Shipping Lobster Around the Nation
Features, National, New York, Retail

Maine Union Shipping Lobster Around the Nation

Portland, ME – The Maine Lobstering Union, which earlier this year bought a lobster pound and processing plant, this month launched a Website where people can have union-caught lobster shipped anywhere in the country. “We have been fighting years for a sustainable fishery here in Maine, and now we are fighting for sustainable fishermen for…

Law and Politics, National, New York

Spirit of the Law: How to Limit Corporate Greed’s Impact on Workers

My earlier columns (August 1 and 14, 2017) argued that we can reduce corporate greed to societally-optimal levels by amending laws that govern corporate behavior.  Rethinking corporate managers’ fiduciary duty to maximize profits would enable lawmakers to minimize the profit motive’s downward impact on laborers’ wages, rights and well-being.  “We the people” chartered corporations into existence…

Chicago Auto Mechanics’ Strike Passes Four Weeks
National, New York, Transportation

Chicago Auto Mechanics’ Strike Passes Four Weeks

Chicago, IL – As cars get more sophisticated, pay and advancement for mechanics haven’t kept pace, say Chicago’s striking auto mechanics. It can take up to eight years for an apprentice to become a journeyman—after first working as a lube technician—and they generally make less than $20 an hour and have to buy their own…

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