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House Approves Bill to Build Keystone XL Pipeline

May 28, 2013
By Diane Cohen

H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, ends the President’s long delay of this thoroughly reviewed and vetted project.
Washington, DC – A bipartisan bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, create thousands of American jobs, and increase the Nation’s energy security was approved by the House of Representatives.  H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, ends the President’s long delay of this thoroughly reviewed and vetted project.

Chicago School CLosings - Wrong Strategy for Children and Communities

May 28, 2013
By Randy Weingarten

When the district’s claims—namely, that these closings would produce the savings promised, that children would really go to better-quality schools, and that the closings were because of underenrollment and underutilization—were scrutinized, serious questions were raised.  That leaves a s
“What we witnessed on May 22nd was the largest mass school closing in America’s history. Sadly, the reasons for these closings seemed to have changed over the course of the last few months, as a May 16 WBEZ analysis demonstrated. When the district’s claims—namely, that these closings would produce the savings promised, that children would really go to better-quality schools, and that the closings were because of underenrollment and underutilization—were scrutinized, serious questions were raised.

UNITE HERE Opposes Pritzker for Commerce Secretary

May 28, 2013
By Neal Tepel


Washington, D.C. - Hyatt workers, joined by UNITE HERE President D. Taylor, were present for a Senate hearing on May 23, 2013 with Penny Pritzker. UNITE HERE opposes her nomination as Secretary of Commerce. Hyatt's record of labor abuses and outsourcing jobs makes Ms. Pritzker, a longtime Hyatt board member and heir to the Hyatt fortune, a bad choice for Commerce Secretary.

Obamacare’s Impact on Multiemployer Health Plans Needs to be Addressed

May 24, 2013
By Neal Tepel


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, also known as Obamacare, presents challenges to the multiemployer plans through which some unions bargain collectively to provide health care insurance for their members. These plans, often called Taft Hartley Plans, currently cover about 26 million workers, families, and retirees. To prevent major set backs for many working people in union negotiated health plans the President and his administration must address issues affecting these union  plans.

Low-Wage Workers Strike in Washington, DC

May 22, 2013
By Neal Tepel


Washington DC – Hundreds of low-wage workers employed under federal contracts, concessions, and leases went on strike today in several federally owned buildings asking their employers and President Obama to take action and improve their wages and working conditions.

Ricin on Two Suspicious Letters in Spokane Washington

May 20 2013
By Neal Tepel


Spokane, Washington - The Postal Service has informed the American Postal Workers Union and local postal workers on May 15 that preliminary lab tests indicated the presence of ricin on two suspicious letters in Spokane Washington. The letters are being analyzed and tested further for hazardous material.

Walmart's Abuses Highlighted on Website And Actions Across the Country

May 20, 2013
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC - The Making Change at Walmart campaign and its coalition partners have launched a new website - www.ReallyWalmart.org - that highlights Walmart's abuses.  The website, showcases video interviews of Walmart employees, community activists, environmentalists and others sharing experiences and concerns about Walmart.

San Francisco Concession Workers Authorize Strike

May 20, 2013
By Stephanie West


San Francisco, California - Concessions workers at the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park have authorize a strike. The 516 workers voted, approving a strike by 97%. The vote authorizes union leadership to call for any action including up to a five-day strike and a boycott of food and beverage at the park.

Workplace Deaths Too High - Says AFLCIO

May 20, 2013
By Neal Tepel


Washington DC - A recent AFL-CIO report, "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," said in 2011, 4,693 workers were killed on the job and about 50,000 die every year from occupational diseases. The report noted that an average of 13 U.S. workers die on the job every day while an additional estimated 137 die each day from occupational diseases.

TWU and IAM Agree to Represent the 'New' American Airlines

May 17, 2013
By Neal Tepel


WASHINGTON, DC - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) have announced a partnership to jointly represent nearly 30,000 ground workers at the "new" American Airlines following the merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

Extraordinary Leadership: What Happened?

May 17, 2013
By Thomas J. Mackell, Jr., Ed.D. President Association of Benefit Administrators


In 1969, the author David Halberstam wrote a book entitled, "The Best and the Brightest." In praising the book, The New York Post critic stated that "I predict that this brilliant and unsparing book will stir the conscience of the next generation if not of this."

UFCW Statement on House Bill Attacking Hourly Workers

May 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The UFCW released the following statement on May 9, 2013 after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1406, the inappropriately named Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 which would take money out of the pockets of America’s hourly workers.

Improving Financial Picture for USPS

May 13, 2013
By Fredric Rolando, President National Association of Letter Carriers


The Postal Service’s financial report—which included the first revenue increase in five years—reflects an improving financial picture as the economy gradually improves.

Operating revenue in the most recent fiscal quarter was $121 million higher than the same period a year ago, while expenses fell by $1.2 billion.

Target Violated Federal Labor Law, Workers’ Rights According to NLRB Decision

May 13, 2013
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On April 26, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned the results of a union election based on Target’s worker rights violations at their store in Valley Stream, N.Y. during the campaign last year. Additionally, the NLRB found that the company systematically violated the rights of workers nationwide by maintaining illegal work rules designed to keep workers from speaking out for change at work.

Fast-Food Strike Hits Detroit

May 11, 2013
By Kismet Barksdale
The walkout – hitting major national chains like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Domino’s, Long John Silver’s, Popeyes, Burger King and Little Caesar’s – marks the largest in a string of strikes in low-wage industries that began last fall at Walmarts across the country and continued at fast-food restaurants and retail stores in New York City, Chicago and St. Louis.

DETROIT, Michigan –More than 400 workers at Detroit’s largest fast food chains walked off their jobs FridayMay 10, 2013, calling for $15 an hour and the right to form a union free from retaliation. The walkout – hitting major national chains like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Domino’s, Long John Silver’s, Popeyes, Burger King and Little Caesar’s – marks the largest in a string of strikes in low-wage industries that began last fall at Walmarts across the country and continued at fast-food restaurants and retail stores in New York City, Chicago and St. Louis.

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