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Powerful Health Care Workers Union Endorses Biden

Politico reports: The Service Employees International Union, which represents 2 million workers in health care, property services and the public sector, announced Thursday that it will throw its grassroots organizing power behind presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential campaign. How does this change the race? By winning SEIU’s endorsement, Biden can tap into a network of tens …

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Powerful AFL-CIO Labor Coalition Endorses Joe Biden

The Washington Post reports: The AFL-CIO, the country’s largest coalition of labor unions, endorsed Joe Biden for president Tuesday, with the organization’s top official vowing to wage an aggressive effort to help him defeat President Trump. Union officials cemented their support for the former vice president in a vote of the organization’s general board, joining a long roster of influential …

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AFL-CIO Head: Trump Considers Workers “Expendable”

The Hill reports: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in an interview with The Hill’s Steve Clemons on Thursday that President Trump has “considered workers expendable” in efforts to reopen economies and workplaces. “In his bum’s rush to get everybody back to work, he’s considered workers expendable,” Trumka said during The Hill’s Advancing America’s Economy virtual event, adding that the president …

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Judge: Right Wing Site’s Anti-Union Tweet Was Illegal

Bloomberg Law reports: The publisher of conservative online magazine The Federalist broke federal labor laws when he tweeted last year that he’d send employees “back to the salt mine” if they tried to unionize, a National Labor Relations Board administrative judge decided. FDRLST Media chief Ben Domenech’s tweet was an “obvious threat”—not a joke or an expression of opinion shielded …

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Powerful United Auto Workers Union Endorses Biden

This is going to make MAGA world lose their shit: The United Auto Workers union is endorsing Democrat Joe Biden for President. The roughly 400,000-member union says in a statement Tuesday that the nation needs stable leadership with less acrimony “and more balance to the rights and protections of working Americans.” The union says Biden has committed to reining in …

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Major Labor Union To Spend $150M To Defeat Trump

The Associated Press reports: One of the nation’s largest labor unions is unveiling plans to invest $150 million in a nationwide campaign to help defeat President Donald Trump, a sweeping effort focused on eight battleground states and voters of color who typically don’t vote. The investment marks the largest voter engagement and turnout operation in the history of the Service …

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Cenk Uygur Urges Young Turks Staff Not To Unionize

The Huffington Post reports: Top leadership at the progressive news network The Young Turks held an all-staff meeting at its office in Culver City, California, on Feb. 12. The regularly scheduled gathering was supposed to deal with personnel matters, but instead the focus turned to the staff’s nascent union campaign, which had just gone public. Earlier that day, a Twitter …

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Major Transit Union Flips From Sanders To Biden

Politico reports: Joe Biden scored the endorsement Saturday of a major transit union that officially backed Bernie Sanders in 2016. “Joe has been very supportive of the labor movement for the last 40 years. He stands for working families. We recognize he’s a great candidate,” John Costa, international president of the 200,000-member Amalgamated Transit Union, told POLITICO. “We think Joe …

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Joe Biden Endorsed By Major Iron Workers Union

Yahoo News reports: With the first votes in the 2020 Democratic nominating contest less than two weeks away, former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday received a welcome endorsement from the national iron workers union. The 130,000-member International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers said it was tapping Biden over the other 11 Democratic candidates in the race …

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Dem Debate Back On After Labor Dispute Resolution

Politico reports: The PBS NewsHour/POLITICO debate among Democratic presidential candidates appears poised to proceed as scheduled on Thursday, after the national party organization helped broker a last-minute resolution to a labor dispute that had threatened to upend the televised forum. All seven White House contenders who qualified for the debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles threatened Friday to …

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Labor Dispute Threatens Coming Democratic Debate, Sanders And Warren Say They Won’t Cross Picket Lines

Politico reports: Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on Friday threatened to skip the PBS NewsHour – POLITICO Debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles next week, asserting they would not cross the picket lines of campus workers locked in a labor dispute. UNITE HERE Local 11, a labor union representing 150 cashiers, cooks, dishwashers and servers …

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Bernie Lands Major Endorsement From Nurses Union

Just in via press release: National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union of registered nurses, announces today that it will endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Nurses cite how Sanders’ leading platform closely aligns with nurses’ values on a whole host of issues, including rebuilding America’s labor movement to restore workers’ rights and his trailblazing leadership …

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CHICAGO: 22,000 Public School Teachers Go On Strike

The Chicago Tribune reports: The Chicago Teachers Union is on strike and teachers have joined picket lines at schools across the city this morning after the union’s House of Delegates on Wednesday rejected Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Board of Education’s latest proposals. The CTU said it plans to resume contract negotiations with city officials at 9:30 a.m. at …

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GM Reaches Tentative Deal With Striking Autoworkers

CNBC reports: General Motors and union leaders have reached a tentative deal on a new labor contract that could end the United Auto Workers’ month-long strike against the automaker, the UAW said Wednesday. Details of the proposed deal were not immediately available. However, the union’s roughly 48,000 members with GM are expected to receive raises and bonuses as part of …

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GM Ends Insurance Payments For Striking Workers

ABC News reports: General Motors is no longer paying the health care costs for the tens of thousands of auto workers who went on strike on Monday, shifting the costs instead to a union fund. More than 49,000 union workers walked off their jobs on Sunday night, starting a nationwide strike at General Motors. As negotiations enter their third day …

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United Auto Workers Begin Strike Against GM [VIDEO]

CNN reports: The United Auto Workers union went out on strike against General Motors Sunday night, the first work stoppage in the US auto industry in 12 years. The union’s 48,000 hourly workers walked out at 31 GM factories and 21 other facilities, spread across nine states, mostly in the center of the country. It’s the largest strike by any …

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Auto Workers Call Strike Against General Motors

CNBC reports: The United Auto Workers union plans to strike against General Motors following the two sides not reaching a tentative deal before a Saturday night deadline. The strike, depending on its length, could easily cost GM hundreds of millions of dollars. The last time the union declared a strike at GM was in 2007. The two-day work stoppage was …

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Bernie Lands First Endorsement From National Union

Politico reports: Bernie Sanders won his first endorsement from a national union on Monday, becoming the second presidential candidate to do so in the 2020 primary. The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, a 35,000-member union, announced that it is backing Sanders at its convention in Pittsburgh. Sanders delivered a speech to the union’s members on Monday before …

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Bernie Issues Plan To Strengthen Union Worker Rights

Axios reports: Bernie Sanders released a new plan Wednesday that would overhaul labor laws in the U.S. to increase union membership and rights. Why it matters: The Vermont senator is competing for union endorsements against a wide Democratic field. The plan’s release is timed with the Iowa state convention for the AFL-CIO. For unions, the plan would: Allow employees to …

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DOJ Seeks To Break Up Union Of Immigration Judges

The New York Times reports: The Justice Department has moved to decertify the union of immigration judges, a maneuver that could muffle an organization whose members have sometimes been openly critical of the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement agenda. The department filed a petition on Friday asking the Federal Labor Relations Authority to determine whether the union, the National Association of …

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