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Union Avoidance Tactics

 

 

One of the earliest anti-Union actions of the Trump Administration was to repeal the ‘persuader rule,’ an Obama Administration policy that required businesses to disclose when they were using outside agencies to prevent organizing. Businesses use contractors for anti-Union persuasion 75% of the time.

 

 

States privatizing employment services

 

In the first week of October alone, over 800 million people filed new unemployment claims in America, four times the amount of unemployed prior to the pandemic. When people file for unemployment they are referred to various agencies for support and some that may help them get back into their career or even refine their job seeking skills.

 

Gig Workers

 

 There are approximately 55 million Gig Workers, or Independent Contractors, in the United States workforce. There are benefits that many clearly find in Gig Work, but some employers use this classification to take advantage of workers.

 

Being an Independent Contractor means you have should have a lot to say about the dynamics and conditions of your work. For example, many would think this kind of work offers you the ability to choose the best way to conduct your work and set your rates.

 

Union sisters and brothers know better than anyone that we are stronger together. We all have our differences, but the tireless fight for workers is something we all have in common.

 

During these trying times, we want to get the word out safely. We have developed a variety of opportunities for you to do your part to get out the vote for Pro-Labor candidates this year.

 

“The election is like a race,” said PA AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale, “you don’t slow down before the finish line, you run through the tape. We need you all to run through the tape!”

Undermining Job Security for Service Workers

 

In 2009, then President Barak Obama issued Executive Order 13495, “Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts.” This provided that when a service contract expires, the next recipient of the contract will need to offer the original employees the first choice to refuse or accept employment under the new contract. 

 

When was the last time you checked your voter registration? During this important election cycle, we cannot let anything go to chance.

 

You only have until October 19th to Register to Vote in this election.

 

Take a moment to look now, be sure you are a registered voter, and that all your information is up to date and correct. It takes only a moment to make sure, just visit this link

 

 

Suspended Union Elections

  

The intended purpose of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is to protect ‘employees, employers, and unions from unfair labor practices' and protect 'the right of private sector employees to join together.’

 

DACA

 

Since announcing his run for office, Donald Trump has made it clear that he has an issue with people immigrating to the United States from Mexico and South America.

 

In rhetoric that has consistently been highly inflammatory and xenophobic, he paints people seeking asylum as criminals. That includes berating and mistreating youth brought to this country. Along with this divisive language has come divisive policy, like trying to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.