"Obama JOBS Act Leaves Labor Fuming In Democratic Feud" -- Huffington Post
President Barack Obama will sign the JOBS Act into law Thursday, clinching a rare and hard-fought bipartisan victory for his presidency. But to secure the legislative win, he had to pick sides in a simmering feud between interest groups aligned with the Democratic Party. One side of the fight -- the tech industry and venture capital allies -- is all smiles. But the other side -- organized labor -- is seething.
The flashpoint for this Democratic Party conflict -- the JOBS Act -- is the brainchild of Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, a 27-member group that the president stacked with 19 corporate chairmen and CEOs in an effort, say labor leaders and others, to curry favor with America’s executive class.
"Unions and Occupy Wall Street call general strike for May 1" -- New York Amsterdam News
Organizers from the Occupy Wall Street movement are calling for a general strike against all things corporate on May 1. In New York City, activities are scheduled for 4 p.m. in Union Square.
With some referring to it as “a day without the 99 percent,” organizers are asking labor unions and other activists to protest work, major businesses and anything else that would benefit the so-called 1 percent. Organizers said as much in a statement on the “Occupy May 1” website.
A newly formed coalition of state lawmakers and business groups is pushing back against rules and regulations recently enacted by the National Labor Relations Board.
State Sen. Bruce Tutvedt, R-Kalispell, explained that the group is focused on trying to protect small businesses and jobs from new labor rules that have “tilted in a direction that is harmful to our job producers.”
A union may take a Kansas aviation company to court over worker performance.
The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace or SPEEA filed a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board in February.
The union says Spirit AeroSystems is blaming its workers for the company not meeting performance goals. SPEEA says nearly 1,000 employees dropped in performance ratings without justification.