Con-way Freight Employees in Gary/Hammond Turn Away Union

In a union representation election conducted yesterday by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), mechanics at Con-way Freight’s facility in Gary/Hammond, Ind. voted to reject representation by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union. Greg Lehmkuhl, president of Con-way Freight, commended employees for their diligence and perseverance in weighing the facts and making an informed decision on union representation, ultimately voting against the union, its rhetoric Read more [...]

Louis C.K. Loses Court Battle With Union Over Pension Plans

The joke may be on comedian Louis C.K. this time around. A judge in New York federal court on Thursday told Louis C.K.’s production company, Pig Newton Inc., that it owed unpaid contributions to union-affiliated benefit plans for the star’s work editing his Louie series on FX. Louis C.K., a celebrity comedian, who’s real name is Louis Szekely, is Pig Newton’s sole owner, and the company employs him and Louie’s cast and crew under a collective bargaining agreements with Read more [...]

NBA players union elects new executive director (Yahoo Sports)

The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American pro sports union. The Washington trial lawyer defeated tech industry CEO Dean Garfield and Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery in the final vote. ''After all the hours and time (invested by) our executive committee, along with an amazing search committee that helped throughout this process, it's an unbelievable feeling to have the wonderful Michele Roberts Read more [...]

Kevin Johnson Meets with NBA Agents, Signaling New Approach from Players Union

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is spearheading the NBA Players Association’s search for a new executive director, held a brief meeting in Chicago to update player agents on the current state of the search and the plan moving forward. That doesn’t sound earth-shattering unless compared to how former executive director Billy Hunter operated before being unanimously voted out of office 15 months ago following an audit that revealed a host of questionable financial and hiring decisions Read more [...]

Union leaders not giving up on the South

The United Auto Workers' defeat last week at a VW plant in Tennessee shows how tough it will be to organize in the South, where many people mistrust unions. Union leaders were still reeling three days after their devastating defeat at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, but the leader of the AFL-CIO said labor would keep trying to organize workers in the South — even if it's an uphill battle. Nation - Read more [...]

Willie Robertson Vs. Don Draper, State of the Union Battle of the TV Symbols

However the State of the Union is, the State of Washington, DC, is more or less static for now: we have the same President, the same Congress, the same apparent odds of major actions that can have the blessing of both. This left President Obama, Tuesday night, vowing to use executive action where possible to act on his own, and the Republicans, in a response from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, seeking to strike a new tone in anticipation of a new election. But if the President and Congress have little Read more [...]

In State of the Union, Obama focuses on America’s economic divide

President Obama outlines modest steps, with or without the help of Congress, to help Americans left behind amid the economic recovery. WASHINGTON — Hoping to leave a bruising year in the rearview mirror, President Obama vowed Tuesday to work with Congress when possible but around it when necessary to push ahead with a series of mostly modest steps aimed at helping low- and middle-income families share in the economic recovery. Nation - Read more [...]