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Neil Gorsuch Just Demolished Labor Rights

His decision, a frontal attack on the New Deal, effectively legalizes wage theft.

The Supreme Court issued a 5–4 decision Monday in Epic Systems v. Lewis allowing employers to deprive their workers of their right to sue collectively. Its ruling, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, blasts a massive hole through post–New Deal labor law, hobbling employees’ ability to recover in court when their employers underpay them. It is difficult to overstate how devastating Epic Systems is to labor rights in America—and how far Gorsuch strays from federal law in order to implement his preferred economic policy.

Stop Gender-Based Violence At Work

Watch this video from the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO and ITUC about efforts to pass an ILO standard on gender-based violence at work. Employers, government and labor representatives will debate a draft gender-based violence at work standard beginning May 28 at the UN in Geneva. Six-hundred workers from around the world will be there, working to ensure the final standard is strong. Watch this video and see what you can do to help.

https://youtu.be/dOkcez2nwvg

Take Advantage of Memorial Day Car Deals

And the Winner Is…OPEIU

OPEIU has been awarded first place in the general excellence category for web design and content by the The Metro New York Labor Communications Awards. The award honors excellence in all facets of website design and content, including timely and relevant news, user interface and accessibility and the effective use of graphic, typographic, layout and structural elements.

 

OPEIU President Richard Lanigan was also honored for his op-ed, He’s Now on the Supreme Court, But Does He Care About Working People, which appeared in White Collar, Issue 537, Spring/Summer 2017. All issues of White Collar can be found under the Member Resources tab.

Nurse staffing shortages come to Michigan hospitals – with a twist

By Mark Gruenberg PAI Staff Writer

MT. CLEMENS, Mich. (PAI)—If you’re a registered nurse and your union contract with two hospitals includes safe-staffing ratios, what do you do if the hospitals break those pact provisions?

The answer from Office and Professional Employees Local 40, which represents 1,000 nurses at two hospitals in the upscale Detroit suburb of Mount Clemens, Mich., is you hammer at the issue in bargaining sessions, file labor law-breaking complaints with the National Labor Relations Board – and raise hell in public.

Which is what the local did, convening a Town Hall meeting in Mount Clemens on the evening of April 19 to tell the community what’s going on, and take questions, Local President Jeff Morawski said in a pre-meeting telephone interview.

Safe staffing is a nationwide problem, as insurers lean on hospitals to cut costs by cutting down the number of nurses available per shift. The firms’ tactic is to deny reimbursements for claims, arguing they’re paying too much for too many people. One result is doctors’ short visits with patients.

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