A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) - Fights for racial equality and economic justice. Works with black trade unionists, the people best suited to serve as a bridge between labor and the black community.
Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) - Phillipines organization committed to the advancement of social movement unionism - a strategy directed at recognizing, organizing and mobilizing all types of workers and unions for engagements in different arenas of struggle.
American Labor Museum - Advances public understanding of the history of work, workers and the labor movement throughout the world, with special attention to the ethnicity and immigrant experience of American workers. Location: 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, New Jersey.
Anti-Slavery International - Coordinates publicity campaigns to pressure governments to stop degrading and dangerous child labour: children trafficked in West Africa; bonded child labour in Pakistan; boys stranded on fishing platforms in Indonesia; children used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates; and girls working as domestics in the Philippines.
Apollo Alliance - A broad coalition within the labor, environmental, business, urban, and faith communities in support of good jobs and energy independence.
Arise Chicago - Building partnerships between faith communities and workers to figt workplace injustice through education, organizing and advocacy for public policy changes.
Association for Union Democracy - A a pro-labor, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the principles and practices of democratic trade unionism in the North American labor movement. Provides organizing, educational, and legal assistance to union members fighting for greater control of their unions.
Behind The Label - A multimedia news website covering the stories of people fighting for fundamental human and labor rights against the goliath global clothing industry.
Boycott Workfare - A UK-wide campaign to end forced unpaid work for people who receive welfare.
Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO - Coordinates activity and provides resources to 15 affiliated trades unions in the construction industry. It has 386 state, local and provincial councils in the United States and Canada. Created in 1908, the BCTD has helped its 15 affiliated building trades unions to make job sites safer, deliver apprenticeship and journey-level training, organize new workers, support legislation that affects working families, and assist in securing improved wages, hours and working conditions through collective bargaining.
Employee Benefits Survey - Produces comprehensive data on the incidence (the percentage of U.S. workers with access to and participation in employer provided benefit plans) and provisions of selected employee benefit plans.
National Compensation Survey - Provides comprehensive measures of occupational earnings; compensation cost trends, benefit incidence, and detailed plan provisions. Detailed occupational earnings are available for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, broad geographic regions, and on a national basis. The index component of the NCS (ECI) measures changes in labor costs. Average hourly employer cost for employee compensation is presented in the ECEC.
National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) - A set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women.
Campaign for Labor Rights (CLR) - An organization that works to inform and mobilize grassroots activists in solidarity with major, international anti-sweatshop struggles. CLR has been called the "grassroots mobilizing department" of the anti-sweatshop movement. Coordinating with over 500 communities in the U.S. as well as other local, national, and international anti-sweatshop groups, CLR attacks the root causes of poverty, oppression, and global economic disparity.
California Labor Federation - Made up of more than 1,200 AFL-CIO and Change to Win unions, representing 2.1 million union members in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.
Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens(CARFAC) - The national voice of Canada's professional visual artists. As a non-profit association and a National Art Service Organization. Promotes the visual arts in Canada. Defends artists' economic and legal rights and educates the public on fair dealing with artists. Promotes a socio-economic climate conducive to the production of visual arts. Engages in advocacy, lobbying, research and public education on behalf of artists in Canada.
Center for Labor Markets and Policy (CLMP) - An applied research, teaching and technical consulting unit within Drexel University that is focused on a variety of human resource development issues and their connections to the labor market. CLMP deploys its expertise in human resource development economics and labor market analysis to support improvements in human resource development planning, programming, evaluation and finance at local, state, regional, and national levels.
Center for Labor Renewal - An ever expanding circle of activists and ideas dedicated to combining different threads of working class organizing and activism for the transformation and renewal of labor as a progressive social movement in this country and internationally.
China Labor Watch (CLW) - Devoted to improving Chinese workers' working and living conditions, defending their rights, upholding international labor and human rights standards, and preparing for the future of independent labor union organizations that are truly representational of the workers they represent.
Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) - Standards of conduct compliance assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor. CSRA applies to labor organizations which represents emloyees in most agencies of the executive branch of the Federal Government. The regulations implementing the standards of conduct provisions of the CSRA incorporate many Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) provisions, including those related to labor organization reporting requirements.
Clarence Thomas - Oakland, California-based labor unionist and activist. He is a third-generation longshoreman.
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) - Independent voice of black workers within the trade union movement, challenging organized labor to be more relevant to the needs and aspirations of black and poor workers.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) - A community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida. Fighting for a fair wage, respect, better and cheaper housing, stronger laws and stronger enforcement against those who would violate workers' rights, the right to organize without fear of retaliation, and an end to forced labor in the fields.
Coalition of Labor Unon Women (CLUW) - National coalition unifying union women in a viable organization to determine common problems and concerns and to develop action programs within the framework of their unions. Speaking out for child care, pay equity, labor law reform, national health care and reproductive freedom.
Committee for Better Banks - A coalition of bank workers, community and consumer advocacy groups, and labor organizations coming together to improve conditions in the bank industry. Works for just wages, career paths and job security for front-line bank workers.
Common Frontiers - A multi-sectoral working group which confronts, and proposes an alternative to, the social, environmental and economic effects of economic integration in the Americas.
Community-Wealth - Brings together information about a broad range of community wealth building activity. A community wealth strategy aims at improving the ability of communities and individuals to increase asset ownership, anchor jobs locally, expand the provision of public services, and ensure local economic stability.
Cooperation Texas - An Austin, Texas-based organization committed to the development of ecologically sustainable worker cooperatives.
Corporate Research Project - A non-profit center that assists community, environmental and
labor organizations in researching and analyzing companies and industries. The Project is designed to be a resource to aid activism. Its
focus is on strategic research, i.e., identifying the information activists can use as leverage to get business to behave in a socially
responsible manner. Research tools include:
Democracy at Work (d@w) - Creates and distributes media aimed at demonstrating why, and how, democratizing the workplace is a viable solution for a new and better economic system. d@w advocates for workers self-directed enterprises (WSDEs) as a key part of moving forward from the current model of capitalism to a new and better economy. Based on the work of Professor Richard D. Wolff, d@w strives to advocate for alternative solutions to the current model of capitalism.
Department for Professional Employees (DPE) [AFL-CIO] - Currently represents 25 unions comprising more than four million white collar workers. The Department was chartered by the AFL-CIO in 1977, in recognition of the dramatic rise in professional and technical employees among union members. Also see DPE News.
Department of Labor (DOL) - Workers' wages, health and safety, employment and pension rights; equal employment opportunity; job training, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation programs; collective bargaining; collection, analyzsis and publishing of labor and economic statistics.
Detroit Workers Inquiry - The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are organizing the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Bankruptcy of Detroit for this purpose, to be held at Wayne State University on Saturday, February 15, 2014 to answer questions such as these:
Why are workers being forced to give up pensions and health care to pay off the bondholders and banks? Who stands to benefit from the actions of Orr and the bankruptcy court, including the sell-off of art at the DIA and other assets?
What is the source of the crisis in Detroit? How was Detroit transformed from the center of the world auto industry into the poorest large city in the United States, plagued by mass unemployment and the decimation of its public schools and transportation system?
What measures must be taken to defend jobs, pensions, health care, the cultural heritage of the city and all the rights of the working class?
EEO News - EEO News provides employment law case headlines on EEO cases it believes are significant as well as an informative Workplace Law Radio show.
Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) - Llegislation in the United States which aims to "amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an easier system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes." Under current U.S. labor law, the National Labor Relations Board will certify a union as the exclusive representative of bargaining unit employees by card check process or secret ballot election, which is held if more than 30% of employees in a bargaining unit sign statements asking for representation by a union. If enacted, EFCA would require the NLRB to certify a bargaining representative without directing an election if a majority of the bargaining unit employees signed cards, the card check process. On March 1, 2007, the House of Representatives passed the act by a vote of 241 to 185. The Senate on June 26, 2007 voted 51 to 48 on a motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consider the bill. The bill failed to pass during the 110th United States Congress because of the 60 votes required to enforce cloture, which may be possible to obtain in the 111th United States Congress. See full text of bill here.
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) - The ETUC has in its membership 77 National Trade Union Confederations from a total of 35 European countries, as well as 11 European industry federations, making a total of 60 million members. Other trade union structures such as Eurocadres (Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff) and EFREP/FERPA (European Federation of Retired and Elderly Persons) operate under the auspices of the ETUC. In addition, the ETUC coordinates the activities of the 39 ITUCs (Interregional Trade Union Councils), which organise trade union cooperation at a cross-border level.
European Works Council - Around 10 million workers across the EU have the right to information and consultation on company decisions at European level through their EWCs. The Works Council Directive (94/45/EC) applies to companies with 1,000 or more employees, including at least 150 in two or more Member States. Of these, 841 have EWCs in operation, covering around 60% of workers in the EU. But there is still some way to go before the legislation meets its full objectives, and the ETUC is pressing for it to be improved and updated. On 20 February 2008, the European Commission launched the second phase of consultation. The process is still ongoing. Also see the EWC Database. The database contains the details and texts of agreements that have established European Works Councils, as well as agreements negotiated by EWCs on specific topics (substantive agreements).
European Work's Council Directives - Social Dialogue and Employee Participation: Council Directive 94/45/EC of 22 September 1994 on the establishment of a European Works Council. The Directive imposes a works council or an information and consultation procedure in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings on the basis of an agreement to be reached by a special negotiating body. It also defines the procedures for the operation of this body. In the cases identified by the Directive in which an agreement cannot be reached, it stipulates the provisions which subsidiary requirements to be established by the Member States must satisfy. Also see: Directive 2002/14/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2002 establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the European Community. And here.
Events in U.S. Labor History - Presented here are some of the many incidents, too often overlooked, in the tumultuous labor history of the U.S.
Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) - oversees implementation of the Fair Food Program, a unique farmworker- and consumer-driven initiative consisting of a: 1) Wage increase supported by a price premium paid by corporate purchasers of Florida tomatoes; and 2) human-rights-based Code of Conduct, applicable throughout the Florida tomato industry. The Fair Food Program emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers successful Campaign for Fair Food.
Fair Labor Association (FLA) - A collaborative effort of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society organizations to improve working conditions in factories around the world. The FLA has developed a Workplace Code of Conduct, based on ILO standards, and created a practical monitoring, remediation and verification process to achieve those standards. The jury's still out on its effectiveness. Complaints of industry ties, lax standards, apologetics.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - FMLA entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for specified family and medical reasons. The employer may elect to use the calendar year, a fixed 12-month leave or fiscal year, or a 12-month period prior to or after the commencement of leave as the 12-month period.
Farmworkers' Website - An initiative of Sin Fronteras Organizing Project. This website is dedicated to educating the public about the plight of the agricultural workers.
Federal Labor Relations Authority - An independent agency responsible for administering the labor-management relations program for Federal employees world-wide, approximately 1.1 million of whom are exclusively represented in 2,200 bargaining units. Its mission is to promote stable and constructive labor-management relations that contribute to an efficient and effective government.
Fight for Fifteen - Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago fights for just compensation and dignified treatment [the least] that all hardworking Americans deserve: a $15 per hour wage. "Each year, our labor brings over $4 Billion into the stores and restaurants of downtown Chicago alone, but almost all of these profits go to make rich executives and investors even richer, while we struggle to provide ourselves and our families with basic necessities. We believe that people who work hard for a living should make enough to support themselves, their families and their neighborhoods, and should be treated with dignity and respect. We believe this will not only improve our lives but create jobs and make Chicago's economy Stronger. This is why we are coming together and coming out of the shadows into the streets ready to fight for respect and wages we deserve!"
Freelancers Union - A national nonprofit membership organization that promotes the interests of people who work independently - a diverse group that now makes up nearly 30% of the American labor force.
General Strike - Page dedicated to gathering and presenting information about past and current general strikes around the world.
Global Exchange - Global Exchange is a non-profit research, education, and action center dedicated to promoting people-to-people ties around the world.
Global Labor Institute (GLI) - The Cornell Global Labor Institute was established in 2005 to work with trade unions in the U.S. and internationally to help them and their civil society partners develop solutions to major social, economic and environmental challenges.
Global March Against Child Labour - A movement borne out of hope and the need felt by thousands of people across the globe - the desire to set children free from servitude.
Global Unions - Website jointly owned and managed by a number of international trade union organisations. Global Unions comprises: (1) The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), which represents most national trade union centres. Most individual unions relate to the ICFTU through their national union centre; (2) The ten Global Union Federations (GUFs), the international representatives of unions organising in specific industry sectors or occupational groups (EI, ICEM, IFJ, ITGLWF, PSI, ITF, IFBWW, IMF, IUF, & UNI); (3) Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.
Goodweave - A global nonprofit organization working to end child labor and offer educational opportunities for children in India, Nepal and Pakistan.
Grassroots Leadership - A multi-racial team of organizers based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its goal is to help Southern community and labor organizations think critically, work strategically and gain power to achieve justice and equity. Provides a range of support to Southern organizations and labor unions including public policy development, community education, research, direct action campaigns, coalition building and crisis intervention.
Gulf Labor Artist Coalition - A coalition of international artists working to ensure that migrant worker rights are protected during the construction of museums on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.
Hans Bockler Foundation - Deals with co-determination, research linked to the world of work and the support of students on behalf of the DGB, the Confederation of German Trade Unions. Co-determination in Germany defines a set of rights that give employees the possibility of actively participating in the shaping of their working environment. This includes legally stipulated Co-determination rights, company internal agreements devised in conjunction with union contracts as well as informal determination possibilities that have arisen from Co-determination practice.
Harry Bridges Institute - Founded in 1993 to meet a pressing need to educate a new generation of workers about the rich history of the labor movement; to demonstrate the benefit of union membership to the working community - and to showcase and celebrate the contributions of labor leaders as well as rank-and-file trade unionists, not only in the founding of unions but in the continued struggle for workers' rights.
Harry Bridges Project - The project is dedicated to introducing the public to the life and ideas of Harry Bridges and his impact on our lives today. Bridges was an extraordinary labor leader and social visionary whose life and work encompassed all of the important issues and events of his day, including immigration, depression-era policies, red-scares, McCarthyism, the cold-war and labor issues. His story provides a springboard into understanding these times and realizing their significance today, as we face parallel issues of globalization, the growing gap between rich and poor, increasing governmental surveillance and the war on terror. His life inspires people to come together in their communities, discover their own history and take charge of their own lives by engaging in dialogue and debate about these issues in order to move beyond the fears and limitations they can create.
High Pay Centre - An independent non-party think tank focused on pay at the top of the income scale. We argue that growing differences in pay between high and low earners are neither fair nor proportionate, and campaign to reduce the income gap between the super rich and the rest of the population.
ILR - Founded in 1945 as the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations. As the world of work evolves, the school's focus broadens to keep pace with that change. Today, the school is becoming better known simply as ILR. ILR's mission is to prepare leaders, inform national and international employment and labor policy, and improve working lives. The school offers undergraduate and graduate education as well as career-long learning for professionals.
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - A member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow.
International Commission for Labor Rights (ICLR) - Based in New York. Coordinates the pro bono work of a global network of lawyers committed to advancing workers' rights through legal research, advocacy, cross-border collaboration, and the cutting-edge use of international and domestic legal mechanisms. On occasion, ICLR's legal network also responds to urgent appeals for independent reporting on gross labor rights violations.
Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights - Mission is to educate and actively engage the U.S. public on human and labor rights abuses by corporations and defend the human rights of workers in the global economy. Helping to coalesce a new and diverse coalition that includes religious, labor, women's, student, civil rights, solidarity, policy and grassroots groups to catalyze popular campaigns based on our original research to promote worker rights and pressure companies to end human and labor abuses.
Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) - Calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the U.S. on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers.
International Labour Organization (ILO) - The ILO is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. The ILO formulates international labour standards in the form of conventions and recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights: freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues. Also seeConventions Adopted by the International Labour Conference.
International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work - In the ILO Declaration, member States, regardless of level of economic development, cultural values, or number of ILO Conventions ratified, commit themselves to respect, promote, and realize the following fundamental principles and rights: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; effective abolition of child labour; and, elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
ILOLEX Database of International Labour Standards - A trilingual database containing ILO Conventions and Recommendations, ratification information, comments of the Committee of Experts and the Committee on Freedom of Association, representations, complaints, interpretations, general surveys, and related documents.
Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights - A human rights organization dedicated to the promotion and defense of internationally recognized worker rights in the global economy. The Institute is headquartered in Pittsburgh with regional offices in Dhaka and San Salvador and research/advocacy partnerships in China, Jordan, Central America and South Asia.
International Labor Organisation (ILO) - The ILO was founded in 1919, in the wake of a destructive war, to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon decent treatment of working people. The ILO became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946. The ILO is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues.
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) - The ITUC's primary mission is the promotion and defence of workers' rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions.
Kate Bronfenbrenner - Co-author and editor of several books on union strategies including Union Organizing in the Public Sector: An Analysis of State and Local Elections, Organizing to Win: New Research on Union Strategies and Ravenswood: The Steelworkers' Victory and the Revival of American Labor.
Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM) - The ILO launched the KILM program to complement regular data collection programs and to improve dissemination of data on the key elements of the world's labour markets. The KILM is designed with two objectives in mind: (a) to present a core set of labour market indicators; and (b) to improve the availability of the indicators to monitor new employment trends.
Labor Arts - A virtual museum designed to gather, identify and display examples of the cultural and artistic history of working people and to celebrate the trade union movement's contributions to that history.
Labor Council - A union for unions with over 67 affiliated unions representing over 800,000 workers in New South Wales. The Labor Council's web-project, LaborNET, was first launched in 1996. Today LaborNET is the largest clustering of Australian union information available on the Internet.
Labor Day History - The first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
Labor Educator - Harry Kelber, founder and editor. Publications for labor organizing, including: Why Unions Are Good For You and Your Family, Why Unions Are in Politics, The Making of Ideal Union Leaders, and The Making of Ideal Union Members, and A Training Manual for Union Organizers. Also see Harry Kelber's LaborTalk Columns.
Labor Management Relations Act of 1947 - Better known as the Taft–Hartley Act, (80 H.R. 3020, Pub.L. 80–101, 61 Stat. 136, enacted June 23, 1947). United States federal law that restricts the activities and power of labor unions. The act, still effective, was sponsored by Senator Robert A. Taft and Representative Fred A. Hartley, Jr., and became law by overcoming U.S. President Harry S. Truman's veto on June 23, 1947. Labor leaders called it the "slave-labor bill" while President Truman argued that it was a "dangerous intrusion on free speech," and that it would "conflict with important principles of our democratic society." See Wikipedia.
Labor Network for Sustainability (LNS) - Believes that workers and environmentalists must be engaged together in order for our society to address the dual deepening crises of both climate and income inequality.
Labor Notes - 'Putting the movement back in the labor movement.' News about the labor movement that you won't find anywhere else: news that the mainstream media doesn't find worth printing and news about grassroots labor activity or problems facing the labor movement that top union leaders don't want to print.
Labor Research Asssociation (LRA) - A New York City-based non-profit research and advocacy organization that provides research and educational services for trade unions. The Labor Research Association is affiliated with LRA Consulting.
Labor Research Asssociation (LRA) Consulting - The leading strategic communications, research, and planning group for unions, benefit funds, and affiliated organizations in North America providing servies from bargaining preparation to first contract campaigns, strategic organizing to member communications, legislative campaigns to public relations.
Labor/Community Strategy Center - Developing campaigns and demands to help build a revitalized world united front that can stop the rising tides of war, racism and imperialism, the ecological crisis and the growing police state.
LaborStart - Online news service maintained by a global network of volunteers serving the international trade union movement by collecting and disseminating information.
Labour Research Department (LRD) - Independent, trade union based research organisation. LRD's publications Labour Research, Bargaining Report, Fact Service and LRD Booklets, along with its Enquiry Service provide detailed information for negotiations and campaigns.
LabourStart - Where labor trade unionists start their day on the net. Full labor news coverage from independent, labor and mainstream media.
Latin America Working Group (LAWG) - A coalition of over sixty religious, human rights, policy, grassroots and development organizations. Since 1983, the coalition has been striving for U.S. policies that promote peace, justice and sustainable development in the region.
libcom.org - News, comment and analysis about current events and working-class struggle. Also, istorical texts about class struggle, world events and biographies of key figures and working class revolutionaries.
Low Pay Is Not Okay - Fast-food workers have come together to fight for fair wages and the right to form a union without retaliation.
Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) - A Canadian network promoting solidarity with groups in Mexico, Central America, and Asia organizing in maquiladora factories and export processing zones to improve conditions and win a living wage.
Making Change at Walmart - Anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), a coalition of Walmart associates, union members, small business owners, religious leaders, community organizations, women's advocacy groups, multi-ethnic coalitions, elected officials and ordinary citizens who believe that changing Walmart is vital. Too many small businesses have closed their doors due to competition from Walmart. The company is a major contributor to widening gap between the very rich and everyone else. The average full time Walmart 'associate' makes about $15,500 a year. And worse, Walmart is pushing more and more workers toward a permanent part-time status.
Marianne Bertrand -Chris P. Dialynas Professor of Economics the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Policy Research, and the Institute for the Study of Labor. Professor Bertrand is an applied micro-economist whose research covers the fields of labor economics, corporate finance, and development economics. Her research in these areas has been published widely, including numerous research articles in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, and the Journal of Finance.
Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) - A Bureau of Labor Statistics program that collects reports on mass layoff actions that result in workers being separated from their jobs. Monthly mass layoff numbers are from establishments which have at least 50 initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) filed against them during a 5-week period. Extended mass layoff numbers (released quarterly) are from a subset of such establishments -those where the employer indicates that 50 or more people were separated from their jobs for at least 31 days.
Murphy Institute, The - The Joseph A. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies offers higher education programs for working adults and union members, and serves as a resource center to labor, academic, and community leaders seeking a deeper understanding of labor and urban issues. The Institute conducts research, organizes forums and conferences, offers leadership development programs, and publishes a national journal, New Labor Forum.
National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) - A private, nonprofit membership and research organization that serves as the leading source of accurate, unbiased information on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), broadly granted employee stock options, and employee participation programs.
National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) - Works to develop leadership and to mobilize and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. Fosters safer more humane environments for day laborer, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and integrate into the community.
National Employment Law Project - Promotes policies and programs that create good jobs, strengthen upward mobility, enforce hard-won worker rights, and help unemployed workers regain their economic footing through improved benefits and services.
National Labor College - Undergraduate and graduate programs as well as over seventy week-long labor studies programs and conferences in organizing, negotiations, union building and leadership development each year.
General Counsel Memos- General Counsel memoranda are issued to field offices and/or Washington offices to provide policy guidance.
Operations-Management Memos - Memoes issued to the field offices from the Division of Operations-Management of the General Counsel's Office in Washington to give direction in case handling matters.
Weekly Summary of Decisions - Digest of decisions issued by the Board the previous week, with a short description of the nature and facts of the case and a link to the decision. Also listed are case names and links to decisions by NLRB Administrative Law Judges, and to decisions by Appellate Courts involving NLRB cases.
CISDOC - Occupational Safety and Health Database - Bibliographic database contains about 70,000 citations of documents that deal with occupational accidents and diseases as well as ways of preventing them. The types of documents are: laws and regulations, data sheets, training material, articles from periodical publications, books and standards.
EPLex - Employment protection legislation database - Contains information on the employment termination laws of some 85 countries. The information is broken down to cover more than 50 variables addressing all the key topics of employment protection legislation. The database is updated annually to facilitate the analysis of impacts and trends over time by theme and by country.
Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM) - Published every two years since 1999, the KILM is a collection of 20 key indicators of the labour market, ranging from employment and variables relating to employment (status, sector, hours, etc.) to education, wages and compensation costs, labour productivity and working poverty.
Labordoc - The ILO Library's database, contains references and full text access to the world's literature on the world of work.
Labour Force Surveys - Compiles web sites which contain data from national statistical agencies, the ILO and other sources. Includes links to source web sites and references to print publications available in the ILO Library.
LABORSTA - database of labour statistics - Covers official core labour statistics and estimates for over 200 countries since 1969. Also provides methodological descriptions of main national statistical sources.
Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Labour (IPEC-SIMPOC) - Provides access to a comprehensive compendium of child labour statistics and methodological guidance material. Processed child labour data can be accessed in the form of national child labour survey reports, statistical country-briefs and other resources derived from household-based SIMPOC surveys. A large number of micro-datasets are also available.
No Sweat - Fighting sweatshop bosses around the world.
NORMLEX - An information system which brings together information on International Labour Standards (such as ratification information, reporting requirements, comments of the International Labour Organization's supervisory bodies, etc.) as well as national labour and social security laws.
O*NET OnLine - Includes information on skills, abilities, knowledges, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This information can be used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling, and a variety of human resources functions, such as developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning training with current workplace needs. The O*NET system serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations. The O*NET database houses this data and O*NET OnLine provides easy access to that information.
Office of Worker's Compensation Program (OWCP) - Administers three major disability compensation programs providing wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, and vocational rehabilitation to workers (or their dependents) experiencing work-related injury or occupational disease.
Ohara Institute for Social Research (OSIRI) Poster Exhibit - Images of Japanese labor and social movement in post-1945 Japan. Many of the posters are in the second half of the 1940s and the 1950s when labor unions, legalized for the first time in 1945, engaged in intense struggles with employers and government to win better wages and working conditions.
OUR Walmart - Working on behalf of Walmart 'Associates.'
Peggy Browning Fund - Provides law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers' rights. Since 1997, The Peggy Browning Fund has been recruiting and placing progressive law students in summer law clerk positions. The positions have been with the legal departments of Labor Unions, the National Labor Relations Board and non-profit organizations which provide legal assistance to workers.
Precarious Workers Brigade - A UK-based group of precarious workers in culture and education. Its political project involves developing tactics, strategies, formats, practices, dispositions, knowledges and tools to put an end to precarity.
Pride at Work - Constituency group of AFL-CIO: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender labor and their allies.
Processed World - Processed World magazine was founded in 1981 by a small group of dissidents, mostly in their twenties, who were then working in San Francisco's financial district. The magazine's creators found themselves using their only marketable skill after years of university education: "handling information." In spite of being employed in offices as "temps," few really thought of themselves as "office workers." More common was the hopeful assertion that they were photographers, writers, artists, dancers, historians or philosophers. The idea for a new magazine struck one of these people, Chris Carlsson, while he was on vacation in the summer of 1980. The sources of this brainstorm were simultaneously a certain socio-economic layer of late twentieth century U.S. society, a group of friends, and certain obscure artistic and political tendencies comprising both post-New Left, post-situationist libertarian radicalism and the dissident cultural movement whose most public expression was punk and new wave music.
Prol-Position - A newsletter with reports and analysis from around the world about work, exploitation and the fight against them.
Railway Labor Act - A United States federal law that governs labor relations in the railroad and airline industries. The Act, passed in 1926 and amended in 1934 and 1936, seeks to substitute bargaining, arbitration and mediation for strikes as a means of resolving labor disputes. A Wikipedia backgrounder. Also see 45 U.S. Code Chapter 8: Railway Labor.
Raise the Floor Alliance (RTF) - Founded by eight Chicago area worker centers. Worker centers help organize and provide support to communities of low wage workers who are not already members of a collective bargaining organization or have been legally excluded from coverage by U.S. labor laws. RTF achieves its mission by providing research, communications and legal support for efforts to win public and private policy changes that raise the floor for all workers.
Reuther Library - Home to the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs and the Wayne State University Archives. It collects, preserves and provides access to the heritage of the American labor movement and related reform movements of the twentieth century. The collection also includes urban affairs, with particular focus on the history of metropolitan Detroit.
Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption Final Report - The commission's aims are reactionary and hypocritical. While denouncing trade union officials for "corruption" and "selling out their members," the Liberal-National Coalition government of Malcolm Turnbull, the media and industry groups have used the report to demand a sweeping transformation in Australian industrial relations, and an unprecedented attack on workers' conditions. That being said, the contents of the report itself show that the unions have absolutely nothing to do with defending workers' conditions. The Commission report's case studies—based on hundreds of pages of submissions and testimonials during 155 days of public hearings—reveal the unions' real day-to-day activities as labour management businesses, hostile to the interests of the workers they falsely claim to represent. Not a single incident discussed in the report refers to an action by any union official to defend workers' conditions. Instead, union bureaucrats and corporate managers conspire daily to tear them up. To the extent that conflicts emerge between the unions and corporations, they centre on which business entity will obtain a greater share of the profits extracted from the workers' labour. See WSWS series on the report.
Secrets of a Successful Organizer - This book will show you how to fight back where you work and win. You'll learn how to identify the key issues in your workplace, build campaigns to tackle them, anticipate management's tricks and traps, and inspire your co-workers to stand together despite their fears. It's a step-by-step guide to building power on the job. From Labor Notes. Also free handouts provided here.
Shaun 'Jack' Maloney: A Working-Class Hero - "From the time he was a teenager to his dying days, Shaun Maloney was an uncompromising fighter for and of the working class. He was forever confident in the power of the working class-the polar opposite of the current trade-union leadership in this country. In the words of John Lennon, he was 'a working class hero,' which 'is something to be.' The best tribute to Shaun Maloney is not to mourn, but to organize and help build a society that eliminates the exploitation of the working class."
Silicon Valley Rising - Working for a tech economy that provides for everyone by raising wages, creating affordable housing, and growing the middle-class.
Social Accountability International (SAI) - A non-governmental, multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to advance the human rights of workers around the world. It partners to advance the human rights of workers and to eliminate sweatshops by promoting ethical working conditions, labor rights, corporate social responsibility and social dialogue. The SA8000 standard is the central document of the work performed at SAI. It is one of the world's first auditable social certification standards for decent workplaces, across all industrial sectors.
Social Development Agency (SDA) - SDA works closely with the ETUC and is supported by the ITUC, several European Industry Federations, various national trade union confederations and union institutes for training and research.
Solutions for Progress - Provides grassroots organizations, unions, government and selected other clients assistance with health care policy, long-term care policy, economic development issues, and trade union concerns.
South West NHS FightBack - Socialist Equality Party initiative calling on on hospital workers to reject the attempt by the consortium of hospitals in South West England to cut wages and conditions.
Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) - Devoted to improving the labor conditions of cleaning workers and security guards under the outsourcing policy. SACOM teams up with labor NGOs to provide in-factory training to workers in South China. Through democratic elections, it supports worker-based committees that can represent the voices of the majority of workers.
SumOfUs - A global movement of consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for our global economy.
Sustainable Economies Law Center, The (SELC) - Provide essential legal tools - education, research, advice, and advocacy - so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community.
SWEAT Labor Magazine - Independent labor news and opinion put together by a crew of volunteer union activist throughout North America.
Taft-Hartley Act (1947) - Full text of the United States federal law that monitors the activities and power of labor unions. The Act, still effective, was sponsored by Senator Robert Taft and Representative Fred A. Hartley, Jr. and legislated by overriding U.S. President Harry S. Truman's veto on June 23, 1947; labor leaders called it the "slave-labor bill" while President Truman argued it would "conflict with important principles of our democratic society," though he would subsequently use it twelve times during his presidency. The amendments enacted in Taft-Hartley added a list of prohibited actions, or "unfair labor practices", on the part of unions to the NLRB, which had previously only prohibited "unfair labor practices" committed by employers. The Taft-Hartley Act prohibited jurisdictional strikes, wildcat strikes, solidarity or political strikes, secondary boycotts, secondary or "common situs" picketing, closed shops, and monetary donations by unions to federal political campaigns. It also required union officers to sign non-communist affidavits with the government. Union shops were heavily restricted, and states were allowed to pass "right-to-work laws" that outlawed union shops. Furthermore, the executive branch of the Federal government could obtain legal strikebreaking injunctions if an impending or current strike "imperiled the national health or safety," a test that has been interpreted broadly by the courts. See Wikipedia.
Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wager Labor Archives (New York University) - Forms a unique, internationally-known center for scholarly research on Labor and the Left. The primary focus is the complex relationship between trade unionism and progressive politics and how this evolved over time. Archival, print, photograph, film, and oral history collections describe the history of the labor movement and how it related to the broader struggle for economic, social, and political change. Tamiment has one of the finest research collections in the country documenting the history of radical politics: socialism, communism, anarchism, utopian experiments, the cultural left, the New Left, and the struggle for civil rights and civil liberties. It is the repository for the Archives of Irish America, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, and a growing Asian American labor collection.
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy - A global, multi-sector initiative to advance democratic direction and control of energy in a way that promotes solutions to the climate crisis, energy poverty, the degradation of both land and people, and the repression of workers' rights and protections.
Tradeswomen, Inc. - A non-profit grass roots organization whose purpose is to promote and support women in non-traditional blue collar jobs.
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) - Responsible for the administration and enforcement of over 180 federal statutes. These legislative mandates and the regulations produced to implement them cover a wide variety of workplace activities for nearly 10 million employers and well over 100 million workers, including protecting workers' wages, health and safety, employment and pension rights; promoting equal employment opportunity; administering job training, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation programs; strengthening free collective bargaining and collecting, analyzing and publishing labor and economic statistics. Also see:
U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) - A national grassroots membership organization of and for worker cooperatives, other democratic workplaces, and the organizations that support the growth and continued development of worker cooperatives.
U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW) - Advocates a just foreign policy that will bring genuine security and prsoperity to working people - a policy that strengthens international treaties, supports human rights institutions, respects national sovereignty and upholds the right of self-determination for all peoples and an end to U.S. occupation of foreign countries, replaced by the reconstruction of war-devastated nations with the full support of the international community and the full participation and decision-making power of affected peoples.
Union Communication Services - Publishes and distributes steward advice, labor news, graphics and books that help progressive union leaders rally their members and build their unions. More than 2,000 unions across the U.S. and Canada use one or more of its highly-praised services every month.
Union Label and Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO - Founded in 1909 to promote the products and services produced in America by union members - especially those products and services identified by a union label, shop card, store card and service button.
Union Plus - The AFL-CIO created Union Privilege provides union resources and benefits for union members.
Union Plus - Provides union members and their families with valuable consumer benefits.
Union Resources Network (URN) - Organized by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the URN is the one of the most complete indexes of Union Websites on the Internet. The URN also provides union made websites, hosting, and solidarity services. Approximately 10% of all union websites in the world are hosted on the URN server.
Union Solidarity International (USi) - Supported by major UK and Irish trade unions that aim to build grassroots international union solidarity using the latest technology. Links trade union activists from around the world directly with each other so they can create and lead campaigns for a fairer and more sustainable world.
Union Songs - For over two centuries working people across the world have built trade unions. This site documents the songs and poems that they made in the process, union songs.
UNITE - Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees: working on issues like Social Security, trade and overtime laws, sweatshops.
United Professionals (UP) - A nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for white collar workers, regardless of profession or employment status. We reach out to all unemployed, underemployed and anxiously employed workers -- people who bought the American dream that education and credentials could lead to a secure middle class life, but now find their lives disrupted by forces beyond their control.
United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) - A grassroots organization run entirely by youth and students. It develops youth leadership and run strategic student-labor solidarity campaigns with the goal of building sustainable power for working people.
Unitrabalho - Unitrabalho is a network that joins 84 universities and Institutions of higher education in Brazil. It carries out studies, researches and projects on the world of labour, always in association with entities that have the same concern, be they labour unions or social organisations, government agencies, non-government organisations and national or international entities.
Vermont Workers' Center - A democratic, member-run organization dedicated to organizing for workers' rights and living wages for all Vermonters.
Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) 501(c)(9) - A voluntary employees' beneficiary association (VEBA) under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(9) is an organization organized to pay life, sick, accident, and similar benefits to members or their dependents, or designated beneficiaries if no part of the net earnings of the association inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
Wage Determinations OnLine Program - Provides a single location for federal contracting officers to use in obtaining appropriate Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) wage determinations (WDs) for each official contract action.
Warehouse Workers United - Committed to improving the quality of life and jobs for warehouse workers in Southern California's Inland Empire.
William B. Gould IV - A prolific scholar of labor and discrimination law, William B. Gould IV has been an influential voice on worker-management relations for more than forty years. He is the Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford Law School. Professor Gould has been a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970 and has arbitrated and mediated more than 300 labor disputes.
Worker Rights Consortium - An independent labor rights monitoring organization, conducting investigations of working conditions in factories around the globe. Its purpose is to combat sweatshops and protect the rights of workers who make apparel and other products.
Worker-Participation.eu - Provides information to what is happening at the European level in the field of employees' rights to information, consultation and board-level representation (participation).
Workers Advice Center (WAC-MAAN) - Only a third of the three million workers in Israel are unionized. Of the rest, thousands will find in WAC support, advice, legal protection and aid in organizing.
Workers Rights Consortium - An independent labor rights monitoring organization, conducting investigations of working conditions in factories around the globe.
Workers Rising - Workers across New York organizing to win decent wages, respect on the job and an increased minimum wage that benefits everyone.
Working America - An AFL-CIO union-sponsored site working to stop jobs outsourcing and to make the richest 2% pay their fair share.
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) - A New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions and establishing a sustainable labor relation between artists and the institutions that contract them.
Working Washington - A coalition of individuals, neighborhood associations, immigrant groups, civil rights organizations, people of faith, and labor united for good jobs and a fair economy.
Working World, The - A non-profit organization that provides investment capital and technical support for worker cooperatives using an innovative finance model.
World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES) - The Association was founded in 1988/89 by six public employment services: Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA, together with the International Labour Office (ILO). Meanwhile the number of members has grown to more than 90. The ILO remains an observer to the Association. Promotes exchange of experiences and information of the activities of the members. Organises congresses, conferences, meetings, workshops, and seminars dealing with themes of common interest.
Wirtz Labor Library - The Department of Labor Library, established in 1917 and recently dedicated as the Wirtz Labor Library, is one of the oldest Cabinet-level libraries. The Library's role as information repository and access point is central in supporting the day-to-day regulatory, monitoring and analytical work of the Department.
Worker Rights Consortium, The (WRC) - A non-profit organization that supports and verifies licensee compliance with production codes of conduct. These codes of conduct have been developed by colleges and universities across the country to ensure that goods are produced under conditions that respect the basic rights of workers.
Worthy Wage Campaign - A broad-based, mobilization of teachers, providers, directors, parents, and allies of all kinds, calling for a major investment of public funds directly targeted to improving child care jobs.
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