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The Communication Workers of America labor union, which opposes T-Mobile's ... Read Story
DENVER (AP) — A big U.S.meatpacker has agreed to pay $1.5 million to 138 Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado plant after they were refused... Read Story
A walkout at seven Marriott hotels in San Francisco could be called at any time.... Read Story
The Laborers’ Mid-Atlantic region represents more than 40,000 working men and women in five district councils and dozens of local unions. Members of the Laborers are engaged in building construction, environmental remediation, heavy and highway construction, as well as industrial manufacturing,... Read Story
United Steelworkers leaders balked Wednesday at the latest contract proposal by U.S. Steel, dismissing the Pittsburgh-headquartered company's revised offer as a 'clumsy and bad-faith attempt' ... Read Story
Some locked out National Grid workers and their families are struggling to pay expensive bills for medical treatment.... Read Story
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Trade unions at Volkswagen's Czech unit Skoda Auto on Thursday rejected any ideas of moving some of the production of its premium sedan model Superb to German plants. Read Story
President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador is making some much-needed changes to Mexico's broken employment laws, Unite's Tony Burke reports. Read Story
A conservative advocacy group’s campaign to chip away at a cornerstone of collective bargaining will get its first test in federal court later this month. Read Story
The federal labor board wants to limit companies’ responsibility for workplace law violations by franchisees, staffing businesses, and other affiliates. Read Story
The U.S. agency that enforces federal labor laws took the first steps on Thursday towards loosening an Obama-era standard that made it easier to hold companies liable for illegal labor practices by their contractors and franchisees. Read Story
U.S. Steel employees represented by United Steelworkers (USW) voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike authorization, Sept. 7. USW has been negotiati... Read Story
Munson nurses are rallying for community support in Traverse City over a union contract with the hospital that they have been fighting for, for months. After voting to unionize last year, nurses are looking for the community’s support. Read Story
Nearly 500 workers at a Lehigh Valley Advance Auto Parts warehouse have voted to unionize on their second attempt in two years.By a 291-131 vote, wor... Read Story
NEW YORK (AP) — Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald's workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management... Read Story
The contract for the University of Michigan Professional Nurses Council expired in June, and the two sides are struggling to come to terms on a new deal. Read Story
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary reportedly said Wednesday that the risk of a no-deal Brexit grounding flights across Europe is being "underestimated."... Read Story
Even when teachers strike, Americans give them high grades, poll shows. Unions fare worse. USA TODAY Published 7:29 AM EDT Sep 12, 2018 Most Americans do not think public school teachers are paid fairly, a USA TODAY / Ipsos poll found. Janet Loehrke / USA TODAY WASHINGTON – An escalating number of teacher strikes across the country last spring, now erupting again as school resumes, has sparked a remarkable reaction from most Americans: support. By close to 3-1, those surveyed by USA TODAY and Ipsos Public Affairs said public school teachers have the right to strike, a view held even by the parents whose lives are most disrupted when teachers walk off the job. Six in 10 said teachers aren’t paid fairly, even though higher salaries for them might well mean bigger bills for taxpayers. Those views by the public bolster the power of teachers to make demands of school districts and state legislatures in what may signal a new era of teacher activism. The survey of more than 2,000 adults nationwide launches a USA TODAY project through the 2018-19 school year that will explore the work, the demands and the future of teaching in the United States. It is a profession that faces evolving challenges, from the imperative to raise scores on standardized tests to the need to protect students from the threat of mass school shootings. “We criminally underpay teachers, and I think that they are not really as respected as they should be,” said Daniel Galluppi, 39, a data manager from Pittsburgh whose children attend public school. He was among those who participated in the poll. “They’re not just child care for children, but they’re teaching these kids how to be successful and productive members of society.” Frederick Wendt III, 72, a retired hotel manager from Zephyrhills, Florida, agreed. “I basically think that athletes are overpaid and teachers are underpaid,” he said in a follow-up interview, a sentiment echoed by others surveyed. Just 34 percent said public school teachers were paid fairly; 59 percent said they weren’t. Nearly eight in 10 said teachers have to spend too much of their own money on school supplies. And poll respondents saw education funding as money well spent. More than two-thirds said public schools were worth the tax money that goes into them. The online poll, taken Aug. 9-13, has a credibility interval of plus or minus four percentage points. Earlier this year, teachers staged statewide strikes in West Virginia, Arizona and Oklahoma, and they rallied in Kentucky, North Carolina and Colorado, closing some of the biggest schools. Teachers in about a dozen Washington state districts walked off the job as classes resumed, though many have since gone back to work. In Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest school district, teachers have voted to authorize a strike if negotiators can’t come to an agreement. A walkout there could come as early as next month. Most of the strikes this spring came in conservative states that tend to have weaker unions and lower spending on education. March 30: Teachers are striking all over. What is going on? That red-state revolt pushed some Republican officials to defy party orthodoxy by endorsing increased spending and higher taxes. In a nation that sometimes seems split along partisan lines on everything, Democrats and Republicans have similar outlooks on most issues involving teachers – even on the controversial question of strikes. Democrats by an overwhelming 78 percent to 17 percent said teachers have the right to strike. Most Republicans agreed, albeit by a closer 56 percent to 35 percent. That said, some opposed the blunt weapon of a walkout, which costs children classroom time and often leave parents scrambling for day care. “I went through two strikes with my kids,” recalled Carol Kulman, 76, a retired medical researcher from New York City. “I really don’t think that’s the answer.” PROTECTING BAD TEACHERS?  The support expressed for teachers doesn’t necessarily translate to their unions. Those surveyed were divided on whether teachers’ unions improve the quality of education: 48 percent said they did; 35 percent said they didn’t. On that, there was a sharp partisan split. Democrats by 43 percentage points said teachers’ unions improve the quality of education; Republicans by 14 points said they didn’t. Even among Democrats, who tend to be more supportive of organized labor, six of 10 said teachers’ unions make it harder to fire bad teachers. So did three of four Republicans. “I think there are bad teachers that are allowed to continue in education when they shouldn’t be allowed to,” said Lanaya Gore, 39, a mother in San Antonio who home-schools her children. The unions “keep the bad teachers in,” she said. That said, teachers’ unions got a high overall approval rating, 60 percent, just about the same as the 61 percent that local school district leaders received. Views of the leadership of the Department of Education were much less favorable: 44 percent approved, 43 percent disapproved. Most positive of all were assessments of teachers themselves. Three of four Americans, 76 percent, approved of the teachers in their local district; just one in 10 disapproved. Americans overwhelmingly approve of teachers in their local public schools, a USA TODAY and Ipsos poll found. District leaders, teachers' unions and the Department of Education fared worse. Janet Loehrke / USA TODAY Teaching is among the most revered professions in the United States. A previous USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll this year, pegged to the Fourth of July, asked respondents to rate what was best about America. School teachers ranked third, trailing only nurses and “kindness to strangers,” and ahead of the Founding Fathers and police officers. (Way down the list: politicians, bankers, actors and journalists.) Poll: On the 4th, what symbolizes the best (and worst) of America? It depends whom you ask Among those with kids under 18 years old, six in 10 parents said they would encourage their children to become teachers. “They have quite the job, trying to take care of everyone and being with our children for eight hours a day,” said Leslie Bailey, 33, an event manager from Ohio who has one child in preschool. “It’s a hard job.” “The attitudes of kids nowadays is especially terrible,” said Aaron Slepko, 37, of Norton, Ohio. “Teachers get the blunt end, and if they say anything, suddenly parents jump down their throats and they’re in trouble.” The attrition rate for beginning teachers underscores the difficulties of the job. The nonprofit Learning Policy Institute estimates that 20 to 30 percent of teachers leave the field within their first five years.  In the new USA TODAY/Ipsos poll, just one-third agreed with the statement, “It is easy to become a teacher.” But nearly six in 10 agreed with this: “If I wanted to, I would be an excellent teacher.” 'A BIG, POSITIVE IMPACT' The effects of teaching can be considerable. Three of four Americans said they had a teacher when they were growing up who made “a big, positive impact” on their lives. Carol Kulman, the retiree from New York City, attributed her lifelong interest in politics to a high school teacher who assigned her students to write a report on two novels with different political perspectives. “I really learned a lot by writing that report,” Kulman recalled. Six decades later, she still remembered the grade she got: an A. Galluppi has never forgotten a middle school history teacher who spent his summers visiting historical places, collecting photographs and souvenirs to show his students. “He really didn’t stop teaching; he taught year-round, whether or not there were kids there,” he said. Sue Brooks, 70, from Boise, Idaho, became a math teacher because of a math teacher who taught her. “He was very, very strict,” she said, in ways that wouldn’t be tolerated today. “If you didn’t know how to convert fractions or decimals to percent, he’d slap your hand with a ruler until you did. ... "He just made sure that we learned, which is what we’re here to do ... not only the subject matter, but to get along with each other." Contributing: Chrissie Thompson Published 7:29 AM EDT Sep 12, 2018 Read Story
Pilots and cabin crew at Ryanair in Germany staged a full-day walkout on Wednesday and threatened further strikes to put pressure on management in labor talks with Europe's biggest low-cost carrier. Read Story
More than 50 workers at the Four Roses Bourbon distillery and bottling plant in Kentucky are reportedly on strike over proposed changes to new employees' contracts... Read Story
Campaigns at Iowa and Fordham are part of a growing wave of confrontational direct actions by educators nationwide... Read Story
Plans for the walkout — to start at lunchtime on Sept. 18 — have been approved in recent days by "women's committees" formed by employees at dozens of McDonald's restaurants across the U.S.... Read Story