Tale of Two Union Endorsements

As we get closer to the November election, we’ll see more endorsements coming on a regular basis, but over the past week plus, two unions with very different views of the critical issues facing the nation today, each endorsed a candidate for President this week. Service Employees International Union (SEIU), architect organization behind the Fight…

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DC Circuit Court Tosses Labor’s Suit over COVID-19

A three judge panel of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia yesterday threw out a lawsuit brought by the AFL-CIO seeking to mandate that employers be required to protect employees from the COVID-19 pandemic. The labor federation had filed legal action last month trying to force the Occupational Safety and…

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Labor Tries to Block Joint Employer with COVID

Organized labor is still determined to fight to save the Obama era expansion of the joint employer rule, most recently using the COVID-19 crisis as its tool of choice. The AFL-CIO along with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) early this week sent a letter to NLRB Chairman John Ring urging the delay the final…

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AFL-CIO Supports and Opposes Federal Help

The old adage that ‘it depends on whose ox is being gored’ sprung to mind when we read the position of the AFL-CIO relating the coronavirus economic recovery steps floated by the Trump administration this week. True to form, the national federation of organized labor was totally supportive of proposed emergency paid leave benefits for…

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Florida Wage Petition Closer to Ballot

With minimum wage increases staying in the forefront in a number of jurisdictions across the country, the state of Florida is likewise moving closer to putting the question of raising the state minimum wage on the November 2020 ballot. Florida for a Fair Wage, the primary PAC behind the measure, has thus far submitted just…

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PRO Act Moves Fast in House

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, filed by House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) has moved at breakneck speed in the US House over the past two weeks. The bill, which was filed by Chairman Scott and a host of co-sponsors in the House on May 3rd, was heard by the…

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What Goes Around Comes Around

That same SEIU, which gave us the Fight for $15, has pushed for unionizing within the QSR industry, has orchestrated many of the fast food work stoppages we’ve seen at different times around the country and is behind the NYC just cause employment proposal (discussed above) may be soon in for a taste of its…

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QSR Union Growing

Less than a year after employees at one unit of a QSR chain in Portland Oregon voted to unionize, a third store in the Burgerville franchise won NLRB approval in December as a separate bargaining unit. Three of the brand’s 42 stores across the Pacific Northwest are now organized as micro-unions and recognized by the…

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Union Work Pays Off for Labor

Organized labor was active as usual in the elections this past Tuesday, but this year those efforts apparently paid some pretty good dividends for the unions. Unions (especially SEIU and the Fight for $15) are claiming credit for a couple of gubernatorial victories – the defeat of Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Illinois Governor…

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Union Push

If you needed any additional incentive to get to the polls, remember that the unions will be out in force. The SEIU-backed Fight for $15 will deploy canvassers in the mid-west to support candidates who back collective bargaining rights and a federally mandated $15 minimum wage. Fight for $15 will target the tightly fought gubernatorial…

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