Issues

Steelworkers: Lawmakers Support Feds’ Probe of Dumped Chinese Tires

      WASHINGTON (PAI)–The federal government’s investigation of whether China is illegally dumping car and light truck tires on the U.S. market – again – drew the support of 31 U.S. senators, the Steelworkers, who filed the tire-dumping complaint, report.   And the lawmakers’ letter, sent Sept. 11, will increase the onus on the Commerce Department to decide whether to [...]

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NLRB Sticks to Its Stand: Unions Don’t Have to Give Objectors Detailed Spending Data Beforehand

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Reaffirming its previous positions, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled unions don’t have to give detailed data on their spending to workers who object to spending on anything except contract bargaining and administration, before the workers even file those protests.   The board issued that stand in a case involving United Food and Commercial Workers Local 700, Kroger [...]

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Public Sector Unions Lobby Lawmakers vs. Third “Free Trade” Pact

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Leaders of at least 40 public sector unions from around the world, including the Teamsters, the Teachers, and AFSCME, lobbied U.S. lawmakers on Sept. 17 to dump a little-known – but dangerous – potential third “free trade” treaty that threatens public workers’ jobs and the quality of services they provide to constituents and taxpayers nationwide.   The leaders of [...]

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Communications Workers-Teamsters Coalition Scores Big Win at Merged American Airlines

WASHINGTON (PAI)–A joint coalition of the Communications Workers and the Teamsters scored a big win – especially in the anti-union South – among customer service representatives at the new, merged and larger American Airlines.   The reps at the airline, a combination of the former American and the former US Airways, voted 9,612-1,547 for representation by the joint CWA-IBT Association, [...]

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Labor Department Releases Proposed Rules Ordering Federal Contractors to Report Equal Pay Data

 WASHINGTON (PAI)–Implementing Democratic President Barack Obama’s prior executive order, the Labor Department unveiled proposed rules ordering federal contractors to report gross pay data broken down by race, color, religion, sex or national origin.   The objective of the rules, released for public comment starting on Sept. 17, is to use the financial leverage of federal contracts to force businesses that [...]

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GOP Filibuster Defeats Paycheck Fairness Act, Again

WASHINGTON (PAI)–For the second time this year, a Senate Republican filibuster defeated the Paycheck Fairness Act.  The legislation was designed to help women get equal pay for equal work by strengthening protections for workers who discuss their paychecks with each other and by requiring employers to prove their pay discrimination is based on a factor other than gender.   Fifty-one Senate [...]

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Unions Provide Big Contingent for NYC Climate Change March

 NEW YORK (PAI)–More than 100,000 people, including contingents from six national unions, several state federations and central labor councils and at least 48 locals and other labor groups, marched through Manhattan’s East Side to the United Nations on Sept. 21 to urge world leaders to act now on combating climate change.   The People’s Climate March, which New York City-based [...]

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Unionists, Seniors Rally to Defend Social Security, Medicare in Runup to Election

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Diane Fleming had a challenge for the crowd.   As she gazed out at a throng of hundreds of unionists and senior citizens, massed on a lawn north of the U.S. Capitol on a sunny day with the structure’s great dome as their backdrop, the retired Machinist declared: “You’ve been given a lot of facts here.  Now we need to [...]

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NLRB: Labor Law Protects Worker Recruiting Others to Sign Sexual Harassment Complaint

 WASHINGTON (PAI)–Federal labor law protects a worker who recruits her colleagues to sign her complaint about sexual harassment on the job, even if they later say they were signing just to ratify her findings and not because of harassment they suffered themselves, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled.   In a 3-1 decision in mid-August involving workers at [...]

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Appeals Court Panel Rules FedEx Drivers in Oregon, California are ‘Employees’ not ‘Independent’ Contractors

  PORTLAND, Ore. (PAI)–In a judicial slam against a top employer dodge that weakens workers and unions, a 3-judge federal appeals panel ruled on August 27 that FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery drivers – 363 drivers in Oregon and 2,300 drivers in California – are “employees” under labor law, not “independent contractors.”   If the rulings, by a panel of [...]

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