Tag: Organized Labor

Google Hires Firm Known for Anti-Union Efforts

Google has hired an anti-union consulting firm to advise management as it deals with widespread worker unrest, including accusations that it has retaliated against organizers of a global walkout and cracked down on dissent inside the company. The firm, called IRI Consultants, appears to work frequently for hospitals and other health care organizations. Its website […]

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G.M. Sues Fiat Chrysler, Accusing It of Manipulating Union Talks

General Motors on Wednesday said it had filed a lawsuit accusing its rival Fiat Chrysler of trying to hurt it by manipulating contract negotiations with the autoworkers union. Three former Fiat Chrysler officials have previously pleaded guilty to a range of charges related to their use of money that had been set aside for a […]

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Mexican Workers’ Gains Would Be Ours, Too

Despite financial gains won recently by the United Auto Workers in a new contract that ended a nearly six-week-long strike against General Motors, the longest in a half-century, the deal will not rectify the major problem that has hurt American autoworkers and will continue to do so. The problem has been the longstanding lack of […]

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Ford Contract Ratified by U.A.W. Members

Union workers have approved a four-year labor contract with Ford Motor, accepting wage increases and other terms nearly identical to the agreement reached with General Motors. The United Automobile Workers union announced Friday that the agreement had been backed by 56 percent of those voting. The pact calls for Ford’s 55,000 union workers to receive […]

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Manafort’s 2016 Gambit: A Back Channel From Trump Camp to Labor

In the summer of 2016, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, proclaimed Midwestern states like Michigan and Wisconsin to be critical to the campaign’s strategy. Behind the scenes, he was actively trying to execute that strategy — sometimes in highly unorthodox ways. According to three people close to the 2016 Trump campaign, Mr. Manafort sought […]

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Major Nurses’ Union Backs Bernie Sanders and His Push for ‘Medicare for All’

WASHINGTON — The country’s largest nurses’ union will endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for president this week, a significant boost to his campaign from a major ally in the fight for his signature health care proposal. The union, National Nurses United, fervently supported Mr. Sanders’s last bid for the White House in 2016, and its members […]

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The Presidency Is Not Enough

There are still more than a dozen candidates jockeying for the Democratic presidential nomination. Some are running on big, ambitious platforms for change, like the Medicare-for-All plans pushed by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Others are selling “pragmatism,” with more modest ideas meant to win consensus — and which are often quite liberal by historical […]

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Push to Raise Minimum Wage Goes Local, at Airports and Hotels

Labor unions and community groups are pursuing an increasingly successful strategy to force employers to pay their workers more: minimum wages for specific occupations and industries. The effort has resulted in several noteworthy victories recently — mandatory pay of up to $20 an hour for hotel workers in Oakland, and raises for airport employees in […]

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Gary Jones, U.A.W. President, to Take a Leave of Absence

Gary Jones, the president of the United Automobile Workers union, which is under investigation over allegations of financial wrongdoing, is taking a leave of absence, the union said in a statement on Saturday. The union said Mr. Jones sought the leave of absence after a vote by its executive board. The statement did not elaborate […]

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Chicago Teachers’ Strike Ends

CHICAGO — Thousands of Chicago’s public-school teachers will return to classrooms on Friday, ending a strike that left more than 300,000 students out of school for 11 days, the city’s mayor announced on Thursday. A tentative contract deal between city officials and teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district resolved a tense standoff that had […]

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Chicago’s Striking Teachers Vote to Go Back to School

CHICAGO — Thousands of Chicago’s public-school teachers will return to classrooms on Friday, ending a strike that left more than 300,000 students out of school for 11 days, the city’s mayor announced on Thursday. A tentative contract deal between city officials and teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district resolved a tense standoff that had […]

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Housing Works Is Cast in Unusual Role: Corporate Overlord

For more than three decades, Charles King has made it his business to fight for vulnerable New Yorkers, much of that time leading Housing Works, a nonprofit organization created in 1990 to find housing for homeless people who had H.I.V. As Housing Works grew, so did its ambition. It began to provide various social services […]

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A Player With Shoulder Pain, and a League Happy to Turn Its Back

The Jets are their usual dispiriting mess on the field, but in the executive suites their leaders sound testosterone-infused, insisting that their players manifest the manly virtues of playing through pain. Of late the Jets confronted the challenge posed by Kelechi Osemele, a 6-foot-5, 300-plus-pound offensive lineman who has the accumulated scars of an eight-year-long […]

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G.M. Workers Appear Set to Approve Contract and End Strike

The United Auto Workers union appears set to approve a new contract with General Motors and put an end to the strike that has idled tens of thousands of workers for almost six weeks. Workers at several large G.M. plants have approved the tentative contract by considerable margins, raising expectations that it will be ratified […]

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In a Strong Economy, Why Are So Many Workers on Strike?

At first glance, it may seem like a paradox: Even as the economy rides a 10-year winning streak, tens of thousands of workers across the country, from General Motors employees to teachers in Chicago, are striking to win better wages and benefits. But, according to those on strike, the strong growth is precisely the point. […]

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Union Says G.M. Strike Will Go On Until Workers Vote on Deal

DETROIT — Leaders of union locals voted Thursday to approve a tentative contract agreement with General Motors, but said a strike against the automaker would continue until workers voted to ratify the deal. After a lengthy meeting in Detroit, the group said voting by the 49,000 members of the United Automobile Workers at G.M. plants […]

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The G.M. Strike Was the Best and the Worst of the Labor Movement

United Automobile Workers leaders voted Thursday on a tentative agreement to end a monthlong walkout by 50,000 workers at General Motors over wages, health insurance premiums and the use of temporary and “tiered” contracts. The accord includes raises and a large ratification bonus and gives temps a path to permanent status — but it also […]

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G.M. Deal Saves One Plant, Union Says, but 3 Others Stay Shut

DETROIT — General Motors has agreed to continue production at a Detroit plant it had planned to shut down, but will not resume operations at three others recently idled, the United Automobile Workers union said Thursday in announcing the terms of a tentative contract agreement. The details were released as leaders of the union’s G.M. […]

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Is the G.M. Strike Over? 5 Key Questions, Answered

After a monthlong strike that has idled General Motors plants across the Midwest and South, union leaders will gather on Thursday in Detroit to consider a deal that could send the picketing autoworkers back to the assembly lines. The details of the tentative agreement have not been announced, but the union, the United Automobile Workers, […]

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Chicago Schools Cancel Classes as Teachers Announce Strike

CHICAGO — Teachers in Chicago announced Wednesday evening that they would go on strike, forcing the cancellation of classes for more than 300,000 public school students in the nation’s third-largest district starting Thursday. The strike threatened to upend life in the city, as parents raced to make arrangements for child care and as city officials […]

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Chicago Schools Cancel Classes as Teachers Prepare to Strike

CHICAGO — As teachers in the Chicago public school system, the nation’s third-largest, edged closer to a strike on Wednesday, officials said they would cancel Thursday classes for about 300,000 students across the city. The growing prospect of a strike threatened to upend life in the city, as parents raced to make arrangements for child […]

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U.A.W. Announces Tentative Contract Deal with G.M.

The United Automobile Workers union announced Wednesday that it had reached a tentative agreement with General Motors on a new labor contract that could end a monthlong strike that has idled G.M. plants across the Midwest and South. Details of the contract terms were not released, although the union said it had “achieved major wins.” […]

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Kickstarter Calls Itself Progressive. But About That Union.

Kickstarter, the Brooklyn-based crowdfunding site, has long tried to stand apart from Silicon Valley, seeking to portray itself as a socially responsible enterprise that cares more about improving the world than putting money in wealthy shareholders’ pockets. Then came the union drive. Earlier this year, a group of Kickstarter employees publicly pressed to form a […]

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