Union News Story

President Biden praises union organizers

Six union organizers from Starbucks to Amazon visited the White House this month and sat down with Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, who chair and co-chair the Biden administration’s taskforce on supporting unions.

President Biden joined the guests for a surprise visit.

Read more here. Read the task force readout here.

NLRB reports steep increase in union petitions

During the first half of 2022, the National Labor Relations Board reported a 57 percent increase in the number of union representation petitions filed and a 14 percent rise in charges of unfair labor practices. A recent Gallup poll shows 68 percent of labor unions in the U.S. have the highest approval rating since 1965.

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Intel engineers fed up, eye unionization

More than 350 engineers at Intel, the largest semiconductor company by revenue and the largest private employer in Oregon, are looking to form a union to support the exhausted workforce. Engineers are essentially “on call” all the time, proponents of a union state.

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House staffers gain right to unionize

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to grant aides the legal protections to form a union, a step toward ensuring staffers can bargain over working conditions without fear of retaliation. Aides, particularly junior staff, are frustrated over low pay, long hours and a difficult work environment.

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