Posts tagged Unions
Posts tagged Unions
CHICAGO — In a stunning ruling that has the potential to revolutionize college athletics, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation’s first college athlete’s union.
The decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board means it agrees football players at the Big Ten school qualify as employees under federal law and therefore can legally unionize.
The Evanston, Ill-based university argued college athletes, as students, don’t fit in the same category as factory workers, truck drivers and other unionized workers. The school plans to appeal to labor authorities in Washington, D.C.
Outgoing Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter took a leading role in establishing the College Athletes Players Association, or CAPA, which would take the lead in organizing the players. The United Steelworkers union has been footing the legal bills.
Colter, whose eligibility has been exhausted and who has entered the NFL draft, said nearly all of the 85 scholarship players on the Wildcats roster backed the union bid, though only he expressed his support publicly.
One of my co-workers listed me as her “professional development” on her work plan.
As in, she talks to me and picks my brain for knowledge to help her understand some of the concepts of being a staff rep and servicing union contracts.
I want to be a strong, confident lady and say I’m flattered, but I’m also mildly embarrassed. I have lots of opinions and I’ll talk for days, I just didn’t know it would be useful for anyone.
This broke my heart. And proves that fear wins. Just as the election started, Sen. Bob Corker and other Republican politicians made absolute threats about loss of jobs and loss of tax incentives if the plant went union.
I’m still hoping for board charges or some legal challenge.
A timeless message
I love kitten picket lines. I never cross them. That Feline Union is feisty.
To be clear, we must avoid demonizing public employees and their unions. Concessions on their part should be negotiated within the collective-bargaining framework and not imposed unilaterally, as some governors have tried to do. Union leaders must embrace this process because it’s the right thing for their members’ long-term interests. If they’re not included in the process and changes are forced on them, the result will be social strife and years of legal challenge. (Read More.)
[Emphasis is mine.]
MEMPHIS – Early this morning, a stretch of Beale Street in front of AFSCME Local 1733 was renamed “1968 Strikers Way” in honor of the sanitation workers who courageously stood up for racial equality, safer jobs and greater respect.
Pres. Lee Saunders, Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes and Martin Luther King III joined former strikers and union members from across the country at the renaming ceremony.(Read More.)