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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
April 27, 2022 //
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.
Workers Are Beating Big Bosses, but Organized Labor Can’t Keep Up
April 27, 2022 // Worker-led unions are transformational, while organized labor has become transactional.
Exclusive: 16 GOP Governors Oppose Biden’s Executive Order Creating Monopoly On Federal Construction Contracts
April 26, 2022 // Reducing competition from some of the best union and nonunion construction firms and workers will exacerbate the construction industry’s skilled labor shortage, delay projects, and increase construction costs by estimates of 12% to 20% per project, which will result in fewer infrastructure improvements, less construction industry job creation, and higher taxes.
Sacramento schools again at risk of financial distress with enrollment declines, new contracts
April 26, 2022 // Sacramento City Unified School District is again facing financial distress just weeks after it approved labor agreements to end its eight-day teacher strike, Sacramento county education officials said last week. The Sacramento Office of Education gave the district's budget a negative certification, stating the contracts and the strike itself would cost the district millions of dollars and could threaten insolvency.
NORTH SHORE CONNECTOR TURNS TEN ON LINCOLN RADIO JOURNAL
April 26, 2022 // Lowman Henry talks with Max Nelsen of the Freedom Foundation about questions surrounding labor unions receiving Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan/grants;
Sound Community Services CEO responds to mental health workers strike over pay
April 26, 2022 // He says workers were given a thousand dollars in June of 2020 and $3,600 the following year. He says the percentage the state has increased funding for non-profits barely went up 4%.
How Amazon’s unlikely union reflects the changing face of US labour movement
April 26, 2022 // Professional labour activists will be watching closely as the Amazon Labour Union faces its second test on Monday, as workers at a smaller facility across the street begin casting ballots in their own union election. It is unclear if the grassroots strategies that succeeded the first time — such as connecting over home-cooked meals and bus stop bonfires — will produce the same results at other facilities.
Connecticut: OP-ED | Unemployment Benefits For Striking Workers? No, It’s Not The Onion
April 26, 2022 // Senate Bill 317 is highly unusual, but not unheard of. Then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed similar legislation on the eve of the pandemic in 2020 and another such law passed four years ago in New Jersey, but in most cases benefits for striking Garden State workers only kick in after 30 days. Like Connecticut, both of those states have struggled with budget deficits over the last several years, though the most recent shortfalls have been mitigated by federal coronavirus relief funds.
The Teamsters Have A New Training Center To Teach Members To Grow Weed, But The Timing May Be Bad
April 26, 2022 // A training center opens just as there is a glut in the marijuana market.
Report: 555 LAUSD unvaccinated teachers terminated, 1,700 new hires are uncredentialed
April 26, 2022 // “California is one of the states that spends the most money and yet we are one of the lowest states in terms of the results on standardized testing,” Snowball told the Southern California Record. “What that tells me is that it's not so much there being a correlation between spending and results as there is between teachers wanting to teach their students. We have to ask where is that money going. In many cases, money is going to fund union agreements with these districts and getting people these cushy retirement packages or cushy benefits. None of that results in a better turnout for the students.”
Column: Why Starbucks has become a huge unionization target — and why the company is in a panic
April 25, 2022 // Many American consumer companies, including Amazon and McDonalds, have been dealing with a surging interest in unionization by their employees, spurred in part by the pandemic-driven recognition that their employers have consistently undervalued their contributions to business success.
EPA Employees Want To Put Protections Against Attacks On Science Into Their Union Contract
April 25, 2022 // “I think the idea that relying on internal enforceability on scientific integrity is not going to work anymore,” Cantello said. “Because when you get an administration like we just had, that internal enforceability is going to fail.” But Biden officials, she added, “still want to control the entire process.”