National Labor News

Immigration Reform Prospects Uncertain Due to Right Wing Obstruction in U.S. House

July 26, 20013
By New Jersey State AFL-CIO

While the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on June 27, 2013, with bipartisan support, the effort to create a roadmap to citizenship has come to a screeching halt in the Republican controlled House, and further action is not expected until after the August Congressional recess.

NPMHU and APWU Lobby for 'Postal Service Protection Act'

July 25, 2013
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - The National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the American Postal Workers Union have announced plans to conduct a nationwide joint lobbying effort over the Congressional recess from Aug. 5 to Sept. 6 to urge senators and representatives to co-sponsor the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630 in the House / S. 316 in the Senate), the Protect Overnight Delivery Act (H.R. 2459), and the United Stated Postal Service Stabilization Act (H.R. 961).

Steelworkers Prez: MTA Making Excuses to Avoid Buying American

July 24, 2013
By Marc Bussanich
Leo Gerard, International President United Steelworkers

Washington, DC—Leo W. Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers, said that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is misleading the public by claiming that toll collection, and not tax revenues, to finance repairs on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge exempts it from “Buy American” provisions to purchase American-made steel. Watch Video

Teamsters Applaud Senate Confirmation of Tom Perez for Labor Secretary

July 24, 2013
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Teamsters Union has applauded the Senate's confirmation of Thomas Perez for Labor Secretary. Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa praised Senate Leader Harry Reid for pushing for the compromise with Republican Senators that led to the 54-46 vote for confirmation.

Chicago Fast Food & Retail Workers Gain Raises

July 19, 2013
By Neal Tepel

Chicago, Ill. - Following  several strikes and demonstrations, workers at  Whole Foods in Chicago have seen a pay increase of $2 an hour, while employees at the downtown Nordstrom Rack on State Street received a .25 cent per-hour raise, according to the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC). The union currently represents about a thousand fast food and retail workers employed in more than 100 businesses, mostly in the city's downtown area.

DC ID Card Allows Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s License

July 19, 2013
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - The D.C. City Council recently passed historic legislation making District residents eligible for a driver’s license or D.C. identification card regardless of citizenship or immigration status. This has resulted in the residents having greater economic opportunity and a safer District.

National Labor Relations Board and US Civil Rights Office Enter Into MOU

July 18, 2013
By Neal Tepel

The Justice Department has announced that the Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Labor Relations Board, formalizing a collaborative relationship that allows both agencies to share information, refer matters to each other and coordinate investigations as appropriate. 

UNITE HERE Workers at O’Hare Airport Vote on Contract

July 16, 2013
By Neal Tepel

UNITE HERE has been in negotiations with Gate Gourmet since May 2012 and was able to reach a possible agreement with the company. The major sticking point during negotiations was a wage increase. Workers are scheduled to vote on the tentative contract this week. The 900 O’Hare Gate Gourmet workers are represented by UNITE HERE Local 1.

Obama Slipping But Still Has Juice

July 16, 2013
By John Zogby Forbes

Democratic Presidents and Presidential contenders have a long history of bad summers. Jimmy Carter's only term in office was pretty much undone by his famous "malaise speech" of 1979. Who can forget Michael Dukakis riding in the tank in 1988? Bill Clinton used a sworn deposition before a Special Prosecutor to school Americans on "what the definition of is is".

Zogby's Report Card: Obama 'Disappears When He Should Be Out Front'

July 15, 2013
By John Zogby

This president has not had a good summer yet. One of his biggest shortcomings seems to be accentuated each summer: he lets events get away from him and it seems like he disappears when he should be out in front. To be fair, some flashpoints do not lend themselves to decisive remedies (think Syria and Egypt), but others warrant clarity and decisiveness (think Obamacare).

Forfeiture Of Time Required by Florida Corrections Dept. - IBT Files Grievances

July 15, 2013
By Neal Tepel

Tampa, Fla. – Teamsters Local 2011, which represents 17,000 officers of the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC), filed a formal complaint against the state with the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC). The complaint alleges the state committed an unfair labor practice by taking away officers’ earned, paid time off.

EPI Data Show It's Impossible to Get By On Minimum Wage

July 12, 2013
By Neal Tepel

Washington DC - EPI’s family budget calculator demonstrates that it is impossible for families living on minimum-wage jobs to make ends. The real costs for families to live modest, economically secure lives are much higher than conventional estimates show for all cities across the country.

Fair Wages for Fast Food Workers Closer to Reality

July 10, 2013
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Fast-food workers' are continuing their fight for a $15 living wage and the right to form a union without retaliation. McDonald's and Taco Bell workers from Milwaukee and St. Louis who are campaigning for higher wages were featured in a front-page New York Times story about the rising use of 'pay cards' among the nation's largest low-wage employers. Under the system of pay cards, workers pay hefty fees in order obtain their paltry, minimum wage salaries. 

USW: National Envelope Will Survive

July 9, 2013
By Neal Tepel

Pittsburgh, Penn - The United Steelworkers (USW) Union is reassuring its members employed by National Envelope, as well as the company’s customers and suppliers, that the union is committed to seeing the business remain strong as it works through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.

Hyatt and Unite Announce Agreement

July 8, 2013
By Neal Tepel

Chicago, Illinois - Hyatt Hotels Corp. and UNITE HERE, the union of hospitality workers in the United States and Canada, announced a national agreement that resolves longstanding disputes between the two organizations. The agreement creates a framework for the company and the union to work together moving forward. As part of the accord, UNITE HERE will end its global boycott of Hyatt.

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