Tag: Organized Labor

The Socialist Plan to Radicalize Big Labor

A group of far-left activists huddled in the basement of a labor union in Manhattan, aiming to upend a Democratic institution that they felt had grown stale. The potential target was not an entrenched politician, or the local county party. It was a much closer ally: labor unions, including the one that was hosting the […]

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A Rerun From the 1970s? This Economic Episode Has Different Risks

ImageA gas line in December 1973 in New York City. Today, the U.S. is better protected from oil price shocks. CreditMarty Lederhandler/Associated Press History doesn’t repeat, they say, but it often rhymes. And the latest economic headlines feature an uncanny tonal resemblance to those of the early 1970s. General Motors workers are on strike, seeking more […]

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G.M. Chief’s Test: Satisfy Striking Workers and Sustain Bottom Line

Mary T. Barra has often referred to her years of experience on the General Motors factory floor. So it was familiar terrain when the chief executive embarked this year on a tour of plants across the Midwest and South, a mission to create good will among unionized workers ahead of contract talks. At the Lake […]

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The Autoworkers Strike Is Bigger Than G.M.

Successful strikes beget more strikes. When nearly 50,000 General Motors workers walked out at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, it was just the latest in the largest burst of strikes in decades. Last year’s victorious teachers’ strike in West Virginia was the initial spark, helping inspire statewide walkouts in Oklahoma and Arizona as well as strikes in […]

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G.M. Workers Say They Sacrificed, and Now They Want Their Due

DETROIT — A decade ago, when General Motors was on the brink of collapse and was ushered into bankruptcy by the federal government, the company’s unionized workers bore a significant portion of the pain to bring the automaker back to financial health. The United Auto Workers agreed to allow General Motors to hire significant numbers […]

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The G.M. Strike: What You Need to Know

First, it was teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky. Then hotel workers at nearly two dozen Marriotts and grocery employees at Stop & Shop locations in the Northeast. Now, in the latest work stoppage, part of a recent surge of labor activism, the United Automobile Workers have gone on strike at General Motors. The […]

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Autoworkers Union Calls for Strike Against G.M.

The United Automobile Workers said Sunday that it planned to go on strike at General Motors at midnight after the two sides could not reach an agreement on a new labor contract. The current bargaining agreement expired at midnight on Saturday, with the union and company far apart on most of the major issues on […]

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Transit Strike Slows Paris to a Crawl, in a Warning to Macron

PARIS — Parisians thronged the sidewalks, took to bikes and scooters or canceled their morning commutes altogether Friday, faced with the biggest public transportation strike in nearly 13 years — a warning shot at President Emmanuel Macron’s government over its ambitious pension overhaul plan. Ten out of 14 metro lines were shut, iron gates were […]

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What People Say About the Economy Can Set Off a Recession

When will the next recession arrive? Economists are evaluating such factors as President Trump’s endlessly shifting tariff policy, the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve and other central banks, and such “leading indicators” as the yields in the bond market. It is good to look at these things. They provide insights about the state of […]

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Yoga for the Masses. Unions for the Instructors?

Natasa Babic often teaches three yoga classes on Thursdays at three different locations for three different employers. Her day starts at 6 a.m. and ends after 9 p.m. In between, she’s teaching, going back and forth on the subway, preparing classes and researching techniques. For her work, Ms. Babic, 37, earns $175. She doesn’t get […]

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The Necessary Radicalism of Bernie Sanders

You may have missed it, but late last month, Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign released the senator’s proposal for revitalizing the American labor movement. If passed into law, his Workplace Democracy Plan would end “at will” employment (employers could no longer dismiss employees for any reason without warning), institute industrywide “sectional” bargaining (versus organizing at individual […]

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California Labor Bill, Near Passage, Is Blow to Uber and Lyft

SACRAMENTO — A pack of Teamsters fanned out through California’s Capitol building last week, marching into legislators’ offices and pressing them to pass a bill that would force Uber and Lyft to treat their drivers as employees. The measure, Assembly Bill 5, would entitle gig workers to protections like a minimum wage and unemployment benefits. […]

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Labor Unions, Like Voters, Are Waiting to Pick a 2020 Favorite

PITTSBURGH — Bernie Sanders was in his element — railing against “the billionaire class” — as he talked up his “100-percent pro-union voting record” and his participation in “God knows how many picket lines.” “At the end of the day,” he told what his campaign said were over 1,000 Sanders-supporting union members and activists who […]

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As Grass-Roots Labor Activism Rises, Will Unions Take Advantage?

LOS ANGELES — When a group of workers at the video-game maker Riot Games staged a three-hour walkout in May over the company’s handling of sex discrimination accusations, they had help from a labor organizer named Emma Kinema. Ms. Kinema doesn’t work for a union, but she is part of a grass-roots wave of labor […]

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Reviving the American Working Class

Here’s one question that ought to be put to the Democratic candidates at their next debate in September: How would you improve the life of the average home health care worker? The iconic American worker of the 20th century — a man making cars in a Detroit factory — remains the focus of political debate […]

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F.B.I. Raids U.A.W. Chief’s Home as Financial Inquiry Widens

Federal agents on Wednesday raided the home of the president of the United Automobile Workers union in the midst of a widening investigation of financial wrongdoing by union and management officials. Agents also executed search warrants at a 1,000-acre U.A.W. resort in Michigan and other locations, an F.B.I. spokeswoman said. The investigation has uncovered the […]

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Candidates Are Jockeying for Union Endorsements. Bernie Sanders Just Got One.

PITTSBURGH — The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America endorsed Bernie Sanders on Monday, offering one of the few endorsements by a national union as Democratic presidential candidates continue to court labor’s support. The union, which represents some 35,000 workers, voted to back Mr. Sanders directly after he spoke at its national convention […]

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The $6 Million Drug Claim

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — Dawn Patterson keeps a multimillion-dollar drug in the fridge, next to a bottle of root beer and a jar of salsa. The drug, Strensiq, treats a rare bone disease that afflicted her with excruciating pain and left her struggling to work or care for her family. A year after she began taking […]

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$7 an Hour, 72 Hours a Week: Why Laundry Workers Have Had Enough

One afternoon last February, in front of dozens of riled-up protesters and two police officers, a small, visibly distraught woman confronted her employer at Sunshine Shirt Laundry Center, a family-owned cleaner in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. In the back of the store, stacks of dirty shirts spilled from a few laundry carts alongside an ironing board, […]

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