We are now in a time of great opportunity and tremendous danger. The far-reaching, progressive reforms that we’ve fought so hard for are in danger and the anger of the people could be turned in self-destructive directions.
The battle over the Employee Free Choice Act kicked off with versions of the bill being introduced in the House and Senate -- and with it a flurry of claims about what the landmark labor legislation would mean for the country.
It’s April 2009 and we’re still checking back in to see who won in Minnesota’s hard-fought 2008 Senate race between incumbent Norm Coleman and AFL-CIO-endorsed challenger Al Franken—because corporate front groups are dumping money into delaying and dragging out the process.
The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is gaining support across the country as well as on Capitol Hill, with more than 150 grassroots organizations joining President Obama, Vice President Biden, and congressional leaders in support of the bill.
Earlier this week, President Obama announced he intends to nominate Lorelei Boylan as administrator for the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Thomasina Rogers as chairwoman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act justly received a lot of media attention in January, briefly refocusing our national attention on the gender discrepancies that still haunt our workplaces. But now that the issue has faded from the national conciseness, women are still paid less than their male counterparts (just 78 cents to the dollar). Women are disproportionately represented in low-paying jobs. Two-thirds of minimum wage workers and approximately 90 percent jobholders that earn $15,000 a year are women, according to labor studies professor Dorothy Cobble.
On the eve of President Obama’s visit to Mexico, a possible major confrontation is brewing between the Mexican Mine and Metal Workers Union and the conservative, pro-business government of President Felipe Calderon.
NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — “We are the poster-child for the Employee Free Choice Act! It even said so on the front page of the newspaper,” said United Food and Commercial Workers organizer Tim Mullins, addressing a rally here this past weekend.
CLEVELAND — In a spirited rally, dozens of janitors marched through lobbies of downtown buildings here to support union officials in difficult bargaining for a new three-year contract.
A major breakthrough has occurred in the long running struggle for the rights of immigrant workers and their families. On Tuesday representatives of the AFL-CIO and Change to Win, the country’s major labor union federations, announced agreement on a new legislative plan to achieve immigration reform.