Posts tagged contract workers

    A third of Americans contribute to the $1.3T freelance economy. Now what?

    January 24, 2023 // Nearly 40% of Americans performed freelance work in 2022. That’s up nearly 10% from 2021, and a third of them make freelance their full-time work.

    Railroad Strike Threat Shows How Unions’ Rigid Rules Often Hurt Workers

    October 6, 2022 // Railroad companies would almost certainly have raised compensation to maintain the workforce they needed, but they’ve been locked in by union contracts that prevent them from increasing workers’ pay—or any other benefits—until a new contract is reached. The lack of flexibility to respond quickly to changing circumstances and conditions has almost certainly hampered railroad companies’ ability to find workers throughout the pandemic.

    This Labor Day, let’s ensure that individual workers are empowered, too

    September 3, 2022 // Unions should be accountable to their members and remain so. Congress should make right to work laws the standard nationally. It should require unions to make their finances public and periodically hold re-certification votes to ensure they retain their members’ support and transparent elections for leadership. If a union and the workers it represents are in harmony, then none of these reforms will hamper the union—and may even help it. They only become a factor if those same workers want to hold their union accountable. Who has a problem with that?

    To Help Workers, Unions and Democrats Should Support Scott’s ERA

    April 13, 2022 // The ERA’s policies are wildly popular. Recent polling shows that 70% of those polled – including 76% of individuals in union households – believe that workers should have the right to a secret ballot. Other major provisions – including the right to withhold dues from political spending, privacy protections, and the criminalization of union threats – poll at an average favorability of 70%.

    Corvette Plant Workers Moving Towards Strike as Union Rejects Contract

    January 18, 2022 // As for market realities, Watson said that the union understands that the plant needs to sometimes employ part-time and contract workers for certain roles. However, he notes this comes at a cost, stating that "If you exploit that too much, you're getting what you pay for."