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Unfriendly skies: Airline workers brace for mass layoffs

Unfriendly skies: Airline workers brace for mass layoffs | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
DETROIT (AP) — The worries are growing for United Airlines flight attendant Jordy Comeaux. In a few days, he’ll be among roughly 40,000 airline workers whose jobs are likely to evaporate in...
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Coronavirus: Do hotel workers deserve extra job security?

Coronavirus: Do hotel workers deserve extra job security? | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
If AB 3216 passes, anyone who lost their jobs at hotels, airports and private clubs during this pandemic and any future 'state of emergency' can get their position back based on seniority — assuming their place of employment survives.
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Spyhouse Coffee employees strike to demand union recognition

Spyhouse Coffee employees strike to demand union recognition | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
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A recognition strike is an industrial strike implemented in order to force a particular employer or industry to recognize a trade union as the legitimate collective bargaining agent for a company's workers. Section 8(b)(7)(C) limits recognitional picketing to a reasonable period of time not to exceed 30 days, unless an election petition is filed before that period expires. I had a tier 1 auto supplier client a few years ago who was met by the UAW with a petition to recognize them as the bargaining unit for their employees. They heard rumors the day before that the union was going to visit the facilities and meet with the management team, this suppressed the owners because they never knew of any union activity at their company and had no ULP’s. They had big contracts with several automakers with “just in time” delivery services. I advised my client what to do and say if they were met by the union, the workers immediately walked off the job onto a picket line after management refused their petition that 80 + percent of their workers signed. They almost lost their contracts, lost close to two million dollars, very high turnover with temporary replacement workers but were successful in keeping the union out. The unions message was recognize us or we will shut you down.
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Airlines, labor unions again push for another $25 billion in coronavirus aid as more than 30,000 job cuts loom

Airlines, labor unions again push for another $25 billion in coronavirus aid as more than 30,000 job cuts loom | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Airline executives and labor unions again appealed to lawmakers and the Trump administration for $25 billion in additional aid to preserve jobs with more than 30,000 jobs on the line.
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Meet America’s Best Employers For New Graduates 2020

Meet America’s Best Employers For New Graduates 2020 | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Forbes teamed up with market research company Statista to identify the companies most liked by new workforce entrants in our annual ranking of America’s best employers for new graduates.
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US labor agency finds merit in Kickstarter termination complaint

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Trump Labor Board Upends Special Status of Union Stewards

Trump Labor Board Upends Special Status of Union Stewards | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
And you thought it couldn’t get any worse! On July 21 the Trump-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) eliminated the special legal protections enjoyed by union grievance handlers for the past 70 years. In the interest of promoting workplace “civility,” the Board announced that employers will no longer be restrained from disciplining or discharging stewards or officers who use profanity or engage in other “abusive” actions in violation of an employer’s enforced code of conduct, even when these actions happen in the course of heated meetings with management.
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Union supported Labor Notes Magazine, news outlet and labor activist’s organization reports from their point of view about the effects the General Motors LLC and Charles Robinson. Cases 14–CA–197985 and 14–CA–208242 July 21, 2020 will have on union steward’s ability to represent members in grievance meetings, and member social media, and strike line conduct.
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Biden threatens 'personal price' if business leaders oppose unions

Biden threatens 'personal price' if business leaders oppose unions | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday threatened to impose “a personal price” on business leaders if they resist attempts to unionize during his presidency. Biden made t…
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7.1 WHY CHILD LABOUR IS A TRADE UNION ISSUE

7.1 WHY CHILD LABOUR IS A TRADE UNION ISSUE | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The history and role of trade union involvement From the start, trade unions have worked for the prevention of child labour and the removal of children from the workplace, and for their placement in schools. The first International Workers' Congress in 1866 called for an international campaign against child labour and, with the establishment of the ILO) in 1919, the first Convention on minimum age for admission to industry was adopted. The fight against child labour has been part of the core mandate of the ILO since its inception and the labour movement has been identified as one of the key pressure groups for limiting child labour in the twentieth century. The ILO's position is founded upon a range of international labour standards, the most important of which are the Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138), and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 199 (No. 182). Convention No. 138 obliges ratifying States to undertake a national policy to ensure the abolition of child labour and to progressively raise the minimum age for admission to employment or work. It consolidates earlier instruments, and applies to all sectors of economic activity, whether or not the children are employed for wages. To complement the provisions of Convention No. 138 and to encourage the immediate suppression of the worst forms of child labour, the ILO member Stares adopted Convention No. 182 at the 1999 session of the International Labour Conference (see Chapter 2). The development of protective legislation in the form of minimum age statutes, and the gradual introduction of compulsory education helped to reduce child labour in the now industrialized countries. Universal education was seen as a major factor in the development of a modern nation, and trade unions played an important part in lobbying for the transfer of children from the workplace to the classroom. Box 7.1. Health and safety statistics from South Africa "In 1991 in agriculture, 381 children under 16 were killed or injured at work, 50 per cent were temporarily disabled, 7 per cent were totally disabled and 1 per cent received fatal injury. Out of 3,730 children injured in the 16-20 age group, 3 per cent were permanently disabled and 0.4 per cent were killed. Children are more liable to suffer occupational injuries due to fatigue, poor judgement, insufficient knowledge of work processes and the fact that machinery and equipment are designed for adults." (Department of Manpower, South Africa, Annual report 1991) Involvement in action against child labour can also bring additional benefit to trade union organizations. Many unions have seen an increase in membership, and hitherto inactive or even dormant branches have been revitalized through these activities. Activities against child labour also bring trade unions into contact with workers in the sectors where they need better protection through unionization. For example, the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) found that the campaign against child labour in the slate-mining industry helped develop a new approach to trade union activity, by reaching the workers through their children A worker commented that the image and credibility of the union had "shot up" and that the enthusiasm generated by the campaign was shared with other trade unions. Trade unions can contribute directly and indirectly to the elimination of child labour in a number of ways. Evidence shows that there is little child labour in organized industries, and this demonstrates to other parties the benefit of trade union organization in the workplace. In addition, trade unions: · are well placed to undertake information-gathering and to participate in national surveys; · are often strong players in child labour campaigns; · can negotiate collective bargaining agreements and codes of conduct to protect workers and children; and · are able to monitor ongoing workplace practices and ensure that agreements are not abused. Trade unions have a history of campaigning, and considerable experience of appropriate strategies to raise awareness and bring about change International trade union organizations can assist trade unionists at national level and support their organizations and campaigns. Trade unions can also work in partnership with other unions, NGOs and employers' organizations (see Chapters 6 and 9). At the same time, such joint action assists understanding of the specific role the trade union movement is playing in the eradication of child labour. While trade union action against child labour is fast growing, it is also important to acknowledge the difficulties some trade unions face. In some countries it is difficult for trade unions to be a major contributor to activities, as awareness-raising is only just beginning, and the members are not necessarily sympathetic to the need to eradicate child labour. In other cases, where there are strict regulations on organizing workers, many unions have a range of other problems to face. In order to understand the relatively slow start of trade union action against child labour in Indonesia, Thailand, and Viet Nam, and to explore strategies to remove existing obstacles, 300 trade union leaders were surveyed. Sixty-four per cent indicated that the most relevant role for trade unions was to raise awareness, and 15 per cent felt that there should be a focus on lobbying. While all respondents agreed that child labour should be the concern of every trade unionist, technical and financial resources were not thought to be adequate to begin campaigns or take action. In each of these countries, the fast growth in the informal sector has also made it increasingly difficult for workers' organizations to organize along traditional patterns. Fundamental workers' rights to organize and to establish collective bargaining agreements have been restricted in free trade zones, and there has been an increase in subcontracting, homeworking, and piece-rate work. Similar constraints are found in other countries. However, campaigning against child labour can help trade unions address these issues through effective liaison with and education of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), employers' organizations and governments. There is evidence that where strong trade unions exist, the occurrence of child labour is less likely. The examples in the next section illustrate the growing activities of trade unions and how they can contribute to the elimination of child labour, even given the constraints they often face. Box 7.2. Gold mining in Peru "In Peru, action is limited since there is no national mine union, only a small union in the north east which does not have full-time representatives, so it is difficult for them to participate in meetings in the capital. It is also difficult to conduct surveys and take action due to the geographical conditions. There is very little union organisation, more and more children are going down the goldmines, there are almost no teachers in these areas and therefore few children have the opportunity to go to school." (Anne Brown, International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM))
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Workers, counties to oversee leasing of State sugar millers

Workers, counties to oversee leasing of State sugar millers | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The government has incorporated workers and 14 counties in a committee tasked with overseeing leasing of State-owned sugar factories in what could end a...
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Trump Is Waging War on the VA's Union, and Workers Are Living in Fear

Trump Is Waging War on the VA's Union, and Workers Are Living in Fear | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The biggest public sector union contract in the country could be a disaster without political intervention...
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Meatpackers deny workers benefits for COVID-19 deaths, illnesses

Meatpackers deny workers benefits for COVID-19 deaths, illnesses | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Saul Sanchez died in April, one of six workers with fatal COVID-19 infections at meatpacker JBS USA's slaughterhouse in Greeley, Colorado, the site of one of the earliest and deadliest coronavirus outbreaks at a U.S. meatpacking plant.
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German public sector unions prepare walkouts over pay | Reuters

German public sector unions prepare walkouts over pay | Reuters | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
German public sector workers unions are preparing to take industrial action including walkouts next week after making no progress in a second round of wage talks with the government, they said on Sunday.
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Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of September 8 - 11, 2020 | National Labor Relations Board

Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of September 8 - 11, 2020 | National Labor Relations Board | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The Summary of NLRB Decisions is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for the opinions of the NLRB.  Inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Executive Secretary at 202‑273‑1940.

Summarized Board Decisions

Holy Cross Health d/b/a Holy Cross Hospital  (05-CA-182154 and 05-CA-187452; 370 NLRB No. 16)  Silver Spring, MD, September 11, 2020.
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North Carolina Nurses Win Union in Landslide After Bitter Opposition

North Carolina Nurses Win Union in Landslide After Bitter Opposition | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
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Ask a Union Organizer: Unionizing FAQs! —

Ask a Union Organizer: Unionizing FAQs! — | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
We asked you to share your questions about unionizing. Here are some quick answers to your top five questions.
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Very basic questions and answers from a union organizer on an introductory 101 level but regardless an Interesting read. I have never heard of this organization before but It appears that their vision statement is to bring social and labor movement’s together for a united front. This is nothing new, labor strategists have been trying to cement coalition’s between the movements for decades, but has gained ground during this pandemic and economic crisis we are currently experiencing. Even through this organization doesn’t appear to be very sophisticated, and it has existed for some years, it is worth repeating that there is some growing collaborations between social and labor organizations created out of our present multiple crises. Their “about us” statement reads “ReproJobs believes in the radical possibility that organizations within the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements can lead the progressive movement by providing healthy, supportive, and empowering workplace environments that include inclusive cultures, generous policies, and thriving wages.”
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“Cover Up”: House Democrats Subpoena Documents That NLRB Refused to Share in Ethics Investigation

“Cover Up”: House Democrats Subpoena Documents That NLRB Refused to Share in Ethics Investigation | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
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Over 800 nurses in Chicago hospital strike over failed contract negotiations

Over 800 nurses in Chicago hospital strike over failed contract negotiations | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
More than 800 nurses at the University of Illinois hospital (UIH) in Chicago went on strike starting Saturday morning after contract negotiations broke down over nurse-to-patient ratios.
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Ex-UAW boss Dennis Williams set to plead guilty in embezzlement scheme

Ex-UAW boss Dennis Williams set to plead guilty in embezzlement scheme | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
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Corruption scandal, COVID-19 pandemic leave UAW at crossroads on Labor Day

Corruption scandal, COVID-19 pandemic leave UAW at crossroads on Labor Day | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Labor Day is usually a day for the United Auto Workers’ union to flex its muscles as one of the largest labor unions in the country, but with the ongoing corruption scandal and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this year is very different.
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The Labor (Day) Supply Chain 2020

The Labor (Day) Supply Chain 2020 | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Our Annual Review on the State of Labor in the Supply Chain...
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