Issues

Unions Urge Intl. Trade Commission to Halt TPP

WASHINGTON —The pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade pact” between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations would harm U.S. workers in a wide variety of ways and worsen income inequality here, union representatives told the International Trade Commission.   Speaking at the opening of three days of ITC hearings on the trade pact, United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and [...]

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Survey Reveals Union Membership Nationwide Increase in 2015

WASHINGTON — Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) survey reported Union membership rose by 219,000 nationwide in 2015 compared to 2014. Unions had 14.795 million members last year and that their share of the U.S. workforce stayed unchanged at 11.1 percent.   The survey revealed unionists still concentrate in the Northeast, the Great Lakes and the Pacific Coast, and are fewest [...]

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New AFL-CIO Report Lauds Grass-Roots Successes

WASHINGTON—AFL-CIO released a report on the first year of its “Raise The Wage” campaign praises grass-roots successes by local unions and unorganized workers out in the field, and makes an effort to link them to the campaign itself. The 9-page report says workers hit the streets for causes ranging from decent pay to undoing two-tier wage systems to health and [...]

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Strong Mutual Support Between AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON—The AFL-CIO is providing strong support to the Planned Parenthood Federation currently in a conflict against a right wing, political slander campaign. In turn, Planned Parenthood strongly supports organized labor, says Cecil Richards, the group’s executive director. At the AFL-CIO’s Martin Luther King conference in D.C., the two groups restated their mutual pledges. Planned Parenthood has been under fire both [...]

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House GOP Approves Anti-Worker Bills

WASHINGTON—The Republican majority on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is continuing to attack the nation’s workers and trying to take their rights away through anti-worker legislation. Brushing aside panel Democrats and the American Federation of Government Employees, they’re extending their assault to the private sector – by banning project labor agreements on federal construction contracts – too. By [...]

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Steelworkers Union Applaud Ruling on Foreign Fax Paper Dumping

WASHINGTON— The federal government made a ruling on the fax paper case, which was introduced by the United Steelworkers.  Fax paper, which is imported from five countries, is being illegally dumped on the U.S. market, costing U.S. workers’ jobs. That ruling from the Commerce Department on Jan. 8 comes as another section of that federal agency issued a preliminary ruling [...]

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Clinton Earns Two More Union Endorsements

WASHINGTON—The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination on Jan. 12. A day later, IATSE also did. The board of UFCW voted for Clinton after a year of nationwide meetings with and extensive polling of members, discussions with state and local union leaders and reviewing results from focus groups of working families in [...]

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Workers at Risk in Friedrichs Case

WASHINGTON —Workers and public sector unions faced questions about union dues, agency fees and what they’re used for – or not used for – at the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 11. And if the questions and comments from the justices, particularly “swing vote” Justice Anthony Kennedy, are any indication, the unions face another big, 5-4 loss when the jurists [...]

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UAW Ratify New Contract with Ford

DETROIT —United Auto Workers at Ford Motor Company narrowly ratified a new 4-year contract with Detroit’s #2 automaker. The new Ford pact, from Ford’s biggest plants, in the Dearborn, Mich., came in late on Nov. 20. They pushed it over the top, with 51.4 percent overall.  The plants employ more than 12,300 Ford workers and they voted heavily for the [...]

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Fight for 15 Airport Workers Fast for 24 Hours

Across the nation, thousands of low-paid airport workers nationwide fasted for 24 hours on Nov. 23-24, to demand higher pay, of $15 hourly, and the right to freely unionize. They also delivered demonstrations and informational picketing at the airports, telling travelers of their mission for decent wages and workers’ rights. The airport workers are part of the Fight for 15, [...]

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