AFL-CIO: Labor Wire News


Labor Lede

A caravan of Uber and Lyft drivers is making its way from Southern California to Sacramento this week to advocate for Assembly Bill 5, a California state legislature bill that would make the misclassification of employees as independent contractors more difficult. The legislation expands on Dynamex, a unanimous decision by the California Supreme Court last year that found truck drivers working for the delivery service were being misclassified as independent contractors. Misclassifying employees as independent contractors allows unscrupulous employers to skirt many wage and hour laws and basic workers’ rights and protection; and it prohibits the misclassified workers from forming unions.

Kitchen Table Economics

$204: The amount in which the median weekly earnings for women in unions is greater than the median weekly earnings of women without a union.

Quote of the Day

“I am for unqualified woman suffrage as a matter of human justice. It is unfair that women would be governed by laws in the making of which they have no votes.” Samuel Gompers, American Federation of Labor founder and president, in 1910. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote, would be adopted 10 years later on Aug. 26, 1920.

Read More

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: One Year Since a Court Ruling Threatened Public Sector Unions, Leaders Say They’re in Good Shape

Louisville Courier Journal: Louisville Ford Motor Co. Workers to Vote on Authorizing a Strike for Labor Union

The Atlantic: The Next Recession Will Destroy Millennials

Take Action

It’s time to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!