Issues

President Diann Woodard Responds to US Congress Spending Bill Agreement

Late Tuesday evening Congressional leaders agreed to a $1.1 Trillion deal to keep most government programs funded through September 2015. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the measure later this week. In response to the agreement, AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement: “We are pleased that Congress came together to do the necessary hard work [...]

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ATU in Portland, Ore. Area transit Agency Ratify First new Agreed-Upon Pact in 10 Years

PORTLAND, Ore. (PAI)–Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 in Portland, Ore., ratified a new union contract at the area transit agency, TriMet — the first time the two agreed on a pact in over 10 years, the union announced in late October.  A 6-year deal ratified in March 2004 was followed by a 4-year contract imposed by an arbitrator.   [...]

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Labor Board Rejects Right-to-Work Crowd’s Initial Attempt to Use Supreme Court Health Care Ruling vs. Union Drive

WASHINGTON (PAI)–The National Labor Relations Board has rejected, for now, the anti-worker “Right to Work” crowd’s initial attempt to use the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling letting employers refuse to offer women’s health care coverage to justify banning unions in religious-sponsored universities.   Instead, the NLRB took note of the RTW crowd’s stand, but did not say how it would rule [...]

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Mine Workers Hail CEO’s Indictment in Fatal Upper Big Branch Explosion

TRIANGLE, Va. (PAI)—Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts hailed the indictment of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship as a result of the fatal Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia four years ago.   The blast killed 29 miners.  Though UBB, like the rest of Massey, was non-union, the federal government let the Mine Workers represent the interests of the [...]

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Justices Wrestle with Retiree Health Care Benefits Case

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Can retirees get lifetime health care benefits under a union contract?  That question, which now affects retirees at a West Virginia firm whose employees are Steelworkers, but which could affect millions of workers in the future, hit the U.S. Supreme Court on November 10.   At issue in M&G Polymers USA vs Robert Tackett et al is how to interpret contract provisions [...]

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Obama Dumps NLRB Nominee Block

WASHINGTON (PAI)—In one of the first signs he is kowtowing to the incoming Senate Republican majority, Democratic President Barack Obama officially dumped the nomination of Sharon Block for an upcoming vacant seat on the National Labor Relations Board.   With strong backing from unions and workers, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved Block on a party-line [...]

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Lack of Ebola Protection, Health Care Issues Force Brief Nurses’ Strike

Can you imagine a hospital emergency room that lacks enough saline solution, a common and vital supply?  Jowita Lyn can – because her emergency room at Washington’s Providence Hospital has that problem every day.   And it’s a lack of such basic supplies, along with high nurse-to-patient ratios and hospitals’ lack of protection for nurses and doctors exposed to the dangerous [...]

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Locked Capitol Doors, Stuffed Gallery Lead to Michigan Unions’ Right-to-Work Lawsuit

DETROIT (PAI)–The long-running war over Michigan’s controversial, Republican-engineered “Right to Work” law is headed to court.   The state American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of unions asked a state court to rule that officials blatantly violated Michigan’s Open Meetings Act when they locked the public out of the state Capitol in 2012 as lawmakers debated the two controversial [...]

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Teamsters, Human Rights Groups Demand Salvadoran Govt. End Coverup of Perpetrators of Organizer’s Murders

WASHINGTON (PAI)–It’s been 10 years since Teamsters organizer Gilberto Soto was murdered in El Salvador, and that’s too long to wait for justice, union President Jim Hoffa says.  It’s time for the Salvadoran government to end the coverup of the crime, he adds.   So to put public pressure on El Salvador, the Teamsters and 14 human rights groups bought a [...]

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Unions, Allies Conduct Week-Long Anti-Fast Track Drive; Obama Ignores It

Unions and their allies, led by the Communications Workers and the Teamsters, mobilized the week of November 8-14 to stop Congress and Democratic President Barack Obama from greasing the skids on Capitol Hill to quickly push through so-called “fast-track” Trade Promotion Authority, plus three anti-worker “free trade” treaties that TPA would permit.   And they started their drive by delivering [...]

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