Union News & Views

04/20/2013 - 8:05am

Berry Craig writes in this piece about how unions are often the scapegoats when companies close their factories and move production outside the U.S. 

04/11/2013 - 9:13am
Steve Dondley

Many unions, especially smaller ones, do not set up official union email addresses with their domain name for their staff or leadership (e.g. your_name@ ABCLocal123.com). Instead, they use a personal email addresses or an address given to them by their Internet provider for official union business. Unfortunately, that's not a very good idea. Here's six reasons why your union should set up official union email addresses:

04/10/2013 - 6:47pm

Berry Craig writes in this piece about how the United Mineworkers of America is being supported in their efforts to fight to ensure that Patriot Coal Company honor the more than $1.3 billion in promised health care and pension obligations to coal workers who put their lives and health at risk every single day.

03/27/2013 - 8:59am
Steve Dondley

Quick! Name a unionized email hosting service.

Stumped, right?

Well, we have good news for you. Now your union can have its email delivered with servers owned and operated by a union shop. It’s called LaborMail. It’s a service of Prometheus Labor Communications, whose workers are members of UE Local 274. Even company owner, Steve Dondley, is a dues paying member of OPEIU Local 6.

Now, don’t feel obligated to use LaborMail just because we’re union. We want you to choose us because we can offer you personalized, top-shelf service that’s both affordable and reliable—the kind of service we’ve been delivering to our clients for seven years.

On top of all that, LaborMail is the only service out there that gives back to the labor movement. A whopping 25% of all the revenue (that’s right, not profit, but total revenue!) we take in through our service goes directly into the pocket of labor journalists to underwrite their work.

03/20/2013 - 9:56am

Today is the 102nd commemoration of the 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City that killed 146 young immigrant workers. One of the worst workplace disasters in American history, it galvanized the city and the nation to fight for workplace protections, spurred union organizing, and inspired far-reaching reforms for workplace safety, workers’ rights, and more.  

03/06/2013 - 3:28pm

Amy Dean's interview with Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, about organized labor's push for comprehensive immigration reform.  This piece is cross posted from Truthout.  

02/28/2013 - 12:25pm

Berry Craig writes about a retired Kentucky steelworker's efforts in opposition to Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's reelection next year.  "Few senators are more anti-union than McConnell," writes Craig, "whose AFL-CIO COPE [Committee on Political Education] score for 2012 was zero."

01/29/2013 - 8:20am

ROC-United has brought together 10,000 restaurant workers into an advocacy organization devoted to improving wages and working conditions.  Amy B. Dean spoke with ROC-United's co-founder and co-director, Saru Jayaraman, about how it has been able to use its status as an advocacy organization to develop fresh approaches to defending workers' rights and building community alliances.  This piece is cross-posted from Truthout.  


01/10/2013 - 7:23pm

Berry Craig writes in this piece about a petition ("Keep companies from escaping contractual obligations during bankruptcy precedings") to the Obama administration that union members and supporters should sign.

01/08/2013 - 4:52pm

Rand Wilson writes in this piece -- cross-posted from The Stansbury Forum -- that we are long overdue for a campaign to win "Just Cause" standards into state laws.  "The United States is alone among industrialized countries in allowing at-will employees to be terminated for arbitrary reasons," he writes.  "Just cause appeals to basic fairness, just as due process does in court."

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