Category Archives: AFL-CIO

College Football Players Win Right to Unionize




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Last week’s regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that college football plays are workers opens up the possibility for a wave of organizing in collegiate sports. The ruling that players at Northwestern University with athletic scholarships … Continue reading






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Public-Employee Unions Targeted in Right-wing Case before the Supreme Court




By GREGORY N. HEIRES A case before the U.S. Supreme Court threatens to cripple the power of public-employee unions and lower the living standard of the workers they represent. The anti-union National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is behind … Continue reading






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A Call for an Economic Bill for the 21st Century




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Nearly 70 years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed that everyone has the right to a job with decent wage, his message continues to ring true. The economy of the 21st century remains mired in what … Continue reading






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Can Unions Prevent Austerity from Killing Off the Middle Class?




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The AFL-CIO promises a wide-ranging and open discussion about the future of the labor movement at its convention in September. With private-sector union representation approaching 5 percent of the labor force and public employee unions targeted … Continue reading






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Bye Bye Overtime?




By GREGORY N. HEIRES If Republicans get their way, private-sector workers can expect to have their overtime pay curtailed. A Republican-backed bill under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives would allow employers to offer hourly workers the option of … Continue reading






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Senate Rejects Plan to Cut Social Security by Changing Inflation Formula to Set Benefits




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The plan to gut Social Security by changing the inflation formula used to calculate benefits is running into trouble. The budget resolution passed by the U.S. Senate on March 30 includes an amendment opposing the funding … Continue reading






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Obama: Progress on the Economy




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Nearly four years ago, President George W. Bush left behind the worst economic wreckage since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The country was bleeding 700,000 jobs a month when President Barack Obama took the oath … Continue reading






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Judge halts Bloomberg plan




By GREGORY N. HEIRES                 New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s assault on the pay of municipal blue-collar workers hit a roadblock May 4 when state Supreme Court Judge Manuel J. Mendez … Continue reading






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After Wisconsin?




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Gov. Scott Walker’s strong rebuff of the union-backed recall effort in Wisconsin has provoked soul-searching within the labor movement and the progressive community. Union supporters call the Wisconsin defeat a triumph of the power of money … Continue reading






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NYC Mayor hits trades workers’ pay




By GREGORY N. HEIRES New York City trade unions aim to torpedo Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s plan to force down the wages of 10,000 municipal trades workers and take away a pay-setting process they have had for 118 years. Bloomberg … Continue reading






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