Working In These Times

Friday, Aug 17, 2018, 3:31 pm  ·  By Steven Hill

A Rundown of All the Ways Trump Is Overseeing an All Out, Under-the-Radar Attack on Workers

Make no mistake: the Trump administration is virulently anti-worker. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)  

Amidst headlines about porn stars and bromance with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it can be hard to track the many ways the Trump administration is hurting workers in the United States. The Supreme Court’s Janus ruling that struck a blow to unions’ ability to collect membership dues held a brief spotlight in the national news churn. But in a more-quiet fashion, the Trump administration already has been slowly dismantling worker protections, especially those enacted under the Obama administration.     


Friday, Aug 17, 2018, 12:39 pm  ·  By Dan DiMaggio & Pioneer Valley Workers Center Staff

How to Defend Workers Against Immigration Raids

In the largest workplace raid in a decade, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 146 workers at an Ohio meat supplier on June 19. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)  

As the Trump administration cracks down on undocumented immigrants, it’s urgent for worker centers and unions to organize to defend immigrant members.


Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018, 4:06 pm  ·  By Chris Brooks

Meet the Militant Taxi Drivers Union That Just Defeated Uber and Lyft

New York taxi drivers have won the country’s first cap on ride-sharing company vehicles. (Chris Brooks)  

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance knows how to throw a punch.

On August 14, the scrappy but militant 21,000 member union representing taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers in New York City won a landmark legislative victory establishing the country’s first cap on ride-sharing company vehicles and essentially forcing them to pay their drivers a minimum wage.


Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018, 2:35 pm  ·  By Bruce Vail

Trump’s NLRB Is Back in Action After Its Ethics Scandal—And It’s Not Good for Workers

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pauses during a campaign event September 6, 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)  

The Trump-dominated National Labor Relations Board has been mostly quiet this summer, largely as the result of an ethics scandal that has tainted some of its earlier anti-union work. But NLRB initiatives are quietly underway to restart attacks on labor rights, including an effort disclosed August 1 that could restrict how workers can use email on the job.


Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018, 11:00 am  ·  By Elena Carter

How a Small Town in Iowa Freed Local Workers From ICE Detention

Protesters are escorted out after interrupting a Donald Trump campaign event at the University of Iowa January 26, 2016. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)  

MT. PLEASANT, IOWA—Isabel discovered she was pregnant May 14. She and her husband, Jack (names changed because of his undocumented status), had been trying to start a family for years. They had a miscarriage in 2015. In 2016, their baby girl died an hour and a half after being born premature. Given the past complications, this new pregnancy was a huge deal. But Isabel wasn’t able to tell Jack in person. 

He was one of 32 workers seized during a May 9 raid at the Midwest Precast Concrete facility (MPC) in Mt. Pleasant. It was the largest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in the state since 2008, when 900 agents blitzed a meatpacking plant in Postville and put a tenth of the small town’s population in jail.


Friday, Aug 10, 2018, 3:27 pm  ·  By Mary Bottari

ALEC Is Pushing a New Slate of Viciously Anti-Worker, Pro-Corporate Laws

21 July 2017 - Denver, CO - US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta gives remarks and participates in Q&A at the 44th annual American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting. (Photo Credit: Department of Labor Shawn T Moore)  

When the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) convened its 45th annual meeting of legislators and corporate lobbyists at the swank Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel on August 8, it served up a veritable banquet of union-busting, gerrymandering, pro-fossil fuel, and school privatization proposals for lawmakers to take back home.


Friday, Aug 10, 2018, 11:56 am  ·  By Micah Uetricht

UPS Is Flush With Cash. It’s Up to Workers to Demand the Company Cough It Up.

Even when they’re flush with cash, companies like UPS still attack workers’ standards. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)  

The econ 101 explanation of how wages and benefits work goes something like this: when times are tough and companies are losing money, they have to limit workers’ compensation and hire less. When they’re flush with cash, companies bump up workers’ pay and hire more.


Thursday, Aug 9, 2018, 5:04 pm  ·  By David Webber

Will the Left Get Fooled Into Abandoning Worker Pensions?

Photo from Shutterstock  

The ideological blinders of some on the left are aiding and abetting the right’s final assault on labor. Workers and their allies should be appalled, and they need to act quickly.


Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018, 8:14 pm  ·  By Jeff Schuhrke

Voters Just Killed Right to Work in Missouri, Proving Labor Still Has Power Under Janus

Voters in Missouri said loud and clear that they don't want right to work. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  

After a string of victories across the country in recent years—including this summer’s Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court ruling—the anti-union “right-to-work” movement has met its match in Missouri. 


Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018, 6:08 pm  ·  By Michael Arria

DC Transit Wanted to Give Special Transport for White Supremacists. This Union Said Hell No.

A Metro Red Line Metro train pulls into Metro Center in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)  

The Washington, D.C. metro system ditched a potential plan to provide separate trains for white nationalists attending a “Unite the Right” rally in Lafayette Square after its largest union refused to participate. That rally is scheduled for August 12 and is organized by the same racist group behind last summer’s Charlottesville protest, an event where dozens were injured and Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, was killed after purposely being run over by a car.