UFCW Seeks to Increase Chicken Costs by Slowing Down Processing Lines

Unions representing poultry workers are demanding the Department of Agriculture reject an industry petition to increase poultry line speeds in plants. The National Chicken Council recently presented a petition to the UDSA to implement a waiver system that would permit young chicken slaughtering plants to operate without line speed limits imposed. Opponents of the petition…
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President Trump’s Proposed Budget Eliminates Union-Funding Harwood Grant

President Trump’s budget slashed the Department of Labor’s funding from $12.2 billion this year to $9.6 billion next year. This equals a 21% cut. On the chopping block is the DOL’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. You don’t know what the Susan Harwood Grant is? I didn’t either. The Susan Harwood grant gives out grants…
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Tesla Fights Back Against UAW Organizing Drive

A few weeks ago I mentioned that the UAW had Tesla in its crosshairs. And, as expected, it didn’t take long for Tesla to start fighting back. Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently spoke to some of his employees about the issue. First, he refuted the allegations of how unsafe the workplace is, specifically, that most…
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NLRB and Friends Publish Anti-Retaliation Joint Fact Sheet

“Retaliation Based on the Exercise of Workplace Rights is Unlawful” is a collaborative effort of the National Labor Relations Board, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. The Fact Sheet reminds employers…
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Company Ordered to let Union Investigator onto Site of Fatal Accident

A union-represented worker was crushed to death at work. Union officials visited the scene of the accident and then asked their own health and safety specialist to investigate. The company denied the union’s investigator access to the accident site. Instead, the company provided the investigator with two videos reenacting the accident. The union filed an…
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Fast Food Workers’ Corporate Campaign against McDonald’s Includes Occupational Safety and Health Charges

McDonald’s workers recently filed complaints with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 19 cities alleging burns from popping grease, lack of protective equipment, and other workplace hazards. The complaints are a tool to exert public pressure on McDonald’s as fast food workers campaign for $15 an hour wages and unionization. The Service…
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