Labor

New York State Senate considers raising the state’s minimum wage

May 22, 2012

“Silver — unlike Cuomo — said he still believes the GOP-controlled state Senate can be persuaded to take up a measure raising the wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.50.”

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Workers of the World express anger, gloom, and elation on May Day

May 2, 2012

“With Europe’s unemployed denouncing austerity measures, Asia’s laborers demanding higher salaries and U.S. protesters condemning Wall Street, Tuesday’s demonstrations by hundreds of thousands were less a celebration of workers’ rights than a furious venting over spending cuts, tax hikes and soaring unemployment.”

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Senate Republicans join a lawsuit against President Obama over his Christmas “recess appointments” of National Labor Relations Board members

April 17, 2012

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that his side would join a suit brought by Noel Canning, a family-owned business in Washington State that bottles and distributes soft drinks. The company is challenging the NLRB’s determination that it must enter into a collective bargaining agreement with a labor union.”

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Union Boss: The EPA’s new Climate Regulations will kill the coal industry

April 4, 2012

“Roberts blasted Jackson, the EPA administrator, over the proposed regulations, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Opponents of the regulations, including Roberts, say the new rules would be the death knell of the coal industry.”

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President Obama boasts a Boeing Plant in South Carolina that the National Labor Relations Board tried to close

February 17, 2012

“President Obama rallied with union workers at a Boeing plant in Washington, but he praised the manufacturing conducted by Boeing in South Carolina, even though his National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) tried to close the South Carolina plant at the behest of the Washington union workers.”

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AFL-CIO organizing major protests against CPAC

February 7, 2012

“Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)With workshops like “Return of Big Labor: What Can We Learn from Wisconsin & Ohio,” and “Taking back Wall Street: The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street,” the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) descends on the nation’s capital February 9-11 and local labor activists are planning a DC lesson to ensure that the voice of the 99% are heard at this elite conservative gathering.”

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Italy Labor Minister: Italy will push ahead with an overhaul of labor-market rules even if the plan fails to win the support of unions and employers

February 2, 2012

“The Italian government will push ahead this month with a plan to overhaul labor-market rules even if it fails to win the backing of unions and employers, Labor Minister Elsa Fornero said.”

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Indiana passes legislation to become the nation’s 23rd ‘Right-to-Work’ State

February 2, 2012

“Gov. Mitch Daniels’ signature Wednesday on the bill that made Indiana the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state was the end of a contentious two-year political battle that included partisan bickering, lawmaker walkouts, legislative stall tactics and union protests. In the end, Indiana marked the first win for national right-to-work supporters who tried in vain last year to push the measure, despite a Republican sweep of statehouses nationwide in 2010.”

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President Obama bypasses Congress to require that home-care workers be paid minimum wage and overtime, who have been exempted from federal labor laws since 1974

December 16, 2011

“President Obama circumvented Congress and moved Thursday to require that home-care aides be paid minimum wage and overtime, giving the fast-growing workforce long-sought assistance. Home-care workers, who now number close to 2 million people, have been exempted from federal labor law since 1974. And although many states, including California, Illinois and Maryland, have rules guaranteeing home-care workers minimum wage, overtime, or both, 29 states do not offer these protections.”

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “I’m on the same side as Jimmy Hoffa and the AFL- CIO on this. The Teamsters and the AFL-CIO want the Keystone Pipeline right now. The president has been talking about creating jobs. This is ready to go immediately. All it requires is his sign off. The president is posturing here.”

December 11, 2011

“McConnell [said] that his Democratic counterpart, Majority Leader Harry Reid, and the president may want to check with their base before threatening to hold up a House version that calls for tying an extension of the tax holiday to a “shovel-ready” project like the transnational pipeline.”

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The National Labor Relations Board drops its high-profile lawsuit against Boeing

December 9, 2011

“The board moved to end the case after the Machinists union approved a four-year contract extension with Boeing this week. Under the deal, the union agreed to withdraw allegations that the company built a nonunion plant in South Carolina to retaliate against past union strikes in Washington state. In return, Boeing promised to build the new version of its 737 airplane in Washington state.”

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Italy Prime Minister Monti announces radical austerity measures

December 4, 2011

“The measures are meant to slash the cost of government, combat tax evasion and step up economic growth, so the country can eliminate its budget deficit by 2013. Mr. Monti took the steps in an emergency decree, which means they will take effect before he presents them to Parliament for formal approval.”

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North Carolina House of Representatives close to passing a nonbinding resolution to ask the convention to change its rules and “respect North Carolina’s right-to-work laws”

November 29, 2011

“So far, the convention committee has awarded six contracts totaling $7 million — but only one went to a unionized firm. The resolution mentions the lone union contract — for event production and printing services — which created a stir after the owner of a rival company complained that his nonunion status cost him the gig. Conservative blogs and the N.C. Republican Party are fueling concerns.”

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The National Labor Relations Board backs off its original proposal to speed up and simplify union elections after its lone Republican threatened to resign, which would “effectively shut down the board and prevent the vote on union organizing”

November 29, 2011

“Board Chairman Mark Pearce on Tuesday presented what he described as a “more limited resolution.” He said it would only apply to “the minority of elections which are held up by needless litigation” and other disputes. He said other changes to the election process should stay on the table for future consideration.”

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Great Britain expecting ‘biggest strikes in a generation’ this upcoming week

November 28, 2011

“Union leaders have declared there is nothing the Government can do to avert the biggest strikes in a generation this week. As the Army is put on standby to secure Britain’s borders, millions of public sector workers are being warned that a ‘hugely generous’ pensions offer from ministers will be withdrawn if a deal is not agreed by the end of the year.

But the head of the Trades Union Congress, Brendan Barber, said it was ‘unlikely’ there was anything the Government could say to persuade him to call off Wednesday’s action.”

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