President of NAACP on Janus decision: "Civil rights and workers rights are inextricably linked"

Jun 29, 2018
The Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME disproportionately impacts public sector African-American workers.
Union activists and supporters rally against the Supreme Court's ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case, in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, June 27, 2018 in New York City.
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What does the Supreme Court's Janus ruling mean for unions? It would be like the government no longer enforcing taxes

Jun 28, 2018
"What would happen is fewer people would pay their taxes and the ability of government to provide services would then erode," says Harvard professor Benjamin Sachs.
Activists rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court back in February over the Janus v. AFSCME case.
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Supreme Court to hear arguments on "fair-share" union dues

Feb 23, 2018
Labor advocates have described this case as the biggest threat to labor unions in years
A police officer stands guard on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in June 2017.

Builders battle freezing temps to keep construction boom going

Feb 21, 2018
With tight deadlines, construction often doesn't stop for the weather.
"You just gotta suck it up," said Kai Yee, a laborer in Cleveland, Ohio when asked how he deals with extreme cold. “If [you] can’t do the job, they’ll bring somebody else who can. Everybody’s replaceable.” 
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Why construction workers in LA make less than they used to

May 1, 2017
Here's where we talk about diminished unions and immigration.
“Construction employers have been complaining for a while that they can't find enough good people. They haven't as an entire industry raised wages much faster than average, but that may change,” said Los Angeles Times reporter Natalie Kitroeff.
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In an Ohio community, division over a Trump presidency

Nov 16, 2016
Race, immigration and moral issues are wedges in Montgomery County, Ohio.
Fuyao Glass America, a Chinese automotive glass company, started production in a former GM plant in 2015 in Dayton, OH. But the jobs require more skills, for less pay. 
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Graduate students win recognition as employees

Aug 24, 2016
A National Labor Relations Board ruling could trigger a wave of unionization.
Graduate Students at Yale University thank the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for making collective bargaining rights and unionization legal.

Uber drivers get union representation — sort of

May 10, 2016
The ride-hailing company makes a deal with a union to represent New York drivers, but it won’t have any bargaining power.
Uber driver representatives speak to hundreds of Uber drivers as they protest the company's recent fare cuts and went on strike in front of the car service's New York offices in February. The company just struck a deal to formalize a drivers' group to represent the independent contractors during meetings with Uber management.
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UAW takes to social media to sell contract to members

Oct 20, 2015
Autoworkers' union takes to Twitter and Facebook to influence Fiat Chrysler vote.