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A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that millennial women, those between 18 and 32 years old, recognize that while women have made gains in the workforce in recent decades, many of the roadblocks that have limited the careers of previous generations of women will cause them problems, too. Women who have entered the workforce in the past decade start off more equal to men in terms of pay than any previous generation and they are more educated than both earlier generations of women and men of the same age group. But they believe that, like earlier generations, they will fall further behind men in terms of pay equity once they have children.
To convince British American Tobacco (BAT) to use its influence to improve the rights of tobacco farm workers in the United States, Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), will be briefing members of the British Parliament. BAT owns more than 42% of Reynolds and FLOC is attempting to convince BAT to persuade Reynolds to sign an agreement that would guarantee good working conditions and protect the collective bargaining rights of migrant workers at Reynolds-owned farms in North Carolina. Velasquez will participate in the briefing Thursday.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s statement on the budget deal reached by congressional negotiators calls on Congress to extend unemployment benefits:
It is shocking that Republicans have refused to include an extension of unemployment benefits in today’s budget agreement. At the end of December, federal unemployment benefits will expire for 1.3 million jobless workers. Lawmakers must not desert these workers by going home for their own holidays without extending the federal unemployment benefits program.
As previously reported, SeaTac, a small town outside of Seattle, voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour on Nov. 5. The victory was confirmed Tuesday after a recount and will go into effect after a corporate-backed lawsuit over the wage is resolved. Now working family activists in Washington State are hoping to ride the success of the SeaTac vote to Seattle, and they've found support from the mayor and the majority of City Council members.
Registered nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night voted 232 to 66–a 78% margin–to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU). They became the first nonunion D.C. hospital workers in decades to vote to join a union. The National Labor Relations Board conducted the secret ballot election.
The Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26 brought a little more music into the lives of children in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C.
What international company wants its employees to accept a 30% pay cut? It's Denver SuperShuttle, and that was the last offer made by the company in contract negotiations with its van drivers, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The drivers overwhelming rejected the steep pay cuts, which were so low the workers could have been eligible for food stamps, Medicaid and other public assistance. In other words, SuperShuttle wanted to let the taxpayers subsidize even bigger profits for the company, all because workers voted to have a union.
In the current budget negotiations, federal government workers are once again being targeted as a way for extreme Republicans to try to "solve" a budget deficit "crisis" that isn't a crisis. Government employees didn't cause the budget deficit and they've given more than just about anyone in previous attempts to reduce the deficit, with three years of pay freezes, a lost week of pay during the government shutdown and increased pension payments for new employees. Now the congressional Budget Conference Committee is considering increasing pension payments for all government employees. In response, the AFGE says, "Enough is enough!"
FirstEnergy Corp.’s lockout of 150 utility workers in central Pennsylvania has stirred up a hornet’s nest that CEO Anthony Alexander already regrets.
In another major step forward for the global movement to expand domestic workers' rights, Argentina last month ratified International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 189 on domestic work, which extends fundamental labor rights to an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide.
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