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DDOT Warns Of Circulator Driver Strike Amid Stalled Labor Negotiations
May 2, 2022 // In a statement Thursday evening, DDOT said it is working with RATP Dev, the private company contracted by the city to run the Circulator, on an “adjusted plan for limited service” in the case of strike. DDOT added that it remains “optimistic” that RATP Dev can reach an agreement with ATU Local 689, the union representing Circulator operators.
The Future of Unions (Gallup Polling)
May 2, 2022 // In short, views of unions do not significantly divide the rich versus the poor, the highly educated versus the less well educated or women versus men. Views of unions are largely a factor of the individual's underlying political and ideological orientation.
Unions are on the rise. Guess why.
May 2, 2022 // For one thing, these companies aren’t exactly from your grandfather’s day when activists organized the steel, coal and auto industries. There isn’t much of that unionizing left to do in this country (excepting some foreign auto assembly plants in the South — and that has been tough going). The new surge is going after flagships of the tech and service economy.
Former treasurer-secretary of local union charged with embezzling $30K
April 30, 2022 // The former treasurer-secretary of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 26 was charged federally this week with embezzling more than $30,000 from the local labor union over five years.
The FBI informant in John Dougherty’s inner circle recorded more than 30 conversations with him
April 29, 2022 // In a court hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl expressed concern that the government had waited until earlier this year — four months after Dougherty was convicted on federal bribery charges in his first trial — to disclose that they had a mole working from within Dougherty’s union, the politically powerful Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Op-Ed: The time is right for Twitter employees to unionize
April 29, 2022 // Labor organizers have a message for the Twitter employees upset and concerned about Elon Musk's takeover of the company: Join us.
$30 per hour to start? Staten Island Amazon union has high hopes, but could face a tough road after victory
April 29, 2022 // Among other things, the nascent Amazon Labor Union, or ALU, has said it wants longer breaks for warehouse employees, more time off and a dramatically higher minimum hourly wage of $30, up from just over $18 an hour now at the Staten Island facility.
A Democratic Lawmaker Sold Her Small Business. Now She Favors a $15 Minimum Wage.
April 29, 2022 // In 2019, Luria became a cosponsor of the Democrats' Raise the Wage Act, which explicitly ignores the localized conditions that Luria pledged to consider. Earlier this year, she once again voted in support of the federal $15 minimum wage, which was included in the COVID relief bill passed by the House.
Freedom Foundation: 4,000 California teachers have left the union since COVID’s start
April 29, 2022 // “We share with them the highlights, quotes, and PowerPoints and the other thing we share with them during these round tables is information about where their money is going,” Wiegel added. “Most teachers don't really know where their union money is going. A small portion goes towards their benefits but the vast majority of it is going to the national level of the union where it’s spent on political candidates and activist organizations.”
Biden’s PRO Act is a covert tax hike on 7.7 million Americans
April 28, 2022 // The PRO Act has been one of Biden’s top priorities despite the fact that it has yet to move in the Senate. The PRO Act’s ABC test is a clear tax hike on millions of Americans, 96 percent of whom make less than $400,000 per year. If Biden is serious about upholding his tax pledge, a central part of his presidential campaign, he should kick the PRO Act and the ABC test to the curb.
Viewpoint: Let Oklahoma teachers control their own paychecks
April 28, 2022 // Our state can begin by solidifying some basic facts. Oklahoma teachers have First Amendment rights. They get to choose whether to join, or remain a member of, a union. And they decide for themselves whether part of their hard-earned paycheck goes to support a union.
ICYMI: Scott Talks Economy, Labor Market on Making Money with Charles Payne
April 28, 2022 // U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) joined Making Money with Charles Payne on Fox Business to discuss the Biden administration’s mishandling of the economy and how Republican policies can benefit the American people.
Trust the Experts: Economists Across Board Say Min Wage Hike Would Spike Inflation
April 28, 2022 // Nearly 80 percent of studies conducted since 1992 found that an increased minimum wage decreases the level of employment. Michael Saltsman, the managing director of the Employment Policies Institute, said Democrats have pushed for a $15 minimum wage even as economists warn it will decimate jobs.
The Video Democrats Don’t Want You to Watch
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Amazon Takes On the National Labor Relations Board
April 27, 2022 // In the 25 official objections Amazon filed with the board, the company argues that the NLRB’s “interference and mismanagement” prevented “a free and fair election” at its Staten Island facility. Among other things, Amazon alleges that the board arbitrarily excluded some workers from the bargaining unit in which the union had to show 30% support to hold a vote. The company also alleges the NLRB let union representatives distribute marijuana to workers in exchange for votes and intimidate workers opposed to collective bargaining. (The union’s lawyer told the Associated Press that the intimidation allegation is “patently absurd” and handing out marijuana “is no different from distributing free T-shirts and it certainly did not act to interfere with the election.”)
Sanders pressures Biden on Amazon unions: ‘The time for talk is over’
April 27, 2022 // The Vermont senator sent Biden a Tuesday letter, obtained by POLITICO, asking the president to cut off federal contracts to Amazon until the massive company stops what he calls its “illegal anti-union activity.” As the Senate Budget Committee chair, Sanders will also hold a hearing next week dedicated to calculating how many federal contracts go to companies that are fighting back against unionization efforts, with a focus on Amazon.
IBEW’s Five-Year Strike In New York City Is Over As Union Walks Away
April 27, 2022 // A nearly five-year strike against Charter Communications/Spectrum Cable in New York City is now over, and the union—the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)—has disclaimed interest in representing the workers, according to documents filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
Federal employees’ union calls on White House agency to address return-to-office concerns
April 27, 2022 // The intervention comes after OPM Director Kiran Ahuja sent an email to staff saying they would return to an in-person work posture April 25. In response, AFGE’s Local 32 has filed 13 unfair labor practice complaints against the agency.
Oakland Unified letter warns union about planned one-day strike
April 27, 2022 // Oakland Unified has warned its teachers union not to walk out of classes for a planned one-day strike this Friday, saying the walkout would have a harmful financial impact on the district and is a violation of the current contract,
Rail unions refusing advance payments in favor of a new deal
April 27, 2022 // All the major railroads now plan to offer their employees up to $600 a month in advance of raises they expect to pay once the current two-year-old national contract talks are eventually settled. But a coalition of unions that represents more than 105,000 railroad workers said Monday that they’ll refuse the payments partly because workers would be on the hook to repay some of the money if the eventual raises aren’t big enough to cover the payments.