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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a key case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide. The case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, deals with whether workers who benefit from union-negotiated contracts can avoid paying union dues if they opt not to join the union. The lead plaintiff, Mark Janus, is a child support specialist who argues that a state law in Illinois allowing the union to charge a fee for collective bargaining activities violates his First Amendment rights. Numerous right-wing groups have trumpeted his claim in their latest attempt to weaken the political power of public unions. The groups include the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, the State Policy Network, ALEC—American Legislative Exchange Council—and the Bradley Foundation. We speak to Amanda Shanor, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed an amicus brief in Janus v. AFSCME in support of AFSCME.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to decide whether public-employee unions can collect fees from workers who choose not to join the union, an activity which
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Thousands rally outside the Supreme Court to send a message to the corporate special interests behind Janus case: You won't stop working families from realizing the American dream.
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Employers ask union UCU to end industrial action as both sides agree to start arbitration talks
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Educators are expected to be back in their classrooms Thursday, with Wednesday serving as a "cooling off day."
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Union leaders said they accepted the governor’s promise of pay raises and a task force to tackle high insurance costs. Schools are set to reopen Thursday.
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The U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical of a law permitting government labor unions to extract involuntary dues from workers’ paychecks.
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For an entire century, the corporate class in America has dreamed of destroying organized labor, which eats into their ability to amass endless profits. They’ve chipped away at unions for 40 years. Now, it is no exaggeration to say that they are two steps away from total victory.
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Graduate assistants at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign went on strike Monday over protracted contract negotiations. The graduate union, which is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, says members have been working nearly 200 days on an expired collective bargaining agreement.
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It could take months before public sector workers know if they’ll continue to be forced to pay union dues, but a free market think tank says unions should start thinking
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Plutocrats have been trying to strangle unions since they began. They now have their best shot with the Janus case, which the Supreme Court is deciding now. The addition of far-right Justice Neil Gorsuch may provide the decisive vote to gut the unions by allowing people like Janus to withhold dues even as they…
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Walmart's responses to class action employee lawsuits display its ethics. How they influence the retail industry, set precedents, and spur more suits.
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A coalition of 11 unions is demanding that Disneyland Resort raise its base wage to $20 an hour after a survey of 5000 workers found that most do not earn enough money for basic expenses.
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Teachers have been in the halls of the state’s capitol since last week. One teacher, Katie Cole, spoke to HP about three school days she had to take off due to a medical emergency, which resulted in a teacher’s aide and a helpful parent taking over the class.
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Hard Rock Atlantic City has entered into an agreement with the same workers union that led to former Trump Taj Mahal owner Carl Icahn shutting the resort.
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says striking teachers will return to the classroom on Thursday, and he's offering teachers and school service personnel a 5 percent pay raise in the first year.
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The Supreme Court is soon to rule on one of the most impressionable cases in American history- whether the right to work means the right to not pay to work. Over five million government employees […]
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Colombia’s flag carrier Avianca fired 20 pilots on Monday, ostensibly for their part in the months-long industrial action which caused massive disruptions across Colombia.
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On the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency, millions of people took part in the Women’s Marches across the country to voice their fierce opposition to Trump’s sexism and bigotry. Since then, the #MeToo movement has come to the fore throughout the United States with women bravely sharing their stories and demanding an end to…
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Board reverses ruling that overturned Browning-Ferris case
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It is time to raise our unified voice for a positive agenda that puts the American people ahead of corporate profits
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Update: At a press conference Tuesday night, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced an end to the four-day teachers’ strike that had closed schools across the state. Teachers and school personnel will receive a 5 percent raise next year, he said, and all other state employees will get a 3 percent increase. Schools will be back in session Thursday; Wednesday will […]
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The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision on what makes a business a “joint employer” may have been tainted by the participation of a board member who was too involved in the case.
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We will all pay the price if the right’s attack on labor unions goes unanswered.
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The strike enters its fourth day tomorrow, as the state’s Republican attorney general hankers to intervene to stop the “illegal” action.
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JERSEY CITY, NJ — Jersey City public school teachers and the school district are one step closer to the brink. Hundreds of teachers cast their vote Monday afternoon authorizing their union leadership to call a strike as a last resort, a source told PIX11 News.
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The case hinges on Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch, but he left observers guessing about where he stands
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The Uber transportation network has had its share of legal woes. When there’s a Wikipedia entry specifically on protests and legal action, including hundreds of lawsuits, against Uber, you know the company is doing its part in keeping attorneys employed. Uber’s legal matters include claims of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, invasion of privacy, labor …
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Union leaders are demanding that Governor Jim Justice and state representatives arrange a meeting to hear employee demands for higher pay raises.
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The union that represents L.A. school cafeteria workers, bus drivers and custodians said it will hold a vote to authorize a strike in March. A walkout by SEIU Local 99 is not inevitable, but it remains on the table as school district faces various financial pressures.
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West Virginia educators and school workers yet again plan to head to the Capitol in Charleston to rally lawmakers for better pay and health care benefits.
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Daimler cast doubt on Tesla's plan to deliver electric heavy trucks next year, saying its more modest goal to start selling battery-powered big rigs by 2021 is more realistic.
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The National Labor Board unanimously vacated its December Hy-Brand joint employer ruling Monday (February 26), meaning restaurant operators around the nation will once again be subject to the 2015 Browning-Ferris test for determining joint employment.The NLRB did so following an inspector general report that said board member Bill Emanuel should have recused himself from voting in the case.READ MORE: Understanding the NLRB’s Reversal on Joint Employers
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West Virginia teachers spent a third day on strike on Feb. 26 after negotiations over the weekend were insufficient to end the walkout. But is their strike legal? Shortly before the strike began, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (and U.S. Senate candidate) said it wasn’t. On Feb. 21, Morrisey tweeted, " 'The impending work stoppage is unlawful and should come to an end.' — Patrick Morrisey." Legal experts said Morrisey is on solid ground about the lawfulness of the strike. As the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on Feb. 20, the key precedents on this case emerged in 1990, the last tim
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A U.S. labor agency on Monday overturned a recent decision that made it more difficult for companies to be held liable for labor law violations by contractors and franchisees, saying an appointee of President Donald Trump had a conflict of interest. The National Labor Relations Board said board member William Emanuel, who joined the agency in 2017, should not have taken part in the decision because it affected a separate case involving his former law …
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There are five primary laws that employers regularly violate. Some of these violations are so common that most workers do not realize that they aren't allowed.
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December's joint employer decision by the NLRB which overturned an earlier case expanding joint employer liability was vacated today after an opinion by the inspector general that there was a conflict of interest. What this means is that the Board's
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Opponents of mandatory union fees dismiss “free rider” arguments in a demonstration outside the Supreme Court as it hears Mark Janus' case.
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If the Supreme Court decides in favor of Mark Janus, about five million public employees from 22 U.S. states without right-to-work laws will be able to decide for themselves whether
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Union workers rallied in Springfield with a goal of drumming up support for labor unions.
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The National Labor Relations Board on Monday unanimously vacated its recent Hy-Brand joint employer ruling in light of an inspector general report that faulted board member Bill Emanuel for improperly participating in that case, meaning that the 2015 Browning-Ferris test for determining joint employment is once again the law of the land.
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As the biggest threat to organized labor in recent memory advances this week before a conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court, labor unions have alread
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“Decision-making begins to look like prize-taking when precedents are reversed as Court majorities shift.”
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Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who holds the crucial vote in a case that could threaten public unions, asked no questions.
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At a time when unions are increasingly under threat, a case before the supreme court promises to be the most consequential in a generation
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Unions help boost equality and build our nation’s middle class. Families will have a steeper climb to get there if the court rules against AFSCME.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments over union fees (all times local):
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The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided along ideological lines on Monday in a high-stakes case that could deprive unions representing police, firefighters and certain other public employees of a key source of funds — millions of dollars in fees they can collect annually from non-members. During about an hour of arguments, conservative justices appeared sympathetic …
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Unions fear adverse ruling could gut their funding and cripple organized labor in the U.S.
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