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For 60 Years, This Powerful Conservative Group Has Worked to Crush Labor

In December 1953, a group of anti-labor business leaders gathered in Washington, DC, for the first in a series of secret meetings. The meetings were organized by a Southern paper-box manufacturer named Edwin S. Dillard, who was heir to the Old Dominion Box Company and had spent years fighting to keep his workforce from joining [...]

For 60 Years, This Powerful Conservative Group Has Worked to Crush Labor2018-07-09T12:16:34+00:00

Millennials boosting union membership

Republicans on and off the bench are moving to kill unions. But millennials—the most pro-union generation since the 1930s—may yet find a way to organize. For conservatives, the much-anticipated Supreme Court decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case may be coming eight years too late. If, as expected, the five Republican justices on the Court rule for [...]

Millennials boosting union membership2018-04-05T21:22:11+00:00

Tell the Supreme Court: Protect working people’s right to organize!

Fifty years ago this month, two young black sanitation workers were killed on the job in Memphis. The tragedy sparked the historic “I AM A MAN” strike, with 1,300 black workers joined by Martin Luther King, Jr. in demanding recognition of their union (AFSCME), basic safety standards and a decent wage. This month, 50 years [...]

Tell the Supreme Court: Protect working people’s right to organize!2018-02-10T06:47:12+00:00

We can form a more perfect union

Asa teacher in the School District of Philadelphia for the past 16 years, I am living proof that being a member, a supporter and an activist in my local union assists not only the lives of our members, but also the consumers, the clients and the children we serve. Our contracts go far beyond what [...]

We can form a more perfect union2018-02-10T06:29:36+00:00

Janus Should Lose, and the Justices Know It

Most of the coverage of Janus v. AFSCME, like this recent piece in USA Today, simply (and perhaps correctly) assumes that the five Republican appointees on the Supreme Court will use the case to overturn Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the 1977 case upholding fair share fees for public sector workers.  But, now that the briefs have been filed, it [...]

Janus Should Lose, and the Justices Know It2018-02-05T09:40:43+00:00

Here’s what happened to teachers after Wisconsin gutted its unions

Britta Pigorsch was a sophomore in a high school outside of Madison, Wisconsin, when Act 10 passed the state legislature in 2011. She already knew she wanted to be a teacher. But the legislation, which gutted collective bargaining rights for public sector unions and slashed their benefits, galvanized her further. "It angered me," said Pigorsch. [...]

Here’s what happened to teachers after Wisconsin gutted its unions2018-02-05T05:43:12+00:00

Biggest gains in union membership in 2017 were for younger workers

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data on changes in union membershipfrom 2016 to 2017. It was good news for workers, as the total number of union members grew by 262,000 in 2017. Three-fourths of these gains (198,000) were among workers aged 34 and under, who account for less than 40 percent of total [...]

Biggest gains in union membership in 2017 were for younger workers2018-01-30T14:39:16+00:00

How Today’s Unions Help Working People

Americans have always joined together—whether in parent teacher associations or local community organizations—to solve problems and make changes that improve their lives and their communities. Through unions, people join together to strive for improvements at the place where they spend a large portion of their waking hours: work. The freedom of workers to join together [...]

How Today’s Unions Help Working People2018-01-10T14:07:18+00:00

Will the Supreme Court Ignore Pleading Rules in Janus? | On Labor

Many Court watchers think it is a foregone conclusion that the Supreme Court will grant the cert petition in Janus v. AFSCME, and then overturn the forty-year old decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. While I’m not willing to bet against that, it’s worth noting that to reach that result the Court would [...]

Will the Supreme Court Ignore Pleading Rules in Janus? | On Labor2018-07-02T12:58:46+00:00

A New Type of Labor Law for a New Type of Worker – NYTimes.com

Labor Day was born in the late 19th century, during a time of raw fear about the path of economic development. Opportunities for decent, middle-class livelihoods seemed to be shrinking, and the “laboring classes” confronted a grim future of what many called wage slavery. Conservatives held most of the seats of power, but reform-minded politicians, [...]

A New Type of Labor Law for a New Type of Worker – NYTimes.com2017-10-15T07:30:03+00:00