SCOTUS Ruling Another Blow To Unions

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 4:05 am

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that partial public employees can not be required to pay union dues even if they are receiving the benefits of collective bargaining.The decision was 5-4 with conservative Justice Samuel Alito writing for the majority. Though it did not destroy public sector unions it could cripple them [...]

Working Families Party Nomination Of Cuomo Divides Members

By: Monday June 2, 2014 10:01 am

On Saturday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo secured the gubernatorial nomination from the Working Families Party of New York despite a record of trying to break unions and doing the bidding of his Big Business financial backers. Cuomo was almost defeated by Zephyr Teachout a strong progressive activist who won over 40% of the vote. [...]

NLRB Proposal For Union Elections Could Prove Substantial

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 8:34 am

The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency in charge of interpreting and enforcing labor law in the private sector, is studying a proposal to change the union election system to make it easier for workers to vote in a union at their workplace. The proposal passed to the next stage of development by a [...]

#FastFoodStrikes Taking Place Throughout America

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 9:42 am

"Giant puppets. Always giant puppets." #fightfor15 | pic.twitter.com/sT0qwWVc1c — Occupy Chicago (@OccupyChicago) December 5, 2013 Today workers in over one hundred American cities are protesting for higher wages. The wage target for the protesters is $15 but the protests are also contributing to the national conversation on raising the federal minimum wage. Fast-food workers and [...]

As Port Strike Deadline Approaches Obama Pressured To Use Taft-Hartley

By: Friday December 28, 2012 6:14 am

UPDATE 1:10PM EST: There has been a 30 day extension to the ILA contract postponing the strike. The deadline is December 29th. Tomorrow. At 12:01 am on December 30th 14 ports from Boston to Houston will close as members of the International Longshoremen Association (ILA) covering the the East and Gulf coasts go on strike. [...]

Michigan Passes Right to Work; What Are Labor’s Next Options?

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 7:06 am

Labor has not really attempted to overturn the Indiana “right to work” law, where they had less options at their disposal. But there are tools available in Michigan, as well as a relatively dense unionized labor force ready to fight back.

Michigan House Gives Final Approval on Right to Work

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 10:45 am

Despite large protests and thousands of demonstrators, lawmakers in Michigan, as expected, granted final approval to right to work legislation, which will ban closed shop unions and allow workers to opt out of union dues despite having their employment covered by a collective bargaining agreement. The first of two bills, which installs right to work [...]

Labor Can Put Right to Work on the Ballot in Michigan in 2014

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 7:45 am

According to folks on the ground in Lansing, Michigan, today, the scene looks quite like Madison, Wisconsin from winter 2011. AFSCME reports over 10,000 protesters both outside and inside the capital right now. The state government has arrayed the normal series of law enforcement and security personnelthat seem to spring up whenever anyone wants to use their First Amendment rights to protest in 21st-century America.

Democratic Congressional Delegation Meets With Governor Snyder in Michigan

By: Monday December 10, 2012 8:30 am

The Democratic Congressional delegation in the state of Michigan met with Governor Rick Snyder for an hour today, calling on him to either veto right to work legislation making its way through a lame duck session, or to ask for a delay in the vote until the next general session, or to allow a vote [...]

Right To Work Passes Both Houses in Michigan Quickly

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 5:25 pm

Within a matter of hours, both houses of the Michigan legislature passed right to work legislation, while arrests and lockdowns occurred inside and outside the chamber. In the end, Michigan Democrats staged a walkout to protest the closed Capitol. But eventually, the votes were taken, through a gut-and-amend process with a substitute bill that was [...]

As Right To Work Push Begins in Michigan, Police Arrest Protesters, Use Pepper Spray, Lock Down Capitol

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 11:39 am

As expected, Michigan Republicans rolled out right to work legislation today, which Governor Rick Snyder, previously seen trying to court a moderate pose, said he would sign into law. The legislation would impact public and private employees except for police and fire unions. Republicans will attempt to pass it by the end of the month [...]

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