$15 minimum wage becomes part of 2020 presidential landscape
From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage...
‘May Day’ exhibit features political and labor posters
LYNN, Mass. (AP) — Stephen Lewis collects posters. Progressive political posters and labor posters. He has more than 8,600 of them in his attic. "They're starting to expand into the basement," the...
Wisconsin high court takes up another lame-duck lawsuit
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court will take over the appeal in a second lawsuit challenging Republican-backed laws passed in a lame-duck session to restrict the powers of the newly...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Five Democrats seeking the presidency in 2020 will be in Las Vegas next month to speak to labor unions about wages and working people.
NEW YORK (AP) — A Gambian immigrant who was threatened with deportation has been released from a detention facility after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pardoned him for past crimes.
Adjuncts at 2nd N Carolina university vote to join union
ELON, N.C. (AP) — Adjunct professors at Elon University have voted to form a union, becoming the second group of adjunct faculty members in North Carolina to do so.
Home care aide claims union won’t let her cancel membership
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California mother who cares for her disabled daughter sued a union representing home health care workers, claiming the group won't let her cancel her membership.
Delores Polk said in the lawsuit filed Thursday in Sacramento federal court that a telemarketer with the Service Employees International Union pressured her to join and failed to properly inform her that she could decline membership.
Police remove dozens of demonstrators in janitors’ protest
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police removed dozens of demonstrators from a street near Eli Lilly's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis for blocking traffic during a protest seeking a better contract for janitors.
Nearly 50 demonstrators with Service Employees International Union Local 1, including two city-county councilors, were issued written summons Thursday for violating a city ordinance and not complying with police. The union is seeking paid sick time, higher wages and other contract terms.
DETROIT (AP) — A union representing hundreds of janitors who clean many downtown Detroit buildings says it has a new contract that will bring $15 an hour wages.
Service Employees International Union Local 1 announced Tuesday that a four-year contract has been ratified, averting a possible strike.
The union says the $15 an hour wage will be reached in the third year of the contract. It says some janitors are struggling on wages currently as low as $9.45 an hour.
US Supreme Court ruling in union dues impacts case in Oregon
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state employee and a labor union have reached a settlement over her lawsuit seeking payback of obligatory union fees, marking the first refund of forced fees since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late June that government workers can't be required to contribute to labor groups, the employee's lawyers said Monday.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring administrative union fees from non-union members means Illinois health care workers will get a chance to claw back $32 million they've paid.
Wife of Oregon lawmaker sues union, joining national effort
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The wife of an Oregon lawmaker has filed a lawsuit against the state's largest union, joining a national push by an anti-union group to let workers avoid paying fees to unions where they work.
Debora Nearman, wife of Rep. Mike Nearman, a Republican from Independence, filed suit late Wednesday against the state branch of Service Employees International Union, claiming fee-payment requirements violate her First Amendment rights.
Democratic gov candidates discuss union issues, wages
Detroit — Four Democratic candidates for Michigan governor laid out plans to protect Michigan's economy before a lively crowd of mostly union members Monday at Wayne County Community College District.
Topics ranged from raising the minimum wage and affordable healthcare to the privatization of prisons.
Candidates Gretchen Whitmer, Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar and Bill Cobbs vowed to stand behind the state's union workers.
Iowa Democrat’s gubernatorial campaign workers unionize
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Campaign workers for Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cathy Glasson have unionized.
The Campaign Workers Guild says in a press release Wednesday that a union contract was ratified this week for Glasson's campaign staff. The new national guild says it's the first electoral campaign in Iowa history to unionize. It marks the latest group of political campaign workers to unionize around the country.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has reached a deal on a new three-year contract for daycare operators.
The Providence Journal reports the governor's administration announced Wednesday the new contract with the Service Employees International Union includes increased wages and ties rate increases to improved quality child care.
Inslee signs controversial union bill
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has sided with public-sector unions in a showdown with Republicans and anti-labor groups by approving a controversial bill that will alter the contracting structure of home health care workers.
Legislators approve amended home care contract
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bipartisan group of legislators have approved an amended contract for home care workers across the state.
The state's General Assembly overwhelmingly approved of the move to provide workers' compensation and raise wages in a 127-16 vote.
There are around 8,500 home care workers, known as personal care attendants in Connecticut.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A union representing University of Iowa nurses is appealing to the state Supreme Court in an effort to secure an agreement reached before lawmakers limited union bargaining powers.
Spin Control: House GOP refused to vote on home health care worker bill
OLYMPIA – There is an ironclad rule in legislative politics: When you have the votes to pass something, you take them; when you don’t have the votes, you talk.
Add to that, if you decide to stop talking, you might just not vote.
Ballot question committees raised $2.4M heading into 2018
BOSTON (AP) — The election is 10 months off, but already committees supporting and opposing questions on the November ballot have raised more than $2.4 million.
GEORGE WILL: SCOTUS case could enhance public workers’ rights
SEATTLE -- It is protected by Washington state's lopsidedly Democratic political class, which knows who butters its bread. It has been provided with bespoke law, tailored for its comfort. Nevertheless, the Service Employees International Union has been so avaricious in its objectives and so thuggish in its methods that it has been bested by the Freedom Foundation.
Judge: Iowa doesn’t have to honor contract with UIHC union
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says the state doesn't have to honor a contract negotiated with a union representing University of Iowa nurses before the new anti-collective bargaining law was signed.
District Judge Jeffrey Farrell ruled Thursday that the contract with Service Employees International Union isn't binding because the Board of Regents never voted to ratify it.
The Latest: Oakland city workers begin strike
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a strike by Oakland city workers. (all times local):
Oakland city workers have started striking and are picketing outside City Hall.
About 3,000 librarians, street cleaners, sewer workers, building inspectors and other city employees are striking to demand a pay raise.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says the strike is unlawful because the two sides have not reached an impasse.
Nurses at Pittsburgh hospital approve new contract
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh hospital's registered nurses have approved a new, three-year contract.
The union says the contract agreed on Monday night raises hiring rates for nurses at Allegheny General Hospital, provides longevity increases for experienced nurses and improves nurse-to-patient ratios
Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania represents 1,300 nurses at the hospital.
Adjunct faculty at St. Catherine University voted against union representation — the latest in a battle taking place on campuses throughout the country.
Proponents of the move to organize say adjuncts have become the working poor of higher education, with lower pay and few perks of regular faculty members.
Health center workers ask commissioners to aid their quest for more information on staffing
Workers at Washington County Health Center said they will learn if they have been rejected for employment by the new owner only two days before the sale of the facility is formalized.The new target date for the 288-bed nursing home in Chartiers Township to change ownership is Friday, Oct. 20, nearly three weeks later than expected. The $26.9 million transaction with Premier Healthcare Management LLC of Philadelphia has been in the works since June, but applying for jobs with the privatized...
Health care workers sue over Legislature mandated pay hike
CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the Service Employees International Union Illinois have sued the state of Illinois for failing to make good on pay raises required under the new state budget.
The union and Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration are in the midst of a year's long negotiation for a contract to replace the one that expired June 30, 2015.
Court blocks Minnesota university faculty’s bid to unionize
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An appeals court has dealt a setback to University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty who are trying to organize a union.
BOSTON (AP) — Nearly 100 immigration activists and labor union members rallied in downtown Boston on Thursday to protest President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration and to call for an end to the deportation proceedings against a local janitor from El Salvador.
CHICAGO (AP) — A tentative contract agreement has averted a strike planned by thousands of Illinois nursing home workers.
More than 5,000 workers at Chicago, Rockford and Springfield facilities planned a Thursday strike. But Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois officials say an agreement was reached on a 3-year deal late Wednesday.
Airports workers’ vote ends long fight to unionize
After years of fighting for higher wages, a majority of subcontracted workers at the Philadelphia International Airport now have union representation.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, sky caps and other workers employed by contractors at Philadelphia International Airport have voted to unionize.
Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ has been trying for years to organize the subcontracted workers. They've held numerous walkouts in recent years to protest scheduling, sick pay, wages and working conditions.
Tuesday's vote was 406-58 in favor of joining the nation's largest property services union.
About 150 Washington County employees who are members of what's known as the "residual unit" of Service Employees International Union Local 668 ratified a three-year contract with the county this week.The county commissioners expect to vote on the pact at their meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.Kathleen Bali, director of human resources for the county, said the contract, which runs through Dec. 31, 2019, calls for wage increases of 2 ½ percent in the first two years and a 3 percent...
Employees of Washington County Health Center attended every public meeting of the county commissioners since the possible sale of the facility made headlines in late November.The purple-shirted workers were present Thursday, too, but there were a few differences. Instead of signing in for public comment and urging the commissioners to reconsider, health center employees staged what a union leader called a "silent protest." The workers continued what they called a "sticker campaign" with the...
Protests against Valadao, others
HANFORD — Protestors were at the doorstep of Rep. David Valadao’s, R-Hanford, office Thursday on Irwin Street to highlight the notion that he and other Republican members of Congress “refused” to conduct local town hall meetings during the Congressional recess this week.
Fast food workers oppose Trump’s pick for labor secretary
Days ahead of Andrew Puzder’s confirmation hearing for labor secretary, local workers advocating for a $15 minimum wage demanded the fast-food mogul withdraw his nomination or be rejected by the U.S. Senate.
Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. the parent company of the Carl’s Jr and Hardees chains, is expected to face a tough Senate hearing Thursday.
California’s largest public employee union approves contract
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Workers in California's largest public-employee union have approved a tentative contract after months of negotiations.
Spokesman Mike Roth confirmed Thursday that members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 had ratified the agreement reached in December. The Legislature must approve the contract before it can take effect.
Biggest union reaches deal with California government
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.
If workers ratify the deal, it would bring to a close contentious negotiations that led to a strike threat and allegations of bad-faith bargaining.
California state-worker union cancels Monday strike
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest public-employee union on Friday canceled a planned one-day strike, averting a potentially disruptive protest that would have kept up to 95,000 state employees off the job.
The Service Employees International Union Local 1000 said negotiators from the union and the state "both feel we have found a pathway forward."
The Latest: California state-worker union calls off strike
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on stalled contract California public employee union contract talks (all times local):
California's largest public-employee union is calling off a one-day strike it had planned for Monday.
California seeks to block state-employee strike on Monday
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state board that oversees labor relations asked a judge Thursday to prohibit California's largest public-employee union from encouraging some of its members to participate in a one-day strike planned for Monday.
The Latest: Workers demonstrate at Denver airport
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a demonstration at Denver International Airport in support of service workers (all times local):
Fast food and home health care workers and their supporters demonstrated at Denver International Airport on Tuesday as part of a nationwide day of protests to push for higher wages and union rights.
Service union targets McDonald’s, UPMC with wage rallies
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Service Employees International Union is targeting McDonald's restaurants and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with marches demanding a $15 minimum wage and union representation.
The union contends UPMC shuttle bus workers have also gone on strike seeking union representation.
Commissioner: Sale of Washington County Health Center “on the table”
After years of bleeding red ink, the Washington County commissioners have raised the possibility of selling the health center in Arden.The county's contract with the Service Employees International Union expires Dec. 31, and Commission Chairman Larry Maggi said of the potential sale of the nursing home, "That is on the table.""We've lost over $9 million in the past four years," Maggi said. "Next year, it could be more, over $3 million. That's almost 3 mills of taxes every year."Maggi claimed...
California’s largest public employee union sets strike date
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest public employee union says it has given notice to strike on December 5 in response to stalled contract talks with the state.
The Service Employees International Union Local 1000 says its action comes because of the state's failure to move on its opening proposal on salary and benefits after more than seven months.
The union representing about 95,000 employees announced last week that 92 percent of members voted to strike.
O’Hare workers who plan strike will announce date Monday
CHICAGO (AP) — O'Hare International Airport workers who voted to strike soon will announce when they plan to take action.
Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials say they will announce the date of their strike at 10 a.m. Monday at the airport.
About 500 workers committed to a strike after a vote Thursday. The workers involved have been trying to organize with the union's help. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport.
Hundreds of O’Hare airport workers vote to strike
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of O'Hare International Airport workers have voted to go on strike ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials said Thursday that about 500 workers have committed to strike. Union spokeswoman Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich said the strike "will definitely take place in the coming days," though she didn't specify which day it will start.
California’s largest public employee union authorizes strike
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Members of California's largest public employee union have voted 92 percent in favor of a strike vote as its members seek new labor contracts with the state, the union announced Tuesday.
The Service Employees International Union Local 1000 represents about 95,000 state employees, many of whom are office and administrative workers, librarians, engineers and nurses.
Both sides have been bargaining since April, and they were scheduled to resume Tuesday, the union said.
Initiative subplot: Fight between union, conservative group
SEATTLE (AP) — The ongoing fight between a powerful labor union and a conservative group has spilled over into Washington's state election.
An initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot would stiffen penalties for identify theft and consumer fraud when seniors or disabled citizens are targeted.
Janitors’ union reaches tentative, 4-year contract
BOSTON (AP) — The union representing 13,000 janitors in Boston have reached a tentative, four-year agreement that provides a 12 percent pay increase over the life of the contract and an expansion of employer-paid health care to family members of fulltime employees.