Labor unions in the U.S. are at a crossroads and workers of color—particularly women, and immigrants— figure prominently in how well they move forward. Big labor, now down to representing only about one in every 10 American workers, knows this. But incorporating immigrants and non-union and unemployed workers will also mean addressing their community issues, too—like mass incarceration and immigration reform.
The 1,400 nurses and caregivers at Prince George’s County Hospital Center, Laurel Regional Hospital and other health care facilities in Prince George’s County, MD have filed charges of unfair labor practices against Dimensions Healthcare System and will picket three of the system’s facilities on April 16.
After a long haul, nursing home workers at The Manor at Guilderland Center signed a tentative contract agreement with their new employer. The nursing home has changed ownership four times in the past decade.
On Tuesday, March 18, 205 caregivers at Tallwoods Care Center in Bayville won a major victory when they voted to join with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest and fastest growing union of healthcare workers in New Jersey and nationwide. These workers persevered despite an aggressive anti-union campaign from management.
On April 4, 1968—exactly 45 years ago –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis TN. The preeminent civil rights leader of the 20th century was also a determined anti-war activist and defender of labor rights. He was in Memphis to help in the organizing of sanitation workers in that city.