News of the Month – August 2019

August 27th, 2019

Senator Bernie Sanders recently rolled out an ambitious plan to strengthen organized labor in the U.S., with a goal of doubling union membership in his first term as president.  

A federal investigation into misuse of millions of dollars in training center funds by Fiat Chrysler executives and United Auto Workers leaders has expanded to General Motors.

New analysis from the National Women’s Law Center shows that black women are paid 61 cents for every $1 that their white male counterparts earn. Among all women, the wage gap is smaller: about 80 cents for each $1. 

Trump’s DOJ filed a brief in an employment discrimination case on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that Title VII does not protect sexual orientation or gender identity. If the Court sides with the DOJ, it will make it easier to discriminate against LGBT Americans at work and elsewhere. 

A protest over union labor at a Chicago food hall has drawn more attention than usual thanks to an array of large inflatable animals. Workers from IBEW Local 134 have set up several “union rats” let the public know that New York-based company Urbanspace is not using union labor for the construction project.