September 2, 1997 |
Vice President Al Gore sought to cement the Clinton administration's occasionally rocky ties with the labor movement by delivering a rousing union-boosting speech at a Labor Day rally. "It's time for a new unionism," Gore said. "It's time for a new effort to organize working men and women in this country." Gore traveled to the banks of the Mississippi River to march in a parade and appear with AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and Labor Secretary Alexis M.
July 11, 1996 |
In a Republican victory destined for reversal by presidential veto, the Senate passed legislation Wednesday to curtail the power of organized labor by permitting companies to create worker-management teams to discuss workplace issues outside of union settings. Organized labor believes that the legislation, which gives legal status to an already widespread practice, would make it far more difficult to persuade employees to vote for union representation.
May 26, 2000 |
Democratic congressional leaders, yearning to recapture the House later this year, scrambled Thursday to repair their political relations with prominent labor leaders still smarting from this week's bipartisan approval of a controversial China trade bill.
September 10, 1996 |
White House Won't Push for Striker Replacement Ban: The Clinton administration dropped legal efforts to revive its executive order banning most government contractors from hiring permanent replacements for striking workers. Officials at the Labor and Justice departments said the White House won't seek Supreme Court review of a lower-court ruling that threw out President Clinton's controversial striker-replacement policy. The administration had until today to file an appeal.
December 24, 1991 |
Eleven of the 12 nations in the European Community are rarities these days, as many other countries--including the United States and Great Britain--seek a competitive edge by slashing wages, benefits and jobs of their workers. The 11 are showing both good economic sense and humanitarian qualities by insisting that their workers must be helped, not hurt, by agreements to eliminate trade barriers and mesh the economies of the EC countries.
August 22, 1997 |
"From now on, ask not what labor can do for Democrats," says liberal labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein. "The question now is, what can Democrats do for labor." Allowing for a touch of bravado in this assessment, liberal analysts and labor strategists view this week's outcome of the UPS strike as an important symbolic victory for unions whose significance will extend beyond the bargaining table to the voting booth and Capitol Hill cloakrooms.