Issues

RNs Vote for Four Year Contract

WASHINGTON—Some 1,900 registered nurses, members of National Nurses United at Washington, D.C.’s largest hospital, voted on June 4-5 on a tentative 4-year contract with the facility, the Washington Hospital Center, the union announced.   The pact has “significant improvements for patient protection,” NNU’s top national cause, plus better pay, and retained health coverage and pensions, NNU said.  The pay hikes [...]

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Nurses Union Push for Safe Staffing at Nationwide Protests

WASHINGTON—More than 100 Washington nurses gathered in front of the capital’s City Hall on May 12 to demand the mayor and council back a real safe-staffing nurse-to-patient ratio ordinance.   National Nurses United (NNU), the leading union for registered nurses, in the Twin Cities, Chicago, Boston and Sacramento, organized the D.C. campaign. D.C. nurses added an extra NNU cause, with [...]

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Report: Average CEO Makes More in a Day than Worker in a Year

WASHINGTON–The average CEO of a public U.S. corporation makes more in a day than an average worker does in a year, according to AFL-CIO’s Executive Paywatch report and website. The  annual study found that average CEO of the 472 publicly traded corporations on the Fortune 500 garnered $13.5 million in pay and perks in 2014, 373 times the average pay [...]

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Illinois & New Jersey Hit Cuts of Public Worker Pensions

State supreme courts in two big states, Illinois and New Jersey, slammed governors’ cuts of public workers’ pensions. Illinois tossed the cuts out.   The two cases show that unions can defend their pensions – pensions which often make up for artificially lowered pay.   The definitive ruling came in the Illinois case on May 7, when the state Supreme [...]

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House Kills Two Anti-Worker Amendments

WASHINGTON—Building trades and government workers unions’ lobbying paid off as the GOP-run House defeated two anti-worker amendments offered by right-wing Republicans on April 30.   One was yet another chapter in the perennial attempts by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, to trash the Davis-Bacon Act.  The other came from Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., who tried to cut out lost-time payments for [...]

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$12 Minimum Wage Raise Supported by Union Leaders and Obama Administration

WASHINGTON—Union leaders and the Obama administration backed a new proposal by congressional Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 hourly.   Introduced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va. would take full effect in 2020.   The federal minimum wage of $7.25 hourly [...]

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The Pope Supports Equal Pay

THE VATICAN—The drive for equal pay for equal work has a new, influential supporter: Pope Francis I.   In his audience remarks at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on April 29, Francis addressed wage discrimination.   “Why should it be taken for granted that women must earn less than men? No! They have the same rights,” Francis said. “The [...]

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LA Port Drivers Forced to Strike Again

LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH, Calif.—Wage theft, lousy working conditions and continued company misclassification of port truckers as “independent contractors” not covered by labor law all combined to again force the hundreds of port truck drivers in Los Angeles-Long Beach to strike.   The top demand of the drivers, who voted overwhelmingly on April 25 to walk out, is that the trucking [...]

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Pre-May Day Rally Against Fast-Track

WASHINGTON—A pre-May Day rally at the AFL-CIO energized organized labor’s big push to deep-six controversial “fast-track” trade legislation on Capitol Hill.   A crowd of unionists and leaders, interrupted by an occasional video from workers overseas, told the jam-packed crowd in the federation’s lobby that unionists and their allies must convince lawmakers to defeat fast-track.  The speakers also predicted victory. [...]

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Building Trade Members Push for Job Creation

WASHINGTON —3,000 building trades members pushed positive legislation for job creation like increasing the amount of energy projects, building the Keystone XL pipeline, supporting nuclear power, and encouraging environmentally friendly fracking in Washington D.C. during their legislative conference April 20th-22nd.   While there, the Republican dominated 114th Congress made attacks on the Davis-Bacon Act and project labor agreements (PLAs). The [...]

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