The country's GDP has been growing at a nice clip forever (give or take a recession or two). But in the past three decades, workers have been getting a smaller share of the pie. Many economists blame technology, saying it enables companies to increase productivity and supercharge profits, without giving workers... Read More »
Every day, foreign aid workers, federal agents, and public policy scholars go to work in the palatial Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Ave., the most expensive federal building ever constructed. So did Joel Mejia, a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant (right) -- for $9 an hour and no benefits, in the building's... Read More »
The latest fun figure about our country's growing income inequality: The average big company CEO earns 354 times that of the average rank-and-file worker.
That statistic comes courtesy of the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of trade unions in the country, which has been tracking this ratio since 1996, according... Read More »
By Sam Hananel
The nation's labor unions suffered sharp declines in membership last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday, led by losses in the public sector as cash-strapped state and local governments laid off workers and -- in some cases -- limited collective bargaining rights. The union... Read More »
LANSING, Mich. -- In an audacious flex of political muscle, Republicans in a single day reached the brink of a goal that for years has seemed an all-but-impossible dream: making the labor bastion of Michigan a right-to-work state.
The GOP majority used its superior numbers and backing from Gov. Rick Snyder to... Read More »
NEW YORK - Hostess Brands Inc. lived to die another day. The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second-biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing today in which a bankruptcy court judge in White Plains, N.Y., will decide if... Read More »
Verizon often ranks on the "Best Places to Work" and "most admired" company lists, thanks to its ample salaries, generous benefits, impressive diversity and well-regarded training program. Yet many of the company's employees, former and current, are on a tear about the phone carrier, accusing it of slipping... Read More »
By Daniel Woolls
MADRID -- Banging drums and waving flags, tens of thousands of workers marked May Day in European cities Tuesday with a mix of anger and gloom over austerity measures imposed by leaders trying to contain the eurozone's intractable debt crisis.
Taking the baton from Asia, where unions... Read More »
By Sam Hananel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unions may be united in working to re-elect President Barack Obama, but their leaders also are trying to repair bitter divisions over his rejection of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Read More »
Some say it's a devil's bargain. Arizona government employees, who have suffered recent pay cuts, could get a 5 percent raise. All they have to do is give up many of their civil service protections, reports Stateline. Gov. Jan Brewer's "personnel reform" proposal, if it becomes law, would strip away much of... Read More »
By Tom LoBianco
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The battle over the right-to-work issue may be reaching a conclusion in Indiana as the state prepares to adopt its law, but the argument over exactly what the measure means for a state's economy is likely to rage on, unresolved, as it has for 70 years.
Since the 1940s,... Read More »
While many governors across the country have worked to curb union power over the past year, Minnesota's Gov. Mark Dayton, who is sympathetic to unions, called on state child care providers to decide whether they wanted to join a union themselves. The backlash has been intense, and on Thursday a group of child... Read More »
HELSINKI (AP) -- Finnish trade unions and employers organizations on Monday signed a two-year labor contract that raises wages by some 4.3 percent for more than 2 million people, or 94 percent of the country's working population.
Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen described the deal as "historic," saying... Read More »
By Wayne Parry
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Atlantic City casino workers successfully fought off a management demand that they take pay cuts and contribute for the first time to their health benefits and pension costs.
Members of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE casino union on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a... Read More »
Postal workers may make their livelihood through the mail, but they fight for it on foot. On Tuesday afternoon, postal unions held 492 rallies in all of the nation's congressional districts to persuade their representatives to save the U.S. Postal Service without slashing 20 percent of its workforce. Read More »
By JENNIFER PELTZ
NEW YORK (AP) -- Striking Verizon landline workers have harassed and even fired a BB gun at those still on the job, blocked trucks from getting to Verizon facilities and kept work from being completed, the telecommunications company said Wednesday as it pursued legal action in five states... Read More »