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The floor and soap box is open.
Inside the Koch Family’s 60-Year Anti-Union Campaign That Gave Us Janus With last month’s monumental Janus decision by the Supreme Court, the Koch family won a major victory in their multi-generational attack on unions. The ruling spreads to the entire public sector one of the laws the Koch fortune first helped push through in Kansas 60 years ago: “right-to-work.” And in doing so it enshrines the union-busting agenda their fossil fuel money has helped advance for decades. Through a single vote, the Court’s 5-4 Janus decision reverses decades of legal precedent that had obstructed part of the Koch’s pro-corporate agenda. … Continue reading →
Over the last several decades, American big business has led a sustained assault on unions. And its mission to undermine worker power has had a quiet but important ally: the government. What do ice skating coaches, organists, public defenders and property managers have in common? They have all been sued by the US government for attempting to raise their incomes through collective action. Read more US antitrust laws were originally passed to prevent business monopolies. But they’ve been weaponized as an anti-worker tool – ironically strengthening the grip of the same corporate interests the laws were created to weaken. Under … Continue reading →
A majority of people view the role of unions as a good thing, says new research from Pew, and that’s good for working families everywhere. Baltimore’s BGE employees voted in 2017 to join the IBEW, forming a new chapter, Local 410. http://www.ibew.org/media-center/Articles/18Daily/1806/180619_New-Study-Americans-Believe-in-Unions When unions are strong, the middle class is strong,” said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. “Without us there to be a critical check on big business, those corporations will prioritize the bottom line above all else and working families will suffer.” According to the Pew survey, 55 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of unions and 51 … Continue reading →
http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21185/communications-workers-of-america-att-strike-workers-midwest Thousands of AT&T employees across the Midwest are entering the sixth day of a rare, rank-and-file-led work stoppage over alleged unfair labor practices. The union representing them, Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 4, has been in contract negotiations with AT&T since March. While members voted overwhelmingly in April to authorize a strike if necessary, the decision to walk off the job last week was not coordinated by union leadership or subject to an official vote. Instead, the union says that the action was a spontaneous one resulting from widespread anger at the company. In recent weeks, the union alleges that … Continue reading →
Aging Paperless Voting Machines in Hotly-Contested Districts Stoke Fears Ahead of Midterms In addition to undermining voter confidence, warn officials, the lack of a paper trail could leave the machines vulnerable to election-meddling … Continue reading →
MAY 25, 2018 The State of Worker Safety in America by SETH SANDRONSKY FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail U.S. worker safety remains unsatisfactory. We turn to a new report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) titled “The Dirty Dozen.” It spotlights firms putting workers and communities in harm’s way through unsafe practices, released on Workers’ Memorial Week (April 23-30) to honor those who died and were hurt on the job. “It’s heartbreaking to see workers lose their lives when we know these tragedies could have been prevented,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH, said in a statement. “Time … Continue reading →
Not much in the way of Labor news. I’ll put it the comments.
Workers Pause on April 28 to Remember the Fallen Nearly 5,200 workers died on the job in the United States in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available. There were more than 900 workplace fatalities in Canada that same year. The IBEW joins its fellow unions in both countries each year on April 28 — Workers Memorial Day in the U.S., the National Day of Mourning in Canada — to take a few moments to remember those who have suffered and died on the job, and to renew the fight for safe jobs for all workers. … Continue reading →
The Power of Action: Key Anti-Union Bill Fails in Senate The bill would have exempted any business or corporation partially or wholly owned by a Native American tribe from the National Labor Relations Act, which guarantees workers the right to join a union. It would have applied to all employees of those businesses, including non-tribal citizens. More than 600,000 workers would have lost protections guaranteed by the law, according to the AFL-CIO. … Continue reading →
http://www.ibew.org/media-center/Articles/18Daily/1803/180329_WiremanTurned An IBEW journeyman wireman running for the Oregon House, Ellison spent his junior year of high school as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives. One lesson that stuck with him is the contrast between lawmakers who put duty first and those determined to keep their seat at any cost. That distinction is at the heart of his campaign. “The first thing I talk about is my belief in servant leadership,” Ellison said. “It’s the idea that you assume public office out of a desire to serve, not for a position of power. It’s leading from within your community, gauging your success … Continue reading →
Proponents of “right to work” laws often use lofty language to sell their agenda, with false appeals to freedom, among other high ideals. But right to work is about freedom only in this way: It’s about taking away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions. It’s no secret that wealthy corporations and individuals are pouring money into politics like never before to stack the deck against working people and pad their own profits. The State Policy Network, an alliance of right-wing think tanks with a combined annual budget of $80 million, is an example. In a … Continue reading →
http://news.mit.edu/2018/mit-newly-formed-company-launch-novel-approach-fusion-power-0309 David Chandler | MIT News Office March 9, 2018 Progress toward the long-sought dream of fusion power — potentially an inexhaustible and zero-carbon source of energy — could be about to take a dramatic leap forward. Development of this carbon-free, combustion-free source of energy is now on a faster track toward realization, thanks to a collaboration between MIT and a new private company, Commonwealth Fusion Systems. CFS will join with MIT to carry out rapid, staged research leading to a new generation of fusion experiments and power plants based on advances in high-temperature superconductors — work made possible by … Continue reading →