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With 200 Meat Plant Workers Dead, the Feds Issue 2 Fines

Critics say it's too little, too late

(Newser) - With meat packers facing high COVID-19 rates , where were the feds? Investigating, it seems. Now regulators have slapped fines on two meatpacking plants and triggered a fresh round of finger-pointing over worker safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Post reports. Levied this week, fines against a JBS plant in... More »

Unions Threaten Work Stoppages Over BLM

'The status quo ... is clearly unjust, and it cannot continue'

(Newser) - Ahead of Labor Day, unions representing millions across several working-class sectors are threatening to authorize work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement amid calls for concrete measures that address racial injustice. In a statement first shared with the AP , labor leaders who represent teachers, autoworkers, truck drivers,... More »

Former Union Leader: Yes, I Did It. All of It.

Gary Jones admits to embezzling from the United Auto Workers Union

(Newser) - Gary Jones has confessed to embezzling over $1 million from rank-and-file members of the United Auto Workers Union, the New York Times reports. The former UAW president pleaded guilty Wednesday and admitted to skimming money for various personal expenses including golf outings, pricey meals, vacation rentals, liquor, and clothing. Prosecutors... More »

The Virus Upended Ellen. Her Crew Is Peeved

Production workers say higher-ups haven't been transparent on pay, scheduling

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres' most famous phrase is "be kind," but some of her own crew members say they aren't feeling that kindness from top producers on her talk show. "Numerous insiders" tell Variety that a group of 30 or so lighting coordinators, grips, camera operators, and other... More »

FBI Uncovers Scam Involving 39M Face Masks

A California labor union believed they were real

(Newser) - A major California labor union that claimed to have discovered a stockpile of 39 million masks for health care workers fighting the coronavirus was duped in an elaborate scam uncovered by FBI investigators, the AP reports. Investigators stumbled onto the scheme while looking into whether they could intercept the masks... More »

Nation's Largest Union Makes Its Endorsement

NEA waits til late in the game, goes for Biden as 4 big states get ready to vote

(Newser) - The nation’s largest labor union has lined up behind Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, with the National Education Association on Saturday endorsing the former vice president for the Democratic nomination over his last remaining primary rival Bernie Sanders. The NEA’s board of directors chose Biden following a recommendation... More »

GM, Workers Hit a Big Snag —and Mexico Plays a Role

United Auto Workers want commitments for US factories

(Newser) - Contract talks aimed at ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors have taken a turn for the worse, hitting a big snag over product commitments for US factories, a union official wrote in an email to members, the AP reports. The letter from UAW Vice... More »

GOP Is in a Bind on One Issue

That issue involves striking General Motors workers

(Newser) - Democrats were quick to back working-class United Auto Workers in their strike against General Motors, delivering doughnuts and holding picket signs outside factories to show solidarity. It's a union they long have aligned with politically. There were no doughnuts from Republicans, the AP reports. Led by President Donald Trump,... More »

49K Auto Workers to Strike by Midnight

Negotiations break down between the United Auto Workers union and General Motors

(Newser) - The United Auto Workers union announced that its roughly 49,000 members at General Motors plants in the US will go on strike Sunday night because contract negotiations with the automaker had broken down, the AP reports. The decision came after about 200 plant-level union leaders voted unanimously in favor... More »

FBI Raids Home of UAW Union Boss

There was 'absolutely no need' for search, union says

(Newser) - FBI agents swooped in on the homes of United Auto Workers union president Gary Jones and predecessor Dennis Williams Wednesday, apparently as part of a wide-ranging probe of alleged corruption. Federal agents also targeted the union's northern Michigan retreat and a local UAW office in Missouri, among other addresses,... More »

'Angry' Steelworkers Are Ready to Strike

Workers for US Steel say they're ready to walk off the job

(Newser) - US Steel workers are fired up and ready to strike if a new contract isn't reached soon, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. Workers for the Pittsburgh-based company voted nationwide this week to approve a strike if talks involving health care costs, retiree benefits, and wage increases don't... More »

Trump Gets Labor Day Off to a Feisty Start

By attacking the head of the AFL CIO

(Newser) - President Trump got a somewhat non-traditional start to a president's typical Labor Day: An attack on the president of the nation's largest labor union federation. He tweeted : "Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, represented his union poorly on television this weekend. Some of the things he... More »

Trump Tweets as SCOTUS Deals Big Blow to Labor Unions

Government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. The justices are scrapping a 41-year-old decision that had allowed states to require that public employees pay some fees... More »

On Big Supreme Court Case, the Key Voice Is Silent

Neil Gorsuch asks no questions during arguments on public unions

(Newser) - The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in one of the biggest cases of the term, one that could prove devastating to public-sector unions. The issue revolves around an employee for the state of Illinois who objects to having $45 a month taken out of his paycheck to support the American... More »

Owner Closes Local News Sites After Writers Vote to Unionize

Gothamist, DNAinfo sites in multiple cities shuttered Thursday

(Newser) - One week after 27 New York employees of local news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist voted to unionize, they were out of a job, the New York Daily News reports. But they weren't alone. The 89 employees at DNAinfo and Gothamist-affiliated sites in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington,... More »

Grievance Filed Over Mowing Goats on College Campus

Union isn't happy about goats at Western Michigan University

(Newser) - A union has filed a grievance in response to Western Michigan University's hiring of goats to clear 15 acres of woodland on campus, the AP reports. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette , Kathi Babbit is the chief steward of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees local union.... More »

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 »

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