Monday, April 22, 2013
Proud To Be Union
“Some 200 members of Teamsters Local 25 members began gathering at St. Joseph’s Church before 8 a.m. today, promising to block protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church if they follow through on a threat to picket the funeral of Krystle M. Campbell, who died in the Boston Marathon bombings.”
Teamsters gather to shield victim’s funeral from protesters - Boston Globe
“Frontline healthcare workers at the hospital, including many 1199SEIU members, answered the call of duty to save lives and provide exceptional care,” in the wake of the tragic Boston Bombings.
“Along with some heroic civilians, it was government workers who ran toward the blast zone. And they were unionized government workers.” The members of public sector unions aren’t the evil bureaucrats they’ve been made out to be. They are often the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe.
Government to the Rescue in Boston - Daily Beast
Friday, April 19, 2013
Unions Urge Congress to Close Loopholes Allowing Corporate Criminals to Avoid Strict Enforcement of Life-Saving Job Safety and Health Rules
WASHINGTON- Democrats on the House Education and Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives have reintroduced the “Protecting America’s Workers Act.”
Below is a statement from Joseph T. Hansen, Chair of Change to Win and President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW):
"For over 40 years, the OSHA law has remained virtually the same -- with the same weak provisions that have allowed bad-actor employers to escape punishment. At the same time, workers who complain about OSHA violations often face abusive treatment from their supervisors, and interminable delays when they seek official protection from such retaliation.
We strongly support these updated provisions, which will give workers covered by OSHA many of the same protections given by other laws.
We urge the Congress to quickly consider and pass this bill -- before another preventable incident kills, injures or sickens one more hard-working American."
Monday, April 15, 2013
How GOP Obstruction is Killing the Working Class
The GOP is doing whatever it can to stop the government from functioning properly, including blocking nominations to the NLRB. “At the moment the Republicans are wide open to attacks that they are so preoccupied with partisan politics that they have forgotten about the need for the government to enforce the nation’s labor law.”
Opinion: Labor fight one front in GOP war - The Hill
“Congress essentially told working Americans to drop dead. House Republicans pushed through a dangerous bill that would paralyze the National Labor Relations Board, blocking the only path that workers have to workplace justice… Today the NLRB has no teeth, but if H.R. 1120 has its way, tomorrow it might not survive.”
No NLRB, No Voice - Huffington Post
The GOP isn’t just holding up the NLRB, but is also blocking nominations to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. When will they stop blocking progress and start trying to help the working class?
Republicans’ D.C. Circuit barricade - Washington Post
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Real Impact of Abusing Workers
“Things are getting tougher for many people at work, as companies seeking to improve efficiency push employees to work harder… But this trend doesn’t just play out in the workplace. It also makes a profound difference in how people behave at home and in their communities.” This is leading to higher divorce rates, children having little supervision because their parents are forced to work longer hours, increased stress at home, and decreased productivity.
Tougher workplace makes home life worse too - LA Times
Here is just another example of worker abuse that is going on in our country. The wage theft, dangerous working conditions, and retaliation against workers reported in this story are eerily similar to the conditions faced by Walmart contracted warehouse workers across the country.
In addition to the stress of raising a family and putting food on the table, workers additionally have to deal with management monitoring every key stroke and bathroom break workers take. It’s only going to get worse until workers organize together and stand up to abuses and overreach by management.
Monday, April 8, 2013
American Workers – A Disposable Workforce
Big businesses now largely believe their workers are disposable. “Many businesses no longer want long-term relationships with their employees, who must now work harder without getting financial and psychological rewards that were once routine.”
David Macaray sums up why labor unions are the last hope for America. “It's no accident that this draconian work environment coincides with the precipitous drop in union membership. It's no accident and it's no coincidence, because the one thing a labor union brings to the workplace is resistance -- resistance in the form of worker representation and adult supervision.”
Labor Unions: America's Last Hope - Huffington Post
One major obstacle the middle class faces is the fact that some of America’s largest corporations exert a great deal of effort in blocking their workers from forming a union. Take the example of New York Fast Food workers, who went on strike Thursday for a fair wage, and the right to form a union without fear.