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Nissan Rejects Government Offer for Mediation on Labor Rights in Mississippi

Nissan Rejects Government Offer for Mediation on Labor Rights in Mississippi

For years, working women and men at Nissan in Mississippi have sought a voice at work in the face of intimidation and threats, as this 2013 report outlines. Now the company has refused an offer by the U.S. government to provide mediation that could have resolved longstanding complaints about labor rights violations.

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Stand Up and Fight 'Right to Work' in West Virginia

Stand Up and Fight 'Right to Work' in West Virginia

Here they come! Big corporations spent more than $1 billion last year to elect politicians who would push their agenda. Now they're starting to call in those favors. And West Virginia is one of the places they are launching this year's anti-working families' agenda.

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Trumka: Obama Budget Falls Short on Corporate Tax Reform, Infrastructure

Trumka: Obama Budget Falls Short on Corporate Tax Reform, Infrastructure

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal:

In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to take to create an economy that truly works for all working people. His budget follows through with a number of proposals that would benefit American workers, such as repeal of harmful sequestration cuts, higher taxes on capital gains and a financial crisis fee on the largest financial institutions. These are all pieces to a robust program to raise wages.

But when it comes to fixing our rigged corporate tax system, the actual proposals in President Obama’s budget don’t match the rhetoric. As this budget stands, it falls short of a very simple standard: Our tax system should not encourage corporations to shift jobs or profits overseas. We are also disappointed that the administration continues to propose corporate tax reform that does not raise significant amounts of revenue over the long term.

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Obama Administration Honors Coalition of Immokalee Workers for Fight Against Forced Labor; Strengthens Regulations to Combat Trafficking

Forced labor and human trafficking exist in worksites and industries where workers’ rights are routinely violated and where a culture of exploitation reigns. In the tomato fields of Florida, more than 1,200 farm workers once toiled in conditions of forced labor. However, thanks to the organizing efforts of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), these workers now have respect on the job, higher wages and a say on the job.

 

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USW Oil Workers Strike After Shell Leaves Talks

Some 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are on strike at nine refineries operated by Shell, Marathon, Tesoro and LyondellBasell after Shell, the lead company in the National Oil Bargaining talks, “refused to provide us with a counteroffer and left the bargaining table,” says USW President Leo W. Gerard.

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It Was a Union Super Bowl Sunday: Winners and Losers of the Week

It Was a Union Super Bowl Sunday: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations on Twitter (after the jump).

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NFL Players Association: A Sustained Drive for Players' Rights

More than 100 million people in the United States, and millions more worldwide, will watch today’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.  While we will be gathered in living rooms and bars surrounded by our favorite game food and beverages, the Seahawks and Patriots players will be on the job in a workplace covered by a strong collective bargaining agreement that guarantees workers’ rights, protections and benefits. But as this new video from the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) shows, it didn’t come easy.

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New Jersey Union Sportsmen Build Bird Condos

Donald Mullins, a member of Insulators Local 14, displays a newly built pheasant transport box.

As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state.

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TPP Job Claims Earn 4 Pinocchios!

TPP Job Claims Earn 4 Pinocchios!

U.S. workers should beware of promises that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will create jobs. When evaluating the recent Obama administration claim that the TPP will create 650,000 jobs, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave it the lowest possible rating of Four Pinocchios—aka “Whopper.” Fact Checker editor Glenn Kessler wrote (after the jump):

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