When Bank of America stockholders gather in Charlotte, N.C. on April 29 they will probably breathe a sigh of relief when, after they make their way past the thousands of protesters outside, they finally get to sit down in their meeting hall. The relief won’t last too long, however, because inside the room they will also face lots of angry union members - ones who own one or more shares of stock in the bank.
The freedom to form and join unions is a fundamental right protected by our constitutional freedom of association, our nation’s labor laws, and international human rights laws, including the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a right for which millions of Americans have struggled. The freedom to form unions is of special importance to the civil and women’s rights movements because unions help ensure adequate wages, health care coverage and retirement security. It was the right to form a union that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was supporting during the Memphis sanitation strike when he was assassinated on April 4. 1968. Unions also help to reduce the wage gap for women and people of color, and can prevent arbitrary and discriminatory employer behavior.
Canadian workers at the Wal-Mart store in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec became the only Wal-Mart employees in North America to be covered by a union contract when an arbitrator April 8 ruled in their favor more than four years after they voted to certify the United Food and Commercial Workers as their union.
“I am here to assure everyone that rumors about the impending death of the Employee Free Choice Act are decidedly premature.” The statement was made by Arlene Holt-Baker, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, last week, at a gathering of the nation’s civil rights leaders in Washington D.C. The civil rights leaders assembled by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights added their voices to a growing national chorus of support for the Employee Free Choice Act.
WASHINGTON (PAI) AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney formally told top leaders of the federation that he will retire at the AFL-CIO Convention in September. At the same time, Sweeney, Change To Win leaders and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel announced creation of the National Labor Coordinating Committee, a group of presidents of the nation’s 12 largest unions.
MINNEAPOLIS - A major-league city depends on a professional source of daily news. Workers at the Minneapolis Star Tribune took that message to the streets Monday, using the Minnesota Twins’ home opener to unveil a campaign to save their bankrupt newspaper.
Jerry Springer is fighting for employees to be able to move from Chicago to Connecticut with his show. Springer is taking on his bosses on behalf of his staff.
Civil rights leaders gathered April 8 in Washington D.C. to add their voices to the growing chorus of support for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
A national campaign is promoting the Employee Free Choice Act as critical to the economy, fair workplaces and the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) workers.
A U.S.-flagged and crewed merchant ship carrying food relief supplies to Kenya was boarded by Somali pirates earlier today some 350 miles off the African coast. According to the latest news reports, the crew has regained control of the ship, the Maersk Alabama, and the pirates have left but they are holding the captain hostage.