AFL-CIO en Outcome of Unionization Vote Appealed <p>Unionizing offers workers group strength that can mean labor contracts, due process, and a vote on their leaders. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:49:04 +0000 Bill Knight 49331 at Outcome of Unionization Vote Appealed Challenges to Overcome Before Mid-Term Elections <p>One year from this week – on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 – people will vote on all 435 Representatives in Congress, a third of the 100 U.S. Senators, and dozens of governors, and labor is choosing where to use its resources.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:56:20 +0000 Bill Knight 43392 at Challenges to Overcome Before Mid-Term Elections The Drop in Union Membership <p>The recent release of a government report regarding the numbers and percentages of U.S. employees belonging to unions or working where unions represent them made headlines but most newscasts or stories lacked context. It’s an occasion for a statistical “status report.”</p><p></p><p>The percentage of the U.S. labor force belonging to unions fell 0.5% from 2011 to 2012, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The drop went from 11.8% to 11.3% – from 14.8 million to 14.4 million Americans.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:38:41 +0000 Bill Knight 29176 at The Drop in Union Membership The Second Bill of Rights <p>As preparations are finalized for the Democratic and GOP National Conventions, some labor unions and their progressive allies have decided to host a rallying event of their own in Philadelphia to &ldquo;refocus the national political debate on economic opportunity and middle class rights.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s news to too many Americans.</p><p>A &ldquo;Workers Stand for America&rdquo; rally is scheduled to occur next Saturday, August 11, when working people from all walks of life, union and non-union alike, will come together to have their voices heard during the election campaign.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 17:20:04 +0000 Bill Knight 19190 at The Second Bill of Rights Earth Day & Workers Memorial Day <p>For organized labor: If the environment deteriorates, where will we work? For that matter, for environmentalists: If work is unsafe, how can society be sustained?<br /><br />Single-issue activism can be focused, but it also can be ineffective, and this month that&rsquo;s especially worth noting. April is when people commemorate both Earth Day and Workers Memorial Day, sensibly urging prevention as the best course against trouble &ndash; on global and personal scales.<br /> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:01:32 +0000 Bill Knight 13689 at Earth Day & Workers Memorial Day