Latest Union Updates:

Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Inequality

From the article by Susan Dynarski, New York Times, July 6, 2018:

 

"Union workers now earn about 20 percent more than nonunion workers in similar jobs. Remarkably, this union premium has held steady since the 1930s."

"Thanks to the new research [“Unions and Inequality Over the Twentieth Century: New Evidence from Survey Data”], evidence going back nearly a century now shows that unions have formed a critical counterweight to the power of companies. They increase the earnings of the lowest skilled and sharply reduce inequality.

But the Supreme Court’s [Janus] decision will curtail the capacity of unions to organize and represent workers. The court ruled that unions can no longer collect “agency fees” from those government workers whom they represent but who have chosen not to join. These fees have helped pay for contract negotiations as well as prevent the free-rider problem that arises when only some pay for benefits enjoyed by everyone."

 

 

 

Janus and the war on unions

It’s no secret that Big Business and those who profit from it have long harbored a grudge against working people and their unions, often resorting to some shameless and desperate tactics to erode workers’ rights, wages, pensions, and benefits in order to grab an even bigger share of the nation’s prosperity for themselves. An important battle in this war is currently being fought in the Supreme Court in a case called Janus v. AFSCME.

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Today is National Voter Registration Day

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Today is  National Voter Registration Day in the United States.

We often take our democracy for granted. But the right--the privilege--of voting is one of the greatest powers we as citizens possess. And yet it's so simple. 

If you're not already registered, it takes only a few minutes, and you can do it online. You have several options:

Voting matters. If you want a say in the future direction of our country--in your future--voting is one of the most effective tools available to you. Take this opportunity and make your voice heard.

Registering to Vote Just Got Easier

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This new tool from Google makes it easier than ever to register to vote.

According to the Official Google Blog, you can just type "Register to Vote" in your Google search bar and "Google will display a detailed state-by-state guide providing information on how to register, general requirements, and deadlines."

All the step-by-step info you need to register correctly will be right there at the top of your search page. It's easier than you think.

Make sure your voice is heard and your vote gets counted. Register to vote!

Learn more here:

Official Google Blog: A voice for everyone in 2016

 

The Vice President Warns the Right is "Intent On Breaking" Labor Unions

Vice President Joe Biden spoke before the leading firefighters' union this week, The Huffington Post reported. Among other things, he discussed the war the right is waging on organized labor.

"There is a concentrated, well-organized, well-paid, well-funded effort to undermine organized labor," the vice president said. "And they've been remarkably successful. You, labor writ large, are the only thing that stands between the people's interest and the special interests owning it all. They know without you it's a clear shot at whatever they want. That's why they're so intent on breaking you."

Read the full article below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/09/joe-biden-unions_n_6834824.html

Protecting Your Right to Organize

Two United States Congressmen, Representatives Keith Ellison, D. Minn., and John Lewis, D. Ga., have proposed legislation to increase protections for workers who are trying to join a labor union. Calling their proposed law, the Employee Empowerment Act, it would make union organizing a civil right.

The Employee Empowerment Act would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to include these protections for labor empowerment activities and allow workers who face discrimination to pursue litigation in civil court and receive compensatory and punitive damages

See more at here

 

 

Advancing Employment for People with Disabilities

Expect. Employ. Empower.

On April 30, 2014 the U.S. Department of Labor announced the 2014 official theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month: "Expect. Employ. Empower." Observed in October, NDEAM is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and honors the many diverse contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

"We all have a role to play in — and benefit to gain from — increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez. "This year's theme encapsulates this in three powerful words. It conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It's about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation."

 

More information is available at:

http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20140713.htm