Friday, Aug 17, 2018, 3:31 pm · By Steven Hill
Amidst headlines about porn stars and bromance with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it can be hard to track the many ways the Trump administration is hurting workers in the United States. The Supreme Court’s Janus ruling that struck a blow to unions’ ability to collect membership dues held a brief spotlight in the national news churn. But in a more-quiet fashion, the Trump administration already has been slowly dismantling worker protections, especially those enacted under the Obama administration.
Friday, Aug 17, 2018, 12:39 pm · By Dan DiMaggio & Pioneer Valley Workers Center Staff
As the Trump administration cracks down on undocumented immigrants, it’s urgent for worker centers and unions to organize to defend immigrant members.
Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018, 4:06 pm · By Chris Brooks
The New York Taxi Workers Alliance knows how to throw a punch.
On August 14, the scrappy but militant 21,000 member union representing taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers in New York City won a landmark legislative victory establishing the country’s first cap on ride-sharing company vehicles and essentially forcing them to pay their drivers a minimum wage.
Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018, 2:35 pm · By Bruce Vail
The Trump-dominated National Labor Relations Board has been mostly quiet this summer, largely as the result of an ethics scandal that has tainted some of its earlier anti-union work. But NLRB initiatives are quietly underway to restart attacks on labor rights, including an effort disclosed August 1 that could restrict how workers can use email on the job.
Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018, 11:00 am · By Elena Carter
MT. PLEASANT, IOWA—Isabel discovered she was pregnant May 14. She and her husband, Jack (names changed because of his undocumented status), had been trying to start a family for years. They had a miscarriage in 2015. In 2016, their baby girl died an hour and a half after being born premature. Given the past complications, this new pregnancy was a huge deal. But Isabel wasn’t able to tell Jack in person.
He was one of 32 workers seized during a May 9 raid at the Midwest Precast Concrete facility (MPC) in Mt. Pleasant. It was the largest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in the state since 2008, when 900 agents blitzed a meatpacking plant in Postville and put a tenth of the small town’s population in jail.
Friday, Aug 10, 2018, 3:27 pm · By Mary Bottari
When the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) convened its 45th annual meeting of legislators and corporate lobbyists at the swank Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel on August 8, it served up a veritable banquet of union-busting, gerrymandering, pro-fossil fuel, and school privatization proposals for lawmakers to take back home.
Friday, Aug 10, 2018, 11:56 am · By Micah Uetricht
The econ 101 explanation of how wages and benefits work goes something like this: when times are tough and companies are losing money, they have to limit workers’ compensation and hire less. When they’re flush with cash, companies bump up workers’ pay and hire more.
Thursday, Aug 9, 2018, 5:04 pm · By David Webber
The ideological blinders of some on the left are aiding and abetting the right’s final assault on labor. Workers and their allies should be appalled, and they need to act quickly.
Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018, 8:14 pm · By Jeff Schuhrke
After a string of victories across the country in recent years—including this summer’s Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court ruling—the anti-union “right-to-work” movement has met its match in Missouri.
Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018, 6:08 pm · By Michael Arria
The Washington, D.C. metro system ditched a potential plan to provide separate trains for white nationalists attending a “Unite the Right” rally in Lafayette Square after its largest union refused to participate. That rally is scheduled for August 12 and is organized by the same racist group behind last summer’s Charlottesville protest, an event where dozens were injured and Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, was killed after purposely being run over by a car.