Current Actions

  • Tell Hyatt: Stop opposing a bill that would keep your workers safe

    It’s so simple. A California bill would require hotels to provide housekeepers with cost-effective tools, like mops and fitted sheets, that are proven to reduce injuries on the job.

    But Hyatt has publicly opposed the bill that would make a huge difference for the health and safety of their housekeepers.

    Fight back! Tell Hyatt to drop their opposition to this common-sense bill!

    P.S. Pressure from Hyatt customers matters! Be sure to mention if you’re a Hyatt Gold Passport member or a frequent guest!

  • Tell Governor Jerry Brown to Protect Farm Workers

    Right now, there are more than 400,000 field workers working on 80,000 farms in California.

    The state is unequipped to enforce the laws meant to protect them from exploitation and deadly working conditions.

    Farm workers are dying in the fields, but by signing the Fair Treatment of Farm Workers Act into law, Governor Brown can make sure that stops. This law makes it easier for farm workers to form a union, so that they have the voice to demand safe working conditions.

    Sign the petition to Jerry Brown today. Help give California farm workers the basic protections that every worker deserves.

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  • Tell IKEA: Give your workers a fair shot!

    Workers at an IKEA subsidiary’s factory in Danville, Virginia, are facing pay cuts, mandatory overtime, racial discrimination, and dangerous conditions on the job.

    The workers want a union to help fight back, but factory management has fired workers who are just talking about unions.

    Tell IKEA CEO Mikael Ohlsson: No more unionbusting. No more intimidation. Give your U.S. workers a fair shot at forming a union.

    P.S. If you’re an IKEA customer – don’t be shy, tell IKEA that too!

  • Urge Congress to support fair union elections for workers!

    Anti-worker legislators are stealthily pushing a provision to count non-voters as “no” voters in union elections. It’s undemocratic, and it will make it incredibly difficult for railway and airline workers to form unions.

    If these legislators are successful, it will result in widespread worker intimidation and fraud in union elections. It’s critical that we stop these politicians from turning the clock back on progress.

    Write to your representative, and tell them to protect fair union elections >>

  • Stop Philips from shipping good jobs to Mexico

    America’s taxpayers gave Philips Global
    $7 million in stimulus funds to continue investing in good U.S. manufacturing jobs.

    Instead, Philips is moving one of America’s top manufacturing plants to Mexico, leaving 275 workers jobless and devastating an entire Tennessee community.

    Write to Philips CEO Gerard Kleisterlee now, and tell him to keep the lights on at this profitable plant – and keep American jobs safe >>

  • We Oppose the Passage of “Right to Work” Legislation in States

    State legislatures in several states, including Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, are considering the passage of so-called “right to work” laws. If you are a scholar who opposes the passage of this legislation, please sign-on to the statement that follows.

    In the form below, please include your university affiliation in “Organization.”

    STATEMENT:

    State legislatures in several states, including Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, are considering the passage of so-called “right to work” (RTW) laws that make it illegal for employers and unions to bargain agreements stipulating that all employees represented by a union had to pay dues. Without these agreements, unions are required to represent and negotiate on behalf of all the employees they represent, regardless of whether they choose to pay dues. Proponents of these laws assert that they’ll lead to job growth, yet recent studies have proven these claims false. As scholars from universities across the country, we are opposed to “right to work” legislation for the reasons set forth below.

    RTW laws don’t generate jobs, economic growth
    Recent studies rebut claims that RTW laws promote economic growth and instead find that laws suppress wages. In a forthcoming report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), Gordon Lafer of the University of Oregon and Sylvia Allegretto of UC Berkeley find RTW laws have not boosted employment growth for the states that adopted them. The authors determine that when companies are choosing their business locations, the existence of a RTW law does not figure in their typical decision process, and that economic development officials do not prioritize or emphasize RTW when seeking to attract enterprise into states. The authors conclude, “As states look to attract and retain employers, and particularly to expand the opportunities for state residents to land middle-class jobs, the hard statistical evidence suggests that so-called ‘right-to-work’ laws have no role to play in this revival.” In a 2009 study, Lonnie Stevans of Hofstra University found that a state’s RTW law has no impact on economic growth, no influence on employment, and no influence on business capital formation.

    RTW laws lower wages and pensions
    Research conducted by Elise Gould and Heidi Shierholtz of the EPI finds that wages in RTW states are 3.2 percent lower than those in non-RTW states, even after controlling for both macroeconomic and individual demographic and socioeconomic variables. The study also finds that the rate of employer-sponsored pensions is 4.8 percentage points lower in RTW states, and concludes, “If workers in non-RTW states were to receive pensions at this lower rate, 3.8 million fewer workers nationally would have pensions.” Further, a new study conducted by the Higgins Labor Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame reveals that states that passed a RTW law have seen no meaningful income growth, and that median household income is lower in RTW states than non-RTW states.

    If more states enact RTW laws, economic recovery is at risk
    Our economy is dependent on consumer spending, and when workers don’t have money in their pockets to spend, our economy suffers. Federal Reserve Chairmen Ben Bernanke was recently quoted in The New York Times asserting that rising wages spur consumer spending and would “help sustain growth” in the economy. Yet if more states enact RTW legislation, research indicates that rather than generating jobs, legislators risk depressing wages, lowering consumer demand, and impeding this economic recovery.

    Therefore, as scholars of colleges and universities, we call on legislators to reject the passage of “right to work” legislation in their states.

  • Tell Your State Legislators to Create Jobs Now

    Tell your legislators to create jobs now. >>

    Gov. Mark Dayton presented a jobs and infrastructure bill that will create nearly 30,000 family-supporting jobs in Minnesota. This is a good way to put Minnesotans back to work and get our economy moving again.

    But Gov. Dayton and Minnesota’s working families need your help. Anti-worker leaders in the House and Senate say this isn’t the time to pass a jobs bill like the governor’s.

    If this isn’t the time, when is? Minnesota’s working families need jobs – and we need them now.

  • Working Families Are Under Attack in Wisconsin – Contact Your State Legislators Today!

    Please urge your state legislators to vote ‘NO’ on the Governor’s budget bill and attacks on working families. >>

    First Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a state budget plan that strips hundreds of thousands of nurses, teachers, and other public employees of nearly all their collective bargaining rights, cuts pay and benefits, and does so without any consultation or input from workers.

    Then he announced he has alerted the National Guard to be ready in case state workers strike or rise in protest. He told the Associated Press he’s been working on contingency plans for months.

    Walker is not trying to move Wisconsin forward. His policies are political payback to his corporate supporters who want to further erode the middle class and see the demise of working families and their unions.

  • ACT NOW: We Need Economic Solutions, Not Scapegoats

    With the middle class already struggling, anti-worker politicians from coast to coast are feverishly working on bills that would destroy good American jobs and decimate unions. They’re targeting America’s workers – because they think there won’t be political repercussions.

    It’s up to us to make sure our lawmakers hear our message loud and clear – slashing good jobs and crippling unions makes things worse for the middle class, not better. And we won’t stand idly by while anti-worker legislators destroy all the progress we’ve made.

    Take a stand now for America’s workers and add your name to the petition >>

  • Stop the Dangerous Attacks on New Hampshire workers

    This is a critical moment. New Hampshire’s middle-class workers are under attack by corporate CEOs and out-of-state special interests.

    We’re asking you to take an extra minute to write an individual electronic letter to your New Hampshire representatives because it will have a more powerful impact on this critical fight than a form letter. It can be brief: even one or two sentences is OK.

    In your letter, tell your representatives to focus on creating jobs and to VOTE “NO” on H.B. 474, which is an attack on working families. Here are some talking points you can use to help you write your electronic letter.

  • ACT NOW: States Need Economic Solutions, Not Scapegoats

    With the middle class already struggling, anti-worker politicians from coast to coast are feverishly working on bills that would destroy good American jobs and decimate unions. They’re targeting America’s workers – because they think there won’t be political repercussions.

    It’s up to us to make sure state legislators hear our message loud and clear – slashing good jobs and crippling unions makes things worse for the middle class, not better. And we won’t stand idly by while anti-worker legislators destroy all the progress we’ve made.

    Take a stand now for America’s workers and add your name to the petition >>

  • Do Not Revoke Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Employees

    Federal and state elected officials are using fiscal crises as an opportunity to dismantle collective bargaining rights for public employees. This statement, signed on to already by more than 100 scholars of colleges and universities, supports preserving collective bargaining rights for all public employees.

    If you are a scholar who would like to sign your name to this statement, fill out the form below, including your university affiliation in “Organization.”

    STATEMENT:

    Federal and state elected officials are using fiscal crises as an opportunity to dismantle collective bargaining rights for public employees. As scholars from colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world, we are opposed to any efforts to revoke collective bargaining rights for public employees, including home care and child care providers.

    Rights to Organize and Collectively Bargain Are Human Rights
    According to a 2008 report by American Rights at Work, one quarter of all public sector employees are without collective bargaining rights under federal or state law. Human Rights Watch’s Unfair Advantage report notes that “under international standards, the rights afforded ‘everyone’ or ‘workers without distinction’ apply to most public employees.” They recommend that legislation be enacted to grant public employees the right to collectively bargain and strike, in accordance with international norms. If elected officials roll back these rights, they will be furthering this country’s failure to comply with international human rights standards.

    Collective Bargaining, Public Employee Wages Are Not to Blame for Fiscal Crises
    Some elected officials wrongly blame budget crises on public employee unions for negotiating bloated salaries and pensions. Yet Jeffrey Keefe of Rutgers University found that controlling for factors like age, occupation and educational attainment, state and local government employees earned, on average, 3.7 percent less total compensation in 2009 than their private sector counterparts. Further, Policy Matters Ohio just released a study finding that the nine states without public sector bargaining rights average slightly higher budget deficits (as a percentage of revenue) than the 15 states that grant full rights to bargain.

    Productive Labor Relations Will Help Address the Budget Crises
    Collective bargaining provides a structure in place for management, employees and their representatives to come together and find ways to help stem budget crises. A 2003 report by Harvard University and the Public Sector Labor-Management Committee concluded that labor-management partnerships were essential to an “effective and efficient government,” and in the case studies profiled in the report, led to improved services and cost savings. Additionally, a 1996 task force commissioned by then-Secretary of Labor Robert Reich found that labor-management cooperation in the public sector improved the services and lowered the costs of local and state government.

    Therefore, as scholars of colleges and universities, we call on legislators to preserve collective bargaining rights for all public employees.

  • Tell Congress not to balance the budget by sabotaging workers

    Politicians all over the country are looking to cut good jobs and slash benefits in order to stem budget deficits.

    But our decision makers should be looking for real solutions to the deficit – solutions that don’t include trampling the middle class and walking backward on the road to economic recovery.

    Add your signature to our petition demanding that Congress and President Obama support public workers and civil servants like law enforcement officers and food safety inspectors, instead of cutting their jobs. We’ll deliver your signatures in person on Capitol Hill on February 8th >>

  • Support Senate Rules Reform Now!

    It’s time to cut through the obstructionism and move our country – and workers – forward. On January 24, the new Senate will set their rules for the next two years. Their very first vote could be the most important one.

    Lawmakers can end ‘secret holds’ and fix the filibuster so that critical measures with broad support, like the Employee Free Choice Act, can pass – but they need to hear from you as soon as possible.

    Send your lawmakers a message supporting Senate rules reform.

  • Support Senate Rules Reform Now!

    It’s time to cut through the obstructionism and move our country – and workers – forward. On January 24, the new Senate will set their rules for the next two years. Their very first vote could be the most important one.

    Lawmakers can end ‘secret holds’ and fix the filibuster so that critical measures with broad support, like the Employee Free Choice Act, can pass – but they need to hear from you as soon as possible.

    Send your lawmakers a message supporting Senate rules reform.

  • Stop the inhumane treatment of workers at Ruby Ridge Dairy

    Ruby Ridge Dairy owners Dick and Ruby Bengen have taken harassment to a new level of brutality: employees work long hours and are forced to go without lunch breaks. Dick Bergen even patrols the farm with a rifle, saying “This is for those people with the union.”

    But Northwest Farm Credit Services continues to lend the money that keeps Ruby Ridge in business. We can help stop these appalling conditions by shaming Northwest FCS into stopping its financing of Ruby Ridge. Northwest FCS claims to maintain “high standards of integrity” and practice “ethical decision making.” Now Northwest needs to prove it – to thousands of people like you across the country.

    Don’t wait – we’ll deliver your signatures in person on January 11.

  • Tell Giant Eagle to Stop Bullying Workers

    Supermarket chain Giant Eagle is resorting to ugly, hardball tactics to keep its workers from organizing. Sending threatening letters, having security teams follow people around, and even arresting an employee who worked at Giant Eagle for 36 years – for nothing more than talking with her coworkers.

    We can’t let this stand. Send the letter below to Giant Eagle’s CEO David Shapira and let him know that it’s not acceptable to treat workers like criminals.

  • Tell Giant Eagle to Stop Bullying Workers

    Supermarket chain Giant Eagle is resorting to ugly, hardball tactics to keep its workers from organizing. Sending threatening letters, having security teams follow people around, and even arresting an employee who worked at Giant Eagle for 36 years – for nothing more than talking with her coworkers.

    We can’t let this stand. Send the letter below to Giant Eagle’s CEO David Shapira and let him know that it’s not acceptable to treat workers like criminals.

  • Save local communities from a football lockout!

    The NFL is threatening to ‘lock out’ its players next season unless they make outrageous concessions – for example, the NFL wants to take away ALL healthcare benefits from players and their families.

    If there’s no football season, it would impact 150,000 jobs in each and every city with an NFL team. Local economies will be devastated. All because of the NFL owners’ greed.

    Help save football season and stop economic devastation. Sign our petition to the NFL.

  • Save local communities from a football lockout!

    The NFL is threatening to ‘lock out’ its players next season unless they make outrageous concessions – for example, the NFL wants to take away ALL healthcare benefits from players and their families.

    If there’s no football season, it would impact 150,000 jobs in each and every city with an NFL team. Local economies will be devastated. All because of the NFL owners’ greed.

    Help save football season and stop economic devastation. Sign our petition to the NFL.

  • Tell your supermarket to stop exploiting farmworkers!

    It’s been 30 years since Florida tomato pickers – working under brutal conditions – got a pay raise. They earn 45 cents for each 32-pound bucket. Now, all they want is one more penny per pound – but they need our help to get it.

    Help us demand fair wages and humane conditions for these workers by sending an email to the CEOs of Trader Joe’s, Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, and Kroger. Ask the supermarkets to step up and push growers to give these workers the penny raise they deserve.

  • Tell your supermarket to stop exploiting farmworkers!

    It’s been 30 years since Florida tomato pickers – working under brutal conditions – got a pay raise. They earn 45 cents for each 32-pound bucket. Now, all they want is one more penny per pound – but they need our help to get it.

    Help us demand fair wages and humane conditions for these workers by sending an email to the CEOs of Trader Joe’s, Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, and Kroger. Ask the supermarkets to step up and push growers to give these workers the penny raise they deserve.

  • Thank Eurofresh, a company that cares about workers and the planet!

    Eurofresh tomatoes have been named “America’s Best Tasting.” They’re greenhouse-grown and pesticide-free – so they’re better for consumers, workers, and the environment. And none of this success would be possible if Eurofresh didn’t truly respect its workers and their union.

    Congratulate Eurofresh management and workers on running a company that is not only growing America’s best tomato, but providing good, green union jobs. Sign our thank you card today!

  • Take Action: Tell US Airways to cut ties with anti-union consultants

    Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of US Airways, is paying $375 per hour to the notorious unionbusting firm Labor Relations Institute (LRI) in a ploy to keep its workers from exercising their right to form a union.

    Workers shouldn’t face interference or coercion – Piedmont and US Airways should allow their workers to decide for themselves if they want to form a union.

    Ask US Airways CEO Doug Parker to cut ties with LRI. It could make all the difference for workers at Piedmont.

  • Tell Xerox to Stop Unionbusting and Shipping Jobs Overseas

    Xerox recently told 19 workers they must transfer departments or leave the company.

    What do these workers have in common? They’re all fighting for a fair union contract.

    While Xerox tramples on its workers’ rights at home, Xerox’s outsourcing division is trying to ship those jobs – and thousands of jobs like them – overseas.

    Tell Xerox CEO Ursula Burns: Our economy needs good jobs, not unionbusting and outsourcing.

  • Tell Xerox to Stop Unionbusting and Shipping Jobs Overseas

    Xerox recently told 19 workers they must transfer departments or leave the company.

    What do these workers have in common? They’re all fighting for a fair union contract.

    While Xerox tramples on its workers’ rights at home, Xerox’s outsourcing division is trying to ship those jobs – and thousands of jobs like them – overseas.

    Tell Xerox CEO Ursula Burns: Our economy needs good jobs, not unionbusting and outsourcing.

  • Tell Mott’s: get the scabs out of your applesauce!
    Tell Mott’s: get the scabs out of your applesauce!

    Even in a depressed economy, Mott’s – the huge applesauce and juice company – is thriving. Just last year, its parent company earned $555 million in profits.

    But instead of rewarding its workers for that success, Mott’s is keeping all the profits – and then some. At one facility in Williamson, NY, management tried to slash workers’ wages by as much as $1.50 per hour AND take away their pension plan! And when the workers went on strike, Mott’s hired strike breakers – otherwise known as scabs – to cross the picket line.

    Tell the President of Mott’s parent company: Mott’s workers deserve better!

  • Take Action: Provide Aid to States
    Take Action: Provide Aid to States

    More than one million teachers, nurses, firefighters and other state and local employees are facing layoffs and furloughs this fall. Anti-worker stooges in the Senate have repeatedly blocked critical aid for cash-strapped states that will protect and save these jobs. Take action now to help save these jobs.

  • Urgent Unfinished Business
    Urgent Unfinished Business

    The Senate is in danger of leaving for its August recess without helping the millions of working people who are suffering in this extended recession.

    From the almost 2 million workers whose unemployment insurance has run out, to the hundreds of thousands of teachers and firefighters whose jobs are in danger – we need the Senate to act NOW.

    Demand that the Senate give workers the relief they need before the August recess.

  • Urgent Unfinished Business
    Urgent Unfinished Business

    The Senate is in danger of leaving for its August recess without helping the millions of working people who are suffering in this extended recession.

    From the almost 2 million workers whose unemployment insurance has run out, to the hundreds of thousands of teachers and firefighters whose jobs are in danger – we need the Senate to act NOW.

    Demand that the Senate give workers the relief they need before the August recess.

  • Tell Mott’s Management: Don’t Take Money out of Workers’ Pockets
    Tell Mott’s Management: Don’t Take Money out of Workers’ Pockets!

    The Mott’s company is raking it in and its market share is up. Just last year, its parent company - the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group - earned $555 million in profits.

    The popular apple sauce and juice company should be rewarding its workers for the company’s success.

    But Mott’s is doing the opposite. At the Williamson, NY, facility, management is trying to slash wages by as much as $2.50 per hour AND take away the workers’ pension plan!

    Tell the parent company President Larry D. Young: Mott’s workers deserve better!

  • FedEx Express: Drivers aren’t pilots

    FedEx Express doesn’t want its truck drivers, loaders, and sorters to form unions. So more than a decade ago, it landed a sweetheart deal to classify them as “pilots.”
     
    A bill to close the loophole – which essentially blocks over 90,000 FedEx Express workers from joining a union – has passed the House of Representatives. Now the Senate needs to finish the job! But that’s only going to happen if we speak out NOW!

     

  • FedEx Express: Drivers aren’t pilots

    FedEx Express doesn’t want its truck drivers, loaders, and sorters to form unions. So more than a decade ago, it landed a sweetheart deal to classify them as “pilots.”
     
    A bill to close the loophole – which essentially blocks over 90,000 FedEx Express workers from joining a union – has passed the House of Representatives. Now the Senate needs to finish the job! But that’s only going to happen if we speak out NOW!

  • Take Action: Thank Obama for Supporting Working Families

    First, President Obama worked to pass healthcare reform.

    Then, he filled vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which is tasked with protecting workers’ rights.

    America’s workers need a fully functioning NLRB to mediate their claims for better wages, benefits and other rights now more than ever. And President Obama delivered! Please take a minute and say “thanks,” by sending a thank you card to President Obama!

    Send a thank you card to President Obama

  • Take Action: Thank Obama for Supporting Working Families

    First, President Obama worked to pass healthcare reform.

    Then, he filled vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which is tasked with protecting workers’ rights.

    America’s workers need a fully functioning NLRB to mediate their claims for better wages, benefits and other rights now more than ever. And President Obama delivered! Please take a minute and say “thanks,” by sending a thank you card to President Obama!

    Send a thank you card to President Obama

  • Take Action: Stand Up for Garth’s Friends with Low Wages

    We hope our cartoon got you laughing, but Wal-Mart’s ruthless campaign against workers’ rights is no joke – when Wal-Mart employees attempt to stand up for themselves and try to form a union, they often face threats, propaganda, discrimination, intimidation, and even firings.

    Urge Wal-Mart to respect the rights of its employees and end its unionbusting ways!

  • Take Action: Thank Obama for Supporting Working Families

    First, President Obama worked to pass healthcare reform.

    Then, he filled vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which is tasked with protecting workers’ rights.

    America’s workers need a fully functioning NLRB to mediate their claims for better wages, benefits and other rights now more than ever. And President Obama delivered! Please take a minute and say “thanks,” by sending a thank you card to President Obama!

    Send a thank you card to President Obama