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Given the power that unions wield in the overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature, passage of AB5 with minimal exemptions would seem to be a slam dunk. Read Story
Nevada's Clark County School District averted a teacher’s strike this week after district officials and a local teachers' union reached a tentative deal. Read Story
General Motors’ unionized American workforce falls behind, Toyota and Mazda continue to partner further with each other, the Kia Telluride, Toyota Corolla, and Toyota Matrix get recalled, and the Detroit Auto Show home gets a new name. Read Story
Labor leaders launched a state-level counterattack against the Supreme Court decision that declared mandatory union dues unconstitutional. Read Story
WOODINVILLE, Wash., Aug. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of around 50 shuttle bus drivers working for MV Transportation Woodinville have voted to join... Read Story
Negotiations between U. S. automakers and the United Auto Workers have been complicated by an FBI probe into the powerful union’s President. Read Story
Listen to story: Download: mp3 (Duration: 23:38 — 21.6MB) FEATURING LEONARDO DIAZ AND CORAL ITZCALLI – Just days before Labor Day, a major political battle is being fought in the nation’s largest state over workers rights. California’s Assembly Bill 5, if passed, would have serious consequences for the so-called gig economy, forcing major corporations like Uber and Lyft to treat their workers as employees rather than independent contractors.  This week Uber and Lyft workers protested in front of the Uber headquarters in San Francisco supporting AB 5 and demanding that Uber stop its concerted lobbying efforts against the bill. The rally was part of a 3-day caravan of rideshare drivers and labor organizers up and down California.  Leonardo Diaz, an Uber/Lyft driver and Coral Itzcalli, a long-time labor organizer and the Communications Director of SEIU Local 721 and spokesperson for the Mobile Workers Alliance. Read Story
Leaders urge government to boost funding for struggling schools ahead of review... Read Story
Assembly Bill 5 would enact protections for workers, requiring them to meet three standards to be considered a contractor... Read Story
Democratic White House hopefuls should ensure their Medicare for All proposals h... Read Story
Leaders of the biggest teaching unions had an hour-long meeting with the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, on Thursday, and made their case for more money for struggling schools as part of a long-term funding plan. Read Story
In recent years, some unions have embraced “bargaining for the common good,” which use the union campaign to win broad, righteous public benefits. Read Story
California policymakers are moving to classify freight drivers as employees, not contractors, amid the broader debate over gig worker classification. Read Story
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland will ballot its 18,000 members next month. Read Story
A new exhibit in New York honors the state's labor history. Read Story
Monday morning musings for workplace watchers... Read Story
The Chicago Teachers Union has rejected an independent fact finder’s contract recommendation, setting up a possible strike if they cannot reach a deal with the Chicago Public Schools. Read Story
The drip, drip, drip of federal corruption charges against UAW leaders show the union has slid far from its "historic roots in social justice," Mark Kramer writes in a Crain's Detroit Business column. Painting photo from WSU Labor Studies Center The business magazine's group publisher drops two legendary names as points of comparison: You just can't imagine such scandals during the tenure, say, of Walter Reuther or Doug Fraser. You have to wonder when — and under whose tenure — bad behavior took root. These days, Kramer says, the United Auto Workers "operates more like the Russian politburo than a socially progressive, leftist labor organization." Openness and overhauls are needed, she suggests under the headline "UAW needs to face up to scandal:" After the first couple of indictments of UAW executives on kickback/corruption charges, the smart thing would have been to appoint a squeaky clean Big Name to do an internal investigation, complete with forensic accountants, make recommendations and change practices, building firewalls to prevent misdeeds. And be public about it. The Crain's executive speaks with business professor Marick Masters, director of Wayne State's labor relations programs. The union should let some kind of independent group do an inquiry that follows the money trails. "It does nobody any good, especially the labor movement, to try and sugarcoat and play it down," Masters told me. "This is corruption at the highest level. "The only question is how widespread it is. I'm not sure the last shoe has dropped." Related coverage this year: Joe Ashton Is Top UAW Ex-Officer Linked to Bribes, Aug. 19 It's Off to Prison for UAW Official on the Take, Aug. 5 Crooked Ex-UAW Official Lived Like 'a Big Shot and Fat Cat,' Feds Say, July 30 High-Ranking Past UAW Official Admits Corruption in Ongoing FBI Probe, April 2 Ex-UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell Charged in FBI Corruption Probe, March 18 Read Story
The federal labor board’s chairman is battling with Democratic lawmakers over a request to disclose lists of active cases that he and other board members have to sit out because of conflicts of interest. Read Story
UCFW leaders in San Diego, Los Angeles say that the grocery workers and Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons chains are still far apart on the issue of wage increases and will ask union members to vote on a contract starting Sept. Read Story
27th August, 2019 by Phoebe French Members of trade union GMB Scotland working for Diageo have voted for strike action a week after Unite Scotland members also voted in favour of the measure. In a decision announced on 23 August, Diageo workers that are members of GMB Scotland voted in favour of strike action after a long-running pay dispute. 80.5% of members supported the decision to strike and reject Diageo’s improved pay offer of 2.8%, calling on the drinks giant to “get real on pay”. The statement said that the strike action would “severely affect Diageo’s bottling, maturation and distillery operations across Scotland”, including the production of brands such as Johnnie Walker, Gordon’s and Smirnoff. Keir Greenaway, GMB Scotland organiser, said: “This should be a wake-up call for Diageo – their credibility is really on the line against the backdrop of the recent financial results. “A huge chunk of Diageo’s reputation is built on the back of Scotland and the communities across the country that distil, mature, store and bottle their lucrative range of whiskies and white spirits. “Their continued failure to table an offer that properly reflects the significant contribution these workers make to the success of this company really does show how out of touch the fat cats are in the Diageo hierarchy. “Diageo need to get real on pay and show our members the respect they deserve. If any company can afford to reward their employees with a wage rise that beats the cost of living then it’s Diageo.” The statement criticised Diageo’s pay offer which came on the back of its financial results, which reported net sales of £12.9 billion in the year to 30 June 2019, up 5.8% on the figure recorded last year. A spokesperson for Diageo said: “The GMB union have confirmed that their members have voted in favour of strike action at our sites in Scotland and we await confirmation of their next steps. “We have well developed contingency plans in the event of industrial action but remain committed to seeking a resolution and ensuring our employees receive an increase on their pay, alongside maintaining the competitiveness of our operations. “We are a very good employer and aim to ensure our staff are rewarded competitively; our pay and benefits for our bargaining group employees are in the top quartile for manufacturing in Scotland.” The news follows the announcement that members of Unite Scotland at three of Diageo’s sites had voted in support of strike action, after holding a ballot between 29 July to 16 August. Members at Diageo’s Leven, Cameronbridge and Shieldhall plants voted for strike action, with Unite Scotland warning that operations could “grind to a halt” as a result. Read Story
“This strike will not end until we are regularized.”... Read Story
Almost all union members at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics in Oregon and Southwest Washington have voted to strike. ... Read Story
When managing employees' off-duty conduct, California HR professionals must navigate a lot of gray areas, particularly since the state's privacy rules protect workers when they engage in certain lawful off-duty activities. Read Story