Hockey is back, and it took nearly four months and one long night to get the game back on the ice.With the season on the line, the NHL and the players’ association agreed on a tentative pact to end a 113-day lockout and save what was left of a fractured schedule. Read More
San Francisco Unified School District officials will unveil a $361.5 million budget for the 2012-13 school year at the Board of Education meeting tonight.
The budget includes $29 million more in expenditures compared to 2011-12, while revenue increased just $364,000. Read More
The question is simple: Do you think the federal government should force millions of workers to pay union dues or be fired?
Every presidential candidate should answer that question.
We know where President Barack Obama stands. Read More
As more than 26,000 Northern California health care professionals prepare to strike at 34 medical centers, including several in the Bay Area, officials at the largest health organizations affected say patient services will continue with minimal interruption. Read More
As 9.1 percent unemployment plagues America this Labor Day, major unions are clashing with a Democratic administration with which they normally would march lockstep. Echoing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at least seven unions are begging the White House to abandon regulations and procedures that prevent jobs from being created or saved. Read More
My name is Victoria Guillen. I am a dishwasher at the Grand Hyatt hotel in San Francisco. My boss, David Nadelman, wrote an op-ed Aug. 12 claiming that my union, Unite Here Local 2, is holding me and my co-workers hostage by refusing to sign a contract we don’t want. If that were true, it would be an injustice. But what he said was not true. The real injustice is how Hyatt treats its workers. I know about this injustice because I experienced it myself. Read More
Seeking to derail the voter initiative that gave Muni more leverage in contract negotiations with operators, a union has jeopardized $2 billion in federal funding for projects including bus and light-rail replacement and the Central Subway.
By targeting the funding, the union hopes to force Muni to seek the repeal of Proposition G, thus strengthening the hand of the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A in ongoing bargaining talks. Read More
President Barack Obama asserted last week that it’s time for companies to “step up” and increase hiring. Specifically he said “the issue here is not uncertainty. The issue is they’ve got to start placing their bets on America” and that “it’s time for companies to step up.” Read More
A New York Times headline in January told the story: “Union membership in U.S. fell to 70-year low last year.” The actual numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics were even more dismal than suggested by the headline: Whereas at its peak in the mid-1950s nearly 40 percent of all employed Americans were union members, by 2010 it had fallen to a mere 11.9 percent, counting both public- and private-sector employment. Read More
Last week Assembly Speaker John Perez suspended the public notice rule for legislative hearings, allowing an Assembly committee to conduct a surprise hearing on a “card check” bill, and voted to pass it to the next committee. That is not the only sleight of hand going on in the quest to eliminate the secret ballot for union representation. Read More