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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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Trumka: We Will Vote to Elect Your Replacement Next Year
Trumka: We Will Vote to Elect Your Replacement Next Year AFL-CIO The U.S. House of Representatives just voted to strip 24 million people of their health care, dramatically raise out-of-pocket health care costs for working people and gut protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. We have to act now to protect our health care and make sure that Congress is accountable to the American people. Contact your members of Congress today (call 1-866-829-3298 for the House or 1-888-865-8089 for the Senate). If they voted for repeal, let them know how that vote affects your life. If they voted against repeal, thank them for standing beside you and the millions of other Americans who will be harmed by this legislation. If they are in the Senate, call and tell them to vote against the bill when it arrives in their chamber. Cong
200 Adjunct Professors Successfully Form a Union; New York State Requires Nail Salons to Post Manicurists’ Bill of Rights; Ohio “Bans the Box” on State Government Applications
Last week, over 200 part-time adjunct professors at Ithaca College organized and successfully formed a union with the Service Employees International Union. Sarah Grunberg, teaching in the Sociology department said: "This will not only make the college stronger as a whole but will also continue to set an example nationally that part-time faculty deserve better working conditions and that coming together can and does facilitate positive change."Ithaca College Part-time Faculty Join SEIU Local 200 United - The Lansing StarIn hopes of improving working conditions for manicurists in New York. Effective immediately, every nail salon in New York is required to post a bill of rights in plain sight for nail workers and their customers. Thanks to The New York Times for their investigative reporting which revealed widespread exploitation in the nail salon industry, manicurists in New York will now be aware of their employee rights. New York Nail Salons Now Required to Post Workers’ Bill o
Working People Rally on May Day for Workplace Rights and Solidarity
Working People Rally on May Day for Workplace Rights and Solidarity Metro DC Labor Council On May 1, International Workers' Day, rallies, protests and demonstrations were held across the globe in celebration of working people and their continued fight for rights in the the workplace. Here are some of the key tweets from May Day events. On #MayDay2017, we reaffirm that Immigrant Rights = Workers’ Rights #1uAdelante pic.twitter.com/2PeLlawchy — AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) May 1, 2017   Today & EVERYDAY we must celebrate the #workingclass - Share if you agree #MayDay pic.twitter.com/JNmv6QEZYM — LIUNA (@LIUNA) May 1, 2017   Today, let's commit to work together to lift up working families around the world. #USWWorks #MayDay2017 pic.twitter.com/VHqQ0CKS6e — United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) May 1, 2017   Feliz Primero de
Indiana Republican Leader Admits Prevailing Wage Repeal Hasn't Saved Money
Indiana Republican Leader Admits Prevailing Wage Repeal Hasn't Saved Money The Republican-led Wisconsin state Senate is discussing a bill to repeal prevailing wage laws for public works projects. As with most such attacks on working people in the United States, the arguments advanced in service of stripping rights from workers fall flat under even the slightest scrutiny. Even Republicans admit that when pressed. Indiana passed a similar law in 2015 and video has surfaced from a forum April 24 in Milwaukee, where Indiana's House Assistant Majority Leader Ed Soliday (R) admits that the prevailing wage repeal in his state didn't save a penny. Soliday said: We got rid of prevailing wage and so far it hasn’t saved a penny. Probably the people most upset with us repealing [prevailing] wage were the locals. Because the locals, quite frankly, like to pay local contrac

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