"I hate being unemployed. It is a waste of my abilities," says Stan Osnowitz of Baltimore, 67, a journeyman wireman electrician. Even with the recession, Osnowitz was able to find work on a three-year job that included overtime pay. But a five-month job he held earlier this year ended July 3, and now unemployment benefits are his only income. His s […]
Those of us in the labor movement are quite aware of the benefits that apprenticeship programs bring to workers—after all union apprenticeship programs train about 450,000 mostly young workers every year. But a new report from the Center for American Progress finds:Apprenticeships are not a familiar concept to many Americans, but expanding the use of this h […]
President Barack Obama today said that “a relentless, decades-long trend”—“a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility…has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain: that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.”
Often we see labor and management on different sides of workplace issues, especially when it comes to the implementation of a new collective bargaining agreement. It was thus somewhat unusual to see the Longshoremen (ILA) union and its employer representative—the New York Shipping Association (NYSA)—come together to sue the Waterfront Commission of New York […]
On Nov. 5, the voters of SeaTac, a small suburban community near Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., voted to provide workers for the town's larger airport-related businesses a minimum wage of $15 per hour, 63% more than the state's current minimum wage of $9.19. See seven ways the new measure would change the lives of the workers after the jump.