Tag Archives: unions

MISSOURI: Voters Reject Anti-Unions Measure 2-1

The New York Times reports: After a succession of political setbacks in onetime strongholds and a landmark defeat in the Supreme Court, organized labor has notched a hard-won victory as Missouri voters overrode a legislative move to curb union power. A measure on the ballot on Tuesday asked voters to pass judgment on a prospective law barring private-sector unions from ...

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Kavanaugh Ruled For Trump In 2012 Casino Union Case

It’s rather interesting that this is just coming to light: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2012 sided with the future U.S. president’s casino in a case over unionization, Bloomberg reported. Kavanaugh threw his weight behind Trump Entertainment Resorts’ successful attempt to end a unionization effort at one of its casinos six years ago. He voted with two other Republican-nominated ...

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SCOTUS Deals Major Blow To Public Sector Unions

CNBC reports: The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday that non-union workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions. The case, one of the most hotly anticipated of the term, concerns whether public employees can be forced to pay fees that fund the work of public sector unions. Some experts have said that a holding in favor of ...

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Trump Backs Union-Busting In SCOTUS Petition

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to overrule a 40-year-old precedent that allows compelling public employees to pay some fees to unions that represent them, an important tool for the U.S. labor movement. It was another dramatic reversal in a high-profile case before the high court, and at least the third time since ...

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Billionaire Joe Ricketts Shuts Down Gothamist And DNAinfo, Deletes Their Archives After Writers Unionize

The New York Times reports: A week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist, two of New York City’s leading digital purveyors of local news, celebrated victory in their vote to join a union. On Thursday, they lost their jobs, as Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade who owned the sites, shut them ...

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After Media Firestorm Management Tells Rockettes That Performing At Inauguration Was Always “Voluntary”

One day after their union effectively said, “Dance or get fired.” Broadway World reports: Madison Square Garden has released a statement regarding the ongoing story that Rockettes are required to perform at the Presidential inauguration or risk being fired. “The Radio City Rockettes are proud to participate in the 58th Presidential Inaugural,” read the statement in The Hollywood Reporter. “For ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Union Issues Warning To Rockettes Over Objections To Performing At Trump’s Inauguration

From the New York Post: President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday secured the Radio City Rockettes to perform at his Jan. 20 inauguration — but at least one dancer was not happy with the decision. Rockette Phoebe Pearl said in an Instagram post Thursday night that she was “embarrassed and disappointed” to appear at the event. “I usually don’t use social ...

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Steelworkers Union Head Gets Death Threats After Trump Attacks Him For Telling Truth About Carrier Deal

CNBC reports: Donald Trump used Twitter late Wednesday to slam the union chief who had sharply criticized the President-elect’s claims to have saved more than 1,000 jobs at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis, and set of a war of words over who best represents American workers. Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers 1999 that represents workers at Carrier, apparently ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Transit Strike Settled, Service Returning

In the nick of time. Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate reports: SEPTA and TWU Local 234 have announced a tentative agreement that ends the strike that has crippled transportation in greater Philadelphia for nearly a week. The announcement came at 5:30 a.m. Monday at the union’s headquarters in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia. The deal involves a new five-year contract. Officials ...

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BREAKING: Philadelphia Judge Rejects Injunction To End Transit Strike, Second Hearing Set For Monday

Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate reports: SEPTA’s request for a judge to file an injunction to end the strike by Transport Workers Union Local 234 was declined on Friday evening, but there will be another hearing on the issue Monday. In that hearing, SEPTA will argue for an injunction to force workers back on the job in time for Election Day. SEPTA ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Transit Officials Ready Injunction To Force Workers To Suspend Strike On Election Day

The Associated Press reports: SEPTA has asked the union to temporarily suspend its walkout on Election Day if the strike is still underway. Union president Willie Brown has said the union will not honor that request. On Thursday, SEPTA officials said they have prepared paperwork requesting an injunction from Philadelphia Common Pleas court that would temporarily force workers back on ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Democrats Grow Anxious As Transit Strike Talks Break Down, Commuters Face Gridlock

PlanPhilly reports: With Election Day less than a week away and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 still on strike, Democrats hoping for big voter turnout in Philadelphia are growing increasingly nervous. “I’m worried,” a senior campaign staffer for Katie McGinty told PlanPhilly. McGinty currently holds a 5 point lead over incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, according to RealClearPolitics’ average ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Transit Strike Imperils Voter Turnout

The New York Times reports: Transit workers here went on strike early Tuesday, halting bus, trolley and subway service, and forcing hundreds of thousands of people onto packed commuter trains and roads to get to work or school. The strike by about 4,700 workers of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority shut down transit lines that normally provide nearly a million rides ...

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Teamsters Union Endorses Hillary Clinton

The Hill reports: Hillary Clinton picked up a major union endorsement Friday from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Teamsters’ executive board voted unanimously to support the Democrat for president, the union said. “We are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States,” Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa said in a statement. “She is the right ...

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SCOTUS Splits 4-4, Upholds Defeat Of Anti-Gay Bid To Upend Mandatory Public Sector Union Fees

In April 2013, Orange County elementary school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs sued the California Teachers Association, arguing that her mandatory union fees meant that she had been unwillingly forced into financially supporting the union’s advertising campaign against the passage of Proposition 8. Friedrich’s suit was joined by the Christian Educators Association International. Which brings us to today. Via The Atlantic: The ...

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Massive Labor Union Endorses Hillary Clinton [VIDEO]

Hillary Clinton today picked up the backing of the two million member SEIU labor union, long a favorite whipping boy in Teabagistan. The Hill reports: “Hillary Clinton has proven she will fight, deliver and win for working families,” SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry said in a statement. “This movement for economic, racial, immigrant and social justice is poised to ...

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Gawker Media Staff Votes To Unionize

Via Gawker: Yesterday, more than 100 Gawker Media editorial employees voted on the question of whether to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East for the purpose of collective bargaining—that is, whether we want to form a union. The results are in. Yesterday’s votes were cast electronically and tallied by VoteNet, an independent online voting system. Out of ...

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Unions Demand Apology From Gov. Scott Walker After CPAC Comparison To ISIS

Via press release: We’re not going to stand by and let Scott Walker smear hard-working Americans, simply because the exercise their first amendment freedom to disagree with him. You don’t attack good men and women who give their time every day to make this country a better place. Public service workers have confronted terrorism. In the aftermath of September 11, ...

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Scott Walker At CPAC: If I Can Beat Union Protesters Then I Can Beat ISIS

The DNC reacted immediately: “If Scott Walker thinks that it’s appropriate to compare working people speaking up for their rights to brutal terrorists, then he is even less qualified to be president than I thought. Maybe he should go back to punting.”

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Tweet Of The Day – Dropkick Murphys

The band is renowned for their ardent support of unions and the working class. Scott Walker is absolutely the last person who should be using their music.

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