#Organized Labor

‘What’s the endgame?’ No resolution projected as decades-long feud between Culinary and Station Casinos continues

A second-floor meeting hall in the aging downtown Las Vegas headquarters of Culinary Workers Local 226 has long attracted local, state and national candidates seeking support from the influential labor group’s membership. Oftentimes, Station Casinos is a talking point. In November 2019, Vice President Kamala Harris, then a California senator...
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Douglas County receives large supply of PPE for residents, businesses

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The Douglas County Board of Commissioners recently received a large supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) for Douglas County residents and businesses through a partnership program with Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board (SOWIB), the County said in a news release. The supply of PPE included 5,022 boxes...
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‘Fight for $15’ Union Sues to Undo Trump-Era Franchise Rule (1)

SEIU says ‘joint employer’ rule was arbitrary, hurts workers. The union behind the “Fight for $15” movement is suing to overturn a Trump-era rule that makes it harder to hold companies like. McDonald’s Corp. and Inc. accountable for violations of franchised or. sub-contracted workers’. rights. In a lawsuit filed...

Crackdown on Organized Labor, Media Continues in Hong Kong

EFFORTS BY HONG KONG authorities to crack down on political freedoms continue, with Hong Kong’s largest non-state affiliated union announcing that it was in the process of dissolving, and a journalists’ organization facing pressure from authorities to reveal information on members. The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) announced...

Workers Need Organization, Not Technocratic Fixes

The Biden administration has been better than initially expected in a range of policy areas, including labor policy. In his supportive remarks on the union drive at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, fulfillment center, the president staked out a fairly bold position: “You should all remember the National Labor Relations Act didn’t just say that unions are allowed to exist; it said we should encourage unions.”

Democrats’ Tax Proposal Is New Flashpoint in War Over Union Fees

House Democrats quietly included a tax-sweetener for organized labor in their multi-trillion budget reconciliation proposal, allowing union members to write off a chunk of annual union dues on their tax bill. But another element is provoking conservatives: The provision would exclude workers in “right-to-work” states who voluntarily quit their union...

Attorney General Says California Community Centers, Organized Labor, and Civil Rights Organizations Join Fight to Protect the Dignity of LGBTQ Seniors and Long-Term Care Residents

September 16, 2021 - OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Wednesday applauded the broad coalition of organizations, workers, and legal scholars all fighting in support of the state’s efforts to defend anti- discrimination protections for LGBTQ residents of long-term care facilities in California. The coalition — made up...

Hochul, Benjamin Celebrate Prevailing Wage Legislation

New York Governor Kathy Hochul celebrated her newly minted Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin’s legislation in a Friday Sept. 17 rally at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The bill seeks to induce buildings in New York City that have obtained a tax abatement to pay their building workers a prevailing wage. Drafted...
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Unions aren’t against vaccines. They just want a say.

Terri Gerstein is the director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program and is a senior fellow at the Economic Policy Institute. Previously, she was the labor bureau chief in the New York State Attorney General's Office and a deputy commissioner in the New York State Department of Labor.

The Future of Labor Is Growing in South Dakota

Kooper Caraway, the newly elected president of the South Dakota AFL-CIO, sees his stated duty to improve the lot of the American working class as more of a calling. Born in Alabama and raised in Texas, the 29-year-old son of a German-American truck driver and a Native American retail worker became aware of the inequities of social class at an early age. Caraway knows all too well what it’s like to suffer for lack of basic resources, let alone luxuries. He’s “been to jail a lot,” he notes, thanks to his years of political activism. When he was still a boy and his family’s water got cut off, he’d be forced to sneak over to a neighbor’s yard to surreptitiously fill up empty milk jugs so he could shower in the morning before school. Now he is the country’s youngest state federation president within the AFL-CIO, and he aims to shake up the nation’s creaking labor bureaucracy in a big way.

Occupy Wall Street at 10: What It Taught Us, and Why It Mattered

Ten years ago today, on September 17, 2011, a small band of anarchists, artists, and anti-poverty organizers convened themselves in Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan, steps from the New York Stock Exchange. They were there to challenge the power of Wall Street and also to try something new in the annals of modern American protest movements: to be a democratic assembly of all who wanted to participate in deciding how and what they would do next. On their first night together that Saturday, perhaps 100 or 200 at best camped out under the park’s 55 honey locust trees.

Councilmember Sawant: We must all back the courageous Carpenters’ strike!

Workers have been pressed from all sides and our conditions have been deteriorating. Meanwhile, just since the COVID crisis began, American billionaires have become nearly two trillion dollars richer. And the bosses have raked in trillions more over the last decade, while workers fell behind. Seattle home prices have blown up 93 percent during that period. Rents in Seattle have increased by over 25 percent this year alone. Carpenters increasingly cannot afford to live in the city they help build.
Seattle Times

Amazon confronts battle with Teamsters in labor-friendly Canada

After beating back its highest-profile challenge to date from organized labor in the U.S., Amazon is now confronting a concerted union campaign in Canada, where labor laws are much friendlier to unions. Affiliates of the Teamsters union are attempting to organize employees in at least nine of the company’s facilities...

Labor and Labor Day in Geneva

At the August History Happy Hour at Lake Drum Brewing, I showed some photos of public halls. There was Linden Hall, Dove Hall, and Collins Music Hall; all hosted a variety of gatherings. One attendee told me there was a hall in the Guard Building, originally known as Smith’s Block. I was sure there wasn’t but he punctured my vanity the next day with evidence. It was Federation Hall, which sent me down a rabbit hole of research.

The Worker Shortages Plaguing the Public Sector

Joblessness remains high in New York. Yet, many employers are still struggling to recruit workers like never before in a wide variety of businesses. The reasons why are as varied as the industries involved. A lot of jobs do not pay enough money to convince people in expensive cities like...