Unions Look to Preserve Labor-Friendly Language in China Bill

Irina Baranova

Labor organizations are eyeing union-friendly proposals in a House-passed China competition bill in hopes that some language will survive negotiations with the Senate. The bill (H.R. 4521), which the House passed in February, includes prevailing wage requirements on construction projects receiving the federal funding, nearly $4 billion to expand apprenticeship […]

Labor Unions Aim to Ban Informational Meetings at Amazon

Irina Baranova

In January, this blog reported on the ongoing drama surrounding the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union’s (RWDSU) effort to organize workers at retail leader Amazon’s distribution facility in Bessemer, Alabama. Barely a month later, the RWDSU is at it again, and this time, the union has filed unfair labor […]

For Unions, Membership Gap Tells Tale of Legislative Failures

Irina Baranova

The persistent gap between public- and private-sector union membership revealed by new federal data offered a sobering counterpoint to unions’ strike-fueled victory lap last year—even as it hardened organized labor’s resolve to push through changes to U.S. labor law before the midterm elections. The overall rate of union membership in […]

Labor Law and Unions: Weathering the Enforcement Storm

Irina Baranova

It should come as no surprise that self-declared “union man,” President Biden, put enforcement of workplace regulations near the top of his administration’s priorities, surpassed in importance, perhaps, only by his commitment to resurrect unions as a force in the workplace. The administration says that aggressively enforcing workplace laws is […]