Monthly Archives: March 2012

New Report Highlights Abuse, Strength of Latina Workers

It should come as no surprise that many people in the United States still suffer from employment abuse. What is shocking, however, is that much of this abuse is concentrated within one class of people in the workforce. Latina working women are among the most vulnerable workers when it comes to abuse and harassment. Looking […]

AFL-CIO: Judge Rules Against Portions of Walker’s Anti-Worker Law

This afternoon a federal judge in Wisconsin struck down two parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 anti-worker law that eliminated collective bargaining rights for public workers. U.S. District Court Judge William Conley ruled against the provision that eliminated payroll deduction for public-sector workers’ union dues. He also ruled against the section that required unions to win 51 […]

New Budgets Allow More Contracts in MD, But Who Gets Them?

As the federal and several state governments take measures to stimulate the still weak economy, much of the attention has been devoted to public infrastructure projects. Channeling the ideas of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, President Barack Obama has decided to create jobs by investing in the country’s crumbling infrastructure. His projects are funding […]

TN, GA Want to Add Gun Owners to Non-Discrimination Laws

Many states have taken it upon themselves to supplement Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by passing legislation that prohibits discrimination based on an employee’s or potential employee’s membership in a particular class of people. Many legislatures have added sexual orientation as a pseudo-protected class but states like Georgia and Tennessee want to make […]

Employers Asking for Facebook Passwords May Be Unethical, Illegal

Tell me a little bit about yourself. What’s your greatest strength? What’s your biggest weakness? What’s your Facebook password? Come again? In a world where social media has taken over communication in a form similar to that of King Kong hovering over New York City from the top of the Empire State Building, how much […]

AFL-CIO: Basics Out of Reach on Minimum Wage

Let’s say you’re earning the $7.25-an-hour minimum wage. How many hours would you have to work to equal what a year of college costs? How about a year of family health insurance premiums? The Center for Economic and Policy Research has crunched the numbers and they’re not pretty. In 2010, a minimum wage worker would have […]

Employer, Employee Disputes Over Social Networking Site Use

Social media like Facebook and Twitter have added yet another dynamic to the employer-employee relationship. Many businesses and even non-profit organizations encourage, if not require, their employees to use social media to promote the interests of the business or organization. For example, news agencies like CNN have incorporated social media components to their shows and […]

Right-To-Work Becomes Even More Divisive Among Republicans Across the Nation

Minnesota Republicans are now trying to make Minnesota the 24th right-to-work state in the nation. Since Republicans control both state legislative chambers, it looks like the party may be able to take this initiative all the way to the voter ballot. In fact, this bill would amend Minnesota’s constitution to ensure right-to-work laws. This development […]

Remembering the Triangle Fire Victims: 101st Anniversary

AFL-CIO Blog: March 25 was 101st anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City, which killed 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women. Many of them jumped to their deaths from the 10-story factory to escape the fire because they were locked inside. While the Triangle fire is a prominent part of labor history, not […]

Wisconsin Public Employees Challenge New Employment Policies

The contentious stripping of union rights for almost all public employees in Wisconsin in 2011 has given rise to new disciplinary rules.  Government workers call the rules unfair, but the state governments creating the rules say that writing new ones after union contracts that have been bargained for over fifty years is difficult.  Some counties […]