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Ryanair has asked the High Court for an order preventing its Irish-based pilots from going on strike next week. Read Story
OPINION Opinion: Michigan workers are ready to fix the roads Published 10:09 AM EDT Aug 14, 2019 . John T. Greilick, The Detroit News Michigan’s drivers have made it clear: It’s time to fix the damn roads. Yet those blocking real solutions to fixing our deteriorating roads, bridges and other infrastructure are now raising another bogus claim to distract from the current debate: Michigan’s skilled construction workforce isn’t ready or up to the task.  I can tell you firsthand that our hard working men and women of the Michigan Building and Construction Council are standing by, well-trained and highly skilled, with the capacity and know-how to get to work and get the job done right. For an entire generation, Michigan’s skilled construction workforce have waited on the sidelines, anxiously awaiting the green light to fix our failing roads and bridges. What’s been missing for years is a comprehensive road funding plan and the leadership to get the job done.  That’s why I’m grateful Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed the first real solution to fix our roads in a long time. Whitmer’s plan calls for a landmark $2.5 billion investment in fixing our roads and ends the slight-of-hand games and gimmicks that only guarantee our roads will continue to worsen and get more expensive to fix. Even key business groups like the Michigan Chamber of Commerce agree that new revenue is necessary to fix our deteriorating infrastructure. Opponents of the governor’s plan have argued that even if her plan did pass, Michigan’s skilled construction workforce wouldn’t be ready to break ground. Nothing could be further from the truth. The governor’s plan would instead allow Michigan’s skilled construction workforce to immediately go to work, alleviating concerns of bridge and overpass collapses that have caused serious injuries and even death in other states.    The governor’s plan provides long-term fixes for our roads and bridges rather than the continued patchwork of short-term, Band-Aid solutions that only kick the can down the road for yet another year.  Michigan’s hard-working, dedicated skilled construction workforce realize we’re at a crossroads as a state. We can continue the status quo, ignoring our unsafe roads and leaving jobs and economic growth on the table.  Or, as Whitmer has proposed, we can chart a new path toward safe, reliable roads and bridges that put people to work, keep our economy humming, create opportunities for Michigan residents, and draw new businesses and families to our state. Some state lawmakers continue to devise shell games to divert funds from critical state services and gamble with teacher pension funding as our decimated roads and bridges continue to threaten the safety of motorists more every day.  This ill-conceived, short-sighted game plan comes with a customer guarantee: If passed, we will maintain our status of having the worst roads in the nation.  That endangers Michigan’s drivers, is a disservice to taxpayers and hits the brakes on our state’s economic comeback. Michigan skilled construction workers are ready to work. Are lawmakers ready to lead? Ron Bieber is president of the Michigan AFL-CIO.  Labor Voices Labor Voices columns are written on a rotating basis by United Auto Workers President Gary Jones, Teamsters President James Hoffa, Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber and Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart. Published 10:09 AM EDT Aug 14, 2019 Read Story
It could be posturing. It could be pragmatism. Either way, the NFL Players Association has prepared a digital pamphlet that advises players on how to handle a looming work stoppage. Read Story
With Meghna Chakrabarti “Beaten Down, Worked Up” — longtime labor reporter Steven Greenhouse on the future of unions.Guest Steven Greenhouse, author of... Read Story
The workers voted overwhelmingly to approve an unfair labor practice strike at the hospital during a strike vote on Monday.... Read Story
The closure of the last shipyard in Belfast would end centuries of ship building in the city. A group of workers are demanding the U.K. nationalize the yards.... Read Story
Tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Brazil's capital Wednesday to denounce President Jair Bolsonaro, in the third anti-government protest in the city in two days. Read Story
Machines are taking over a giant Chilean copper mine, replacing about a third of the workforce as owner Codelco struggles to keep its title as the world's... Read Story
Caviar employees have submitted a letter to DoorDash and Square to renegotiate their compensation packages after claiming they were not given input opportunities regarding health care and visas. Read Story
Three decades of age separate the incumbent and his challenger, who present different views of the NewsGuild’s effectiveness organizing new newsrooms. Read Story
American Airlines wants labor unions to pay damages over an alleged work slowdown by mechanics that led to hundreds of canceled flights…... Read Story
By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) – General Electric Co (N:GE) has clinched a labor deal with all 6,600 of its unionized workers in the United States, averting potential strikes that could have hit the ailing conglomerate’s jet engine production, the company and unions said on Wednesday. Voting in recent days, union locals approved a four-year contract governing electrical workers, machinists, steelworkers, autoworkers, Teamsters and engineers, the two sides said. “We now have a ratified four-year labor agreement with all of our unions,” GE spokesman Jeff Caywood said in a statement emailed to Reuters on Wednesday. Representatives of the IUE-CWA, the union that took the lead in negotiations, were not immediately available to comment. A statement posted on Wednesday on the union’s website said all locals had approved the deal and 77 percent of members had voted. GE improved its contract offer after workers narrowly rejected an earlier offer last month. Read Story
Something urgent needs to be done to give America’s workers more say in our politics so that their voices are not dwarfed by billionaires, writes Steve Greenhouse... Read Story
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Workers at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh voted overwhelmingly to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union today... Read Story
The investment is part of a $412-million modernization project for both Hamilton and Fort Erie. Read Story
A supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) filed a complaint against Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D., Mass.) presidential campaign, claiming their confidentiality agreement with employees is unlawful because it prevents them from publicly speaking about issues in the workplace. Read Story
Oyak allegedly made land deals that cost Turkey’s exchequer tens of millions of lira... Read Story
Ryanair has accused trade union Fórsa of collapsing mediation talks aimed at resolving a number of issues between the two sides. Read Story
In its 84-year history, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB, Board or Agency) has promulgated a very small number of rules pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, relying, instead, on individualized adjudications to establish the Board’s legislative policies. Read Story
Rep.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York retweeted Portnoy's tweet and said his comments were "likely breaking the law."... Read Story
“The concerted job action of defendants’ members has caused flight delays and cancellations, inconveniencing the public and disrupting commerce.” - Senior District Court Judge John McBryde... Read Story
Three days into a strike, Portuguese fuel tanker drivers reject a decree to provide a minimum service. Read Story
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the founder of Barstool Sports who threatened on Twitter to fire any of his employees who inquire about unionizing. Read Story
Dave Portnoy really ought to know better than this, but apparently testosterone trumps brains. Read Story
Thousands of students and teachers have protested federal cuts in education spending in gatherings across Brazil. Union leaders called for a strike Tuesday in the education sector, denouncing funding cuts from elementary schools to higher public education and plans to open federal universities to... Read Story
The Brookings Institution estimate that 36 million Americans are working jobs with a “high exposure” to automation. Read Story
Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in Spain on Wednesday announced plans to ... Read Story
Hospital experienced its busiest ever day as sick patients flooded in. Read Story
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced a proposal to amend its rules by making employer-friendly changes that continue the Board’s efforts to reverse union gains made during the Obama administration. Read Story
Officials at London’s Heathrow Airport say a planned strike has been suspended after the union representing security guards, firefighters and other workers gave…... Read Story
Striking tanker truck drivers in Portugal are defying a government order and refusing to make limited deliveries to gas stations…... Read Story
Talks aimed at averting strike action by Ryanair pilots are to take place this afternoon, management at the airline will sit down with representatives from the Fórsa trade union in a meeting mediated by Kieran Mulvey. Read Story
A petition reportedly has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to create a separate union for NFL running backs…... Read Story
Kaiser Permanente workers in California have voted to empower their bargaining team to call a nationwide strike that would affect more than 80,000 employees at Kaiser facilities, according to the unions that represent them. Read Story
Leaders from the union representing 55,000 workers at Ontario’s school boards have voted in favour of job action. It’s just a step in the bargaining process and doesn’t mean there will be a labour …... Read Story
The California union is the largest in a national coalition involved in contract negotiations with Kaiser Permanente, and the first to OK a future strike that could involve up to 80,000 workers. In other health care industry labor news: health care, research and technical employees at the... Read Story
In Walmart Stores, Inc., 368 NLRB No. 24 (July 25, 2019), a majority of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) reaffirmed that a union’s intermittent strike scheme is... Read Story