labor http://kut.org en U.T. Sports Law Expert Says Student Athletes Deserve Compensation http://kut.org/post/ut-sports-law-expert-says-student-athletes-deserve-compensation <p>This week, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/27/295144724/board-rules-athletes-at-northwestern-university-are-employees" style="line-height: 1.5;">ruled</a>&nbsp;that Northwestern University athletes can <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/26/294885843/labor-board-rules-northwestern-players-are-employees">legally form a union</a>.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:53:10 +0000 Trey Shaar & Laura Rice 10051 at http://kut.org U.T. Sports Law Expert Says Student Athletes Deserve Compensation Majority of Texas Fast-Food Workers on Public Assistance http://kut.org/post/majority-texas-fast-food-workers-public-assistance <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Fifty-nine percent of front-line fast-food workers in Texas rely on public assistance programs such as food stamps and Medicaid to support their families, according to a report released on Tuesday.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Nationally, more than half &ndash; 52 percent &ndash; of the families of front-line fast-food workers use at least one public assistance program, compared with a quarter of the total workforce, according to the report. The research was sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Urban &amp; Regional Planning.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:09:41 +0000 Corrie MacLaggan, Texas Tribune 8941 at http://kut.org Majority of Texas Fast-Food Workers on Public Assistance Austin Fast Food Workers Strike For Higher Wages http://kut.org/post/austin-fast-food-workers-strike-higher-wages <p></p><p>Some Austin fast food workers are <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/texas-fast-food-workers-join-nationwide-strike">joining a nationwide strike</a> for higher wages. Employees from Wendy’s, Jack in the Box and Long John Silver’s gathered in protest this afternoon on Guadalupe Street near the UT campus.</p><p>Greg Lee works at Long John Silver’s. He makes $7.25 an hour.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:50:08 +0000 KUT Staff 8566 at http://kut.org Austin Fast Food Workers Strike For Higher Wages Texas Fast-Food Workers to Join Nationwide Strike http://kut.org/post/texas-fast-food-workers-join-nationwide-strike <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><span style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Jose Avila thought he could save money to pay off college loans by moving into his mother’s one-bedroom Houston apartment and working at a Subway restaurant. But he says he’s barely making ends meet on his $7.75-an-hour wage, and he considers taking the bus to work such an extravagance that he walks an hour and a half each way, unless it’s raining.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Avila, 22, says he plans to join fast-food workers in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in a pre-Labor Day strike to call for $15-an-hour wages. Workers in Houston, Dallas and Austin plan to participate, organizers say.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:35:00 +0000 Corrie MacLaggan, Texas Tribune 8554 at http://kut.org Texas Fast-Food Workers to Join Nationwide Strike Labor Sec. Seth Harris on How to Reduce the Deficit by $200 Billion http://kut.org/post/labor-sec-seth-harris-how-reduce-deficit-200-billion <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="130" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97609589&amp;color=ff3700&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>This week Congress will take up what some say is a long overdue reform of national immigration policy. The U.S. has been slow to recover from the recession, and U.S. Secretary of Labor Seth Harris says this overhaul could be a boon for the economy.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:20:39 +0000 David Brown 8175 at http://kut.org Labor Sec. Seth Harris on How to Reduce the Deficit by $200 Billion Meet 8 People Who May Decide the Fates of Some City Employees http://kut.org/post/meet-8-people-who-may-decide-fates-some-city-employees <p>The City of Austin is hosting a community meeting tonight to introduce the top eight applicants to serve on the Municipal Civil Service Commission.</p><p>The commission, <a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/props-10-and-11-wider-civil-service-job-protection-2/">approved in November</a> by voters as Proposition 10, will propose personnel rules for most City of Austin employees. They will also make final decisions in the cases of city employees who are appealing disciplinary action such as being suspended or demoted. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:41:02 +0000 Austin Feldman 7382 at http://kut.org Meet 8 People Who May Decide the Fates of Some City Employees One Week Left to Apply for Austin's New Municipal Civil Service Commission http://kut.org/post/one-week-left-apply-austins-new-municipal-civil-service-commission <p>There is one week left to apply for the five-member <a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/austin-city-council-seeks-applicants-municipal-civil-service-commission">Municipal Civil Service Commission</a>.&nbsp;It's part of <a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/props-10-and-11-wider-civil-service-job-protection-2/">Proposition 10</a> that Austin voters approved in November. It establishes a municipal service system for most city employees.</p><p>According to the City of Austin, the Municipal Civil Service Commission will help to establish certain personnel rules. The commission will then make final decisions on appeals of disciplinary actions by most City of Austin employees. The commission is expected to hear cases from city employees or are fired, demoted or denied a promotion. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:19:26 +0000 Austin Feldman 7013 at http://kut.org One Week Left to Apply for Austin's New Municipal Civil Service Commission Texas Attorney General Abbott Digs In on 'Right-To-Work' Policies http://kut.org/post/texas-attorney-general-abbott-digs-right-work-policies <p>Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced a <a href="https://www.oag.state.tx.us/newspubs/releases/2013/02202013_right_to_work_notice.pdf">"Workers Bill of Rights"</a> this morning at the Capitol. The document outlines the rights of Texas workers, including the ability to abstain from union membership and paying union dues.&nbsp;</p><p>Abbott also took the occasion to promote <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/HB01524I.pdf#navpanes=0">House Bill 1524</a>, a bill that would allow Texas workers to have "secret ballots" in union votes, saying that the privacy would allow workers to express opinions without any possible union interference or coercion from union leadership.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:34:04 +0000 Andrew Weber 6672 at http://kut.org Texas Attorney General Abbott Digs In on 'Right-To-Work' Policies Union Membership Continues Decline; Now At Lowest Level Since 1930s http://kut.org/post/union-membership-continues-decline-lowest-level-1930s The Bureau of Labor Statistics says <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm">union membership continues to decline in the United States</a>.<p>In 2012, American Union membership rate dropped to 11.3 percent from 11.8 percent in 2011. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:57:08 +0000 6313 at http://kut.org A Tough Year For Unions, With Few Bright Spots Ahead http://kut.org/post/tough-year-unions-few-bright-spots-ahead This year was a tough one for organized labor.<p>In June, Scott Walker — the Wisconsin governor who banned collective bargaining for public employee unions — survived a recall election.<p>And, despite huge protests in Michigan, the union stronghold became the 24th right-to-work state, banning unions from requiring workers to sign up. That came just 10 months after Indiana passed a similar law.<p>Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large of <em>The American Prospect,</em> says it's only the latest in years of mostly union defeats. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:20:21 +0000 6009 at http://kut.org A Tough Year For Unions, With Few Bright Spots Ahead In Midwest Union Fights, Michigan Shows 2010 Election Still Trumps 2012 http://kut.org/post/midwest-union-fights-michigan-shows-2010-election-still-trumps-2012 No one can argue the setback to organized labor served up by Michigan's new law, which bars unions from requiring workers to pay dues even if they don't join their workplace bargaining unit.<p>Tuesday's passage of "right to work" legislation in a state dominated by the auto industry and the historically powerful United Auto Workers was a surprising "smack in the face" to unions, says labor expert Lee Adler, especially given President Obama's nearly 10-point win in the state last month.<p>The action by the GOP-controlled Legislature in a post-election lame-duck session is the surest sign yet, A Wed, 12 Dec 2012 23:44:41 +0000 Liz Halloran, NPR 5894 at http://kut.org In Midwest Union Fights, Michigan Shows 2010 Election Still Trumps 2012 Michigan Lawmakers Pass Right-to-Work Bill, Over Unions' Protests http://kut.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-pass-right-work-bill-over-unions-protests <strong>Update at 6:00 p.m. ET:</strong><p>Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law two controversial "right-to-work" bills passed earlier Tuesday by the state's House. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:26:00 +0000 Korva Coleman, NPR 5875 at http://kut.org Michigan Lawmakers Pass Right-to-Work Bill, Over Unions' Protests Maybe Twinkies Do Last Forever: Union, Hostess Headed To Mediation http://kut.org/post/maybe-twinkies-do-last-forever-union-hostess-mediation <blockquote><p>"Twinkies Saved! Hostess, Bakers Union Agree to Mediation, Avoiding Shutdown."<p></blockquote><p>That's the <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/" target="_blank">"alert" this hour at CNBC.com</a>.<p>Reuters has issued this "bulletin":<p><blockquote><p>"US BANKRUPTCY JUDGE SAYS PARTIES AGREE TO MEDIATION ON TUESDAY IN HOSTESS CASE."<p></blockquote><p>And according to The Associated Press:<p><blockquote><p>"Hostess Brands Inc. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:17:40 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5681 at http://kut.org Maybe Twinkies Do Last Forever: Union, Hostess Headed To Mediation Hostess No More: Texas-based Twinkies Maker Closes Shop (Updated) http://kut.org/post/hostess-no-more-texas-based-twinkies-maker-closes-shop-updated <p><strong>Update</strong>: Company spokesperson Tammy Taylor tells KUT News that “Hostess Brands had 230 employees in Texas.&nbsp;All facilities are shut down, with the exception of retail outlets, which will remain open for about a week to sell remaining product in going out of business sales.”</p><p>Taylor says that “severance will not be paid at this time” to the laid-off employees; “funds for these amounts are not in the ‘Wind Down’ budget that Hostess lenders approved.”</p><p><strong>Original post</strong> (1:25 p.m.):&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/11/16/165260808/no-more-twinkies-hostess-brands-is-shutting-down" target="_blank">It’s the end of Hostess Brands</a>, the Texas-headquartered maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Ding Dongs.&nbsp; This morning Hostess said it filed a motion in bankruptcy court to request permission to liquidate its assets.</p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:02:37 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5660 at http://kut.org Hostess No More: Texas-based Twinkies Maker Closes Shop (Updated) American Airlines Fliers Fed Up as Labor Clash Rages http://kut.org/post/american-airlines-fliers-fed-labor-clash-rages Pat Henneberry is an airline's dream customer. She flies all week, every week, and buying an $800 ticket so that she can have full flexibility is standard operating procedure. She's an American Airlines platinum customer. But she is fed up with the endless delays and cancellations.<p>"On Monday I didn't get on the plane. Basically, they said they're going to be late, then an hour later they said they're canceling. It's a direct flight to Chicago. It's easy to get equipment. They said it was maintenance. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:50:42 +0000 Wade Goodwyn, NPR 5189 at http://kut.org American Airlines Fliers Fed Up as Labor Clash Rages We Have A Ruling: NFL Referees Are Returning To The Field http://kut.org/post/we-have-ruling-nfl-referees-are-returning-field The not-so-long, not-so-much of a national nightmare is over.<p>Regular NFL officials will be on the field starting with tonight's game now that the league and its referees union have <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/09/27/161856699/nfl-reaches-tentative-deal-with-referees" target="_blank">reached tentative agreement on a new, eight-year contract</a>.<p>The news that football fans have been anxiously waiting to hear came around midnight last night. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:03:59 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5178 at http://kut.org We Have A Ruling: NFL Referees Are Returning To The Field After Uproar, No Signal NFL Refs Will Be Back Soon http://kut.org/post/after-uproar-no-signal-nfl-refs-will-be-back-soon Though the nation's football fans — <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=161759930" target="_blank">from President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney</a> to the average couch quarterback — are begging the two sides to settle their contract dispute so that regular NFL referees can come back to work, there seems to be no clear reason to think that's going to happen in time for this week's games.<p><em>Pardon the Interruption</em> co-host Tony Kornheiser <a href="http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=8425808" target="_blank">is convinced</a> that Monday Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:35:29 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5169 at http://kut.org After Uproar, No Signal NFL Refs Will Be Back Soon Wide Gap Remains Between NFL And Refs; League Insists On Respect For Subs http://kut.org/post/wide-gap-remains-between-nfl-and-refs-league-insists-respect-subs Despite complaints from NFL coaches and players, the league and its locked-out officials are no closer to reaching a deal than they were last week, according to reports. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:49:09 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 5129 at http://kut.org Wide Gap Remains Between NFL And Refs; League Insists On Respect For Subs Worker Rights Consortium to Monitor UT Apparel Factories http://kut.org/post/worker-rights-consortium-monitor-ut-apparel-factories <p>The University of Texas at Austin is joining the <a href="http://www.workersrights.org/" target="_blank">Worker Rights Consortium</a>. The WRC will monitor working conditions of factories that make UT apparel.</p><p>The move comes after recent <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/no-arrests-second-ut-sweatshop-protest" target="_blank">protests by student activists</a> who denounced conditions in these factories and called for closer monitoring.</p><p>Tara Doolittle is a spokesperson for UT. She says joining the consortium can <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/am-update-student-occupiers-arrested-ut-honoring-walter-cronkite-discussing-wildfire-response" target="_blank">offer consumers peace of mind</a> about where UT products come from.</p><p>&quot;We are certainly concerned about the working conditions of the folks who make the apparel that bears our name &mdash; and we now have two agencies helping us make sure those conditions are what they should be,&quot; said Doolittle. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 19:08:00 +0000 Chip Skambis & Laura Rice 4723 at http://kut.org Worker Rights Consortium to Monitor UT Apparel Factories Cap Metro Workers Should Keep Jobs Under Contractors http://kut.org/post/cap-metro-workers-should-keep-jobs-under-contractors <p>This morning, Capital Metro bus drivers and mechanics met their soon-to-be employers. Representatives from the companies that Cap Metro is <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/cap-metro-staff-makes-contractor-recommendations">contracting out services with</a> were at the bus garages at 4 a.m. for a quick meet and greet.</p><p>Yesterday, the Capital Metro Board of Directors voted to<a href="http://kut.org/2012/04/cap-metro-to-outsource-workers/"> outsource hundreds of employees</a>. Those include regular bus drivers and mechanics along with people who provide door-to-door services for the disabled.</p><p><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/countdown-new-contractor-cap-metro">A new law</a> required Cap Metro either to outsource their workers or bring them in as state employees. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:37:01 +0000 Laura Rice 4091 at http://kut.org Cap Metro Workers Should Keep Jobs Under Contractors