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OSHA to Arizona and other states: Protect workers from COVID or forfeit authority

In a rare move, federal labor officials have threatened to take over Arizona, South Carolina and Utah’s workplace safety programs because they failed to adopt emergency COVID-19 rules to protect health care workers. ... Read more»

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As scorching heat is killing workers, some states stepping in

Federal safety regulators have issued no standards to protect workers from heat-related hazards - even as climate change increases the risk of deadly heat waves and extreme weather conditions - prompting some states to begin enacting regulations on their own.... Read more»

Workers' COVID-19 lawsuits won't be quashed by GOP push in Congress

Senate Republicans dropped their insistence that a liability shield be included in a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package, but union advocates worry that the measure could spring back to life next year, harming workers and undercut the Biden administration's plans to control the pandemic.... Read more»

Arizona electoral votes go to Biden, as Trump loyalists maintain he won re-election

Eleven presidential electors in Arizona cast their votes on Monday morning for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. By Monday afternoon, as electors in other states did the same, Biden had won enough votes to clinch the presidency.... Read more»

OSHA blamed for going AWOL during COVID-19

Workers complained early on in the pandemic about dangerous work conditions; the lack of response from OSHA is blamed in part for the spread of coronavirus and has now led to several lawsuits brought by workers.... Read more»

Threatened American Airlines layoffs leave Arizona employees anxious

American Airlines’ announcement that it could let go up to 19,000 workers on Oct. 1 has left the airline’s roughly 10,000 employees in Arizona worried, but hopeful the state can avoid the worst of the cuts.... Read more»

As protests grow, big labor sides with police unions

The latest in the historically fraught relationship among police, labor and the civil rights movement.... Read more»

Immovable objects: Asarco, striking miners at odds after 4 months

Striking Asarco workers passed four months on the picket line last week, but union officials insist they have strong community support and that workers are committed to staying out until they get a fair deal.... Read more»

Have we forgotten the true meaning of Labor Day?

Today Labor Day is no longer about trade unionists marching down the street with banners and their tools of trade. Instead, it is a confused holiday with no associated rituals.... Read more»

As ‘gig economy’ grows, labor experts split on whether it’s good or bad

Many workers will get holiday pay if they clock in on Labor Day, but for a rapidly growing sector of the labor force it could be just another day on the job. Uber drivers, TaskRabbit handymen, Rover dog-walkers, Airbnb hosts and countless others in the new “gig economy” are all considered independent contractors and not employees.... Read more»

Report: Nonunion workers lose pay as labor unions lose clout

The steady decline in union membership has had a ripple effect on wages of nonunion workers, costing them a potential $14 to $52 a week in pay, according to a report released this week.... Read more»

Workplace deaths on the rise in U.S.

More Americans died on the job last year, with the increase concentrated among older employees as well as self-employed and contract workers. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

'Scab' labor threatens to prolong Sun Tran strike, scramble Tucson election

From the start, the city has thrown in with management by not throwing a few more bucks into the kitty. Standing with Sun Tran's strategy means standing with their tactics. Now, that means "scab" labor, which has union leaders calling this a "pivotal point."... Read more»3

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Pacific trade deal has lots of protections for businesses — but not for workers

The secretive, humongous treaty won’t stop labor abuses in poor countries, critics warn.... Read more»

Factcheck: Biden's boasts

Biden was the keynote speaker at the AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers Summit on Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development on Nov. 13. His comments centered on job opportunities and education, and they included some exaggerations.... Read more»

Advocates tell Obama it’s time to keep promises on immigration reform

Immigration advocacy groups from across the country urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to act swiftly to “end the deportation enforcement machine” that is separating parents from their children.... Read more»1

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