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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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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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Maryland I.T. Workers Begin Strike With IWW, File Multiple Unfair Labor Practice Charges By Benjamin Charles - Baltimore IWW, May 26, 2016
FREDERICK, MD-- Workers at True Technical Experts LLC (TTX), an IT subcontractor for major retailers, have gone on strike today demanding an end to wage theft and harassment, and demanding recognition of their union, the Industrial Workers of the World. The workers have submitted a list of demands, which includes raising wages to the industry standard, regular hours, and an anti-harassment pledge from the business’s owner, David Gerlak. IWW workers at TTX have struck twice in the past two months over unpaid wages, winning their back pay both times, although Gerlak has refused to recognize the union. Minutes after being contacted by an IWW representative, Gerlak declared that he had fired two striking employees, in obvious violation of federal labor law.
TTX is a small IT subcontractor whose workers install cabling and other hardware for some of the nation’s largest retailers, such as Target and CVS. As is often
Industrial Worker - Summer 2016 In this issue:
BLACK LIVES MATTER: Protests erupt worldwide in response to racist police shootings
WORKPLACE ORGANIZING: Workers at Portland fast food chain Burgerville unionize with the IWW
SOCIAL WAR IN FRANCE: CNT-F reports on the wave of popular protests sweeping the country
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We Earned Labor Day The latest video from AFGE tells us that Labor Day wasn't a gift. It was something earned by the hard work of ordinary people who decided they weren't going to sit down without a fight. And they ask what it is that we are willing to fight for today?
Unions: Working People Standing Together Video and Website With Labor Day around the corner, the California labor movement came together to launch a brand new campaign to help set the record straight on unions. The Working People Standing Together video tells it like it is: Our middle class is stronger when working people have a seat at the table.