WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I remember what she did every weekday in the 1950s, riding the back of that bus in Austin, Texas so she could clean other people’s houses. I remember how he, as a day laborer, suffered the indignity of not being able, with his own labor, to provide for his family.
WASHINGTON (PAI)--In her first major policy address since being elected President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten put “everything but vouchers” on the bargaining table--including merit pay and tenure--as long as the results help students and teachers.
WASHINGTON (PAI)--Call them the “Midnight Rules.” In haste, and to meet legal deadlines, the GOP Bush regime pushed through approximately 90 pro-business federal rules before Nov. 22, trying to lock them in so the incoming Obama administration can’t overturn them.
Unions representing workers in the 20 most economically powerful nations called on world leaders Nov. 14 to take urgent action to prevent a global depression by radically changing the way the global economy is run and by reversing decades of deregulation policies they say have caused the current crisis.
On Nov. 4 voters rejected an anti-union big business campaign against the Employee Free Choice Act and elected candidates who support the bill. The labor law reform measure is at the top of the unions’ post-election agenda.
Post-election statements issued by the nation’s major labor federations, union press conferences, the Senate record of President-elect Barack Obama and bigger Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, taken together, indicate that in the coming period the labor movement is on the verge of winning as many as eight major legislative changes.
Union voters were critical in President-elect Obama’s victory, providing a crucial bloc of support in swing states that helped him win big, election night polling released Nov. 5 by the AFL-CIO showed. In their announcement of the results, union leaders promised to continue their largest-ever election mobilization to push for broad support of Obama’s program for economic reform.
CLEVELAND – Over 100 members of the Newspaper Guild Local 1 held a brief rally and picketed the Plain Dealer Oct. 30 to protest an anti-union buyout offer in an ongoing downsizing of the city’s only daily.