Category: Workers' Rights
Coming Out at Work and the Fight for Equality
Coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered at work can be one of the most difficult choices a person can make. AFSCME and the AFL-CIO advocate for safe and inclusive workplaces for all workers, especially those who are often left behind.
UC Doctors Strike Over Unfair Labor Practices
Doctors at all 10 student health centers at the University of California will conduct a one-day strike on Tuesday, Jan. 27, to protest the university’s lack of good-faith bargaining on a first contract.
Labor Secretary: ‘Turn Up the Volume on Worker Voice’
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez made a strong case for the value of labor unions following the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2014 Union Membership Report.
Chicago Cab Drivers Mourn Slain Driver, Seek Protections
Mourning the Jan. 8 shooting death of driver Chinedu Madu, Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Council 31 raised money to help with funeral costs, and to support his widow and young son, while urging the city to protect the wellbeing of Chicago’s cab drivers.
California Caregivers Keep Fighting for Fair Pay
With a new legislative session underway in Sacramento, California’s home care providers are fighting for fair pay on two fronts.
Independent Board Backs Chicago Taxi Reforms
CHICAGO – A new report released by an independent panel of experts from across Chicago finds the present taxi system in dire need of reform.
Time to Choose Higher Wages
“People will provide for their family members when they can,” she says. “But when they can’t, our communities fall apart.”
Ruling Limits Fair Standards for Home Care Providers
A federal judge has ruled that certain home care providers are not entitled to overtime pay. The last-minute decision reverses an effort by the U.S. Department of Labor that would have boosted providers’ pay starting January 1.
Wal-Mart Gets Called Out for Wage Theft
Wal-Mart will have to pay back $151 million in stolen wages to approximately 187,000 employees after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in favor of workers who were forced to skip breaks and work off the clock.
Using Company Email for Organizing Is OK
The National Labor Relations Board decided this week that employees may use their company email accounts to organize their fellow workers, as long as they do it on their own time. The ruling applies to private-sector workers only.
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