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Kentucky has already enacted a bill that would prohibit labor unions from forcing non-union members to pay fees to the union. Lawmakers in Missouri and New Hampshire are debating similar bills.
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Forbes  Dec 28  Comment 
Minimum wage is set to rise in 2017, moving closer to the $15 target in some states. But it will never catch up with living wage. Labor unions and local governments won’t let it happen. In arguing for minimum hourly wage hikes, labor advocates...
NPR  Dec 22  Comment 
He'll soon get to name members of the National Labor Relations Board, the agency that hears disputes involving his businesses. "We have never seen a situation like this," a former NLRB chief says.
guardian.co.uk  Dec 8  Comment 
Labor unions, politicians and restaurant workers said fast food CEO’s ‘anti-worker extremism’ will harm ongoing fight for fair wages and acceptable conditions Labor unions and law enforcement officials have condemned President-elect Donald...
New York Times  Dec 2  Comment 
Jewish groups and some labor unions are expressing unease about making Keith Ellison, a Minnesota liberal, chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Forbes  Oct 12  Comment 
With the onset of automation, what role will unions play to protect workers' rights?
Reuters  Sep 16  Comment 
Volkswagen's ability to agree a big cost-cutting plan with its powerful labor unions in the coming weeks could determine whether the German carmaker's shares make a full recovery from its emissions scandal.
Wall Street Journal  Aug 24  Comment 
The National Labor Relations Board ruled that Columbia University graduate students are employees under federal labor law, paving the way for graduate students at private colleges nationwide to join labor unions.
MarketWatch  Aug 23  Comment 
U.S. labor panel delivers victory for Columbia University students.




 
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A labor union or trade union is an organization run by and for workers who have come together to achieve common goals in fair wages and working conditions.

The most visible labor unions are among public sector employees such as teachers and police. Labor unions engage in collective bargaining over wages, benefits, and working conditions for their members and on representing their members if management attempts to violate contract provisions.

The main role of unions is to protect employee rights in the workplace and to negotiate salaries, benefits, training and other conditions of employment.

The role of labor unions were much debated within the 2008 "Economic Crisis" when the three largest automakers in the U.S. asked for $50 Billion in loans in order to stay viable. According to some Senators costly labor agreements including pension and health plans put the U.S. automakers at a disadvantage to foreign companies resulting in their collapse. The American automobile had nothing to do with it.

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