A new Congressional study has found that many women are being forced out of the workforce because of the economic downturn. The number of women with jobs reached an apex of 75 percent in the year 2000, but the new study has found that as of June 2008 the number has slipped for the first time since the 1960s. Two percent less women held jobs in June and according to the study that equals 4 million women without jobs.
What does the $8.86 billion dollar second quarter loss by the country’s fourth largest bank mean for workers? Quite a bit as Wachovia announced on Tuesday it would be slashing 10,750 positions.
Thursday’s federal minimum wage increase will do little to increase the quality of living in many states. Jesse Russell takes a look at New York.
The federal minimum wage will rise to $6.55 per hour on Thursday, but the Fiscal Policy Institute says New Yorkers will see little benefit. In a report titled Restoring the Purchasing Power of New York State’s Minimum Wage, the nonpartisan organization finds that inflation has eroded the state’s minimum wage purchasing power so it is now 16 percent below what it was in 1970. 283,000 New Yorkers are currently paid the minimum and 77 percent are o
Workers In Chicago Sue United Airlines Over Illegal Exploitation of Immigrant Workers At O’Hare – 07/23/08
By Doug Cunningham
A lawsuit by Chicago’s Working Hands Legal Clinic on behalf of immigrant workers at O’Hare Airport accuses United Airlines and several other companies of illegally profiting from wholesale violations of state and federal labor law. The suit names United , Alitalia, Singapore Airlines, Gate Gourmet, Air Menzies International , Swissport Cargo Services, J.D Norman Industries, APEX Plastic Finishing Company and Ideal Staffing Solutions. Attorney Jed Untereker says the companies profited from illegal exploitation of these workers by using the temp agency Ideal Staffing Solutions to bring the workers in.
More than 8,000 delegates at the NALC Biennial Convention voted unanimously to endorse Obama and mobilize the union’s more than 300,000 members to help elect him and other working family-friendly candidates.
Obama’s name was presented to the convention for the endorsement vote by Sen. Hillary Clinton, whom the NALC endorsed in September of last year.
Bandages may work OK for scraped knees, but as Working America members and union activists in Minnesota told Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) today, the nation’s broken health care system needs serious and comprehensive reform—not a “Bandage Solution.”
The activists marched to Coleman’s St. Paul office and at a press conference outside the office delivered a long roll of “No Bandage Solution” petitions strung together by colorful bandages and signed by more than 23,000 Working America members in Minnesota.
|Transafrica Forum’s Mwiza Munthali|
Nearly 100 trade unionists and other worker justice activists marched outside Zimbabwe’s embassy in Washington, D.C., yesterday demanding fair and free elections and an end to government-sponsored violence against opponents.
The demonstration was sponsored by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Transafrica Forum, the AFL-CIO and several other groups.
Members of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party have waged a violent and deadly national campaign of intimidation, with union members as major targets, to ensure he remains in power. Mugabe has ruled the country since 1980.
In key states around the country, the union vote will make the difference this fall. As part of the Labor 2008 program, the largest union voter mobilization in history, union volunteers are working hard to educate other members about why they support Sen. Barack Obama and intend to elect a pro-working family Congress this fall.
Worksite leafleting is just one of the ways Colorado union members communicate with fellow members about Obama’s record of supporting working families, says Phil Hayes, Labor 2008 state director. Last week, SMWIA Local 9 President Scott Jorgensen and NATCA staffer Chris McKeever spent hours at Denver construction sites talking to IBEW, SMWIA and UA members, Hayes reports.
In the announcement, Robert Scardelletti, president of the TCU/IAM, pledged to mobilize the 55,000-member union behind Obama and a pro-working family Congress.
Scardelletti said that on wages, health care, taxes, Social Security, worker safety and particularly the issues important to transportation industry workers, there’s no comparison between the candidates.
Obama supports workers and will fight for them, while Sen. John McCain will take the country in the wrong direction, Scardelletti said.