Tag Archives: labor

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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REPORT: White House To Propose Merging Education And Labor Departments To “Streamline” Government

The Associated Press reports: The Trump administration is planning to propose merging the education and labor departments as part of a broader overhaul to be announced on Thursday that would make good on President Donald Trump’s pledges to streamline the federal government. The White House planned to announce the sweeping government reorganization plan at Trump’s Cabinet meeting, including plans to …

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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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National Teachers Union Leader: We Won’t Work With Betsy Devos, “The Queen Of For-Profit Privatization”

The Chicago Tribune reports: The president of the country’s largest labor union, Lily Eskelsen García of the National Education Association, told delegates at her organization’s annual gathering that they would not work with the Trump administration because the president and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could not be trusted to do what is in the best interests of children. Eskelsen García …

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CHINA: Workers At Ivanka Trump’s Shoe Factory Report Beatings, One Worker Bloodied With Stiletto Heel

The Associated Press reports: A worker with blood dripping from his head marked a low point in the tense, grinding life at a southeastern China factory used by Ivanka Trump and other fashion brands. An angry manager had hit him with the sharp end of a high-heeled shoe. Workers from the factory, including one current and two former employees who …

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CHINA: Government Claims Labor Reporters At Ivanka’s Shoe Factory Were Stealing “Commercial Secrets”

The Washington Post reports: Two days after the State Department called for the release of three activists detained while investigating working conditions at factories that make shoes for Ivanka Trump, Chinese authorities appear not to be backing off the case. Reports published Wednesday morning by the Communist Party-controlled press claimed the three men, Su Heng, Li Zhao and Hua Haifeng, …

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CHINA: Three Labor Activists Missing Or Arrested After Investigating Factory That Makes Ivanka’s Shoe Line

The International Business Times reports: Three men investigating a factory which produces shoes for the Ivanka Trump brand, along with several other retailers, have either gone missing or been arrested, it has been reported. Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng had been probing a factory in Jiangxi province run by Ganzhou Huajian International Shoe City Co. where investigators had …

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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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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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AFL-CIO: Meet The Koch Sisters

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NEW YORK: Long Island Railroad Workers Union Vows To Strike By Week’s End

Union officials yesterday declared that Long Island Railroad workers will walk off the job one minute after midnight on Saturday. “I regret to report that negotiations have collapsed with the MTA, and all eight unions are now proceeding with strike plans for July 20,” said Anthony Simon, chief spokesman for the union coalition. The workers have been without a contract …

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Twinkies To Return By Summer

Hostess Brands announced yesterday that they will return from bankruptcy and resume production by summer.  The company shut down last year during a union strike that became emblematic of corporate greed. “We expect to be making and selling in July,” Michael Cramer, executive vice president of Hostess Brands LLC, told NBC News. “Probably the later half of the month before …

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Google Honors Cesar Chavez

And predictably, Teabagistan completely loses its shit. Below are today’s headlines on Breitbart, the Daily Caller, Twitchy, and The Blaze.

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NEW YORK CITY: Anti-Labor Group Donates Big Bucks To Christine Quinn

The New York Daily News reports that a group opposing NYC’s pending bill to mandate paid sick leave has donated $370,000 to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign. The business leaders were among the 180 people who penned an open letter to Quinn last summer arguing that mandating paid sick leave would be prohibitively costly for small businesses. They …

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MICHIGAN: Union Supporters Tear Down Koch Brothers Tent At Capitol Building

Via Breitbart: A group of pro-union, progressive protesters leveled a large tent with people inside during Tuesday’s demonstrations outside the Michigan Capitol building in Lansing against right to work legislation. The protesters shouted “scab” and “Walmart tent” as they advanced. The tent, one of many at the demonstration, had been put up by the pro-right to work group Americans For …

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MICHIGAN: Teabaggers Battle Unions Over Pending Right To Work Law

The Michigan legislature is expected to vote today to make that state the 24th to endorse a so-called “right to work” law which will make it illegal to require union membership as a condition of employment.  Yesterday President Obama denounced the bill. The House session has started and the Capitol has been closed because it has reached capacity. Insp. Gene …

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October Jobs Report Released

Despite some claims that the storm-related closure of federal offices would cause its delay, the highly-anticipated final pre-election jobs report was issued on schedule today. One analyst calls the report “solid.” In the final monthly jobs report before Election Day, the government today said the U.S. unemployment rate for October ticked up to 7.9 percent. The Labor Department’s Bureau of …

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CHICAGO: Labor Controversy As Leather Event May Cross Host Hotel Picket Lines

The 34th annual International Mister Leather convention is taking place this weekend in Chicago, where attendees at the host hotel could potentially face a picket line over a long-running union labor dispute. The Hyatt Regency Chicago, site of the recent competitions, has been at the center of a bitter a contract fight with workers represented by the union UNITE HERE …

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