A labor union is a type of organization usually consisting of workers in the same occupation or industry whose purpose is to negotiate with firms over wages, hours, benefits, job security, and working conditions. About seven percent of private sector workers in the United States are members of labor unions.
- Boeing vs. the Machinists: Behind the Scenes of the U.S. Labor MovementOn November 30, Boeing, an airplane manufacturer, and the machinists’ union that represents many of its workers announced a tentative deal on a new labor contract between employer and union employees. The news may signal an end to a troubled relationship between the company and its union – and, according to one labor expert, has greater significance for the labor movement in the U.S.
- A Forever 21 Lawsuit Highlights the Importance of Workplace RightsOn January 18, five young women filed a class-action lawsuit against clothing retailer Forever 21. More than a juicy court case, this legal action underscores the importance of knowing your rights in the workplace. Teens just entering the workforce need to be aware of these, and they need to teach each other what they have learned.
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