Labor

House Adopts Resolution to Protect Hill Staffer Unionization Efforts

After a resolution to protect Hill staffers from retaliation for organizing a union in their offices had been adopted by the House on Tuesday night, a number of Congress members tell Latino Rebels they expect their offices to unionize.

  • May 12, 2022
  • 11:57 AM

How Early Childhood Care, Education and Poverty Intersect (OPINION)

Reforming the childcare system in this country can impact the overall poverty rate of the early childhood workforce as well as the children they serve by allowing their parents to return to work.

  • Apr 21, 2022
  • 12:09 PM

Puerto Rico Firefighters Call for End to LUMA Contract

Following a massive fire at Costa Sur Power Plant and the ensuing island-wide blackout that lasted multiple days, the firefighters union has called on the government to cancel its contract with LUMA Energy.

  • Apr 15, 2022
  • 1:23 PM

Workers Organize at More Tortillerías in Chicago

Workers at Authentico Foods, which produces tortilla chips and tostadas under the El Ranchero brand and tamales and masa under the La Guadalupana brand, began organizing in March after hearing about the efforts of the workers at El Milagro. 

  • Apr 15, 2022
  • 11:31 AM

El Milagro Workers Announce Victories on Semana Santa, But Company Refutes Claims

On Monday, the workers at El Milagro announced several campaign victories, including wage increases totaling approximately $1.3 million, anti-sexual harassment training for managers, and air conditioning in the lunchrooms. But not all of the workers’ demands have been met, and the company disputes their claims.

  • Apr 12, 2022
  • 12:34 PM

Booker, Klobuchar, Warren Help Save Senate Cafeteria Workers From Layoffs

Restaurant Associates, the company that manages Senate cafeteria workers, confirmed on Friday that the layoffs announced a week ago have been canceled.

  • Apr 8, 2022
  • 3:53 PM

Senate Cafeteria Workers Plead With Lawmakers to Save Their Jobs

On Friday, workers at the Dirksen Café were told by management that there would be mass layoffs on April 15. The workers tell Latino Rebels that 81 employees of Restaurant Associates, the federal contractor that runs the Senate cafeterias, are on the chopping block.

  • Apr 5, 2022
  • 10:50 AM

Senate Cafeteria Workers Organize Against Union

At least two senators were accosted at lunchtime on Wednesday by Capitol cafeteria workers demanding answers to what they say has been a heavy-handed unionization push by Local 23, which represents over 25,000 hospitality workers in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Mar 31, 2022
  • 1:04 PM

House Leadership Stalls Congressional Staffer Unionization Efforts

The Instagram account “Dear White Staffers” sent an updated whip count of House members who co-sponsored the PRO Act, a bill that would strengthen unions generally, but have not signed onto a resolution to empower unions in Congressional offices.

  • Mar 18, 2022
  • 1:56 PM

Omnibus Bill Allocates $8 Million for Intern Pay at State Department

The new appropriations, if enacted, would also increase the amount of funding available in each Congressional office for paying interns from $25,000 to $35,000 per year.

  • Mar 9, 2022
  • 12:30 PM

Senate Strips Intern Pay at State Department From Spending Bill

Funding for paid internships at the State Department has been removed from the Senate version of the 2022 appropriations bill currently being negotiated in the upper chamber of Congress.

  • Mar 7, 2022
  • 2:43 PM

As Guest Workers Increase, So Do Concerns of Wage Cheating

From 2005 to 2020, U.S. employers around the country were ordered to pay more than $42.5 million in back wages to 69,000 workers who perform seasonal low-wage jobs on H-2A and H-2B visas. But labor advocates are worried that many more workers are being cheated.

  • Mar 3, 2022
  • 12:56 PM

Staffer Unionization Gains Momentum on Capitol Hill

Less than a month after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) told Latino Rebels that they support staffers looking to unionize their workplaces, a resolution has been introduced by Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) to formalize worker rights.

  • Mar 2, 2022
  • 12:21 PM

Some House Democrats Support Unions, Just Not in Their Own Offices

Sixty-six members of the House of Representatives who co-sponsored the Protecting the Right to Organize Act last year have yet to support a resolution by Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) that would create a legal framework for Hill staffers to unionize their offices in Congress.

  • Feb 24, 2022
  • 2:29 PM

How Senate Staffers Approach the Boss About Unionizing Depends on the Office

As unionization efforts by Congressional staffers continue on Capitol Hill, Latino Rebels asked senators this week the best way for staffers to approach them about forming a union.

  • Feb 17, 2022
  • 11:06 AM

What Would a Congressional Staffer Strike Look Like?

There remains no formal legally recognized right for Congressional staffers to unionize, at least not one that has been implemented, though there is a framework in the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 that remains unimplemented. Still, a strike by Hill staffers would be unprecedented.

  • Feb 16, 2022
  • 4:07 PM

Support Grows in Congress for ‘Day Without Immigrants’ Protest

Support is growing in Congress for the “Day Without Immigrants” protest planned for Monday, February 14. The rationale behind the protest led by TikTok star Carlos Eduardo Espina is that immigrant labor underwrites Valentine’s Day every year.

  • Feb 10, 2022
  • 11:27 AM

The Rise of ‘Dear White Staffers’

The renegade Instagram account now boasts over 75,00 followers, nearly three times the following they had a week ago.

  • Feb 8, 2022
  • 9:58 AM

‘We Don’t Want Crumbs’: Thousands of Teachers in Puerto Rico Strike for Fair Pay

On Friday, classrooms across Puerto Rico continued to sit empty as thousands of public school teachers protested at the foot of the Capitolio, home to Puerto Rico’s legislature, and then walked to the governor’s official residence, La Fortaleza, to demand fair pay and pensions.

  • Feb 7, 2022
  • 11:15 AM

AOC, Ilhan Omar Support ‘Day Without Immigrants’ on Feb. 14

Carlos Eduardo Espina has over 2.4 million followers on TikTok and over 88,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. Now the 23-year-old is asking immigrants, in Spanish and English, to disrupt Valentine’s Day this year by not showing up to work, school, or the stores.

  • Feb 3, 2022
  • 2:26 PM

Pro-Trump Latino Candidate in Texas Snubs Latino Group (OPINION)

The LIBRE Initiative and its partner, Americans for Prosperity Action (a Koch Industries-funded group), withdrew its endorsement of Pete Flores, who is running in Texas Senate District 24. The withdrawal came after the candidate soundly rejected LIBRE’s initial endorsement.

  • Feb 3, 2022
  • 11:41 AM

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