Tag: Unions

Business, unions unveil green nation-building plan

It would build on the government’s clean technology roadmap, launched last week, but would be much more organised and larger scale than that proposal. Importantly, it would bring state, federal and private investment together to enable more ambitious projects to get off the ground.

The ultimate goal would be to guide the economy to net zero emissions by 2050, a target adopted by every state and territory, but not by the federal government.

Prominent figures involved in its development include Australian Prudential Regulation Authority board member Geoff Summerhayes, Treasury deputy secretary Meghan Quinn, and former Treasury secretary Ken Henry.

Ai Group’s Innes Willox” “The escalating costs of climate change have become increasingly obvious.” Alex Ellinghausen

Senior bureaucrats from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources were also present at a meeting to discuss

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Labor Unions Appeal Akorn’s Ch. 11 Plan Confirmation In Del.

Law360 (September 21, 2020, 9:17 PM EDT) — A group of labor unions on Friday appealed biopharmaceutical firm Akorn Inc.’s Delaware Chapter 11 confirmation, arguing the debtors failed to properly evaluate a Chapter 7 liquidation and measures that could potentially lead to monetary recovery for them.

The unions — which include units of 1100SEIU, AFSCME District Council 47, and Sergeants Benevolent Association — are challenging the order confirming Akorn’s Chapter 11 plan signed earlier this month by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Karen B. Owens. They also ask that the order be stayed pending the appeal.

The unions, which were also plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation asserting antitrust claims against Akorn, argue…

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Deal between big business and Australian unions sparks fury from employer groups

Christian Porter wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Four employer groups will tell Christian Porter the deal is discriminatory against non-union workers and their employers, infringes on freedom of association and creates pressure on employers to strike union agreements.

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Four employer groups will tell Christian Porter the deal is discriminatory against non-union workers and their employers, infringes on freedom of association and creates pressure on employers to strike union agreements.

Big business and unions have struck a deal to prioritise union agreements in Australia’s workplace system, provoking an angry reaction from some employer groups.


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A coalition of four employer groups will write to the attorney general, Christian Porter, warning him not to accept the deal struck between the Business Council of Australia and Australian Council of Trade Unions, in a major setback for plans to produce a consensus position on reform.

In June, the Morrison government set up five industrial relations roundtables to identify job creating reforms, promising to ditch union-busting legislation as a sign of good faith before the talks.

On Thursday, the Australian Financial Review first reported, and Guardian Australia

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U.S. Airlines Absent From Senate COVID-19 Relief Proposal, Unions Plan Action

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO — A fresh U.S. Senate Republican coronavirus spending package introduced on Tuesday does not include new government assistance for U.S. airlines or airports, a text of the proposal showed, as the sector races to save jobs before October.

More than 35,000 workers at two of the largest U.S. carriers alone – American Airlines and United Airlines – are set to lose their jobs once an initial $25 billion in payroll support from the government expires this month.

That has fueled a furious push by unions for a six-month extension of the aid, with flight attendants and other aviation workers planning to march outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Last month a group of Senate Republicans backed extending $25 billion in payroll assistance for airlines, an idea Democrats also support.

That proposal was excluded from the latest Senate measure, which was reviewed by Reuters and is expected to be voted

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Biden bets on AFL-CIO, unions & working class for 2020 win

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s among friends on Labor Day as the support among unions grows.

“I make no apologies, I am a union man,” the former vice president said nearly a year and a half ago at his first campaign rally after announcing his candidacy for the White House, which was held appropriately at a union hall near Pittsburgh, Pa.


Fast forward to the present day and Biden – who’s long been a strong supporter of organized labor – heads to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Monday to speak with labor leaders. The former vice president will visit the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO headquarters and join a virtual event with union President Richard Trumka, and take questions from the rank and file members. Additionally, he secured

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Unions, business groups shift alliances in 2020 campaign

Citing their candidates’ real-world experience as executives before coming to Congress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce threw its backing behind Minnesota U.S. Reps. Angie Craig and Dean Phillips last week, two of the new class of suburban House Democrats.

Last month, Republican Rep. Pete Stauber was surrounded by ironworkers in the Local 512 union hall in Hermantown when he accepted their endorsement, and he preached his support for mining and pipeline jobs in northeastern Minnesota.

In a twist fit for 2020, a year where nothing is normal, a number of traditional Democrat-backing unions, particularly those that support mining and pipeline jobs, are breaking off to support some Republicans.

And longtime Republican allies like the U.S. Chamber are backing some Democrats, including those in critical swing districts.

The weight of their support is more than just an endorsement to tout on a mailer. Unions and business groups have for decades thrown

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