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Advocating for unions to young Americans Posted by on

A piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette titled "Young people need unions" by Michael Fedor and Jennifer Jannon makes some interesting points many may take for granted.

In school, most of us weren't taught that America's working people, united in unions, fought to win weekends off, the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage and safe workplaces. Nor were we taught that union members now earn 30 percent more and are 52 percent more likely to have employer-provided health insurance than nonunion workers. Or that for women and people of color, the best guarantee of equal pay for equal work is a union contract.

Even worse is the constant drumbeat that union workers make more money that those outside unions and that that's a bad thing.

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Globe covers union endorsements in Mass Senate race Posted by on

Which candidate has more union endorsements? How many members are represented by those endorsements? What's the union endorsement breakdown by industry? And what does it all mean?

Boston Globe political columnist Brian Mooney takes on all of these questions. Mooney's been around Boston, politics and unions a while. He's even been one of the more active union members over at the Globe lately.

Coakley??s union strength is based in the building trades and in the transportation and hospitality industries, because of her aggressive enforcement of the state??s wage laws, a lesser priority for her predecessors. Her office issues news releases at a rate of almost one a week, announcing charges or settlements with companies engaged in fraudulent employment practices, such as misclassifying employees as independent contractors or failing to contribute to insurance for unemployment and workers?? compensation.

Capuano??s voting record in Congress has earned him a 97 percent career rating from the AFL-CIO, and his labor support cuts across several industries, in part because he has voted against most of the United States?? trade agreements with other nations. Manufacturing and industrial-sector unions say those agreements place American workers at a competitive disadvantage because of cheap labor in countries such as Mexico and China.

??Coakley gets great credit with the building trades for being much better on [wage and hour law enforcement], but she doesn??t have all the building trades, and Capuano has experience in broader issues that come before Congress,???? Haynes said.