Posts tagged collective bargaining agreements

    Amazon warehouse workers plan walkouts, call for strikes on Black Friday

    November 25, 2022 // Labor stoppages are being planned for several warehouse locations throughout the country, including Bessemer, Ala.; Columbia, Md.; Detroit, Mich.; Durham, NC; Garner, NC; Joliet, Ill.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Portland, Ore.; and Washington, DC. There is also a planned work stoppage at several Whole Foods store locations. Whole Foods is a subsidiary of Amazon. Amazon employees and labor activists also plan to hold a protest rally in front of a New York City residence owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, according to CBS News. The labor actions are being organized on social media under the hashtag #MakeAmazonPay.

    THE SYSTEMIC RACISM OF TEACHERS UNIONS

    November 21, 2022 // Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could reverse the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger decision, in which SCOTUS asserted that the use of an applicant’s race as a factor in an admissions policy of a public educational institution does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The current case specifically cites the use of race in the admissions process at Harvard and the University of North Carolina. The plaintiffs, Students for Fair Admissions, maintain that Harvard violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, “which bars entities that receive federal funding from discriminating based on race, because Asian American applicants are less likely to be admitted than similarly qualified white, Black, or Hispanic applicants.”

    Union turns blind eye to “pervasive” sexual harassment

    October 14, 2022 // Teamsters Local 455 in Colorado was accused of fostering a hostile work environment for allowing ‘pervasive’ sexual harassment. The union is charged with violating federal law for failing to take action against its business agent, despite being notified that he had sexually harassed and verbally assaulted female staff. Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act protects the union’s employees from harassment at work. It also requires Local 455 to respond to sexual harassment complaints by supervisors, between coworkers, or involving customers or clients. A union representative, however, has no legal duty to review or respond to sexual harassment claims by union members. Though, they can take on that duty in their own Codes of Conduct or collective bargaining agreements. Eisenberg & Baum, LLP, a New York-based law firm whose gender discrimination and sexual harassment attorneys work with employees in unions across the country, explains, however, that may not always lead to the best outcome

    Illinois: Labor amendment remains on November ballot after court blocks petition

    August 31, 2022 // Amendment 1 would create a state constitutional right for employees to organize and bargain collectively through representatives of their choosing to negotiate wages, hours, and working conditions and to protect their economic welfare and safety at work. The case, Sarah Sachen v. Illinois State Board of Elections, was brought by parents and teachers from Chicago Public Schools and claimed the proposed amendment would unconstitutionally enshrine union powers in the Illinois Constitution. Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Citizen Advisory Coalition to Save Illinois,

    JUST 19% OF CTU’S SPENDING IN 2021 WAS TO REPRESENT TEACHERS

    August 26, 2022 // Only $134 of each Chicago Teachers Union member’s dues is actually spent on representing Chicago Public Schools teachers. The rest is spent on other CTU leadership priorities and on the union hierarchy. Representing members is supposed to be a union’s core purpose, but just 19% of the Chicago Teachers Union’s spending in 2021 was on “representational activities.”

    NEA dues rise, spending on teachers drops for 6 straight years

    August 15, 2022 // To assist teachers in evaluating NEA’s and IEA’s spending, this report examines data pulled from the unions’ LM-2s5 in the following three areas: Representational spending Leadership spending Political spending. JUST 6% OF NEA’S AND IEA’S COMBINED SPENDING WAS ON REPRESENTING MEMBERS NEA AND IEA SPENDING ON UNION LEADERSHIP SALARIES OUTPACED SPENDING ON MEMBERS NEA AND IEA SPENT 1.5 TIMES MORE ON POLITICS THAN ON REPRESENTING TEACHERS IN 2021

    Where can public sector employees collectively bargain in Virginia?

    July 29, 2022 // The ordinance — which creates bargaining units for police, fire and emergency personnel, as well as municipal labor and trade workers, professional workers, and administrative and technical staff — was finalized last week after months of negotiations between the council, Mayor Levar Stoney and pro-union municipal employees. Fairfax, Loudoun County, Arlington County, Virginia Beach, Alexandria, Mel Borja, Del. Elizabeth Guzman, Del. Kathy Byron, Del. Nick Freitas, Black employees,

    Southern Poverty Law Center and employees’ union agree to new contract

    July 26, 2022 // In a joint statement Monday, SPLC President and CEO Margaret Huang and Cet Parks, the executive director of Washington-Baltimore News Guild Local 32035, TNG-CWA, which represented SPLC employees, said the contract could "be a catalyst for economic and racial justice in the South and beyond." Besides the minimum wage, the new contract provides an average 11% pay raise for workers over three years and expands existing benefits. Covered employees will get 18 paid holidays, including an annual summer break around July 4, and at least 20 vacation days a year, up from a minimum of 15. The contract also provides 12 weeks of paid parental leave (up from 10 weeks with a two week option of sick leave); 12 paid sick leave days and 10 days of bereavement leave (up from three to five days). It also offers employees two weeks of paid leave for pregnancy loss and two weeks of paid leave for gender affirming care, both new benefits. telework, nondisclosure, equity, inclusion and racial justice, Between Nov. 1, 2019, and Oct. 31, 2020, the nonprofit reported revenues of $132.9 million in 2019 and expenses of $97.4 million. It had $587.8 million in assets. Esteban Gil, Morris Dees, SPLC President Richard Cohen and SPLC Legal Director Rhonda Brownstein,

    Editorial: Rehiring troubled Lt. raises APD union issues

    July 7, 2022 // Once discovered, an APD spokesman said Edison was untruthful about his OT and retaliated against the supervisor who initiated the investigation. Edison did not go quietly as a member of the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association. He appealed his termination, reached a settlement agreement with the city in May and is now working in APD’s Aviation Department. Chief Harold Medina says Edison “wasn’t exactly breaking the law; he was taking advantage of the CBA.” Union membership does have its privileges. Aviation Department, Chief Harold Medina, City Councilor Louie Sanchez,,

    Microsoft’s union pledge, and the new era of organized labor in tech

    June 8, 2022 // Courtney said he sees a direct connection between Microsoft’s announcement, the pending Activision-Blizzard acquisition, and President Joe Biden’s promise to run the most pro-union administration in U.S. history. TODD BISHOP, Marcus Courtney, software tester, principles for employee organizing and engagement with labor organizations, Margaret O’Mara, University of Washington, regulatory approval, video-game testers,