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GM Workers Earn Record-Setting Bonus

Unionized workers will get up to $12,000 later this month

(Newser) - Score one for unions. The Detroit Free Press reports 52,000 hourly workers at General Motors will receive an up-to-$12,000 bonus later this month after the company netted a $12 billion profit in North America last year. The bonuses are part of a profit-sharing agreement negotiated by the United... More »

Trump Slammed for 'Dark, Disturbing' Twitter Attacks

'It is cyberbullying. This is a strategy to bully somebody who dissents'

(Newser) - Using Twitter to attack a private citizen is about as presidential as firing spitballs, Donald Trump's critics said after he took to social media in a feud with a union chief. The president-elect is being accused of cyberbullying Chuck Jones, the United Steelworkers Local 1999 leader who criticized how... More »

Trump's Latest Target: Carrier Union President

Leader accused president-elect of lying about saving jobs

(Newser) - In the four weeks he has been president-elect, Donald Trump's tweets have targeted the New York Times, the cast of Hamilton, China, flag-burners, Boeing, and Saturday Night Live, among others—and now it's the turn of Chuck Jones, president of the union that represents Carrier employees in Indianapolis.... More »

Will Massive Verizon Strike Impact Customers?

Company says no; workers say yes

(Newser) - As approximately 36,000 Verizon workers went on strike Wednesday, the company promised its customers would be largely unaffected, the New York Times reports. And while the striking workers are largely employed in the company's wireline division—as opposed to its much larger wireless division—the Times states "... More »

Supreme Court Deadlocks, in a Victory for Unions

Scalia's death results in a 4-4 split

(Newser) - Organized labor seemed headed for a defeat in a major Supreme Court case after arguments in January, but Antonin Scalia's death has resulted instead in a 4-4 deadlock—a result that amounts to a "big victory to the unions," reports the New York Times . The case involved... More »

Seattle OKs 'Bold Plan,' Lets Uber Drivers Unionize

Uber, Lyft, et al, not particularly thrilled

(Newser) - In an interesting turn of events in Seattle, the city's council Monday voted unanimously to become the nation's first city to allow ride-sharing services—including Uber, Lyft, and the like—to unionize. As such, reports Gizmodo , drivers will be allowed to collectively bargain for their salaries and working... More »

Workers Plan Strikes at 7 Busy US Airports

'We don't receive enough money to pay the rent'

(Newser) - Tired of being underpaid and threatened by their employers, more than 2,000 baggage handlers, cleaners, and wheelchair attendants at seven of the busiest airports in the US will go on strike Wednesday night, the Washington Post reports. "We don't receive enough money to pay the rent,"... More »

NYPD Union: Boycott 'Cop-Hater' Tarantino's Films

Police union not pleased with director after he called cops 'murderers' at NYC rally

(Newser) - NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was shot dead Tuesday, and by Saturday Quentin Tarantino was in Washington Square Park, protesting "murderers"—not the ones going after cops, but the cops themselves. "When I see murders, I do not stand by … I have to call a murder a... More »

Supreme Court Gets Highly Political Cases

Unions and abortion rights could be in jeopardy

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is facing a docket of high-profile political cases that will test whether recent liberal victories were more fluke or firm conviction, the New York Times reports. The court—which is divided 5-4 for conservatives, but saw Justice Roberts vote liberal on Obamacare and same-sex marriage—will look... More »

Change to Decades-Old Definition a Big Win for Workers

NLRB decision will make it easier for them to negotiate

(Newser) - In what the Washington Post calls a "landmark" case, a federal labor board has just made it easier for workers at fast-food restaurants and other franchise operations to negotiate for better wages and working conditions. The National Labor Relations Board changed a three-decade-old definition about which companies should be... More »

Union: Cop Who Killed Sam DuBose Must Get Job Back

Union alleges Ray Tensing was denied due process

(Newser) - "He never should have been a police officer." That was Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' harsh assessment on Wednesday of officer Ray Tensing, who was fired from his job as a University of Cincinnati police officer that very day after he was indicted in the shooting death of... More »

Walker Strikes Another Blow Against Organized Labor

Signs right-to-work bill into law for Wisconsin

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a right-to-work bill into law today, striking another blow against organized labor four years after the state effectively ended collective bargaining for public-sector workers. Walker, a likely presidential candidate fresh off a weekend visit to Iowa, signed the bill affecting private-sector employees at an invitation-only... More »

Facebook Bus Drivers React to Their 15-Hour Days

They look to Teamsters to represent them

(Newser) - Hauling highly-paid Facebook employees to the company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters makes for a long day: Facebook shuttle drivers typically start work around 6am; they may not get home until after 9pm. They're not driving that whole time (one driver's morning shift ends at 11:10am, and... More »

Times Square's Elmos, Batmans May Unionize

They seek better treatment amid boost in police activity

(Newser) - Elmo, Batman, and Hello Kitty joining forces? Sounds like the plot of the next Avengers movie, but it's actually an effort by Times Square's costumed characters to improve their working conditions. The people inside the costumes tell the New York Daily News that things have gotten harder since... More »

Wisconsin Labor Law Gutting Collective Bargaining Upheld

Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 legislation survived all challenges

(Newser) - Collective bargaining is not a constitutional right, but a matter of "legislative grace," the Wisconsin Supreme Court says. The court’s ruling today kills the last challenge to Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 labor law with a 5-2 vote. The legislation , held up in its entirety, bans... More »

Boss: Keep Toilet Breaks Under 6 Minutes Per Day

Union: WaterSaver times bathroom visits, disciplines 'excessive use'

(Newser) - If you have to use the loo at Chicago's WaterSaver Faucet Company, you better do it in six minutes or fewer—per day. A local union says the factory has installed swipe card systems on its bathrooms to time potty breaks, slapping employees with disciplinary measures if they exceed... More »

Sports Bombshell: Northwestern Players Can Unionize

But school will appeal preliminary ruling to NLRB in Washington

(Newser) - Northwestern football players aren't just student-athletes—they're employees of the university who have the right to form a union, a federal official ruled today. How big of a deal is today's ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board? "The stunning decision has... More »

VW Labor Chief to South: Get Unions or No More Deals

Union in Germany will block moves

(Newser) - The head of Volkswagen's General Works Councils in Germany is threatening to block any further investment in the southern United States, Reuters reports, after workers at VW's Chattanooga plant voted against union representation . "I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in the United States, provided... More »

Why Labor Lost Its Crucial VW Vote

Pundits weigh in on what the UAW needs to do now

(Newser) - On Friday, the United Auto Workers union lost what had been hyped as a make-or-break vote for the future of the labor movement, as Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., rejected a company-backed plan to unionize. Why did that happen, and what does it mean for unions? Here's what people... More »

Huge Loss for UAW: Tennessee Workers Say No

Volkswagen employees reject union

(Newser) - Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union's effort to organize Southern factories. The 712-626 vote released tonight stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even... More »

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