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Manufacturing added 4,000 jobs in February amid a weak job-generating performance by the economy overall. Durable goods did the heavy lifting. Read Story
Stop & Shop unionized workers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have been working without a contract since Feb. 23. Read Story
Elected officials, labor leaders, allies and family members gathered this week to stop the deportation of a beloved community member. Read Story
The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that Pitt’s graduate student employees are entitled to unionize. Read Story
Bill would redefine public projects to include private projects that receive government incentives or any publicly funded financial assistance. Read Story
According to an old saying, if you ask five economists for advice you’ll get five different answers. But when it comes to a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage, economists are in near-universal agreement: it’s a bad idea. Read Story
Alitalia pilot and cabin crew unions are calling for more clarity about a rescue plan intended to ensure the bankrupt airline’s future after the CEO of potential investor Delta Air Lines said the US carrier had not yet made a decision on the proposal. Read Story
Updated at 4: 25 p.m.ET A bill to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour has cleared a legislative hurdle that sets it up for a vote by... Read Story
GM announced late last year that Lordstown along with three plants in the U.S. and one in Canada would close by early next year. Read Story
As part of the deal,  Related and the BCTC agreed not to participate in protests, demonstrations, adversarial campaigns, and to withdraw all lawsuits. Read Story
General Motors' sprawling Lordstown assembly plant near Youngstown ended production. Read Story
Yet another teachers strike was looming Wednesday night in the East Bay as negotiations between teachers in San Ramon and their school district continued. Read Story
Thirty-five years on, some former mining communities remain split over whether or not they joined the miners' strike. Read Story
In Mexico, as the country’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador begins to turn campaign promises into law, the regions where he’s implementing policy are finding that ideology and reality take time and effort to match.CGTN’s Alasdair Baverstock reports from the U.S. Read Story
The Western Journal has not reviewed this Associated Press story prior to publication. Therefore, it may contain editorial bias or may in some other way not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided to our readers as a service from The Western Journal. Read Story
A strike causes major disruption to flights, including at Nairobi's busy international hub. Read Story
After seven months of industrial action, steelworkers at Port Kembla are a step closer to a better pay deal. Read Story
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Tuesday it will invest $4.5 billion in five... Read Story
The last American-made Chevrolet Cruze will come off the assembly line Wednesday... Read Story
Unite members employed by Aker and Petrofac add more dates for work stoppages... Read Story
They were parked pending shipments of the correct steering wheels... Read Story
United Auto Workers members hold a prayer vigil in February 2019 at the General Motors Warren Transmission Operations Plant in Warren, Michigan (BILL PUGLIANO) Washington (AFP) – The US jobs engine has continued to deliver for nearly a decade, putting more Americans back to work and sending... Read Story
There is a significant amount of concentration found in the meat industry today when looking at American agricultural sectors.The four largest packers represent approximately 80% of the overall industry revenues in the United States... Read Story
Strikes of thousands of workers in the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, have primarily hit auto parts factories. Read Story
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Steel, oil refinery and auto parts workers in northwestern Indiana are getting their first pay raises in years, and an economist says their bigger paychecks will boost the region's economy. Read Story
Kathryn Wylde, the president of Partnership NYC, said the open letter she and other business, labor and union leaders sent to Amazon's Jeff Bezos makes the point that not all New Yorkers opposed the online retail giant's plan to build a second headquarters in Queens. Read Story
Gotham Gazette is an online publication covering New York policy and politics as well as news on public safety, transportation, education, finance and more. Read Story
U.S.Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will be in Michigan this week to meet with union leaders from United Auto Workers in a bit to gain their approval for the Trump administration’s new North American free trade deal. Lighthizer is scheduled to meet with union officials in Dearborn on Tuesday... Read Story
Deutsche Craigs has been hired to run an auction for the fast food business. Read Story
18 | The Fight for 15 is an American political movement advocating for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour. The federal minimum wage was set at $7.25 per hour in 2009, and as of 2019 it has not been increased since. The movement has involved strikes by workers in child care, home healthcare, airport, gas station, convenience stores but most notably with fast food workers. What will happen if or when $15 is the minimum wage for all of the United States?  I speculate the national and global consequences in this episode of The Jim Stroud podcast. Click here to listen to this podcast on Anchor.fm Subscribe to this podcast via your favorite podcast platform! About the host: Over the past decade, Jim Stroud has built an expertise in sourcing and recruiting strategy, public speaking, lead generation, video production, podcasting, online research, competitive intelligence, online community management and training. He has consulted for such companies as Microsoft, Google, MCI, Siemens, Bernard Hodes Group and a host of startup companies. During his tenure with Randstad Sourceright, he alleviated the recruitment headaches of their clients worldwide as their Global Head of Sourcing and Recruiting Strategy.  He now serves ClickIQ as its VP, Product Evangelist. … PODCAST TRANSCRIPT Hi, I’m Jim Stroud and this is my podcast. The Fight for 15 is an American political movement advocating for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour. The federal minimum wage was set at $7.25 per hour in 2009, and as of 2019 it has not been increased since. The movement has involved strikes by workers in child care, home healthcare, airport, gas station, convenience stores but most notably with fast food workers. The movement has seen some success on the state and local level. California, Massachusetts, and New York are currently in the process of raising their state minimum wage to $15 per hour and major cities such as San Francisco, New York City and Seattle, where the cost of living is significantly higher, have already raised their municipal minimum wage to $15 per hour with some exceptions. What will happen if or when $15 is the minimum wage for all of the United States?  I speculate the national and global consequences after this special message. {sponsor message: 12 DuckDuckGo Search Tips You Should Know to Boost Productivity} The fight for a $15 minimum wage has been argued over and over and over by people who support and oppose the idea. These are the points I tend to hear, both pro and con. If you are for a $15 minimum wage then, you are likely thinking that minimum wage workers will have more spending power which means increased sales for businesses resulting in more workers being needed. There would be less stress on social programs because people will be able to better take care of themselves. And since people would be earning more money, there would be less employee turnover thus, saving companies money from lost productivity due to vacant openings. If you are against the $15 minimum wage, its likely because you, as a business owner, believe you cannot afford the raise in salary and must layoff workers to compensate. Plus, the increased salaries will have to be compensated for in some way, likely you will have to raise your prices and outsource some of your jobs to countries where people are willing to accept a lower pay rate. I also imagine that competition for jobs will intensify exponentially as overly qualified individuals pursue jobs that younger workers typically pursue. And when that happens, younger workers won’t have the experience needed to build their resumes. The minimum wage debate is only going to increase in light of the fast approaching 2020 presidential election. Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has been pressuring McDonald’s to raise their minimum wage to $15 via an open letter to the CEO of McDonalds – Steve Easterbrook and a tweet which (in part), says this, “If Amazon and Disney can pay $15 an hour, so can McDonald’s, which made $5.1 billion in profits last year.”  Some people agree with Bernie Sanders. I speculate, many businesses do not. I was in London recently and I saw something I had never seen before, inside McDonalds was a kiosk that allowed you to place your order and pay for your food. I looked at the counter where I presumed the cashier would be. There were several workers handing out food and such and some were taking orders but, I had to wonder. How many less workers were needed once these kisoks were introduced?  I did a bit of research after witnessing this and found out that McDonalds was adding these self-order and pay kiosks to 1,000 stores per quarter; not to mention their  mobile app that let you place orders with your cell phone. Very, very clever. Now, I don’t speak for McDonalds, so I can only guess that these kiosks are McDonalds rebuttal to the “Fight for 15” movement. In other words, McDonald’s says sure, we will pay a $15 minimum wage if required but thanks to automation negating cashier jobs, that $15 an hour salary will go out to fewer workers. So, on one hand, it looks like McDonald’s wins by employing fewer people while at the same time reaping higher profits. Right? Well, not necessarily. What happens when your customers don’t agree with your policy and protest it or, worse yet, show their discontent by shopping elsewhere? Consider this… Quite recently, Walmart announced that it was getting rid of greeters (many of whom are disabled) and would replace them with “Customer Hosts.” The plan was to go in effect at 1,000 of their stores. Shortly thereafter, there was a BIG backlash from its customers. So much so, Walmart backpedaled on their policy. Listen to this report from CBS Pittsburgh. And here is something else to consider… Amazon. Robert Charette, a risk consultant to financial organizations made a very astute observation. Here’s a quote from 2017 that is still ringing true today… Amazon is a leading indicator of what may come for service industries. In 2012, Amazon purchased Kiva Systems, a maker of warehouse robots, for US $775 million. The company began deploying the 320-pound, 16-inch-tall robots to its warehouses in early 2014, with some 10,000 of them operational by the end of 2014. Analysts estimatedthen that each robot replaces 1.5 full-time-equivalent human beings. Over the past two years, Amazon has added another 30,000 Kiva robots to its warehouses, as well as increased the productivity of its warehouse activities through additional automation initiatives, which allowed it to ship over 1 billion items between 1 November and 19 December 2016. While it may still be some years away, nearly completely automated Amazon (and other companies’) warehouses are seen as inevitable. Clearly, Amazon’s automated warehouse efficiency has other consequences. It has enabled Amazon, through its online sales channel and ability to discount prices, to become the world’s eighth largest retailer(and largest online retailer). Amazon increasingly is taking market share away from traditional department stores, helping place companies like Sears, Kmart, and Macy’s, among many others, at risk. All three announced significant store closures and layoffs this past week, with Macy’s alone eliminating 10,000 jobs after disappointing holiday sales attributed to increased online sales competition. Macy’s management says it will take the savings from the layoffs and invest it into its online presence. How many of those employees that Macy’s and other retail companies laid off will be able to find comparable work at the same salary is unknown. However, it is unlikely for very many, as few retailers that are under threat by Amazon and other online retailers are hiring permanent staff. Instead, like Macy’s, they are looking for ways to shed staff while they increase their online presence to combat Amazon and other e-commerce discounters. [END QUOTE] And now, 3 predictions… Technology will persevere, and progress will be made, as it always has, since at least the 19th century when people protested the cotton gin and the steam engine as a threat to their way of life. But I think the transitional period will be bumpy, to say the least. As automation encroaches and younger, under-educated workers from the services sector become more and more frustrated, I think it is entirely possible to see another type of… Arab Spring but this time, on a much larger scale. Why? People losing jobs in America due to automation is one thing multiply that number by the countries we no longer need to outsource jobs too due to that same automation; and you have young angry displaced workers all over the globe, and roughly around the same time. Companies will begin to experience consumer rebellion. What do I mean by that? People will begin to make a more conscious effort to forgo automation whenever possible: for example, skipping right past the robot operator and demanding to speak to an actual human being when calling a company; not using the automated checkout lines in supermarkets and reducing reliance on ATM machines. There is a Made in America movement to support American businesses and the families that rely on them. I imagine that in the next decade, there will be a “Made by Human Hands” movement to support those businesses who refuse to fully automate their processes so they can put a human being to work. But that’s just what I think will happen. I’m more interested in what you have to say.  Share your thoughts? If you love what you heard, hate what you heard or, don’t know what you just heard, I want to know about it. You can reach me at my website – www.JimStroud.com. In addition to finding source material and related information for this podcast episode, you’ll find other goodies that I hope will make you smile. Oh, before I go, please financially support this podcast with a little somethin’-somethin’ in my virtual tip jar. (There’s a link in the podcast description.) Your generosity encourages me to keep this podcast train chugging down the track. 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SAG-AFTRA is picketing outside a Brentwood house where the Bartle Bogle Hegarty ad agency is shooting a non-union commercial for Samsung. Read Story
Caesars Palace dealers who oversee roulette, craps, and other table games will soon vote on whether to become members of the United Auto Workers, joining dealers at several other casinos on the Las Vegas strip that have organized with the UAW since 2013 or after their own union disbanded. Read Story
Work stoppages and strikes are on the rise across America, with teachers and social workers most commonly seen at the picket line. Have newly militant trade unions found a receptive audience in the Democratic party? There were 20 major work stoppages in 2018, according to figures recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of stoppages was the highest since 2007 and involved the most workers (485,000) since 1986. Teachers, healthcare workers, and social workers made up a staggering 90 percent of all those on the picket lines. The largest work stoppage of the year saw 81,000 teachers in Arizona put down the chalk and walk out of the classrooms, missing a combined 486,000 days of work. Similar walkouts in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado and North Carolina all made the headlines last year. The strikes are ongoing. 3,000 teachers in Oakland, California walked off the job last week, protesting budget cuts and stagnant wages. To recap, Oakland educators are striking for: ✅ Smaller class sizes ✅ More student supports ✅ A living wage ✅ No school closures RT your support! �✊� #Unite4OaklandKids pic.twitter.com/DgUN4H8IHh — California Teachers Association (@WeAreCTA) February 24, 2019 “Today is a historic day in the city of Oakland,” Oakland Education Association President Keith Brown told a crowd of protesters last Friday. “Teachers, educators are united with parents and students – and we are demanding that we have the schools our students deserve." Aside from cuts to their schools, teachers are protesting their own wages. While Oakland pays teachers anywhere between $50,000 and $85,000 per year, rents in the tech-rich Bay Area have skyrocketed and can swallow 80 percent of a teacher’s salary, according to USA Today. Across the country, the story is the same. Adjusted for inflation, salaries have decreased in a majority of states since 1999, says the National Education Association, America’s largest labor union. Only a handful of states have seen sizable increases in salary, and in many coastal cities like Oakland, rent hikes have outstripped these gains. Unions have been instrumental in organizing mass strikes against these conditions. While union membership across the workforce stood at 10 percent in 2018 – down from 20 percent in 1983, just under half of all teachers are unionized. Striking teachers in Denver, Colorado © Reuters / Michael Cigalo Thus far, strikes have proven an effective method of lobbying for change. No parent wants to see their child’s school shut its doors, and public anger can quickly make politicians cave to the teachers’ demands. Last year’s strike in Arizona ended after just six days, with Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signing a bill granting the teachers a 20 percent raise, as well as $371 million in school funding. While the teachers had requested $1 billion in funding, the raise they got was considerably more than the $65 million and two percent pay raise Ducey promised them before the strike. “We are all militant again, we will all go to jail if we have to,” union leader Robert Russo told an American Federation of Teachers convention in Pittsburgh last July. “They are taking away rights, they are taking away everything we have worked for years and people are very invigorated.” Striking teachers in Oakland © AFP / Justin Sullivan The strikes come at a turning point of sorts in American society. Despite President Trump’s endless criticisms of socialism – which he said has brought “suffering, misery and decay” wherever it has been applied, more and more Americans are warming to the idea of socialist policies. A Gallup poll taken last year found that 57 percent of Democrats view socialism positively. Only 47 percent view capitalism positively, down from 56 percent in 2010. Regardless of political affiliation, half of all Americans aged between 18 and 29 view socialism positively. Trade unions have long been bastions of support for the Democratic party, and that party has now moved left too. Politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) have made a federally-mandated $15 ‘living wage’ a core part of their platforms. Sanders is a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, and a handful of his competitors have also embraced his ‘living wage’ proposal. Striking teachers picket Los Angeles CIty Hall © Reuters / Mike Blake In Oakland, Rep. Barbara Lee (D) has come out in favor of the striking teachers, saying "they deserve a living wage and the tools they need to give our kids the very best education.” Rep. Ro Khanna (D) chimed in too, as did Sen. Kamala Harris, a favorite for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Teachers have such an important job teaching our young people. They shouldn’t be forced to share rooms or live in crowded spaces because they can’t afford the cost of rent. I stand with Oakland teachers who are on strike. #OaklandTeachersStrike https://t.co/9phNKmWbuQ — Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) February 23, 2019 Oakland teachers are continuing to strike this week for better wages and smaller class sizes. We must all stand in solidarity with them as they fight for what they deserve, what they’re worth, and what’s best for our schools. — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 25, 2019 With the political climate more favorable to protest, and with some successes already recorded, the surge in strikes and stoppages last year could well become the new normal in a louder, more left-wing America. Think your friends would be interested? Share this story! Read Story
Unionizing at charter schools has made for strange bedfellows at the National Labor Relations Board. Read Story
On February 26, nearly 2,000 members of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) walked off their jobs at a longstanding locomotive manufacturing plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, in the largest U.S. Read Story
NLRB Kent Hospital case link National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation News Release: NLRB Rules Union Officials Violated Federal Law by Forcing Nonmember Workers to Pay for Union Lobbying Activities Labor Board ruling also found union violated Rhode Island nurse’s rights by not providing independent... Read Story
The state's House of Delegates on Friday approved a measure to gradually raise hourly pay from the current $10.10 to $15 by 2025. Read Story