Labor Union News

Labor Union News

Could Wildcat Teachers' Strikes Spread from W.Va. to Other States?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 Bloomberg

Oklahoma and Kentucky may follow West Virginia as educators across the country take advantage of a strong economy to agitate for more pay.   Read More

NY Teamsters train to be 'sanctuary union' to protect members

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 The Hill

About 120,000 Teamsters across Long Island and New York City are preparing to become a "sanctuary union" and learn how to deal with immigration officials at their workplaces.   Read More

Companies Will Learn to Love Unions

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 Bloomberg

Organized labor provides real advantages for employers, especially in a tight labor market like the U.S. is entering.   Read More

Remembering King's Roots in Labor and Socialist Movements of the 20th Century

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 Huffington Post

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, it's worth remembering that his legacy was based firmly in the labor and the socialist movements of the 20th century.   Read More

2017 Year in Review: Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 Labor Notes

If there's one lesson labor can draw from the events of 2017, it's this-to survive and grow in the face of a nationally coordinated employer offensive, we'll have to use the attacks against us as organizing opportunities.   Read More

Trump Labor Board Just Made It Harder for Fast-Food Workers

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 In These Times

On December 14, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned a 2015 policy that had made it easier for workers-particularly fast-food workers-to unionize and challenge their employers over unfair labor practices.   Read More

New Book Teaches Kids about Labor Unions

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 The Island Now

Labor unions aren't the first thing that comes to mind for most people when they think about Christmas - but Mark Torres' latest book might change that.   Read More

Democrats add to 'Better Deal' platform with a slew of pro-labor-union ideas

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 The Washington Post

Senate Democrats are rolling out another plank in their "Better Deal" platform today, a series of pro-labor reforms aimed at "strengthening the collective voice and negotiating rights of workers."   Read More

In Iowa, a Glimmer of Hope in the Face of Anti-Union Attacks

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 The American Prospect

Republicans launched a Wisconsin-style crackdown on public-sector unions. But in overwhelming numbers, the members said they're sticking with the union.   Read More

More union members needed in public office, says AFL-CIO

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 People's World

"In recent years," says Resolution 10, which passed unanimously at the national AFL-CIO Convention Sunday afternoon (Oct. 22), "state legislatures have significantly weakened working people's freedom to prosper.   Read More

Organize the South! Arkansas workers make the case

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 People's World

For decades, the South has been the Achilles heel of the labor movement. While unions took root and thrived in places like the industrial Midwest and Northeast, or in the ports and plants of West Coast states in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, Dixie remained   Read More

Want to Get Back to Normal? Strong Unions Are Key

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 The American Prospect

Organized labor can be a bulwark against the rising inequality and authoritarianism that threaten to dismantle democracy.   Read More

Labor Department Taps Executives, Union Officials for Apprentice Program

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 The Wall Street Journal

The Labor Department is enlisting the help of corporate executives, labor unions and governors to develop its policy of expanding the use of apprenticeships in the U.S.   Read More

A pending Supreme Court case threatens to silence workers' voices

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 Sacramento Bee

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear the latest case attacking public employee unions seemed inevitable.   Read More


Wed, 11 Oct 2017 Newsweek

President Donald Trump's anti-union Labor Department released a study that showed joining a union is one of your best shots at getting health care coverage.   Read More

Filling Gaps Left By Trump, Nurses & Labor Unions Join Puerto Rico Relief Effort

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 Common Dreams

As President Donald Trump continues to come under fire for failing to deliver sufficient help to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria   Read More

Unions disappointed, but not surprised by Trump decision to disband labor-manage

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 Federal News Radio

After several months of silence on the topic, President Donald Trump did what many federal unions thought was inevitable: He disbanded a formal advisory panel designed to create and foster partnerships between labor and agency management.   Read More

Nissan Accused of Snooping in Labor's Latest Fight for the South

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 Bloomberg

Automakers have battled hard to keep organized labor from gaining traction in the U.S. south. Mostly, they've won -- as Nissan Motor Co. did when workers at its Mississippi plant voted in August against joining a union. But the Japanese company has been a   Read More

Philadelphia Labor Union Plans to Sue Big Pharmaceutical Over Opioid Crisis

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 NBC Philadelphia

Philadelphia-area union workers are joining a wave of litigation against opioid manufacturers after losing eight members to addiction in 11 months.   Read More

Supreme Court to hear new challenge to labor unions this winter

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 Deseret News

A Supreme Court with a reconstituted conservative majority is taking on a new case with the potential to financially cripple Democratic-leaning labor unions that represent government workers. The justices deadlocked 4-4 in a similar case last year.   Read More

A Brief History of Union-Run Media in Chicago

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

Labor-run papers used to be commonplace. More unique is the longest-running labor-owned radio station, which was based in Chicago and once hosted the Beatles.   Read More

Is Trump filling DOL positions with foxes guarding the hen house?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 The American Prospect

His appointees made their bones on the management side of the table.   Read More

Missouri can help reverse the pendulum in the Midwest

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 St-Louis Post-Dispatch

The results astounded everyone who thought they knew the Missouri labor movement: more than 300,000 signatures to repeal "right to work."   Read More

Labor Unions Are Stepping Up To Fight Deportations

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 Huffington Post

Organized labor is finding creative ways to protect immigrant members and families vulnerable in the Trump era.   Read More

How Canadian legislators are trying to help America's unions through NAFTA.

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 Huffington Post

The Canadian Royal Mounties have offered to ride to the rescue of beleaguered American workers.   Read More

A powerful display on labor comes to Cornell

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

A new exhibition, "Union-Made: Fashioning America in the 20th Century," showcasing the people responsible for sewing ready-to-wear clothing, opened at Cornell recently, illustrating "another time when labor was not erased and made invisible,   Read More

A New Type of Labor Law for a New Type of Worker

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 NY Times

Labor Day was born in the late 19th century, during a time of raw fear about the path of economic development. Opportunities for decent, middle-class livelihoods seemed to be shrinking, and the "laboring classes" confronted a grim future of what many call   Read More

Republicans suddenly seem to like unions again.

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 Washington Post

Unions are enjoying a popularity surge, with more than 61 percent of adults in the United States saying they now approve of organized labor - a five-point jump from last year, according to a new Gallup poll. That's the highest approval rating since 2003,   Read More

Richard Trumpka: Why I quit Trumps' Business Council

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 NY Times

On Tuesday, President Trump stood in the lobby of his tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and again made excuses for bigotry and terrorism, effectively repudiating the remarks his staff wrote a day earlier in response to the white supremacist violence   Read More

Union's Loss Is the South's Loss, Too

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 NY Times

Workers at a Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., picked a bird in the hand when they recently voted against forming a union, and that's understandable. Veteran workers, who generally opposed the union, make $26 an hour.   Read More

Randy Bryce explains the importance of labor unions for America's middle class

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 Salon

The Democratic challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan is making a name for himself but wants the United States to know that labor unions are still important to the health of the economy.   Read More

Labor movement turns to social activism to attract Millennials

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 Indy Star

Police shootings, LGBT rights and immigration issues often are not associated with the traditional American labor movement.   Read More

Setback for unions, Labor Department moves to revoke Obama-era 'persuader rule'

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 Washington Post

The Labor Department announced Thursday night that it was taking steps to reverse an Obama-era rule requiring companies to disclose their initial contacts with outside consultants on how to respond to unionizing efforts.   Read More

New high court challenge to labor unions follows 4-4 split

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 CBS News

Conservative groups are wasting little time in trying to deal a crippling blow to labor unions now that Justice Neil Gorsuch has joined the Supreme Court.   Read More

The wealthy attack freedom to form strong unions

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 The State-Journal Register

When working people have the freedom to speak up together through unions, we make progress together that benefits everyone. But today - with a shrinking middle class and a growing gap between the rich and the rest of us - the last thing America needs is a   Read More

Union accepts American Crystal Sugar contract to avoid labor lockout

Tue, 30 May 2017Twin Cities Pioneer Press

The labor union for American Crystal Sugar Co. has accepted an offer from the company for a five-year labor contract.   Read More

Labor unions, environmentalists square off at Keystone XL pipeline hearing

Tue, 30 May 2017 The Washington Times

As union workers extolled the virtues of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline at Wednesday's hearing before the Nebraska Public Service Commission, Jeanne Crumly grew exasperated.   Read More

Labor Unions File Suit to Block Right-to-Work Law

Tue, 30 May 2017 The Courier-Journal

Two labor groups on Thursday filed suit to strike down Kentucky's new right-to-work law.   Read More

Prominent Unions Back Acosta for Labor Secretary

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 The Washington Free Beacon

Several major unions have endorsed Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Labor.   Read More

Trump's Infrastructure Spending Pledge Attracts Labor Union Support

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 Inside Sources

President-elect Donald Trump and unions don't agree on much but his plan to invest in a robust national infrastructure program is one area they are finding common ground.   Read More

Fight for $15 leader envisions stronger modern labor movement on horizon

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 The NY Daily News

He's been hailed as one of the main architects of the Fight for $15 movement that helped hike hourly pay across the U.S. and started a national conversation on a minimum wage raise - but now union organizer David Rolf has an even more ambitious goal: reto   Read More

Unions Stake Out Positions in Battle for DNC Chair

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 The American Prospect

Over the weekend, the contenders for Democratic National Committee chair headed to Austin, Texas, to make their case before a crowd of the Lone Star State's party faithful.   Read More

Public Service Workers Making the Holidays Happen

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 The Huffington Post

This December, as we wrap presents in our homes, we probably won't notice the scrape of a snowplow blade as it hits pavement outside.   Read More

Unions stand on both sides at Standing Rock

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 NW Labor Press

The standoff at North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Reservation - with Indian tribes and supporters on one side, and police and private security for the Dakota Access Pipeline on the other - also finds labor union members on both sides.   Read More

Will Trump Administration Bring The Death Of Organized Labor?

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 The Ring of Fire Network

Donald Trump hates unions. Republicans hate unions. Corporations hate unions. But the reality is that American workers need union protections, and the next four years are going to be very difficult for organized labor as it struggles to survive in such a   Read More

Trump era confronts organized labor with gravest crisis in decades

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 The Washington Post

President-elect Donald Trump's Twitter attack this week on a union official, followed by his choice of a labor secretary who has criticized new worker protections, has rattled leaders of the American labor movement, who fear unions may be facing their gra   Read More

Thousands of airport, fast food workers across US to strike for $15 minimum wage

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 NY Daily News

Tens of thousands of airport and fast food workers across the U.S. will strike on Nov. 29 as part of a nationwide movement calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage and union rights, and protesting police killings and Donald Trump's "politics of divisiveness   Read More

Unions Must Make Organizing More Union Members The Highest Priority. NOW!

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 The Concourse

As our nation slowly awakens from its Trump-induced coma, we begin to contemplate what the next four years will mean for our most important issues. For workers, and anyone who cares about inequality, the prospects are terrifying.   Read More

Things Are About to Get Really Ugly for the Labor Movement

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 The American Prospect

The nation's union movement is suffering from collective whiplash. As the Rust Belt states fell late last Tuesday night, so too did labor's hopes for a Democratic president who had promised to lift up working people.   Read More

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