President Joe Biden fist bumps a union member in a picket line

Biden tells UAW head Shawn Fain in Illinois: ‘You’ve done one hell of a job, pal’

BY: - November 13, 2023

Donning a red UAW T-shirt given to him by workers, President Joe Biden this week joined union President Shawn Fain in Belvidere, Ill., to celebrate victories in the “Stand Up Strike” against domestic automakers. Biden started his speech with a familiar refrain. “The middle class built America — and unions built the middle class,” the […]

UAW reaches tentative pact with General Motors, the last Detroit Three holdout

BY: and - October 31, 2023

The United Auto Workers on Monday reached a tentative contract agreement with General Motors on day 46 of the strike. The announcement follows previous UAW tentative pacts with the other Detroit Three automakers, Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis, which were announced on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. The union went on strike on Sept.15. “Once again, […]

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Parents of children with disabilities want NC legislators to learn about their “hidden world”

BY: - October 17, 2023

Gwen Collman estimates that her 31-year-old son has had 150 paid caregivers since he was two years old, and that she has recruited about 100 of them.  David, one in a set of triplets and one of Collman’s four children, is deaf, has cerebral palsy, and cognitive impairments.  People who work with him are paid […]

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Jobs report surprises as employers add 336,000 jobs in September

BY: - October 9, 2023

Employers continued their hiring streak in September, surprising economists by boosting jobs for workers in restaurants, health care, and government. The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report, released Friday, showed a gain of 336,000 jobs. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.8%. The BLS also revised up the jobs added in July and August […]

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Automakers’ record profits not shared with workers, Biden says as UAW strike launches

BY: - September 15, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden dispatched two senior administration officials to Detroit on Friday after the United Auto Workers union began a historic strike against the Big Three auto companies amid a contract dispute. “Over the past decade auto companies have seen record profits, including over the last few years because of the extraordinary skill […]

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Monday numbers: the state of working women in North Carolina

BY: - September 11, 2023

For the past two years, unemployment in North Carolina has done more than return to pre-pandemic levels; it’s dropped to the lowest level in more than 20 years. A closer look, however, reveals a more complicated picture — for the state’s women and, especially for women of color. When Oxfam America recently released its ranking […]

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Federal call center workers join March on Washington to call attention to workplace inequities

BY: - August 28, 2023

Call center workers that help Americans navigate the ACA marketplace and Medicare were among the groups demanding more paths for advancement, higher pay, and more breaks between calls at this year’s March on Washington that took place on Saturday. Their participation in the march was the latest in a series of efforts designed to bring […]

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Report: CEOs who pay poorly do fabulously

BY: - August 24, 2023

Ticketmaster isn’t just crappy to its customers and to the musicians whose shows it manages ticket sales for. As a dominant event middleman, it tacks on hefty fees and has the effrontery to call them “convenience charges.” And bands complain that by the time parent company Live Nation Entertainment deducts its many cuts for their […]

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‘Who’s going to work there?’: Lawmakers grapple with labor shortages

BY: - August 22, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS — For years, Indiana’s GOP-controlled legislature has focused on creating a business-friendly climate by pushing favorable tax rates and regulations, aiming to foster the creation of good-paying jobs across the state. The way Republican state Sen. Michael Crider sees it, those moves have worked: Companies such as Amazon and Walmart have built new warehouses and […]

Vice President Kamala Harris

VP Kamala Harris unveils new wage rule for federal projects

BY: - August 9, 2023

Construction workers who work on federal projects are poised to receive better wages and worker protections under a Department of Labor rule touted by Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday. Speaking at a union hall in Philadelphia, Harris praised the Biden administration’s economic agenda and pointed out that the new rule would be the first […]

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Teamsters-UPS reach ‘game-changing’ labor deal to avert strike

BY: - July 25, 2023

UPS and its workers, represented by the Teamsters, reached a tentative deal on Tuesday to prevent an Aug. 1 strike of 340,000 union members at the package carrier. A work stoppage could have cost the U.S. economy billions by disrupting supply chains and upending distribution to both large and small businesses, hospitals and homes. Representatives […]