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Leaders of Colombian mining unions Sintracarbón, which is an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, and Sintramienergética received death threats after they met with Dutch members of parliament and representatives of Glencore, Cerrejon and Drummond. Read Story
College lecturers have held a demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament on the second day of strike action over a pay dispute. Read Story
Tens of thousands of workers in the statewide University of California system will strike Thursday over concerns that jobs are being outsourced, union officials said. Read Story
Uber and Lyft drivers’ organizing efforts won’t be hurt by the recent determination that Uber drivers aren’t employees under federal labor law, according to several regional ride-hail driver organizations. Read Story
The National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s office signaled its intention to continue tightening the screws on labor unions in a trio of advisory memos. Read Story
Organized labor took great pains to purge the communists from its ranks in the 1940s. Today, they’re back, costing the movement credibility. Read Story
A leaked copy of the AFL-CIO’s internal budget for 2018–2019 shows that America’s largest organized labor federation now dedicates less than a tenth of its budget to organizing—down from nearly 30 percent a decade ago—illustrating a broad philosophical shift in the union world’s priorities. Read Story
Powerline blog spotted this first, but we couldn't ignore it. The private sector unions are in a state of decline.Only 6.4% of... Read Story
The National Labor Relations Board has decided that Uber drivers are not 'employees' under the National Labor Relations Act.Here's why:... Read Story
People with criminal convictions are among the groups most harmed by minimum wage laws. Read Story
We have concerns about the cost to workers and the potential impact on existing benefits that some employees already receive from their employers.. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News. Read Story
Labor would not allow "one cent" of the increase for low-paid childcare workers to go to private operators. Read Story
PITTSBURGH — A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge has ordered a new union vote at Kumho Tire Georgia Inc.'s tire factory in Macon, Ga., after determining that company officials violated workers' rights during the first election in October 2017. Read Story
Business Insider - An NLRB memo made public this week officially sides with Uber in their long-running fight to keep drivers classified as contractors..Read more at businessinsider.sg... Read Story
Employees from YRC Freight, Holland, and New Penn have signed a new five-year contract with Teamsters. Find out key components of the contract here on CCJ. Read Story
Union executives and scholars in France talk to Léa Bouchoucha about the unprecedented wave of social protests.By Léa Bouchoucha in Paris  Special to Consortium News Several weeks ago Emmanuelle Cheron, 43, was out on the Place de La République in Paris, along with other members of a new... Read Story
An East Bay school district is preparing for its first teacher strike in history. About 585 teachers, counselors and nurses in the New Haven Unified School District plan to walk the picket lines on Monday. Read Story
Arrogant. Uninspiring. Out of touch. These are just some of the ways that Australian voters have described both of their prospective prime ministers in polls ahead of Saturday's national election. Read Story
HARRISBURG, Pa., May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Senator John Yudichak and Representative Aaron Kaufer held a press conference on legislation, which... Read Story
When Thyssenkrupp CEO Guido Kerkhoff announced plans to list its prized elevators unit last week, he set off a battle for the conglomerate's ... Read Story
Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan and management will not voluntarily recognize Kickstarter United, its nascent employee union. (The staff is organizing with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153.) Instead, the company wants a National Labor Relations Board election. In an email to the entire staff, Hasan expressed concern that a union would hurt the company. Kickstarter has faced a number of challenges, Hasan writes. “I recognize the need for better communication, definition around roles and responsibilities, clarity around compensation, and processes that allow for perspectives to be shared and captured across the organization.” The company also suffers from what Hasan characterizes as “a lack of trust among the people who work here.” Hasan, who took the CEO job in March 2019, says that some employees have discussed a union as a solution to Kickstarter’s problems. However, he says that after some reflection, “our view is that we are better set up to be successful without the framework of a union. I feel that it is important to be clear and honest with you about our thinking on this.” A union would “significantly change the way we operate and work together.” Hasan says. He pointed out some concerns he had — that “some supervisors have been involved in the organizing process” and how that might “[create] a risk that employees will feel pressured by their managers to support or oppose the union effort.” (Hasan did take pains to say that Kickstarter’s management isn’t trying to impinge on the rights of its staff to organize.) In the email, Hasan notes that there is a rising current of worker activism in America, and that what’s happening at Kickstarter “isn’t taking place in a vacuum.” The members of Kickstarter’s union recognize that too: in the memo they published when they announced their plans to unionize, they said they were interested in union protections for themselves as much as they were interested for them for other tech companies. “We can do better together — for ourselves and our industry.” Read Story
Greybull, which secured a £120million loan from the taxpayer in April, had asked for an additional £70million to plug a funding crisis, but the Government had refused to bail it out. Read Story
The president of the American Federation of Teachers, endorsed presidential candidate Sen.Elizabeth Warren's student loan forgiveness plan in a Thursday op-ed. ... Read Story
University of California workers went on strike May 16 at the school's 10 campuses and five medical centers to protest job outsourcing. Read Story
Hundreds of managerial jobs are to go at Ford UK, with many under threat at its Dunton plant, near Basildon, it has been claimed. Read Story
Latino workers are more likely to die at work than anyone else, and immigrant workers can be particularly at risk. Read Story
PHILADELPHIA, May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- UFCW Local 1776KS members at Philadelphia-area ShopRite Supermarkets have voted to ratify a new union contract for... Read Story
Bad news for chicken lovers as many KFC employees set to down tools and strike. Read Story
At Splinter, Hamilton Nolan writes—AFL-CIO Budget Is a Stark Illustration of the Decline of Organizing: A leaked copy of the AFL-CIO’s internal budget for 2018–2019 shows that America’s largest organized labor federation now dedicates less than a... Read Story
South Africas biggest labor union group wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to cut the size of his cabinet to 26 ministers and a maximum of si... Read Story
Employees for Eulen America say their hours are being cut after discussing worker treatment at a roundtable with local politicians... Read Story
Interesting area of NLRB case law concerns campaign statements made by employer representatives during an organizing campaign.When there is an allegation of wrongdoing the Board evaluates such employer statements... Read Story
When South Africans went to the polls on 8 May, they may have voted against the backdrop of a recovering economy. Don’t break out the Champagne just yet. A slew of data suggests the economy contracted in the first quarter, dragged down by load shedding and a protracted strike in the gold sect... Read Story