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Organizations of workers that have banded together to achieve common goals such as better working conditions.
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ENG: A trade union (British English) or labor union (American English and Canadian English) is an organization of workers that have banded together to achieve common goals such as better working conditions. The trade union, through its leadership, bargains with the employer on behalf of union members (rank and file members) and negotiates labour contracts (collective bargaining) with employers. This may include the negotiation of wages, work rules, complaint procedures, rules governing hiring, firing and promotion of workers, benefits, workplace safety and policies. The agreements negotiated by the union leaders are binding on the rank and file members and the employer and in some cases on other non-member workers. Originating in Europe, trade unions became popular in many countries ...
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Labor Unions Punish Good Workers

It seems intuitive that a free market would lead to a "race to the bottom." In a global marketplace, profit-chasing employers will cut costs by paying workers less and less, and shipping jobs to China. It's a reason that progressives say government must step in. So America now has thousands of rules that outlaw wages below $7.25 an hour, restrict unpaid internships, and compel people to pay union dues. These rules appear to help workers. But they don't. "Collective bargaining" sounds good. Collective bargaining "rights" even better. Employers are more sophisticated about job ...

Unions hit Romney on equal pay

WASHINGTON - A Senate vote on equal pay for equal work for women was blocked by a Republican minority today. Just days before the Paycheck Fairness Act went down to GOP-fillibuster defeat, the steelworkers union and the Teamsters had challenged GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to back the legislation. Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and Teamsters President James Hoffa spoke out for the legislation, pushed by a coalition of Democratic senators led by Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. The Paycheck Fairness Act would make it illegal for firms to discipline or fire workers who ask about pay. Other ...

Juan Williams: Future of U.S. labor unions at stake...

... in Wisconsin Ann Coulter on the right and Rachel Maddow on the left agree Wisconsin’s vote this Tuesday on recalling Gov. Scott Walker is going to have national implications. They’ve got that right. If Walker wins, it will encourage Republican governors around the nation to enact more laws that diminish the power of public worker unions. Those efforts usually involve stripping unions of collective bargaining rights in an effort to shut off the money flowing from unions to Democrats. Since the 2010 midterm elections, GOP governors have been intent on closing off the ...

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‘Skinny Repeal’ and the Senate Health Debate
‘Skinny Repeal’ and the Senate Health Debate AFL-CIO Yesterday, two major proposals that would have rolled back the Affordable Care Act’s progress in expanding coverage were defeated by bipartisan majorities. Senate leadership is now pulling together a so-called “skinny” bill, which they hope will attract the 50 votes needed to pass the chamber and move to a conference committee with the House. The “skinny” bill would likely end selected ACA provisions—the ACA's requirement that individuals have health coverage, the employer coverage requirement, and perhaps the tax on medical device manufacturers. No legislative language has been released, so we do not know the bill’s precise contents. But the CBO produced a score showing that, by destabilizing the individual insurance market and sharply increasing premium
A Big Week for Your Health Care
A Big Week for Your Health Care Sometimes failure is a good thing. That was especially true last week when the U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It meant that Congress was stopped from taking health care away from tens of millions of Americans, at least for now. What happened? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) desperately pushed the Senate to pass something he could describe as repealing the ACA. That would have allowed the Senate to negotiate with the House of Representatives on a final bill, since the House already had passed a repeal and replace bill in the spring. McConnell tried three different versions of repeal, and the Senate voted against all three: Repeal and Replace: This bill was the latest version of Senate leadership’s proposal to repeal and replace major parts of the ACA. It would cut taxe
AFL-CIO Honors Korean Labor Leader Han with Human Rights Award, Call for His Release From Prison
AFL-CIO Honors Korean Labor Leader Han with Human Rights Award, Call for His Release From Prison President Han Sang-gyun of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions has spent his life fighting for the rights of workers and has paid a high price. Han has been in jail since December 2015, serving a three-year sentence for defending trade union rights and fighting back against corporate corruption and the repressive government of former President Park Geun-hye. For his perseverance in the face of anti-democratic repression, the AFL-CIO Executive Council this week honored President Han with the AFL-CIO’s annual George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award, and joined the global labor movement in calling for his release. KCTU President Han’s career as an organizer and labor leader is defined by militant action against long odds. During the years of military rule i
Black Women's Equal Pay Day
Black Women's Equal Pay Day Today, we commiserate Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. The gap between the earnings of black women and white men is so large that, essentially, up to today black women have been working for free. Think of it as the modern-day equivalent of the constitutional count of slaves as three-fifths of a person. Undoubtedly, those fighting to preserve the status quo will say black women need only to get off welfare, work harder and gain more skills to achieve equal pay. This, of course, ignores the fact that a higher share of black women are employed than any other racial group. Black women also are significantly more likely to pursue postsecondary education than their counterparts in other racial groups. The problem for black women is neither work ethic nor educational achievement. Instead, systemic barriers are preventing too many black women f

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