Labor spotlight

May 3, 2018

As Janus verdict looms, Albany group aims to attack union membership

With a U.S. Supreme Court decision due in June in the anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case, UFT members should brace for a campaign by right-wing forces looking to degrade the value of union membership, UFT President Michael Mulgrew recently told union delegates.

March 1, 2018

Trump deregulation efforts hurt workers

Government regulations protect workers by ensuring safe workplaces and fair wages and by preserving their right to join a union. President Trump is determined to deregulate.

January 4, 2018

The union advantage

With working people under attack from Republicans in Washington, D.C., and pervasive anti-labor sentiment, there's no better time to take stock of the benefits you have as a union member — benefits worth fighting to protect.

December 7, 2017

Iowa teachers choose to keep their union

Iowa teachers, defying a hostile political climate, are reaffirming their belief in organized labor and voting to maintain their union representation in the face of new collective bargaining laws that have stripped their rights.


November 2, 2017

Unions come through for Puerto Rico

At least 3 million people are still without electricity, at least a million are still without drinking water and at least 49 are dead.

September 7, 2017

Spectrum workers in fight against greed

Spectrum workers in New York and northern New Jersey, all members of Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, are five months into a job action against the cable giant to keep the company from destroying their retirement and health benefits, unfairly disciplining workers and threatening job security.

June 1, 2017

Tensions boil over at culinary school

The Institute for Culinary Education sits atop several lists of the nation’s best culinary schools. It has gotten there, say many of the school’s instructors, despite its management.


April 6, 2017

Anti-union climate boosts ‘right-to-work’ efforts

It took 73 years for the first 26 states to adopt anti-union “right-to-work” laws, and just 37 days of the Trump administration for numbers 27 and 28 to come on board.

February 2, 2017

Students or employees? Union clash at Columbia

Are graduate students who work 20 to 30 hours a week teaching and doing related tasks employees of the university or simply students? That is the question at the heart of the current conflict between Columbia University graduate assistants who are trying to unionize and the university management’s attempts to block them.




December 1, 2016

Results show vulnerability of today’s working class

Hillary Clinton was endorsed by most major unions, and organized labor’s campaign spending — much of it for Clinton and other Democrats — hit unprecedented levels. But more working-class men and women, including many in union households, voted for her opponent. What gives?

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