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Union Plus Offers Help for Survivors of Louisiana Floods

Posted by on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 @ 09:09 AM

If you are a union member who participates in Union Plus programs and have been affected by the recent deadly floods that struck southeast Louisiana, you may be eligible for financial assistance1.

Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible members who have a Union Plus Credit Card2, Union Plus Life or Accidental Death Insurance, Union Plus Auto Insurance, or Union Plus Mortgage. Participants who live in Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana parishes may be eligible for these grants. Damage assessments are continuing for other parishes. The money does not have to be repaid.

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Topics: Labor Unions, bank, Union Plus, Floods, Louisiana

Department of Labor Delivers Tough Blow to Companies Looking to Hide Union-Bias

Posted by on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

The United States Labor Department announced Wednesday the closing of loopholes in the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (Landrum-Griffin Act) allowing employers to hire anti-union consultants, known as "persuaders," without reporting the arrangements.

As the law stands, reporting is only required if the persuaders are speaking directly with employers, but not if their influence reaches the workplace via intermediaries.  So, consultants could advise company supervisors looking to suppress the organization of the workforce on what to say to workers and how to say it, and completely bypass the reporting requirements. 

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Topics: Labor Unions, Department of Labor, Union Labor, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, Landrum-Griffin Act

The Economic Impact Of Organized Labour

Posted by on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 @ 13:07 PM

Without labour unions today’s working people would be much worse off.  

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Topics: Labor Unions, Canada

Unions' clout seen in trade-bill rebuff

Posted by on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 10:06 AM
WASHINGTON -- Depleted by decades of diminishing reach and struggling to respond to recent anti-union laws, the labor movement has nonetheless found a way to assert itself politically by wreaking havoc on President Barack Obama's trade agenda, a top priority of his final years in office.

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Topics: Labor Unions, AFL-CIO

Steam Generator Latest Major Delivery to Plant Vogtle Nuke Construction Site

Posted by on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 @ 12:06 PM
A steam generator weighing 1.3 million pounds for the expansion of Plant Vogtle arrived Sunday, the latest of recent large deliveries to the nuclear reactor construction site near Waynesboro, Ga.
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Topics: Labor Unions, Construction Jobs, Construction

Time is a valuable asset for workers

Posted by on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 10:06 AM
America's workforce finds itself at two different polar ends. There are those struggling in largely low-income jobs who many times can't get enough hours to cover their bills. And then there are those at the professional level who are seemingly expected to work around the clock. In both instances, families are suffering.
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Topics: Labor Unions, Union Advantage, Union Labor

The Union Earnings Premium

Posted by on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 10:06 AM
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Topics: Labor Unions

Haymarket Massacre: Why this labor turning point still matters

Posted by on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 16:06 PM
The American labor movement first celebrated May 1 as a day for labor solidarity in 1886. On that day, as many as a quarter to half a million workers went on strike and held rallies across the country to call for an eight-hour work day. "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay!" was their rallying cry.
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Topics: Labor Unions, Construction Jobs, Organizing, Construction

Investigations find Utah construction workers underpaid by nearly $2 million

Posted by on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 12:06 PM

 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) For construction workers, every dollar is hard-earned. Harder still is accepting that their employers cheated them out of earned wages by violating their rights. With the help of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, more than 2,700 Utah construction workers are getting the wages they deserve.

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Topics: Labor Unions, Construction Jobs, Misclassification, Construction

Union Targeting Vulnerable Democrat For Supporting Obama

Posted by on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 11:06 AM

As part of its campaign against President Barack Obama getting unilateral trade authority, the AFL-CIO went after Democrat Rep. Kathleen Rice on Tuesday.

Despite agreeing on many policy areas, organized labor has longed opposed the president getting Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Also known as fast-track, if passed by Congress the president could submit a finalized trade deal to that could not be amended or filibustered and would only need a straight up- or down-vote.

As the House moves to consider granting the president such authority, the AFL-CIO has led the way in opposing it with an all out media blitz. Rice has become a main target of the media campaign for moving against much of her own party to support the bill.

“Congresswoman Rice’s about-face on Fast Track is a complete betrayal not only to the constituents in the 4th Congressional District on Long Island but all working men and women across this country,” Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, said in a statement.

The six-figure attack includes television ads in the New York area along with an organized rally. The AFL-CIO notes her congressional district is the most union-dense in the nation.

“The labor movement believed in the congresswoman, as did her constituents, when she promised to make the needs and concerns of working men and women a priority,” Cilento continued. “She has unfortunately buckled to the pressure from corporate interests and has made a conscious decision to vote for Fast Track legislation that will harm working people, our families and the economy.”

Fast-Track, if passed into law, would allow the president to much more easily pass his trade agenda, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Unions, and many others on the left, claim the massive international trade deal will benefit corporations and special interests at the expense of working Americans and the environment.

TPP, with backing from fast-track, has created a lot of infighting on the left. While most Democrat lawmakers and unions oppose the trade deal, the president and those like Rice support it. Though much of his own party is fighting the deal, the president has found support among Republicans. Rice argues she put a lot of consideration into her decision and made it only after talking with working families, small business owners, organized labor leaders and the president.

“We cannot grow our economy and restore a prosperous American middle class without increasing American exports,” Rice wrote in an opinion piece for The Hill. “Economic isolation is not a path to broad-based opportunity when more than 95 percent of the world’s customers live in other countries. We must find a way to ensure that more middle-class customers around the world are buying more products made by middle-class American workers.”

The media campaign against Rice is just part of a larger move by the AFL-CIO to oppose the trade deal. On Monday, in collaboration with The Coalition to Stop Fast Track, the union announced plans to launch a series of television ads in Washington D.C., California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas and Washington state. The union has also bought ads in The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico and The Hill.

Despite the adamant opposition among organized labor, Obama has promised the trade deal would include provisions that benefit unions. As Obama noted in a recent speech at Nike, the deal protect workers’ freedom to form unions in countries that previously did not have such protections.

“So when you look at a country like Vietnam, under this agreement, Vietnam would actually, for the first time, have to raise its labor standards,” Obama argues. “It would even have to protect workers’ freedom to form unions— for the very first time.”

In the “Labor and the Environment” section, the TPA bill dictates that any trade deal that comes about through it, whether it’s TPP or not, must adopt and maintain measures implementing internationally recognized core labor standards. If true, current unions may very well be granted access to millions of new workers from countries they previously did not.

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Topics: Labor Unions, AFL-CIO

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