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Workplace Fairness: Today's Workplace



Your source for the latest developments in workplace rights and employment law. "Today's Workplace" is the the blog (weblog) written by Paula Brantner, Program Director of Workplace Fairness. In each entry, Paula focuses on legal and political information



 



Uber admits underpaying New York drivers approximately $45 million

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The infamous ride-sharing app admitted Tuesday that it had been underpaying its New York drivers since November 2014 due to an accounting error that took out more than the company’s 25 percent commission, the Wall Street Journal first reported.



Trump targets USDA with some of the deepest proposed budget cuts

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The proposed budget zeroes out programs like the USDA’s Farm Safety program, which seeks to reduce farm sector injuries by training workers in how to properly use farming equipment.



The Time Is Now to Stand Up for the CFPB

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Feuer explained in the interview that the CFPB played a crucial role in investigating reports that Wells Fargo employees were fabricating accounts under pressure to meet sales quotas. Those fake accounts, in turn, showed up in financial reports that helped Wells Fargo boost its stock price and, as the stock price rose, executive earnings.



40,000 AT&T Workers Begin 3-Day Strike

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Around 40,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at AT&T walked off their jobs Friday, for a three-day strike, as pressure continues to mount on the corporation to settle fair contracts.



Paid family leave policies show corporate America's disdain for low-wage workers and their babies

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

And even companies that have touted their parental leave programs leave many of their workers out, giving paid leave to their salaried staff at corporate headquarters but not to the workers standing behind the cash registers or making the cappuccinos or fried chicken.



Yale: Negotiate with Your Graduate Teachers

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Graduate teachers are teachers. Once they walk into the classroom, their job becomes indistinguishable from that of a tenured faculty member.



Trump’s rollback of environmental rules will fail to bring back coal, report says

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Spoiler alert: In its first few pages, the report states that President Donald Trump will almost certainly fail to bring jobs back to coal country or dramatically boost coal production.



A Winning Week for Corporations and Wall Street—Paid for by Your Health and Retirement

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Corporations and Wall Street won big last week, and working people will pay a high price for it.



Want To Speak Out About Politics at Work? Here Are 3 Things You Need to Know.

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

In the past several months, there’s been a noted uptick in political speech at work. That speech has often made national news, from Sally Yates’ dismissal as interim attorney general to IBM workers organizing against their employer’s support of Donald Trump.



Bosses are stealing billions from their workers' paychecks, but it's not treated like a crime

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

But somehow wage theft—not paying workers the minimum wage for the hours they’ve worked, stealing tips, not paying overtime, and other ways of not paying workers what they’ve earned—doesn’t get treated as the crime it truly is.



Immigrant Nurses Demand Equal Pay—And Win

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Management’s argument was that foreign experience was not comparable to U.S. experience. But the underpaid nurses coming forward had something else in common: they were primarily people of color, mainly from India.



The Trump Administration is About to Put Nursing Home Profits Ahead of Nursing Home Patients

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The secretive arbitration system also effectively lets homes sweep the facts about problems under the rug, so that the public and regulators never learn about widespread or egregious abuses.



5 Things You Need to Know from the AFL-CIO's New Executive Paywatch Report

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Today, the AFL-CIO released the 2017 edition of its Executive Paywatch report. The Executive Paywatch website, the most comprehensive, searchable online database tracking CEO pay, showed that in 2016, the average production and nonsupervisory worker earned some $37,600 per year. When adjusted for inflation, the average wage has remained stagnant for 50 years.



New York City bans salary histories

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

If you apply for a job in New York City after October, you might notice a change in the process: your potential employer won’t ask you what you made in your past jobs.



The GOP Just Got One Step Closer to Taking Away Your Overtime Pay

Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The bill is being sold by Republicans as family friendly and “pro-worker,” allowing workers to take time off to attend to family needs. But Democrats and scores of labor and worker advocacy groups oppose the bill, saying it offers employees a false choice between pay and time off, effectively depriving workers of earned overtime without providing guarantees of family leave or stable work schedules.



Trump's Immigration Gag Order

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Although I worry about the slow pace of our journey toward workplace equality, I have more immediate concerns these days. The Trump administration’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and immigration executive order are creating barriers to the justice system for entire communities.



Democrats unveil plan for a $15 minimum wage

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Congressional Democrats have unveiled their strongest minimum wage plan yet. And while Republicans will block this, it’s important to get the word out: this is what we’d be moving toward if Democrats were making the laws.



The Price for Killing Workers Must be Prison for CEOs

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Every 12 days, a member of my union, the United Steelworkers (USW), or one of their non-union co-workers, is killed on the job. Every 12 days. And it’s been that way for years.



On May Day, Working People Across Borders Are United to Build Power

Mon, 01 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Throughout North America and globally, May 1 is a day to remember and respect workers’ rights as human rights. As working people take to the streets in communities around the world, a quieter but equally important movement of workers on both sides of the United States–Mexico border has been growing.



Food Workers Take On Fowl Play at Tyson—And Win Better Conditions

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

A consumer pressure campaign against labor abuses in the chicken-processing industry has produced some initial results, with a detailed pledge this week from Tyson Foods to build a better workplace for its 95,000 employees.



Facebook’s gender bias goes so deep it’s in the code

Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Female software engineers found their work was rejected 35 percent more than male engineers, according to a Wall Street Journal report.



Under Trump, coal communities are stuck between a rock and a hard place

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Blair Zimmerman, Pennsylvania’s Greene County Commissioner, knows coal. As a mine worker for 40 years and then a politician in southwestern Pennsylvania, he knows how important coal is to both the identity and economic stability of his community. He’s even called the White House a few times since President Donald Trump took office, asking the president—who ran on a platform of supporting coal miners that he argued had been forgotten by Washington—to renew health insurance for thousands of retired coal miners.



The Looming Writers Strike Is About Much More Than What’s On TV

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

People say we’re living in the golden age of television. Fans enjoy more high-quality choices than at any time in history. But this could all grind to a halt if the Writers Guild of America (WGA) follows through with authorizing a strike, which would start May 2 barring any last-minute deals with the major studios.



This week in the war on workers: Trump's top attacks on workers ... so far

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The Economic Policy Institute’s Perkins Project “tracks actions by the administration, Congress, and the courts that affect people’s wages and their rights at work,” and as we get to the end of Donald Trump’s first 100 days, they’ve provided a list of the top 10 things he and congressional Republicans have done to working people.



Unionized Scientists March in Protest of Attacks on Science and Jobs

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Of all the attacks on our civil society, the attacks on evidence-based science pose perhaps the greatest existential threat. Decisions being made about climate science and environmental protection at this critical time will shape the future of our planet.



Thousands of Piece Rate Workers in California’s Salon Industry Are Likely Owed Unpaid Wages

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Salon owners in California who pay employees on commission are subject to liability for failing to pay all wages due. Under California law, “commissions” are a form of wages applicable only to an employee who sells a product or service, not to an employee who makes a product or provides a service to the employer’s customers



The Trump Economy Myth and Job-Killing Policies

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Making America Great Again; every time a U.S. company hires a hundred people, or even a dozen, President Trump’s support network blasts out the message that this is what he’s doing. Now they’re crowing that unemployment fell to 4.5 percent in March, even though many say this number underrepresents how many people are actually out of work.



Republicans launch their crusade for elder poverty with repeal of automatic retirement accounts

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

America is headed for a retirement crisis—too many people have no significant retirement savings and no pension and will have to rely almost entirely on Social Security benefits that Republicans are constantly trying to cut.



Texas has a new plan to discriminate against LGBT people

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Texas’ anti-transgender bill has seemingly stalled, but inspired by North Carolina, Republican state lawmakers have a new plan to expand discrimination against LGBT people.



The Plan Behind a Chicago Project to Lift Up Working People

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Manufacturing jobs have been on a steady decline for several years because of trade deals, technological advancements and economic recessions. Despite this, manufacturing remains one of the most important sectors of the U.S. economy, employing more than 12 million workers, or about 9% of the total U.S. employment.



Leaked Trump administration plan to close Chicago EPA office puts 1,000 jobs at risk

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

President Donald Trump’s proposed cutbacks to the Environmental Protection Agency may include the closure of the agency’s regional office in Chicago, a move that could undermine the agency’s ability to monitor pollution in the Great Lakes and curtail its ability to implement enforcement actions against coal-fired power plant owners in the six-state region.



Voters Want Higher Minimum Wages. Why? They Grow Jobs

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Last year Maine voters approved an increase in the minimum wage. After this jobs and wages surged. So business groups are trying to do something about it.



Dairy workers call on Ben and Jerry’s to give them better hours and fair wages

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

This week, dairy workers are using an annual ice cream giveaway day by Ben and Jerry’s to bring awareness to the long, hard hours and low wages that many in the industry face.



This week in the war on workers: Republicans attack minimum wage wins, but state news isn't all bad

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Lawmakers are saying “screw the will of the voters” in response to ballot votes to raise the minimum wage in several places across the country.



98,000 Jobs Added to the Economy in March, Unemployment Is 4.5%

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The U.S. economy added 98,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate declined to 4.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.



Nestlé’s Makes the Very Best? Georgia Workers Vote To Unionize

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Your Nesquik may now be shipped by union workers, thanks to a powder-thin union election at a distribution center just south of Atlanta.



U.S. women reach deal in fair pay fight and will play in hockey championship

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The U.S. women’s national hockey team has triumphed before the world championships even begin. The women had said they would not play in those world championships—after winning the event six of the last eight times it was played—unless USA Hockey stepped up its support of women in the sport and moved toward fair pay



Trade Is Trump’s Biggest Broken Promise

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

If there was a singular issue Trump campaigned on, it was trade. Everywhere he went, Trump swore the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere” and “a rape of our country” – and whatever else he needed to say to sway working-class voters who felt betrayed by our economy and our trade deals.



Federal appeals court holds workers can’t be fired for being gay

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

With a lopsided majority joined by a bipartisan coalition of judges, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held on Tuesday that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates federal civil rights law, at least in the context of the workplace.



Still Fighting for Equal Pay

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Today is Equal Pay Day. We are 100 days into 2017, and today some women have finally reached the point where their earnings match their male counterparts’ 2016 earnings.



Modern-day Braceros: The United States has 450,000 guestworkers in low-wage jobs and doesn’t need more

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

On César Chávez Day, lost in all the news about the Trump administration’s criminalization and scapegoating of immigrants and attempts to withhold federal funds from cities with policies that protect immigrants, are the 450,000 low-wage-earning migrant workers employed in the United States through the H-2A, H-2B, and J-1 visa temporary foreign worker programs. Many of the workers in these temporary visa programs are in a precarious situation and vulnerable to abuse and retaliation at the hands of employers and their agents.



Did You Vote For Unfair Pay and Unsafe Workplaces?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Who could be against fair pay and safe workplaces? Give you one guess. President Trump just signed a bill, passed by the Republicans in the House and Senate, that repealed President Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order.



Trump revokes executive order, weakens protections for LGBT workers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

An executive order President Trump signed Monday rescinded an executive order President Obama implemented that would have required companies that contract with the federal government to provide documentation about their compliance with various federal laws. Some have argued that this will make it harder to enforce the LGBT protections President Obama implemented for employees of federal contractors, as well as many other protections those workers enjoyed.



Labor and Community Allies Fight for Jobs and Public Safety in Atlantic City

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Atlantic City, New Jersey, may be the gambling capital of the East Coast, but there are certain things that shouldn’t be left up to chance, namely public safety. However, bureaucrats in charge of the state takeover of Atlantic City are now ready to impose drastic budget cuts that will result in 50% fewer firefighters and the smallest police force since 1971.



This week in the war on workers: Self driving cars will kill a lot of jobs. What then?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

A lot of companies are working on self driving cars, hoping theya€™ll reshape a range of industries. That could provide benefits on some fronts, including the environment and road safety, but a lot of people work as drivers, so self driving cars could have a massive impact on the jobs landscape.



How States Are Trying to End the Disability Unemployment Crisis

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Data in the newly released 2016 Disability Statistics Compendium are highlighting a pernicious, and complex, disparity for the disability community: unemployment. In 2015, less than 35 percent of disabled Americans between 18 and 64 living in the community were employed, in contrast with some 76 percent of their non disabled counterparts.



What Slashing the Labor Department Budget by 21 Percent Would Mean

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The Trump administration’s “budget blueprint” would devastate worker safety, job training programs and legal services essential to low-income workers. Its cuts include a 21 percent, or $2.5 billion, reduction in the Department of Labor’s budget.



HELP Committee Should Ask Acosta for Commitments to the DOL Mission

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Ahead of Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor, workers and workers’ advocates have been vocal about their concerns with his appointment. Workplace Fairness, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, among others, are seeking assurances from Mr. Acosta about how he intends to protect workers and carry out the mission of the Department of Labor.



Ahead of CFPB Rule, Congress Prepares for a Showdown over the Future of Forced Arbitration and Consumer Class Actions

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Last week, lawmakers laid the groundwork for a battle over consumer rights and forced arbitration that likely will play out through the spring.



We Must Create Good Jobs: Sherrod Brown Shows the Way Forward

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

February, the first full month of the Trump presidency, witnessed solid jobs growth of 235,000 with the headline unemployment rate little changed, at 4.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Services monthly report. Trump has already tweeted to claim credit for the results, but neither his plan nor his administration were in place.



21 Female Senators to Help Decide Fate of Bill That Would Kill Harassment, Discrimination Suits

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Sex-based discriminations sounds like the bad old days but, unfortunately, it isn’t. Just a few years ago, current and former female sales representatives at a medical cosmetics company, Medicis Pharmaceutical (now owned by Valeant Pharmaceuticals), banded together to bring a class action against their employer for regularly doing all of these things, and more, including unequal pay and retaliation for reporting discrimination and harassment.



Still Getting 'It' Wrong

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy gained 235,000 payroll slots in February and upped its estimates for December and January by another 9,000 jobs. Over the three-month period, that means an average job growth of 209,000 jobs a month.



Trump Labor Department has a message to employers: Workplace safety? Not a priority.

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Donald Trump’s Labor Department is sending employers a message that it’s open season on worker safety—by cutting off public messages about enforcement of worker safety rules. What Fair Warning noticed 10 days ago is still going on today.



Despite Some Union Support, Trump’s New Labor Pick Would Be Terrible for Workers

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

President Donald Trump’s new pick to head the Labor Department is getting an early boost from a “divide-and-conquer” strategy against labor unions and their allies, even before his qualifications and background as a civil servant are scrutinized in a Senate confirmation hearing.



Republicans Repealing A Rule To Stop Wage Theft? It’s Who They Are

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Who could be against rules that try to protect workers from having their pay stolen, having their health and safety put at risk, and being subjected to civil rights and labor law violations? See if you can guess who.



#CampusResistance rises today at colleges and universities nationwide

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Students and faculty at America’s colleges and universities stand at the confluence of many of the most troubled waters springing from the Trump administration and its corporate-driven, deeply divisive agenda.



Congress’ Cuts in Health Care Will Hit Women Harder

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Republican leaders in Congress are working on plans to cut health benefits for tens of millions of people. The harms from these cuts are likely to have the biggest impact on women, both for their own health benefits and as they try to manage health care for their families.



On International Women’s Day, not all women can go on strike

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

On International Women’s Day, the organization that spearheaded the Women’s March over Inauguration Weekend is leading “A Day Without a Woman”—a call to action for women around the world to take the day off from paid and unpaid labor, to shop only at women-only or minority-owned businesses, and to wear red in solidarity. But some women—particularly immigrants, low-wage workers, and working mothers—cannot participate in a national strike because they’re worried about losing their jobs or because they rely on their daily income.



Labor Department goes silent on workplace safety enforcement under Trump

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Since inauguration, OSHA hasn’t issued a single news release about penalties or other enforcement actions by federal authorities.



THINK YOUR RIGHTS ARE SAFE? THINK AGAIN...

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

This type of lawsuit—called a class action—has been used by Americans of all stripes for the past 50 years to fight back when an unethical business or unjust government policy is making them sick, cheating them of their money, or otherwise screwing them over. But now, because of corporate special interests and their influence over some members of Congress, class actions are in grave danger of becoming a thing of the past.



House GOP’s Bill to Eliminate Nearly All Class Actions Would Encourage More Ponzi Schemes & Other Corporate Cheating

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

There was a lot of national attention when Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme collapsed and it became clear that he had stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from investors around the country. Many thousands of stories were written about how he went to prison, the SEC investigated both the scheme and how the scheme had been able to go on so long, and a number of private lawsuits tried to recover money for investors from various people who enabled his scheme.



Federal Hiring Freeze To Hit Rural and Minority Communities the Hardest

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

President Donald Trump issued a memorandum last month freezing the hiring of civilian employees throughout the federal government with the exception of military personnel and “to meet national security or public safety responsibilities.” The order specifies that contracting “to circumvent the intent of this memorandum shall not be permitted.” In addition, it directs the Office of Management and Budget to come up with a plan to reduce the size of the federal government through attrition. Under this order, except in “limited circumstances,” any federal agency jobs vacant as of noon on January 22, 2017 cannot be filled.



This week in the war on workers: Republicans take aim at retirement savings program

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The United States is heading for a major retirement crisis, with the shift from pensions to 401(k)s leaving at least half of households in danger of running short of money in retirement. There are a lot of possible solutions to that, and one of them doesn’t even involve employers paying their workers more.



New EPA head takes action—delaying a mining clean-up rule

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

In one of his first acts of business, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directed his new staff to delay a initiative that would require mining companies to prove they can clean up after themselves.



Interviews for Resistance: The March 8 Strike Is About Building Feminism for the 99%

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Since election night 2016, the streets of the United States have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this series, we’ll be talking with experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers who have been doing the hard work of fighting for a long time. They’ll be sharing their insights on what works, what doesn’t, what has changed and what is still the same.



Trading Rules for Workers

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

President Donald Trump met with a bunch of CEOs at the White House last week, prompting the same old, tired and untrue round of assertions that America lost millions of manufacturing jobs because of automation, regulation, illegal immigration and lack of education.



Uber ignored its diversity problem. Now it’s paying for it in spades.

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Uber is under fire after a former engineer made headlines for publishing a detailed account of her experiences with sexual harassment—and Uber executives not addressing it. The timing seems particularly awful for Uber, which just lost 200,000 customers for the way it handled President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. But Uber has been one of the few holdouts not tackling the problems of diversity and inclusion that ail much of Silicon Valley. Now, the company has to pay for it.



Donald Trump is too busy showboating to do the hard work of creating jobs and rebuilding America

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Donald Trump isn’t getting stuff done because Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing—or even what he would need to do to get stuff done.



The People Fired Puzder

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Andy Puzder, President Trump’s pick to run the Labor Department, didn’t really bow out. He was fired. But even though Trump made the phrase “you’re fired” his motto, he didn’t force Puzder out. We did. Working people sent him the pink slip.



What’s Happening to Your Health Care: 3 Things to Know Right Now

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

There is definitely lots of talk about how President Donald Trump and Congress are planning to make major changes to Americans’ health benefits. That’s because Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have said that repealing the Affordable Care Act is one of their top priorities. Although it is not clear when they will act or exactly what they will do, here are three things to know right now.



BREAKING: Iowa Lawmakers Pass Sweeping Anti-Union Bill

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Lawmakers in Iowa have voted to dismantle the state’s 40-year-old collective bargaining law, dramatically weakening the power of public sector labor unions and leaving some 185,000 public workers unable to bargain over benefits, healthcare, vacations, retirement, and nearly all workplace issues outside of wages.



Workplace Fairness Applauds the Withdrawal of Andrew Puzder’s Nomination for Labor Secretary

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Along with hundreds of workers rights organizations and millions of workers (whether they realized it or not!) Workplace Fairness is applauding the withdrawal this afternoon of Andrew Puzder’s nomination as Secretary of Labor. Puzder announced the following this afternoon (February 15):



Trump’s Labor pick hasn’t even had a hearing yet and his confirmation is in serious jeopardy

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The fight against President Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, fast food CEO Andy Puzder, is shaping up to be as intense as opposition to Betsy DeVos’ nomination for education secretary. Puzder’s long delayed confirmation hearing is set for Thursday, and a few Republican senators are already signaling they may vote against him.



Working People and Their Unions Rally to Support Members Affected by Travel Ban

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Faculty, staff and students studying and teaching in the United States have been scrambling since Donald Trump barred entry into the country for foreign nationals from seven majority Muslim countries. Although the executive order has been temporarily blocked by court order, the matter remains a moving target as the White House challenges the rulings -- and the legitimacy -- of the courts.



Make American Jobs

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

President Donald Trump had Harley-Davidson executives and employees over to lunch at the White House last week and reiterated his promise to end wrong-headed trade policies that enable foreign countries to eat American workers’ lunch.



Groundbreaking Bill in Illinois Would Give Temp Workers Equal Pay and Rights as Direct Hires

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Sweeping legislation introduced in the Illinois state legislature last month would dramatically improve pay, benefits and working conditions for almost a million of the state’s temp workers toiling in factories, warehouses and offices.



Republican takes aim at your right to know how high CEO pay is compared to typical workers

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

As of January 1, companies will have to make public how much their CEOs make compared to what their average workers make. They dona€™t like that rule so much -- enacted thanks to Dodd-Frank -- and they might be able to get it killed.



Workplace Fairness Says Goodbye to Former Board Member Penny Nathan Kahan

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Workplace Fairness was very saddened to learn of the passing of former board member and early supporter Penny Nathan Kahan on February 1, 2017, after a long and hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer. (Penny Kahan Obituary) Penny’s legacy will be honored at a Celebration of Life on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at 2:00 PM, at the Chicago Jewish Funerals – Skokie Chapel, 8851 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077.



Republican Victory in Missouri Means “Right-to-Work” For Less

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Missouri’s House of Representatives passed a so-called “right-to-work” law this month, marking the end of a decades-long campaign for the adoption of the anti-union legislation in the state.



Americans are now twice as likely to work in solar as in coal

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

In his first hour as president, Donald Trump promised to resurrect middle-class manufacturing jobs in the United States. It will be all but impossible for him to reverse the tides of globalization and automation, but the future may nonetheless be bright for the American worker, thanks to a trend that predates and will outlast the 45th president.



The Economy Adds 227,000 Jobs in January, and Unemployment Little Changed at 4.8%

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs in January in the last employment report of the the Barack Obama administration. Unemployment was little changed at 4.8%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.



Social Media is a Danger Zone for the Healthcare Industry

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Social media can cause big problems for healthcare workers and their employers. Because of HIPAA rules and other concerns, posting something as seemingly harmless as a selfie with a patient could ruin careers, or worse.



New Congress on Track to Block Long-Sought Workplace and Public Health Protections

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

In addition to having the ability to pass antiregulatory legislation, Congress has at its disposal the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows Congress to overturn a regulation passed during the last 60 legislative working days of an outgoing administration.



This week in the war on workers: Union membership keeps dropping in 2016

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Union density continued its long decline in 2016.



Five Groups of Americans Who’ll Get Shafted Under Trump’s Hiring Freeze

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Donald Trump, in what’s been hyped as an “unprecedented” move, has instituted a freeze on the hiring of federal employees. Hyperbole aside (it’s hardly unprecedented, since Ronald Reagan did the same thing on his first day in office), one thing is already clear: this will hurt a lot of people.



What the BLS Union Numbers Don't Tell You About People Organizing and Collective Action

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

As we examine the new Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Annual Union Membership Report, it is striking that corporations and their hired politicians have been at the throats of working people for years, attacking our rights to negotiate on the job. And that has left us weaker.



Trump’s war on EPA regulations will kill jobs and a lot of people

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

In his first days in office, President Donald Trump has launched a major effort to hurt job growth, stifle innovation, and make Americans sicker and less productive. How? By waging war on regulations, particularly those designed to protect the environment.



Trump’s Treasury secretary pick claims the unemployment rate is ‘not real’

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, claimed during his confirmation hearing on Thursday that the unemployment rate is “not real” and that “the average American worker has gone nowhere.”



Worker advocates are getting under labor nominee Andy Puzder's thin, thin skin

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Donald Trump proposes to put fast food CEO Andy Puzder in charge of the Department of Labor, where he could bring his program of wage theft, automation, and sexism to workers nationwide. Unions and worker advocacy groups are not so enthusiastic about this proposal, and one of the ways they’ve tried to register their concern is by tweeting at Puzder.



Momentive Workers Strike As Trump’s “Jobs Forum” Pick Cuts Wages

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

More than 700 Momentive Performance Materials chemical plant workers in Waterford, NY have been on strike since November 2.



How the American Postal Workers Union Scored One of its Biggest Wins Ever

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Members of one of the largest labor unions for post office workers are celebrating the success of a three-year campaign to roll back a commercial alliance between the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and office supplies retailer Staples that threatened a major advance in the privatization of the national mail system. Coming just before the accession of Donald Trump to the White House, the victory marks one of the most successful corporate campaigns by any labor union during the Obama era.



This MLK Day, I marched for justice at Newark Airport

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I participated in an incredibly moving procession of airport workers like myself. We were joined by clergy and elected officials on our march through Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport.



DOJ: To Address “Defective” Accountability System, Chicago Must Renegotiate Police Union Contracts

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Now we know what the Department of Justice (DOJ) found in Chicago after a 13-month investigation of the Chicago Police Department: a “defective” police accountability system whose failures are tied to public distrust in police and Chicago’s murder spike. Among the roadblocks to reform noted in the report were police collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), including the three agreements for police supervisors, currently in negotiations, and the contract for rank-and-file cops, which expires on June 30.



Workers Say Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Is a Habitual Violator of Labor Law

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, is uniquely unqualified for that job. As secretary, he’d be charged with enforcing health and safety, overtime and other labor laws. But as CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., he’s made his considerable fortune from violating these very same laws, according to a report by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United released this week.



This week in the war on workers: Federal job levels are low but Trump wants to drive them lower

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Donald Trump says he’s all about jobs, but at the same time he wants a federal hiring freeze. Supposedly there are just too many federal workers and the government should save money by getting rid of them.



Trump’s pick for Education Secretary worked with an organization advocating child labor

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Donald Trump’s selection for Secretary of Education, billionaire voucher advocate Betsy DeVos, has made her imprint on policy through large donations to extremist conservative groups, including the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.



AFL-CIO Tells Congress No Repeal Without Replacement of ACA

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

As Congress debates the future of the Affordable Care Act, the AFL-CIO sent a letter to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging Republican leaders to abandon plans to roll back coverage protections.



Postal Service Drops Staples Privatization Effort

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The Postal Service’s experimental “pilot program” in privatizing the retail end of the USPS using Staples outlets has failed and ended. The “Grand Alliance to Save Our Postal Service” has forced the USPS to back off from partnering with Staples in their effort to privatize and undermine the wages and jobs of USPS employees.



Labor Opponents Already Have The Next ‘Friedrichs’ SCOTUS Case Ready to Go Under Trump

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The Supreme Court gave unions an unexpected victory last year when it issued a decision in a case that had threatened to take away the right of public sector unions to collect dues from workers they represent. That win may be short-lived.



Day 1 in the Newly Seated Kentucky Legislature Is About Attacking Working People

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Kentucky Republican leaders, led by Gov. Matt Bevin, gained control of the state House, giving them control of the executive and legislative branches. Their first order of business? Go after working families.