Labor http://wesa.fm en Local Activists Celebrate International Women's Day with Signature-Gathering Campaign http://wesa.fm/post/local-activists-celebrate-international-womens-day-signature-gathering-campaign <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday was International Women’s Day, and local activists celebrated with a signature-gathering campaign.</span></p><p>About a dozen people gathered outside Whole Foods in East Liberty Saturday morning, asking shoppers and passers-by to sign a petition in support of a Chicago Whole Foods worker who was fired after missing work to stay home and care for her special needs son when his school was closed during the polar vortex this winter.</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 14:13:30 +0000 Liz Reid 25559 at http://wesa.fm Local Activists Celebrate International Women's Day with Signature-Gathering Campaign Peduto to Begin Mediating Talks Between UPMC and SEIU http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-begin-mediating-talks-between-upmc-and-seiu <p>Mayor Bill Peduto said in a press conference Tuesday that he is beginning talks with UPMC and SEIU, in attempt to resolve the ongoing labor dispute at the non-profit healthcare organization. &nbsp;</p><p>Peduto said he will begin by meeting with both sides individually to see where they are at, before bringing all parties to the table.</p><p>“Right now, this is the most pressing issue that I have, because it affects not only our economy, but our peace,” Peduto said. “It hits on all the different things we talk about when we build a next Pittsburgh.”</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:32:52 +0000 Liz Reid 25355 at http://wesa.fm UPMC Workers Ramp Up Union Organizing Campaign With Day of Action http://wesa.fm/post/upmc-workers-ramp-union-organizing-campaign-day-action <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of </span>UPMC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> workers, community organizers, faith leaders, elected officials and concerned citizens descended on downtown Pittsburgh for a day of action Monday.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:07:57 +0000 Liz Reid 25269 at http://wesa.fm UPMC Workers Ramp Up Union Organizing Campaign With Day of Action American Economic Growth and Unions http://wesa.fm/post/american-economic-growth-and-unions <p>Looking at America&rsquo;s economy today, Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich has pointed to the decline of unions as a contributor to the stagnation of American wages.</p><p>When unions are strong, is the economy strong?</p><p>Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the <a href="http://keystoneresearch.org/">Keystone Research Center</a> says job growth and America&rsquo;s recovery from the great recession have been too slow. With the decline in unions over the past few decades, he says wages have been flattened and even declined since the recovery began. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:12:27 +0000 Heather McClain 18263 at http://wesa.fm Early Unions Collectively Bargained For Their Safety http://wesa.fm/post/early-unions-collectively-bargained-their-safety <p>America&rsquo;s earliest unions of the 19th century were connected to craft and trade guilds. But with factory workers facing terrible working conditions such as 12+ hour work days, and 7 day work weeks in cramped, dangerous spaces, their only choice was to come together to collectively bargain for their safety.</p><p>When <a href="https://www.aclu.org/womens-rights/crystal-eastman">Crystal Eastman</a>, Co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union visited Pittsburgh in the 1920&rsquo;s, she reported 526 industrial related deaths in Allegheny County within one year.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.iup.edu/page.aspx?id=57737">Dr. Charles McCollester</a>, a former professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and author of <a href="http://www.pointofpittsburgh.com/"><em>The Point of Pittsburgh</em></a>, about 3,000 mining industry workers died each year, between 1890 and 1920. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:15:40 +0000 Katie Martin 18256 at http://wesa.fm Early Unions Collectively Bargained For Their Safety The Future State of the Unions http://wesa.fm/post/future-state-unions <p>In recent decades, America has seen a sharp decline in union membership. In the 1950&rsquo;s, 35 percent of American workers were members of a union, today that number is down to 11 percent.</p><p>According to labor author, commentator and speaker <a href="http://www.philipdine.com/">Philip Dine</a>, President Reagan&rsquo;s crackdown on unions in the 1980&rsquo;s demonstrated that the old rules of collective bargaining no longer applied. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:56:33 +0000 Katie Martin 18255 at http://wesa.fm The Future State of the Unions The Business of Labor Day http://wesa.fm/post/business-labor-day <p>More than 34 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more this Labor Day weekend. This brings big profit opportunities for&nbsp; businesses throughout the country.</p><p>Since its <a href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm">inception </a>in 1882, the holiday has been marked by icons like Rosie the Riveter, barbecues and family gatherings.</p><p>Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, says Labor Day weekend travelers <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/What-to-Expect-from-2013-Labor-Day-Sales/819693.html">will spend</a> an estimated $800 on dining, shopping and gifts. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:00:56 +0000 Katie Blackley 15536 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Labor Day Monday's Labor Day Celebrations to Highlight Transportation Funding, Fair Wages http://wesa.fm/post/mondays-labor-day-celebrations-highlight-transportation-funding-fair-wages <p>Pittsburgh’s annual Labor Day parade is considered the second largest in the U.S., behind New York City.</p><p>Thousands of union members and officials will converge on downtown Monday morning to celebrate the history of the labor movement, American workers and to call attention to specific issues.</p><p>“We’ll be discussing a number of issues, one of them is transportation funding, another one is the right to organize as it relates to UPMC, and most of the issues that labor feels are important,” said Jim Kunz, business manager of Operating Engineers Local 66.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15744 at http://wesa.fm Rivers Casino Says Most Union Charges to NLRB Have Been Withdrawn http://wesa.fm/post/rivers-casino-says-most-union-charges-nlrb-have-been-withdrawn <p>A spokesman for the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh says 33 unfair labor claims made by union organizers have been withdrawn following a review by the National Labor Relations Board, and the casino hopes to resolve 17 remaining claims.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:03:56 +0000 Jessica Nath 12502 at http://wesa.fm Workers' Memorial Day Honors Those Who Died on the Job http://wesa.fm/post/workers-memorial-day-honors-those-who-died-job <p>Local union leaders gathered in Market Square on Monday with the families of workers who have died on the job in Allegheny County, honoring them with a Workers' Memorial Day.</p><p>According to the event's organizers, 12 people died on the job in Allegheny County from May 2012 to the current month.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:58:48 +0000 Noah Brode 8680 at http://wesa.fm Workers' Memorial Day Honors Those Who Died on the Job DNC Chair to USW Women’s Conference: “We Have Some Catching Up To Do” http://wesa.fm/post/dnc-chair-usw-women-s-conference-we-have-some-catching-do <div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>In the midst of Women’s History Month, about a thousand women, and many men, gathered in Pittsburgh for the United Steelworkers International “Women of Steel” conference. The keynote was delivered by US Representative and head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:21:02 +0000 Deanna Garcia 2581 at http://wesa.fm DNC Chair to USW Women’s Conference: “We Have Some Catching Up To Do”