- SEIU Global Day Of Action Urges End of Tax Loopholes For “Buyout Billionaires”
- AFT Convention Endorses Conyers National Health Care Bill
- Journalists Protest Baltimore Sun Job Cuts
- Class Action Suit Alleges Dell Violated Fair Labor Standards Act
- Economic Report: 70% Of American Workers Feel Burned Out
Americans are burning our, or at least they feel like they are burning out. A new study from Harris Interactive has found that 78 percent of American workers say they feel burned out. Forty-five percent attribute it to a heavy workload while 23 percent are unhappy with the balance between work and their social lives. However, many workers confuse stress with burning out. Some signs of actual burn out include detachment, isolation, apathy, and hopelessness.
Dell is being hit by a class action lawsuit. Jesse Russell reports:
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Dell, alleging that the computer maker violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and underpaid call center workers. The suit was filed by two Dell workers, but was opened up for class action status to include 5000 additional workers. The allegations in the suit say that Dell only allows supervisors to make changes in the time keeping system, which has been underreporting how many hours are worked. The workers allege that the supervisors aren’t making the necessary corrections and
Newspaper workers spent Thursday protesting as Tribune Company prepares to make job cuts today. At the Baltimore Sun 100 black folding chairs were lined up to represent the 100 jobs being cut at the paper, but as of yesterday no one knew how the layoffs would be handled by the company. Sixty jobs will be cut in the newsroom.
By Doug Cunningham
At its convention in Chicago the American Federation of Teachers voted to endorse the Conyers single payer universal national health care bill in Congress. HR676 would create a real national health care plan covering all medically necessary care by expanding a greatly improved Medicare system. The sweeping health care reform would eliminate deductibles and co-payments. There are 90 co-sponsors in the U.S. House right now. More than 400 different labor union organizations have endorsed the Conyers health care bill.
By Doug Cunningham
On Thursday the SEIU rallied for what it called a Global Day of Action to take back the economy against private equity firms. One of the goals, according to the SEIU, is to get Congress to close tax loopholes that give private equity firms big tax breaks that reward the destruction of jobs when equity firms buy, slash and sell companies. SEIU says if these tax loopholes were closed to the “buyout billionaires” $31 billion in government revenue would be generated. That money could be used for healthcare or for middle-class tax cuts rather than stuffing the already overstuffed pockets of private equity firm owners.
The nation’s labor movement is “more relevant today than ever,” but unions need to help the general public “connect the dots” between a strong and growing union movement and improving their lives, says Phil Dine, veteran St. Louis Post-Dispatch labor reporter.
Dine, author of State of the Unions: How Labor Can Strengthen the Middle Class, Improve Our Economy, and Regain Political Influence, spoke to a lunch-time crowd at the AFL-CIO here in Washington, D.C., today.
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Rich Trumka introduced Dine, who has spent more than 20 years covering unions and workers, and is one of the few remaining labor reporters in the mainstream media. Trumka gave Dine high praise, describing him as “not some Beltway pundit but a grassroots labor reporter.”
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has voted to protect and strengthen Social Security and against privatizing the nation’s most successful retirement security program.
On the other hand, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says Social Security is an “absolute disgrace” (see video) and that President Bush’s failed privatization scheme is the way to go. Yesterday, a coalition of activist groups told the Republican presidential candidate that’s not going to happen.
During a telephone press conference hosted by Americans United For Change, union, retiree and activist leaders outlined plans to keep voters informed of McCain’s support of privatization and the wide gap between his and Obama’s proposals for Social Security.
Resolutely courageous, fearless and bold. While those words describe all of the women being honored by the National Organization for Women (NOW) at the group’s annual Intrepid Awards Gala, they especially fit AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Emerita Linda Chavez-Thompson.
Along with four other pioneering women, Chavez-Thompson will be recognized for her accomplishments at a gala Thursday in Washington, D.C. Chavez-Thompson, the first person to hold the office of executive vice president and the first person of color to hold one of the top elected offices at the AFL-CIO, retired last September to return home to San Antonio and be with her family. She was elected in 1995 after serving in a series of leadership roles in AFSCME and on the AFL-CIO Executive Council.