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Barrett would be bad news for workers

WASHINGTON (PAI)—In her three years as a federal appellate court judge, Amy Coney Barrett, whom GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump has nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, has shown herself to be bad news for workers’ rights, legal analysts

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As pandemic slams Postal Workers, it’s one more threat to voting by mail

This article from ProPublica first appeared here. By Maryam Jameel and Ryan McCarthyFor months, one postal worker had been doing all she could to protect herself from COVID-19. She wore a mask long before it was required at her plant

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Report: Anti-union scare tactics common

EPI recently released a new report providing an inside account of how employers routinely threaten, intimidate, and harass workers to stop them from exercising their right to collective bargaining. Specifically, the authors take a deep dive into unionization drives at

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What Happened When Health Officials Wanted to Close a Meatpacking Plant, but the Governor Said No

By Michael Grabell On Tuesday, March 31, an emergency room doctor at the main hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska, sent an urgent email to the regional health department: “Numerous patients” from the JBS beef packing plant had tested positive for

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Union leaders back vote-by-mail initiatives

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Top union leaders, marshalled by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, are backing the $3.6 billion in the House Democrats’ stimulus bill to pay states to establish vote-by-mail systems – and the measure’s mandate they do so. But whether the unionists’

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AFL-CIO leads push to save postal service

WASHINGTON (PAI)—With the Postal Service headed for the financial rocks thanks to the impact of coronavirus-caused closures, the AFL-CIO and other progressive groups have launched petitions to pressure lawmakers to save it. Without the USPS and its nationwide service, they

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Union calls out ‘no’ votes on PRO Act

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Challenging the Democratic Party to live up to its pro-worker utterances, the Communications Workers formally asked the party to withdraw support from the seven incumbent U.S. House Democrats who voted against the Protect The Right To Organize (Pro) Act,

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‘Top Charts’ reveal reality of U.S. economy

This year continued the economic recovery from the Great Recession. But while the economy has had 21 consecutive months with unemployment at or below 4%, the top line numbers do not tell the whole story. The Economic Policy Institute released

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AFL-CIO endorses ‘new NAFTA’; Machinists, others object

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Over the Machinists’ objections, the AFL-CIO announced earlier this month it backs the revised “New NAFTA,” the so-called “free trade” pact GOP President Donald Trump and the U.S. House’s ruling Democrats unveiled that day. The union federation and the

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EPI: Trump NLRB targets worker protections

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Just about the only worker protection the Trump-named GOP National Labor Relations Board majority hasn’t successfully banned, yet, is Scabby the Rat. It’s not for lack of trying. NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, its top enforcement officer, wants to

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