Cinematographers Guild Elects John Lindley President

March 15, 2020

Cinematographer John Lindley has been elected president of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) national executive board. His election follows the February 14 resignation of Lewis Rothenberg just slightly more than half a year into his term. Lindley will complete Rothenberg’s three-year, to which he was elected last year after defeating longtime guild president […]

NLRB Limits Companies’ Liability for Franchisee Labor-Law Violations

February 26, 2020

A US labor board on Tuesday finalized a rule that will make it more difficult to hold companies liable for unlawful labor practices by franchisees and contractors, reversing a more worker-friendly Obama-era standard criticized by business groups. The rule by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which was first proposed […]

‘The Young Turks’ Progressive Founder Urged His Staff Not to Unionize

February 25, 2020

Top leadership at the progressive news network The Young Turks held an all-staff meeting at its office in Culver City, California, on February 12. The regularly scheduled gathering was supposed to deal with personnel matters, but instead the focus turned to the staff’s nascent union campaign, which had just gone public. […]

TAP: Bloomberg’s Troubling Record on Unions and Workers

February 22, 2020

Billionaire presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg released a labor platform on February 15 that aligns with the Democratic Party’s stance. It includes support for the PRO Act recently passed by House Democrats. But his comments made in several interviews since he left office demonstrate a clear antagonism toward workers and labor unions. […]

James P. Hoffa Won’t Stand for Re-Election as Teamsters President

February 22, 2020

Teamsters union President James P. Hoffa said he won’t stand for re-election when his current term ends in March 2022, after more than two decades atop the powerful labor group. Hoffa’s exit would open up the race to … the Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a group that has opposed Hoffa’s leadership, [which] is running a slate […]

Trump Hires Union Busters to Oversee Unions

February 17, 2020

“Within the Department of Labor, there is a section that is devoted to providing oversight to labor unions,” writes Brian Young in UCOMM Blog. “It is responsible for auditing financial disclosures and investigating officer corruption. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, has hired two new people to work in this oversight role who has a long history of working against unions. Rusty Brown, worked as a union-avoidance […]

Cinematographers Guild President Steps Down

February 14, 2020

Eight months after being elected as International Cinematographers Guild president for a three-year term, Lewis Rothenberg is stepping down from the role, the union said Friday. In a note to members, he cited issues with establishing a residence in Southern California as what led in part to his resignation, and also noted “differences” with other leaders. “While I truly believe everyone in the leadership of this Local has the members […]

Nevada Union Might Not Endorse, but It Isn’t Staying Quiet

February 12, 2020

While the Culinary Union is not tipping its hand in any one candidate’s favor, it hasn’t stayed out of the race. Last week and this week, the union distributed leaflets to its members warning that Sanders’ and Warren’s “Medicare for All” proposals would end the union’s prized health insurance plans. Culinary has typically followed Unite Here’s lead, and with early voting in Nevada’s caucuses set to start Saturday morning, it’s unclear […]

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