Portside Labor

Posted by Portside on March 18, 2013
Labor Notes
What should have been a model for health care reform faces an uncertain future. Because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tilts the playing field to disadvantage multiemployer plans, this decades-old gain of the labor movement may be irreparably damaged.
Posted by Portside on March 17, 2013
The Washington Post
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pushing for 400,000 new visas for foreign workers, a demand that has been met with fierce resistance by labor unions and which could help derail an agreement between the two sides over an immigration reform bill being developed in Congress.
Posted by Portside on March 15, 2013
Logos Journal
Just cause” protection is helpful because one of the main reasons private sector workers shy away from organizing is their fear of being fired.
Posted by Portside on March 14, 2013
Huffington Post
The Portland, Oregon City Council voted unanimously to make Portland the fourth U.S. city to mandate that employers offer sick leave, requiring that workers receive up to five days of paid sick leave each year. The number of cities could soon expand to five - the Philadelphia City Council is expected to vote on a similar measure on this week.
Posted by Portside on March 13, 2013
Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture
Labor is in trouble which is not news to our readers. Michael Hirsch describes some of the obvious problems and some ways forward. He believes unions should have more of them against us approach. This was something Occupy Wall Street did very successfully. For a short period of time they changed the dialogue away from austerity to the needs of working period. Other ideas include community and union based electoral campaigns, workers papers, international organizing.
Posted by Portside on March 12, 2013
Mother Jones
Thomas Perez, reported to be President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Dept. of Labor, stands to be a target of conservatives because of his unapologetic civil rights advocacy.
Posted by Portside on March 11, 2013
ILO Features
To mark International Women's Day on 8 March, which focuses on 'violence against women', the ILO is highlighting the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace - an often subtle but disturbing form of aggression.