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Former Boilermakers Union President Charles W. Jones Dead at 86

The Boilermakers union has lost president emeritus Charles W. Jones, who died in hospice care earlier this month.  He was 86. President of the Boilermakers union from 1983 to 2003, he began his illustrious career in the labor movement in … Continue reading


Boilermakers President Appointed Chair of the ICEM

The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM) recently elected Boilermakers President Newton B. Jones as chair of its Materials Sector. The appointment occurred at the organization’s World Conference for materials.  The ICEM is compromised of … Continue reading


ILA Local 333 Forces NY DOT to Adhere to Sick Leave Policy

Local 333 of the International Longshoremen’s Association won an important victory recently when it was able to reverse the New York City Department of Transportation’s (NYDOT) improper implementation of a sick leave policy. According to the union, the NYDOT “altered … Continue reading


Minor League Umpires Make Major League Call: OPEIU Yes!

The minor league baseball season started off with a walk-off homerun when the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU) signed up with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU). Members of the AMLU, which was formed in 2000, voted … Continue reading


West Virginia Mine Tragedy Spears Need for More Safety Regulations Workers Memorial Day Approaches

With Workers Memorial Day coming up April 28, the need for stronger, enforceable worker protection laws gained national attention with the loss of at least 25 miners in a West Virginia explosion. The accident is a timely and heartbreaking reminder … Continue reading


CWA, IBEW Protest Proposed Verizon-Frontier Communications Deal

Several hundred people represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers demonstrated outside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington DC urging the agency to just say ‘NO!’ to a proposed deal between … Continue reading


Steelworkers Demand Action on Bipartisan Bill to Combat Currency Manipulation

The United States will not be able to have a full-blown recovery until it comes to grips with inequities in the international trading system, according to Leo Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers (USW). Gerard, who has been a … Continue reading


House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on IAFF Legislative Priority

A House subcommittee recently held a hearing on H.R. 413, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act. Strongly supported by organized labor, particularly the MTD-affiliated International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the legislation would extend collective bargaining rights to public safety … Continue reading