Having initially backed the most progressive reform proposal being considered by lawmakers, advocates for immigrant workers are now rethinking their support, saying the bill fails to adequately protect the rights of foreign-born workers.
In an investigation into claims that workplace conditions at the US Interior Departmentâ€™s headquarters were making some workers sick, a federal agency said it found "several issues that could exacerbate health problems" but did not demand corrective actions.
Despite criticism that a ploy to catch undocumented immigrants on worksites undermines employee safety, US immigration authorities are refusing to end a controversial program in which agents pretend to be workplace-safety trainers in order to lure in undocumented immigrants and arrest them.
Recent statistics show that the fastest-growing jobs in the US also happen to be those with the lowest compensation. At the same time, the minimum wage is, in real dollar terms, the lowest it has been since the law establishing a federal minimum wage, the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, was amended in 1947.
For months, reports have alleged that companies rebuilding the Gulf Coast are engaged in contract impropriety while creating dangerous working conditions and paying low â€“ or even no â€“ wages. A newly formed coalition of community, labor and religious groups has stepped forward to fill in where the government has not acted.
Four years ago, Energy Department veteran Richard Levernier went public with details of what he said were serious security flaws at the nationâ€™s nuclear weapons and research facilities, losing his security clearance as an apparent direct result. Last week, a federal investigation found that Levernierâ€™s criticisms cast legitimate doubts "upon the agencyâ€™s confident expression of its readiness to defend the nuclear research facilities and nuclear assets within its custody."
Subject to harassment, low pay, dangerous work, arrest and more, day laborers may be the most at-risk group of workers in the nation, according to a study released last month. The report, "On the Corner: Day Labor in the United States," is the first-ever nationwide look at how the largely Latino immigrant day laborers fare.
A recently released audit found that the California agency in charge of enforcing workplace-safety regulations could be culpable in the alleged underreporting of injuries among workers replacing a span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
With an appealing concept akin to â€œfreedom of choice,â€ religious conservatives have co-opted their pro-choice adversaries' language by arguing that healthcare workers should be â€œfreeâ€ to deny providing contraception.
With backing from the National Labor Relations Board squarely behind the college administration, New York University is free to fight its entrenched grad-student labor union with tactics banned in other management-worker conflicts.
Recent actions by two separate federal agencies indicate that the deaths of eighteen miners over the past five weeks are pushing some in Washington to rethink worker safety policy. But occupational safety watchdogs warn that the initiatives, while promising, still face plenty of obstacles to funding and implementation.
In an old twist from the anti-union playbook, prominent auto-industry analysts and some government officials are warning that a coveted new automotive plant planned for Michigan is in jeopardy because of recent union activity in the state. The main threat, they say, is a group of dissident United Auto Workers (UAW) members who are rallying against union leaders.
Last week, the Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate dropped to a four-year low and hourly wages rose faster than they have in nearly three years. The news, though, is little to cheer about, according to an analysis released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
Gov. Schwarzeneggerâ€™s attempt to beat back progressive nurse-staffing standards in California appears to have backfired, inspiring unions across the country to demand the help theyâ€™ve long said they and their patients need.
Earlier this week, the governor of West Virginia and the federal agency in charge of mine safety both announced plans to make sure coal mines are safer. The announcements come about after eighteen coal-mine workers have perished at work already this year. Workplace safety experts and labor groups assailed the plans as unlikely to solve the problem.
The Labor Department may be regularly understating the number of unemployed people due to the way it collects data, according to a new study. The progressive Center for Economic Policy Research said yesterday that because growing numbers of people decline to participate in surveys each year, the Departmentâ€™s statistics bureauâ€™s data-gathering techniques are outdated.
A required annual report released last week by the federal agency tasked with investigating charges of misconduct and fraud in the federal government appears to be short on substance, a public employees group charged this week. The accusations continue efforts by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) to draw attention to what it sees as purposeful failures by the United States Office of Special Counsel.
The federal government and even the AFL-CIO have shifted attention away from workplace safety concerns at the national level in recent years, and labor says fines are just a slap on the wrist.
An emerging form of unconventional labor organizing is taking root in immigrant communities, providing services, networks and hope where mainstream unions and state protections have fallen short.
After working months without a contract and putting themselves on the line in a three-day strike last week, members of the union representing transportation workers in New York City are set to vote on an agreement. The proposed contract gives less than they asked for but more than the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had offered before the strike.
After three days of deliberations, a California jury yesterday found Wal-Mart guilty of illegally denying workers lunch breaks. The jury awarded $172 million to about 116,000 current and former employees of the retail behemoth after plaintiffs argued that the company had violated their rights on some 8 million occasions.
Union officials voted yesterday to return New York City transportation workers to their jobs, ending a three-day strike. The workers went back on the job without a contract.
Risking an array of threatened punitive measures, New York City transit employees made good on their own threat to halt trains and buses until the Transit Authority meets more of their demands.
Advocates and foes of undocumented workers have rallied on opposite sides of immigrants alleging unfair labor practices, with the local Minuteman group taking the offensive against plaintiffs and their supporters.
Since the Coalition of Immokalee Workers won better wages for some tomato-pickers, corporations exploiting migrant workersâ€™ cheap labor have been looking for ways to avoid Immokaleeâ€™s crosshairs.
Firings, humiliation, intimidation, bribes -- all tactics outlawed by national labor laws yet long used by companies trying to dissuade workers from organizing a union. And, according to a new study, these obstacles have grown worse in recent years, contributing directly to the decline in union density nationwide.
Companies in the United States fired nearly 100,000 people in November, a 22 percent jump over a month ago, marking the third consecutive month of rising layoffs. Led by the auto industry, government and nonprofit employers, the job dump puts the nation on track to experience the fifth year in a row in which layoffs top one million, Dow Jonesâ€™s MarketWatch website reported yesterday.
Youâ€™ve heard from politicians, pundits and anti-immigration activists. But what do people aspiring to live and work in the United States and their advocates think of the presidentâ€™s controversial proposals?
Current and former US Postal Service employees are picketing in four Missouri cities today to protest Senator Kit Bondâ€™s (R-Missouri) decision to prevent a vote on a bill changing the way the USPS handles pension and health benefits for retired workers. The informational pickets are taking place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and the state capitol, Jefferson City.
Amid growing charges that various federal agencies are acting illegally, the office responsible for investigating many such allegations made by government employees released its 2004 report a year late and with no public announcement.