Issues

Report Helps Working Women in Unions

WASHINGTON —The Guide To Organizing Women’s Committees from the Berger-Marks Foundation was released to aid women in establishing women’s committees within unions. Jane LaTour, a New York consultant and journalist, and two Cornell University professors, Lois Gray and Maria Figueroa, author the report.   The report is based on research of the “most effective strategies, programs, and objectives of established [...]

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Congress Debates Budget Priorities

Congress has begun the debate over the budget and Republicans are calling the shots. The republicans and President Barack Obama have contrasting priorities for government spending and future budget policy.   House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., priorities are outlined in his statement, “”The proposal the House Budget Committee introduced is a plan…that balances the budget in less than [...]

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Professors Write to Congress Opposing TPP

WASHINGTON—About 100 law professors from American universities across the country protested the Trans-Pacific Partnership to congressional leaders via letter in mid-March because it contains an “unaccountable, unreiewable” legal system serving corporations.   According to the law professors, firms will use that system to break down federal, state, and local laws.  TPP also allows businesses to fight existing laws that guard [...]

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Unions Strategize to Stop Climate Change and Create Jobs

NEW YORK —250 unionists and their environmental allies met March 16th at AFSCME District Council 37 headquarters in New York City to discuss a strategy for the city to address global climate change issues and follow up the People’s Climate March that took place months earlier.  The meeting was titled “Our City, Our Climate.”   AFSCME, the New York State [...]

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Communications Workers and AT&T Open Up Bargaining for Benefits

WASHINGTON –The Communications Workers and AT&T have opened up bargaining between the two sides on March 4.   The talks cover 4,800 workers at “Legacy AT&T”. The union is bargaining a new pact with Ameritech, one of the regional Bells, covering 13,000 workers in the Great Lakes states.   The company’s lead bargainer declared that AT&T faces huge competition from [...]

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Feds Rewrite Indictment for Ex-CEO’s Mine Explosion Role

CHARLESTON, W.  VA. —The federal government rewrote the indictment of Don Blankenship on March 10th. The new indictment combines two conspiracy counts into one for his role in the Upper Branch mine explosion that killed 29 workers five years ago as former CEO of Massey Energy. The preliminary hearing will be held on March 24th and the trial will begin on [...]

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Steelworkers Support Imported Paper Probe

WASHINGTON —The Steelworkers are supporting a 5-0 federal commission vote to probe five other nations’ subsidies of uncoated paper to the U.S.   If the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Commerce Department agree the subsidized paper, used in copiers, maps and brochures, costs U.S. paper workers their jobs, the government could impose tariffs on it.   The paper probe [...]

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Chicago Voters Urge City Council for Paid Sick Leave

CHICAGO —The National Partnership for Women and Families reports that Chicago voters tremendously expressed to their city council to enact paid sick leave.   The mayoral results, which will feature a runoff between the current mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Chuy Garcia, surpassed the referendum. The two candidates are virtually tied in polls.   Numerous unions including the Chicago Federation [...]

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Presidential Candidates Speak at Fire Fighters Union Conference

WASHINGTON− Nine presidential hopefuls each gave their speech to more than 1,000 fire fighters at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) 2015 Legislative Conference on March 9-10.   On the first day of the two-day event, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass., addressed the crowd.   The second day consisted of a presidential forum, where potential [...]

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Fast-Track is Wrong Track for Workers

Fast-track legislation by the Obama Administration is a “free trade agreement” that if successfully passed will cause America to lose jobs and workers to lose rights.   The trade agreement combines the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with 11 other Pacific Rim nations. In the past, trade pacts have cost the US millions of jobs, and not just industrial jobs.   Fast [...]

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