“The TUC’s general secretary Frances O’Grady highlighted that unions had fought for two-day weekends and limits on long hours – and that this is their next challenge.”
The TUC is using its annual conference to call for a technology-enabled shorter working week.
Another win for corporate America and the elites
“The court struck down an Illinois law that requires government workers who choose not to join a union to “pay their proportionate share of the costs of the collective bargaining process, contract administration and pursuing matters affecting wages, hours and other conditions of employment.” More than 20 states have similar laws.”
The court ruled that government workers cannot be required to pay for collective bargaining, which could cost public unions tens of millions of dollars.
Republicans only like teachers when they’re shielding their children from bullets
After Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people including three members of the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) last week, union members — led by President Anna Fusco — began marching in the streets to demand gun reform, better school mental-health counseling services, and a world where their s…
“With its financial contributions and grassroots organizing, the labor movement helped give Democrats full control of the federal government three times in the last four decades. And all three of those times – under Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama – Democrats failed to pass labor law reforms that would to bolster the union cause. In hindsight, it’s clear that the Democratic Party didn’t merely betray organized labor with these failures, but also, itself.”
A new study suggests the Midwest would still be blue if Democrats hadn’t refused to prioritize labor’s needs under Obama, Clinton, and Carter.
Right to work is the equivalent of me going to a gym and demanding to use the equipment without paying dues. #rightToWork
Either you pay to join or you don’t get the benefits
Unions should challenge their obligation to represent free-riding nonmembers as a violation of the First Amendment.
“If the activities of the union-busting industry received just 1% of the media coverage devoted to Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, we might have a far different country — where at least a modicum of democracy is present at work, where most of us spend half of our waking lives.”
Jonathan Tasini writes at Labor Day that the decline in unions is wrongly attributed to flagging support; it is instead more about the continuing, long-standing practice of union busting.