Issues

Jobless Rate Stays at 5.5 Percent

WASHINGTON —The U.S. unemployment rate stayed at 5.5 percent in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced.  Businesses claimed to create a net of 126,000 jobs. BLS said there were 8.58 million unemployed workers during its March survey week, some 130,000 fewer than in February.  The number employed grew by only 34,000. But 29.8 percent of the jobless in [...]

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Nurses Demand Robin Hood Tax

Members of National Nurses United and its affiliates rallied in front of 25 U.S. representatives and demanded lawmakers approve a “Robin Hood Tax”, reintroduced by Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-Minn., to impose a small tax – one nickel per $10 — on every transaction engineered by the Wall Street financiers and finaglers whose machinations produced the Great Recession.   Studies show [...]

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Principals Groups Celebrate Assistant Principals Week, April 13-17

Principals Groups Celebrate Assistant Principals Week, April 13-17

                   Principals Groups Celebrate Assistant Principals Week, April 13-17  Contact: Bob Farrace, farraceb@nassp.org, 703-674-5614 Reston, VA–The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators have declared the week of April 13-17, 2015 as National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant [...]

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Thousands of Fast-Food Workers Plan National Strike

More than 60,000 fast-food workers plan to strike nationwide for $15/hour wages, better working conditions, and freedom to organize without interference or consequences from employers. On tax day, April 15th 2015, more than 2,000 groups in 200 cities, including McDonald’s workers, Burger King workers, and KFC workers, will walk out and join the picket line to FightFor15. There will be [...]

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Obama Stands by Workers and Vetoes Bill

WASHINGTON —As promised, President Barack Obama vetoed the GOP bill killing streamlined union recognition election rules issued by the National Labor Relations Board on March 31. Obama commented, “A while back, the National Labor Relations Board, the NLRB, put forward some common-sense, modest changes to streamline the voting process for folks who wanted to join a union.  And unfortunately, the [...]

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Illinois Union Coalition vs. Fair Share Fee Ban

BELLEVILLE, Ill.—A coalition of 26 unions, led by AFSCME District Council 31, have united to battle Illinois GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s order eliminating state worker unions’ rights to collect even “fair share” fees from so-called “free riders.”   Rauner’s order not only violates the state constitution but a 31-year-old state “fair share fee” law as well, the coalition union said [...]

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The Movement to Stop Right-to-Work in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri unionists, businesses and officials mobilized in early March to try to stop the “right to work” state legislation from beig passed by testimoning for hours on the benefits of unionization and the harmful effects the law would cause.   Both houses of the state legislature are heavily Republican, and passage of such anti-worker anti-union laws, to [...]

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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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