The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Obama administration Justice Department formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the issue of whether the courts can legally strip federal agencies - notably the board - of their power to do anything, by ruling that interim “recess” appointments to run the agencies are almost always illegal.
By Mark Gruenberg
A close reading of the draft comprehensive immigration reform bill, which the Senate Judiciary Committee began to work on starting on May 9, discloses provisions to bring undocumented workers under labor law coverage.
By Mark Gruenberg
In yet another victory for big business handed down by GOP-named judges, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia tossed the National Labor Relations Board’s rule ordering employers to put up posters advising workers of their rights - including their rights to join unions.
By Emile Schepers
On May 10 a court in Guatemala found former dictator Efrain Rios Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity for his part in the massacre of native Americans of the Ixil Maya group during his brief presidency from 1982 to 1983.
By Joseph Zimmermann
In the online age we are constantly being asked to take surveys, respond to polls and register comments. But how many of these surveys also seek to educate? The Communist Party of Wisconsin is doing its best by launching the “Workers Political Quiz.”
Yet another Republican statewide scheme to trash public schools and school teachers, especially unionized teachers, ran afoul of yet another state constitution on May 7, as Louisiana’s Supreme Court killed the state’s voucher law, which let public funds-through the vouchers-go to private schools.
By Bruce Bostick
On May 1 (May Day), right-wing Republicans introduced in the state legislature three versions of anti-labor “right-to work” legislation - one directed at private industry, another directed at public workers, and a third that would immediately place that legislation on the ballot for referendum. Right-to-work legislation is now being pushed by right wing, pro-corporate legislators nationally in order to break the power of unions, which now only represent 9 percent of workers in private industry in the U.S. Right-to-work would bar unions from collecting dues from all represented workers, while still requiring unions to represent all workers. It would reverse previous union elections won by unions in which the entire unit had elected to be represented by unions, breaking the unity needed by labor to have any power.
By Blake Deppe
“Jeff Hanneman will always be a metal god. A true metal master, he gave energy and excitement to millions, and will continue to.”
By Marilyn Bechtel
In this week’s news has come a sobering wake-up call for anyone hoping the end of 2014 will really mark the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
Like the Europeans, we must maintain ourselves vigilant and mobilized so that what was gained in 1945 is not lost to us today.
If you are one of the millions of workers who count on overtime to stretch your paycheck, including the 59% of US workers paid by the hour, it’s time to tell House Republicans, “Don’t cut my overtime with your so-called Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406).”
It doesn’t take much to agitate the defenders of the official orthodoxy. A case in point is the smear campaign aimed at a recent commentary by Richard Falk reflecting on the horrific terrorist attack in Boston.
Too many workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death as workplace tragedies continue to remind us.
Over 120 union leaders, community, student, faith, and LGBT activists, attended the 21st Annual Hershel Walker ‘Peace & Justice’ Awards Breakfast here on May 4 at the Communications Workers’ Union of America (CWA) Local 6300 union hall.
Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. They will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1. Maybe more.