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Apr. 20, 1980
United Auto Workers members end a successful 172-day strike against International Harvester, protesting management demands for new work rules and mandatory overtime provisions.

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Hoffa on Equal Pay Day: Disparity of women’s pay is nothing to celebrate
Apr. 10, 2018 | Today is a sad reminder of the pay inequity faced by women in the workplace. Despite the annual effort to pass legislation in Congress that would codify paycheck fairness, there has been no progress. And that inaction will cost women and their families more than $430,000 over the length of their careers. Although the overall economy has been improving, the pay gap has barely budged in more than a decade. It hits nearly every occupation and is even worse for women of color. This is not just a low-income problem – it is an every woman problem… Teamsters

Teamster Nation Podcast: Pushing to protect pensions
Mar. 29, 2018 | Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast! Get the lowdown on a new joint select congressional panel that holds the future of the Teamsters’ years-long effort to secure the retirements of hundreds of thousands of its members in its hands, and how retirees and workers can help. Plus, how a critically-acclaimed rock band sprung from Teamster security guard jobs at a New York City museum.

Hoffa talks tariffs, pension on Fox Business News
Mar. 21, 2018 |  “There’s a national emergency right now to protect American jobs,” Hoffa told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo during an interview on Wednesday. “We need steel for national security, we need aluminum. We need to have strong, strong companies here. This is the beginning of something that will save American jobs and protect American security…” Watch the interview here.

Brewery reform taps out as Md. House committee rejects bill
Mar. 20, 2018 | Unhappy with Comptroller Peter Franchot’s bold venture into policymaking, a House committee voted 17-4 against the Reform on Tap bill the Democratic comptroller had been pushing for months as the best way to fix what he viewed as flawed beer regulations approved last year by the General Assembly…“This bill would have had devastating consequences for many family-owned small businesses that have been in Maryland for generations,” said Best, vice president of the Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association. “We’re glad to keep working with brewers to sell more Maryland beer in what’s been a historic year for craft beer expansion in the Maryland brewing industry.” Baltimore Sun

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No, Janus Is Not a Trojan Horse
April 20, 2018 | UNIONS | The Supreme Court is poised to bring “right to work” (RTW) to the public sector. Conservative, anti-labor forces see this as a blow to labor and are providing the financial and ideological support for the effort... Janus will be an enormous blow. But it does not have to mean the end of the labor movement. As teachers in West Virginia have made clear, a militant, determined group of workers fighting strategically can prevail in spite of labor law stacked against them… Jacobin Magazine
Business Group Wants Union Organizing Rule Rescinded
April 19, 2018 | WAR ON WORKERS | The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a letter to federal officials Wednesday asking them to rescind a recent rule which speeds up union elections. Former President Barack Obama oversaw a very active administration when it came to labor policy. The purpose was to better protect workers by strengthening regulations and unions. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ushered in changes to union election procedures in those years which critics have called the “ambush election” rule. The rule shortens the amount of time union elections are held from a typical 38 days to as little as 10 days. The NRF is calling on the board to end the rule outright, or at least make significant modifications. Inside Sources
Even If Trump Wants to Rejoin TPP, That Ship May Have Sailed
April 18, 2018 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | […] Most experts still deem it unlikely that all current CPTPP members will welcome the U.S. back with open arms, especially if the president makes tough demands. Last week, trade ministers from Australia, Japan and Malaysia made clear that they would welcome the U.S. joining the CPTPP, but that the U.S. should not expect substantial changes to be made. Second, while agricultural interests, farm-state members of Congress and some manufacturers are keen to rejoin the Asia-focused trade pact of Pacific nations, U.S. unions are not… The Hill
The Teachers’ Union Boomerang
April 17, 2018 | STRIKES | The successful strike by teachers in West Virginia in March has kicked off a wave of organizing and walk-outs in other places, including Oklahoma, Arizona, and Kentucky. To appreciate the significance of this movement, it’s worth looking at the wave of attacks on teachers’ unions that swept the country starting back in 2010, as labor relations scholar Étienne Cantin did in a 2012 paper. When teachers’ unions rose up in the 1960s and ‘70s, using radical and often illegal techniques to gain recognition, they relied on the rest of the labor movement for support… daily.jstor.org
 
 
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