The National Labor Relations Board Is Back at Full Throttle

By Bruce Vail (Nov 1) On Tuesday October 29, the U.S. Senate took the final measure to restore the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to full strength with its approval of Richard F. Griffin Jr. as general counsel. Though Griffin’s start date has yet to be determined, his instatement marks the last step in the board’s […]

National Labor Relations Board Launches Mobile App

  As Labor Day 2013 approached, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced the launch of a new mobile app, available free of charge for iPhone and Android users.  The app provides employers, employees and unions with information regarding their rights and obligations under the National Labor Relations Act. “The National Labor Relations Act guarantees […]

PIRG fundraising group on trial for labor violations

by Don McIntosh In a hearing room at the downtown Portland offices of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), managers for the Fund for the Public Interest testified under oath Aug. 6-7 that firing union activist David Neel was business as usual. The Fund for the Public Interest, based in Boston, is the money-raising arm […]

Professors, Authors, Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Faith Leaders Urge Senate to Confirm NLRB Nominees

Letters signed by nearly 400 professors and 125 leaders nationwide argues for swift action on NLRB to ensure workplace rights    Washington, D.C. – In two official letters last week, a diverse, prominent chorus of voices called for senators to swiftly confirm the full package of nominees submitted by President Obama for the National Labor […]

We are Worth More

by Jack Metzgar Last month a few hundred retail and fast-food workers, from places like Sears, Dunkin’ Donuts, and McDonald’s, walked off their jobs for a rally in downtown Chicago.   Carrying signs saying “Fight for 15” (or “Lucha Por 15”) and “We Are Worth More,” these workers make $9 or $10 an hour, at best, […]

Senate action required to maintain the NLRB

The federal agency charged with protecting employees’ rights to collectively improve their job standards is in limbo. That’s great news for unscrupulous employers who want to take advantage of workers, but it serves as a wake-up call for those of us who care about workers’ rights.
In January 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals [...]

Labor’s Turnaround: The AFL-CIO has a plan to save the movement

by  David Moberg (March 3 2013)The mood at the meeting, one AFL-CIO top staffer said, was that the future of the labor movement was at risk if they continued “business as usual.” As I waited outside the AFL-CIO’s closed-door executive council meeting on Tuesday at a hotel near Disney World, I recalled a conversation at [...]

Trumka Calls Court Ruling on NLRB Appointments ‘Radical and Unprecedented’

by Mike Hall (Jan 25, 2013) A panel of Republican-appointed judges, including one who has, according to Think Progress, previously suggested that all business, labor and Wall Street regulation is constitutionally suspect, ruled that President Obama’s 2012 recess appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are invalid. Senate Republicans had been [...]

Defending the NLRB from Romney Advisor’s Attack

by Julius Getman According to William Kilberg, a chief labor advisor to Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, President Obama and the National Labor Relations Board are engaged in a joint effort in violation of the law to limit the basic rights of corporate employers. He so states in an op ed that appeared recently in [...]

American Rights at Work honors workers’ rights advocates from the football field to the factory floor

Everyone in attendance at American Rights at Work’s eighth annual Awards Celebration on June 20 embraced the inspiring words shared by our speakers and honorees: stay strong and keep up the important fight for workers.
Our own Kimberly Freeman Brown kicked off the program by welcoming a packed house of 350 leaders from the [...]