You've probably heard it from a colleague, or maybe from a friend or family member: "Kids these days... they're just too ambivalent to care about labor unions or workers' rights." But as it turns out, that's just not true. Young people are actually big fans of unions. Fully 61% of young people view labor unions favorably—that's more than 10 points higher than the national average—according to a new Pew poll. Read more »
Local 563 Delivers the Message of its Diverse Workforce against Cretex to Local Hispanic radio marketSubmitted by JohnSee on Tue, 07/09/2013 - 3:28pm
Listeners of AM 630 Radio Rey and La Mera Buena FM 107.5 will soon hear how cutting retirement benefitswould devastate workers’ futures. Radio advertisements produced by Laborers Local 563 in response to Elk River-based Cretex plan to cut employee retirement benefits by roughly 80 percent are set to air on two Twin Cities’ Spanish speaking radio stations. Read more »
CEOs Recovering Well, Workers Not So Much originally appeared on the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) blog.
Escalating CEO compensation is a major contributor to income inequality. Along with financial sector pay, growing CEO compensation has helped more than double the income share of the top 1 percent over the past three decades. Read more »
Pittsburgh Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 5 members are being credited with saving dozens of local senior citizens from a fire that tore through a nursing home June 25. Community College of Allegheny County instructor Tammy Miller was teaching a class of 24 IBEW members when some of the students spotted trouble at the senior living facility next door. Miller says: Read more »
In a showing of support and solidarity, members of Laborers Local 563 will continue to receive health insurance benefits even though they are on the picket line fighting to keep their retirement benefits. A strike fund has been established by Local 563 to support the more than 40 construction craft laborers who are on strike against Cretex at the company's Shakopee facility. Read more »