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Respect pickets: Building Trades, USW resolve refinery issues


ATLANTA (Feb. 25, 2015) — The following Joint Statement from Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), and Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, was released today: There has been much confusion concerning the United Steelworkers (USW) negotiations with the refinery industry regarding the scope of our members’ work. […]

WSLC: Our Walmart deserves credit for long-overdue raises


OLYMPIA (Feb. 20, 2015) — The following statement was issued today by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: I want to recognize the courage, bravery and tenacity of the workers and community members of “Our Walmart” who have forced the Walmart Corporation to raise wages to $9 an hour this April, […]

ILWU: Shippers harm economy for leverage


The following is from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union: SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 12, 2015) — On Wednesday, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), a consortium of international corporations, informed the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) that ships will not be worked at West Coast Ports four of the next five days. This action marks […]

Young leaders: Sign up NOW for the Next Up Summit in Chicago


CHICAGO — Across the country, young people are leading some of the nation’s most critical fights for social and economic justice. At the 2015 Next Up Young Worker Summit in Chicago on March 19-22, young leaders will build a common agenda, provide young activists the tools they need to build power, and begin mapping out […]

Strong USPS results, but service cuts on tap


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Postal Service’s announcement of its financial results for the last calendar quarter of 2014 show an operating profit of $1.1 billion and a continuing trend of increased revenue. While the release trumpets a $754 million loss, that loss exists only on paper, a product of a much-criticized law designed to […]

Murray: NLRB doing its job by protecting McDonald’s workers


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 6, 2015) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on Thursday applauded the National Labor Relations Board’s efforts to protect the rights of fast-food workers in a case where the NLRB determined McDonald’s to be a “joint employer” alongside franchise owners. The case could make fast-food chains responsible for the labor violations at their […]

Happy Birthday, FMLA! Now let’s win paid sick, family leave


(Feb. 5, 2015) — Today is the 22nd anniversary of the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that allows workers to take unpaid leave to care for an ill family member or themselves without fear of losing their jobs or health insurance. The FMLA’s unpaid leave with job protections was a good […]

With deal in sight, ILWU urges against closing West Coast ports


The following is from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union: SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 5, 2015) — The ILWU is trying to keep dock employers at the negotiating table to finish an agreement that is “extremely close.” “We’re this close,” said ILWU President Robert McEllrath, who held up two fingers in a gesture indicating how close […]

On the picket line in Anacortes, workplace safety tops concerns


Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015: Yesterday I walked the picket line with about 50 steelworkers at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash. Nine plants were struck by the United Steelworkers of America across the country on Sunday, Feb. 1 as national […]

USW strikes Tesoro Anacortes, eight other U.S. refineries


The following is from the USW: PITTSBURGH (Feb. 1, 2015) — The United Steelworkers Union (USW) announced that it is calling for a work stoppage at the following U.S. refineries: LyondellBasell in Houston, TX; Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, TX; Marathon Houston Green Cogeneration facility, Texas City, TX; Marathon Refinery, Catlettsburg, Ky; Shell […]


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