Posts tagged Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    2024 strikes predicted to be less disruptive; but layoffs and unionization continue

    January 5, 2024 // US workers will not be exerting the same sort of pay pressures on employers as they did in 2023, with opportunities to strike being much reduced. After a bumper 2023 of strike activity, it claims the bargaining schedule for 2024 does not appear to be facing as many battles ahead.

    ‘Battle royale’: Tesla and anti-union Musk make enticing targets for UAW’s next push

    November 5, 2023 // Some current UAW members are already fired up to take on Tesla. “Go out west to California? Absolutely, I would go,” said John Jake Kincaid, a Stellantis employee in Michigan. “Show them our strength.” Still, fighting for a contract at companies with established relationships with union workers is a far different effort than starting from scratch. Several workers who were key to Tesla’s earlier union effort are no longer at the company. The Fremont plant’s history with the UAW predates the electric vehicle maker. For about 25 years, Toyota and GM operated the facility together in an unusual joint venture. It was a union shop. In 2009, GM pulled out of the partnership as part of its bankruptcy proceedings and in 2010 Toyota shut the operation down, throwing 4,700 people out of work. A month later, Tesla bought the sprawling 5.3 million square foot factory; the union didn’t come with the purchase.

    What could the new EEOC rule mean for unions?

    November 1, 2023 // Seabron was just one of multiple black employees who experienced harassment from this union. Moeleek Thomas, a tow truck operator with the New York City police department traffic enforcement division was called racist names when he tried to raise concerns to union leadership. “Union leaders avoided my questions about the lack of a contract for our unit,” explained Thomas. “I was frustrated, and that frustration led to a confrontation with the vice-president of District Council 37 Local 983, Marvin Robbins, during which, Robbins called me racist names.” “In a phone call, Robbins called me a ‘house n—er,’ an ‘Uncle Tom,’ and he told me I was nothing but a ‘kiss-a–,’” said Thomas. Thomas hopes the EEOC rule could help hold union leaders, like Marvin Robbins, accountable for their actions. The EEOC has invited the public to submit comments regarding the proposed rule at https://www.regulations.gov/document/EEOC-2023-0005-0001 until Nov. 1.

    Joe Biden and fellow Democrats are bullying job creators to boost unions

    August 4, 2023 // Cassidy called out President Biden’s Department of Labor for “weaponizing its enforcement power against business,” specifically by ratcheting up rhetoric against job creators while loosening regulations on unions. Yet such actions are par for the course in an administration whose leader promised to be “the most pro-union president” in history.

    What Settlement of Vaccine Mandate Case Says About Corruption of Teachers Unions

    June 2, 2023 // But a second lawsuit by the teachers is pending, one that has garnered little media attention but may have greater long-term implications. That lawsuit also was filed against the Barrington Education Association, which brazenly abandoned these three dues-paying union members. In the same case earlier this spring, the three teachers’ attorney, Gregory Piccirilli, filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claim against the Barrington teachers union, an affiliate of the National Education Association.

    State of the Unions: A New Normal

    January 23, 2023 // Agencies and unions alike are likely to encounter more resistance to expanded telework and other workplace flexibilities from the newly divided Congress. House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., announced last week that he has introduced legislation that would require agencies to revert to pre-pandemic telework policies as well as a study about how telework impacted government services and productivity. In addition to rolling back Trump-era policies targeting union activity in the federal government, the White House has recommended a number of measures to make it easier for federal employee unions to communicate with workers they represent, as well as expand into agencies whose workforces have historically remained unorganized.

    Pittsburgh-Area Teen Hits UFCW Union and Giant Eagle with Religious Discrimination and Unfair Labor Practice Charges

    January 18, 2023 // North Huntingdon Giant Eagle employee Josiah Leonatti – a high school student – has filed federal discrimination charges against the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1776KS union. He maintains that union officials refused to consider his religious beliefs after he expressed religious objections to joining and paying dues to the union. Union officials, according to his charges, subjected him to an illegal “religion test” to determine whether his religious beliefs count.