With a potential strike looming in less than three weeks, unionized Northwest Airline workers and their employer returned to the bargaining table yesterday, even as reports that the company has recruited replacement workers and hired a security company with a history of anti-union violence came to light over the weekend.
In a widely-anticipated move, the union representing the largest number of grocery workers in the nation announced Friday that it was leaving the AFL-CIO in order to pursue new strategies of building union numbers and strength. The move brings to three the number of unions that left the AFL-CIO last week.
As the current leadership of the nationâ€™s largest organized labor body was reelected to another five-year term, other unionists began looking at the ripple effect the recent disaffiliation of two major unions might have on grassroots-level labor efforts.
A government watchdog group filed arguments with the Supreme Court last Friday on behalf of a district attorney who says he was demoted for uncovering police misconduct. The group, Public Citizen, said the case could have profound effects on government whistleblower protections.
At its annual convention yesterday, the nationâ€™s largest labor organization passed resolutions calling for a greater emphasis on organizing and a quick withdrawal of United States military forces from Iraq, according to news accounts and reports from members attending the event.
Distracting from the first day of the labor organizationâ€™s 50th annual convention yesterday, two of the nationâ€™s largest unions announced that they were leaving the AFL-CIO in order to focus on building a separate organized labor group they hope will prove better able to grow the dwindling numbers and strength of unions in the United States.
Four unions representing nearly a third of the membership of the nationâ€™s largest organized labor association announced yesterday that they are not going to participate in a conference this week where the direction and leadership of the organization will be decided.
Friday, the United Farm Workers union announced that it was joining a recently-formed coalition of unions disappointed in the leadership of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations.
Employer premiums for workersâ€™ compensation are rising at a rate far higher than payouts for employee claims, according to a comprehensive and groundbreaking report released yesterday.
Responding to a company refusal to enter into binding arbitration to resolve stalled contract talks, over 90 percent of the unionized mechanics, cleaners and custodians with Northwest Airlines authorized a strike in a vote taken earlier this week, their union announced Tuesday.
A loosely knit coalition of union members and activists has planned several events leading up to next weekâ€™s AFL-CIO convention, to culminate in the presentation of a resolution calling for organized labor to reject the financial support of an organization funded largely by the federal government and private companies and known for undermining unionists in Latin America.
In what appears to be the first decision related to a law granting Pennsylvanians broad religious freedoms, a pleas court judge found that the Philadelphia Fire Department violated the rights of a Muslim employee when it suspended him from duty for refusing to shave his beard.
Following the dissolution of a city-wide union aimed at strengthening service industry workers in Vermontâ€™s capital last week, dozens of former members of the Montpelier Downtown Workers Union announced that they are organizing under the banner of the radical union Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
With thousands caught up in human trafficking, their advocates are addressing the underlying causes behind todayâ€™s forced labor market, looking to reform law enforcement, humanitarian aid and labor policy.
University of California medical administrators have still not met with the nurses union since an overwhelming July 7 vote to go on strike, reports the Daily Bruin
, the University of California at Los Angeles student newspaper.
The standoff between a union and Chicago-area Walgreens stores took on a new twist this week as over 400 organized pharmacists returned to work amid allegations from the union that the chainâ€™s own data backs up membersâ€™ claims that workers are stretched too thin.
Four bills that would alter the way the federal agency tasked with overseeing workplace health and safety regulations are up for full consideration by the US House of Representatives this week. Taken together, the measures -- all four of which were jointly sponsored by a group of eleven legislators and have since gained the support of several more -- would lessen federal oversight of workplace safety practices and aid private enterprisesâ€™ efforts to challenge penalties assessed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), according to the text of the proposed legislation.
A landmark workersâ€™ rights act granting workers unpaid leave for family health issues is threatened by the business community and the Bush administration.
Pharmacists at about 400 Chicago area Walgreens stores went on strike last night over problems with technician and pharmacist staffing levels and increasing workloads that could endanger patients, the union told reporters. The strike began at 10 p.m., according to the Associated Press.
About 200 contract workers performing janitorial duties at Los Angeles County facilities owned by three defense industry giants went out on strike last night, calling for employer-paid health insurance and better wages. They are expected to be joined by 500 other members of the Service Employees International Union Local (SEIU) 1877 over the next several days, the Associates Press reported.
Two of the largest and oldest transportation unions in the United States announced yesterday that they had agreed to merge, creating a single organization representing workers at virtually every railroad company, numerous airlines, several defense contractors and other top government contractors in the nation.
A recently-formed group of unions seeking more effective organizing strategies named its first chair and treasurer yesterday.
Yesterday, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced that members of unions in Illinois and Arizona ratified new contracts at the end of last month.
Two pices of legislation under making the rounds in the US House of Representatives would strengthen federal regulations on the use of contract employees, forcing companies using such workers to include their injury totals in annual reports and holding those companies criminally liable for deaths and injuries determined to be a result of improper or negligent acts.
Even though Americans are increasingly aware that human trafficking takes place, an array of circumstances conspire to protect the trade, and a weak social response leaves freed victims in need.
Less than a month out from what many expect to be a contentious convention, the struggle between leaders of the nationâ€™s largest labor group and several unions seeking changes in the way the broad movement operates is cementing around the question of how much organizing is enough.
The United States government effectively gagged an international labor rights organization after a study it conducted for the Labor Department found high incidences of violations against workersâ€™ rights, safety, health and welfare in several Central American countries slated to become part of a proposed free trade zone, the Associated Press reported yesterday.
A study of competing proposals for new laws to govern union organizing conducted for Congress could be just the salve organized labor is looking for as it gears up for a contentious conference next month in Chicago.
An overwhelming majority of workers at a corn milling plant in Northern Indiana turned down a concession-filled contract negotiated between union leaders and company officials last Thursday night. Cargill, Inc. employees at the Hammond, Indiana mill have been working under a contract extension since last September.
Nearly eight years ago, New York University made labor history by becoming the first and only private university in the United States to recognize a graduate student employees union.