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$1.5M in Grants Available to Empower Women Workers on Labor Rights
Employment
$1.5M in Grants Available to Empower Women Workers on Labor Rights
2021-06-28 19:25:48
by Victoria Turner

The Labor Department has made $1.5 million available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to develop partnerships with community-based organizations and other non-profits seeking to empower women workers by strengthening their... Read More

Coalition Pressing For Clean Energy Tax Credit Extension
Energy
Coalition Pressing For Clean Energy Tax Credit Extension
2021-06-22 15:26:18
by Dan McCue

If the White House and Congress are serious about making clean energy a meaningful part of the still-to-finalized infrastructure package, they need to enact a 10-year extension of an investment tax credit that has buoyed the industry in recent years.... Read More

CDC Condemned by National Nurses United for Updated Guidance
Health
CDC Condemned by National Nurses United for Updated Guidance
2021-05-18 17:26:35
by Reece Nations

National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the United States, issued a rebuke of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated public health recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC’s updated guidance... Read More

Amazon Survives Drive to Unionize Plant in Alabama
Labor
Amazon Survives Drive to Unionize Plant in Alabama
2021-04-09 20:27:00
by Dan McCue

Amazon appears to have enough votes to thwart an effort to unionize its warehouse in Bessemer, Ala.  By Friday afternoon, the company had crossed the threshold to secure a majority of votes, with 1,700 warehouse workers voting against the union... Read More

Amazon Loses in Labor Complaint
Labor
Amazon Loses in Labor Complaint
2021-04-07 13:53:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The National Labor Relations Board’s finding announced this week that online retailer Amazon retaliated unfairly against two of its headquarters staff members is paving the way for a possible lawsuit against the company. The two workers publicly criticized... Read More

US Employment Picture Brightens
In The News
US Employment Picture Brightens
2021-04-06 19:16:41
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - With 7.4 million job openings and 5.7 million new hires across the U.S. in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover report paints a brighter picture for the country’s employment situation more than a... Read More

Business Advocates Oppose Move to Make Union Organizing Easier
Labor
Business Advocates Oppose Move to Make Union Organizing Easier
2021-03-09 15:39:21
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Norma Torres talked Monday about how union membership protected her family after they arrived from Guatemala in 1970 as refugees from a civil war that killed more than 200,000 people. Her father, an electrician, was a union member... Read More

Biden Announces Additional Members of His Energy and Jobs Team
White House
Biden Announces Additional Members of His Energy and Jobs Team
2021-02-10 15:32:29
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – Joe Biden is adding two new members to his energy and jobs team: David Turk, deputy secretary of Energy and Julie Su, deputy secretary of Labor. They will support the work of Secretary of Energy nominee Jennifer Granholm... Read More

900K Unemployment Claims Show US Economy Still Reeling From Pandemic
Economy
900K Unemployment Claims Show US Economy Still Reeling From Pandemic
2021-01-21 20:22:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The number of unemployment claims filed last week fell to 900,000, a number that remains historically high and suggests the economy still has a long way to go before it fully recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The Labor... Read More

Google Workers Form New Labor Union, a Tech Industry Rarity
Labor
Google Workers Form New Labor Union, a Tech Industry Rarity

A group of Google engineers and other workers announced Monday they have formed a union, creating a rare foothold for the labor movement in the tech industry. About 225 employees at Google and its parent company Alphabet are the first... Read More

Elevator Mechanics Hold Out Against COVID-19 Pandemic
Labor
Elevator Mechanics Hold Out Against COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-11-17 16:40:05
by Reece Nations

Of all the classes of workers who have come to be highlighted as “essential” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one group that is often, unfairly overlooked are those who keep the infrastructure of high rise offices and residential buildings functioning... Read More

US Jobless Claims Give Mixed Picture With Shift in Adjustments
Employment
US Jobless Claims Give Mixed Picture With Shift in Adjustments

U.S. unemployment claims figures gave a mixed picture of the labor market amid government changes to seasonal adjustments to account for distortions from the pandemic. Initial jobless claims in state programs totaled 881,000 in the week ended Aug. 29, according... Read More

Drop in US Jobless Claims Offers Hope for Battered Economy
Employment
Drop in US Jobless Claims Offers Hope for Battered Economy

WASHINGTON — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to the lowest since March, offering a ray of hope for an economy still battered by the pandemic. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs fell by 249,000 to... Read More

Lawmakers Seek Relief Funds For Electronic Union Elections
Labor
Lawmakers Seek Relief Funds For Electronic Union Elections
2020-04-21 18:20:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, led by Reps. Andy Levin, D-Mich., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., is pressing for the inclusion of funding and a directive in the next coronavirus stimulus bill to enable the National Labor Relations Board... Read More

Impeachment Rules Encroach on Free Press
Media
Impeachment Rules Encroach on Free Press
2020-01-17 18:40:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It has been a tough, some would say strange, few weeks for the press in Washington, D.C. Symbolically, it began with the shuttering of the Newseum, a museum dedicated to journalism and freedom of speech, which closed December... Read More

Democratic Debate in LA Back On After Tentative Union Deal
2020 Elections
Democratic Debate in LA Back On After Tentative Union Deal

LOS ANGELES — A Democratic presidential debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles is back on track after a labor dispute there was ended Tuesday morning. The televised debate, set for Thursday, had been in peril since last week,... Read More

U.S. Labor Leader Trumka Is Said to Back Trump’s NAFTA Rewrite
Trade
U.S. Labor Leader Trumka Is Said to Back Trump’s NAFTA Rewrite

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump secured approval for his U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement from a key U.S. labor leader, according to three Trump administration officials, clearing one of the final hurdles for the deal to get a vote in Congress as... Read More

Trump Move Could Spark Another Exodus of US Jobs Researchers
In The News
Trump Move Could Spark Another Exodus of US Jobs Researchers

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has called its work “phony.” His Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney warned that President Barack Obama was “manipulating” its numbers. Economic adviser Larry Kudlow termed one of its reports “very fluky.” Is it a House... Read More

46,000 UAW Workers Strike At GM Plants Nationwide
Economy
46,000 UAW Workers Strike At GM Plants Nationwide

DETROIT — Members of the United Auto Workers went on strike at General Motors Co. plants nationwide at midnight Sunday night, sending 46,000 workers to picket lines in the union’s first walkout since the automaker emerged from taxpayer-funded bankruptcy a... Read More

Trump Proposal Would Allow Government Contractors To Fire LGBTQ On Religious Grounds, Critics Say
Employment
Trump Proposal Would Allow Government Contractors To Fire LGBTQ On Religious Grounds, Critics Say

A new rule proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration would allow businesses that receive federal contracts to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals according to employers’ religious beliefs, critics say. According to the Department of Labor, the role of the proposal, which... Read More

House Passes New Democrat-Led Amendment to Improve Workforce Data Collection
Labor
House Passes New Democrat-Led Amendment to Improve Workforce Data Collection
2019-06-18 20:37:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment championed by the New Democrat Coalition aimed at modernizing how the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor trends and surveys people in non-traditional work arrangements. The amendment, sponsored by... Read More

Supreme Court to Take Up LGBT Job Discrimination Cases
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Take Up LGBT Job Discrimination Cases
2019-04-22 20:20:31
by Dan McCue

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up the question of whether provisions of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting employment discrimination applies to LGBT individuals. The justices said they would hear Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia,... Read More

New Democrat Coalition: A Future That Works
Innovation
New Democrat Coalition: A Future That Works
2018-09-12 00:27:13
by TWN Staff

As the number of legislative days this Congress dwindles, the New Democrat Coalition, a group of 68 Democrats in the House of Representatives who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies, continue to push their “New Economic Opportunity ... Read More

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