US businesses attack new labor rule aimed at curbing union-busting tactics. Trump hotel workers in Las Vegas ask billionaire for fair pay – video. Big Union Leaders Betray Sanders and Workers. Around a conference table inside the large Washington headquarters of the AFL-CIO, a furious exchange occurred between labor union presidents.
It was late February and up for decision by the Executive Council was whether the country’s principal labor federation was going to make a primary season endorsement of Hillary Clinton as favored by the leaders of the largest unions. According to insiders, tempers flared when smaller unions challenged the Hillary-endorsing big unions such as AFSCME (public employees), the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, the Service Employees (SEIU) and the Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).
These large unions came out for Clinton in late 2015 and early 2016 before they sensed the growing rank and file workers’ preference for the lifetime advocate for workers and union backer, Bernie Sanders. A union leader of postal workers charged the unions backing Hillary as being “completely out of touch with their workers.” But Mr. Today’s Workplace » Londrigan: Judge’s Ruling Against County RTW Ordinance a Victory for Kentucky’s Working Families. The door-to-door union killers: rightwing foundation takes labor fight to the streets. For several months, Shawna Murphy, a home-based childcare provider in Seattle, had received a stream of emails, letters and robocalls – some two dozen of them – telling her she had the right to stop paying union dues.
Then early one afternoon, while the six children in her charge were napping, a man with a briefcase knocked on her door. At first Murphy thought he was a lawyer, but then she realized he might be a state inspector of childcare providers. So she opened the door. “He said there’s this supreme court case that will impact me, and he pulled out this leaflet and told me that I don’t have to be part of the union and don’t have to pay union dues,” said Murphy, a member of the Service Employees International Union. “I told him, ‘I’m a proud supporter of the union, and you can leave now.’” The man was one of the many foot soldiers in a highly unusual offensive against public-sector unions in the US north-west. Labor board rejects Trump Las Vegas hotel's effort to overturn union vote. Workers at the Donald Trump co-owned Trump International Hotel Las Vegas voted to unionize back in December, despite having faced a harsh anti-union campaign that included workers being suspended for showing union support.
Now, the National Labor Relations Board has rejected management’s effort to get the workers’ vote thrown out: Trump Hotel management had asked the National Labor Relations Board to throw out the results of that election, claiming that organizers from the Culinary Workers Union intimidated and coerced employees into voting yes, which “interfered with their ability to exercise a free and reasoned choice.” But after weeks of reviewing the evidence, the labor board did not agree. Conservative group nears big payoff in Supreme Court case. The conservative Bradley Foundation has spent millions over three decades to smash labor unions.
Now an investment that could barely buy a house in Washington may bring it closer to that goal than ever before. The vehicle is a Supreme Court case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, to bar public employee unions from compelling payments from nonmembers. The lawsuit, about which the high court will hear arguments Monday, was brought by Rebecca Friedrichs and eight other California public school teachers who declined to join the union that represents them in collective bargaining. Company threatens managers: If workers unionize, we'll cut your pay 60 percent. Graduate students fight back at Yale: “I’m trying to support myself and my son … but it’s not working” “I should not have to fight for Yale to respect me but I will keep fighting until they do.”
That’s what Grant Mao, a Chinese citizen, who claims his struggles with depression precipitated his expulsion from the university last April, told the New Haven Register during a recent on-campus demonstration in support of graduate student-employees’ right to form a union. Mao told the Register that the university’s administration “did nothing” to help him with his illness, but was quick to inform him that his health insurance was no longer valid — and that he had 15 days to leave the country. “I’m fighting because I want to get reinstated,” Mao said, “but also because I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.” According to graduate student-employees and organizers, Mao’s story is not unique.
Swedish Companies Take Advantage of Cheap Labor in U.S. As far as some companies in Sweden are concerned, America is the land of corporate opportunity—and worker exploitation.
So why not take advantage of a business culture that seeks every chance to increase profits at the expense of U.S. employees. In Virginia, furniture giant Ikea set up a manufacturing plant after it convinced the town of Danville to provide $12 million in tax breaks. It then brought in a “union-busting outfit to keep the IAM (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) from making a run at the employees,” writes David Macaray at Huffington Post. Ikea also cut employee wages and changed work and overtime rules. For German Carmakers, U.S. Workers are a Bargain. U.S. auto maker executives and their political allies have clamored for industry workers to accept wage cuts so American cars can become more competitive with foreign models.
But numbers out of Germany demonstrate that higher wages for auto workers does not cut into success for manufacturers. Last year, German car companies produced twice as many automobiles as American counterparts—5.5 million versus 2.7 million. Along the way, BMW and Mercedes-Benz posted healthy profits, of 3.88 billion and 4.65 billion Euros, respectively.
The Germans pulled this off while paying their workers an average hourly rate of 48.97 Euros ($67.14). Meanwhile, Americans manning U.S. assembly lines made an average of $33.77 per hour, making the United States “a low-wage country” as far as German auto makers are concerned. At Southern Factory, Workers Try Again To Unionize. Workers at a truck seat plant in Alabama could vote on Wednesday to bring union membership to a part of the U.S. where it's had an especially tough history.
Some employees at the CVG manufacturing plant in rural Piedmont, Ala., want to join the United Auto Workers over a number of issues, including higher wages and the heat inside the 40-year-old facility. A Fired Up Obama Hammers Republicans For Assaulting The Middle Class Via Attacks On Unions. President Obama is hosting the first-ever White House Summit on Worker Voice today, during which he condemned the “culture of greed” that steps on workers’ protections and rights.
The President talked about the importance of unions and said that when people attack unions, they are attacking the middle class. ‘Right To Work’ Or ‘Right To Shirk’ Employer’s Responsibilities? Life Without Unions!