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National Labor Relations Act

A History Lesson for the Obama NLRB as it Takes on the NCAA

Peter Schaumber | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Schaumber

The National Labor Relations Act was seen in 1935 as a response both to ongoing labor strife and to the immediate exigencies of the Great Depression. It gave workers the right to organize over their wages, not football players.

Wal-Mart Developer Files "Shill" Lawsuit Against Food Workers Union

Al Norman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Al Norman

A Pennsylvania-based developer is suing a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local for $1.5 million, alleging the union is using a "Shill Strategy" to line up neighbors to block his proposed Wal-Mart superstore.

Imagine a Labor Day Without Labor Law

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Democrats will now need to decide which side they are on. We could be the first generation of working Americans since 1935 to not have the protections of the NLRB.

No NLRB, No Voice

Larry Cohen | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Today the NLRB has no teeth, but if H.R. 1120 has its way, tomorrow it might not survive. A vote for H.R. 1120 is a vote to send this country to a pre-1935 era, before the National Labor Relations Act.

Why a Union-Friendly Economic Agenda Can Help Rebuild America's Middle Class

Beth English | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Beth English

Now, as during the New Deal, workers must undertake the task of organizing. But now, as then, government has an important role to play to grow the middle class as workers seek to maintain unions, negotiate contracts, and secure higher wages and improved workplace protections.

Steve Jobs, Donald Trump Donations Help Emanuel Take On Teachers Union

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

* Donors to Emanuel's 2011 campaign included Republicans * Teachers union was hostile to his run for mayor * Contributio...

Obama's and America's Remarkable Evolution on Gay Rights

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Peter Dreier

Historians will no doubt view President Obama's announcement favoring same-sex marriage as an historic statement, parallel to those of FDR on workers' rights and LBJ on civil rights. But like FDR and LBJ, Obama's endorsement was due to a combination of personal belief and political opportunity.

Assault on Collective Bargaining Illegal, Says International Labor Rights Group

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The ICLR identified the right of "freedom of association" as a fundamental right and affirmed that the right to collective bargaining is an essential element of freedom of association

Changing the Rules for Workers

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

It's no surprise that Republicans are up to their old games. Having successfully blocked efforts to strengthen the right of workers to organize, they now want to stop workers from learning their rights too.

A diamond in the rough: The NLRA's 75th anniversary

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Last week, as we celebrated the 234th anniversary of our nation's birth, we marked another significant date in our country's history -- the 75th birth...

Realizing the Promise of the National Labor Relations Act: Common Justice and Economic Advance

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

The NLRA was signed into law when our nation was in the grip of the Great Depression. At a time when the economy was spinning out of control, some critics were hesitant about a law that empowered workers. Sound familiar?

FedEx Drivers Aren't Pilots

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James P. Hoffa

The Teamsters aren't laughing at FedEx's crude hostility toward union workers. FedEx Express pretends to be an airline because it wants to preserve the special favor it received from Congress 14 years ago.

Why the NLRB Matters: Becker Filibuster a Slap to the Middle Class

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

True, most Americans have no idea what the National Labor Relations Board is or what it does. But if we don't know we've been slapped, we feel the sting nonetheless.

Obama Plans to Reform Economy, Not Just Health Insurance

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The teabaggers are apoplectic because this isn't just about health care. This is about the values of a government.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Betting Against the American Middle Class

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Unionization is how the middle class re-emerges. America could do without a few filthy-rich boys lolling on yachts in the Mediterranean.

No Hoax: Pass Employee Free Choice Act to Revive Economy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Workers must vanquish the new hoax being perpetrated by conservatives, greedy CEOs and other labor union-haters. Workers must win the freedom that they had in 1935 to choose how to form their unions.