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Union Health Plans Will Suffer under Obamacare

James McGee Labor Notes
What should have been a model for health care reform faces an uncertain future. Because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tilts the playing field to disadvantage multiemployer plans, this decades-old gain of the labor movement may be irreparably damaged.

Union Health Plans Will Suffer under Obamacare

James McGee Labor Notes
What should have been a model for health care reform faces an uncertain future. Because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tilts the playing field to disadvantage multiemployer plans, this decades-old gain of the labor movement may be irreparably damaged.

Chamber, Labor Unions At Odds Over Guest Worker Program

David Nakamura The Washington Post
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pushing for 400,000 new visas for foreign workers, a demand that has been met with fierce resistance by labor unions and which could help derail an agreement between the two sides over an immigration reform bill being developed in Congress.

Is It Time For Just Cause?

Rand Wilson and Steve Early Logos Journal
Just cause” protection is helpful because one of the main reasons private sector workers shy away from organizing is their fear of being fired.

Portland City Council Votes to Require Sick Leave

Steven DuBois Huffington Post
The Portland, Oregon City Council voted unanimously to make Portland the fourth U.S. city to mandate that employers offer sick leave, requiring that workers receive up to five days of paid sick leave each year. The number of cities could soon expand to five - the Philadelphia City Council is expected to vote on a similar measure on this week.

So Why Don't We Have Better Unions?

Michael Hirsch Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture
Labor is in trouble which is not news to our readers. Michael Hirsch describes some of the obvious problems and some ways forward. He believes unions should have more of them against us approach. This was something Occupy Wall Street did very successfully. For a short period of time they changed the dialogue away from austerity to the needs of working period. Other ideas include community and union based electoral campaigns, workers papers, international organizing.

When Work Becomes a Sexual Battleground

International Labour Organization ILO Features
To mark International Women's Day on 8 March, which focuses on 'violence against women', the ILO is highlighting the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace - an often subtle but disturbing form of aggression.

Kansas Casts Eye On Teachers Unions

Brad Cooper The Kansas City Star
The battle over teachers unions has marched its way across the country. Ohio. Michigan. Wisconsin. Idaho. And now it’s in Kansas, greeted by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his conservative allies in the Legislature.

New robots in the workplace: Job creators or job terminators?

Cecilia Kang Washington Post
Today’s robots can do far more than their primitive, single-task ancestors. And there is a broad debate among economists, labor experts and companies over whether the trend will add good-paying jobs to the economy by helping firms run more efficiently or simply leave human workers out in the cold.