Social Security Workers Fight For their Rights Against Anti-Union Attacks

The Social Security Administration has joined a growing list of federal agencies that are impeding the ability of unions to represent government workers and taking extreme positions in contract talks.

Trump Budget Takes Aim – Again – at Federal Workers

For the federal workforce, the Trump administration’s budget proposal for 2020 reads like a roadmap to civil service demise, with calls for cuts to annual leave and retirement security, pay freezes and a weakening of collective bargaining rights.

Lawmakers Want Answers About NLRB’s Plans to Outsource Work

Two members of Congress are pushing for answers about the National Labor Relations Board’s plans to contract out its unionized staff’s duties reviewing public comments on the controversial joint employer rule.

Agency Created to Protect Federal Workers’ Rights Slams Door on Staff Union

A little-known federal agency charged with protecting the right of government workers to organize is refusing to recognize its own union.

Unions Rally to Reopen Government

On what is expected to be the 20th day of the federal government shutdown, the AFL-CIO is organizing a rally to call for an end to the partial government stoppage. More than 30 unions, including the IBEW, are co-sponsoring the event.

Federal Employees Start 2019 With Shutdown, Uncertainty

The new year has started off on a precarious, if all-too-familiar, foot for the nation’s federal employees.

Department of Energy Program Could Help with Soaring Medical Expenses

For IBEW members employed by the U.S. Department of Energy and dealing with a work-related illness, there could be a new way to get help with your medical bills.

In the Wake of Janus: Preemptive Organizing Pays Off for IBEW Locals

From union-bashing flyers to deceptive emails, targeted ads on social media, intrusive phone calls and even unwelcome visitors at the door, the crusade against America’s public workers has gone into overdrive since the Supreme Court’s bruising decision in Janus v. AFSCME in June.

Brotherhood Mayors Nationwide Defend City Workers’ Rights from Janus Assault

Taking a stand for the workers who keep their cities running, more than 40 mayors coast-to-coast have signed a pledge affirming their commitment to public employees’ rights and the unions that fight for them.

Trump Axes Pay Raise for Federal Employees

President Trump has made his decision on whether federal workers should get a pay raise next year. The answer is, “No.”

After Janus: Blue States Move to Protect Public Workers

The multi-year campaign to cripple public sector unions did not begin with the Janus case in 2017, and it did not end with the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in June. Now the billionaires who funded the campaign are turning their attention, and their wallets, to convincing workers to quit their unions.

Executive Orders Are the Latest Salvo Against Federal Workers

The Trump administration has issued three executive orders seemingly designed to undercut the federal workforce and its workers’ right to representation.

Supreme Court Ruling in Janus: ‘An Attack on Every American Who Works for a Living’

In a 5-4 ruling by its conservative majority Wednesday, the Supreme Court overturned 40 years of established law in a case intended to cut the legs from under public sector unions.

On the Chopping Block: Federal Employee Wages and Benefits

Trump Administration officials have suggested ways to save the government money in the next budget. And, no surprise, some of the savings are expected to come at the expense of working people.

Wage Freezes Signal Bad Times Ahead for Manitoba Unions

Public employees in Manitoba are under attack, but in July, they petitioned the courts to help them strike back.

Supreme Court to Decide Future of Public Sector Unions

On June 6, the same anti-worker groups who brought a 2015 California union-busting case to the Supreme Court petitioned the justices to weigh in on an eerily similar case, this time out of Illinois. At issue – again – is whether public employees can be compelled to pay “fair share” fees to a union to cover the costs of collective bargaining and representation performed on their behalf.

Trump Budget Losers: Federal Workers

The Trump administration’s budget would slash federal pensions for current and future federal retirees by thousands of dollars a year.

IBEW Local Hosts Virginia Gov. Candidate’s Debate May 9

Four years ago, Richmond, Va., Local 666 built a new event room at the local hall to hold the hundreds of members who showed up for meetings and events. 

Republican House To Federal Workers: ‘Do What We Want or Kiss Your Salary Goodbye’

On their first session of the new year, House Republicans brought back a rule written three years before the invention of the lightbulb that would allow Congress to target specific federal workers and programs. 

Hundreds of Missouri Municipal Workers Join IBEW

The IBEW picked up nearly 300 members in Springfield, Mo., when city workers voted 122-8 to certify with Local 753, a major win in the conservative southwest part of the state.

Pentagon Proposes Scrapping Workplace Protections

A new Department of Defense proposal governing work rules for department employees is disturbingly familiar, say many federal union activists.

Executive Order Strikes Blow Against Crooked Federal Contractors

Federal contractors who steal their employees' wages, tolerate unsafe working conditions or fail to pay their taxes may soon be iced out of future federal contracts.

Report Highlights Increasing Danger of Outsourcing

Outsourcing has motivated state and local governments to turn to for-profit and private entities to replace important public functions. The result? Middle-class jobs of today are quickly becoming the poverty-level jobs of tomorrow. .

Anti-Worker Law Threatens On-the-Job Rights

Unions representing more than 1 million federal workers in Canada – including the IBEW – are coming together to take on anti-worker legislation that threatens collective bargaining rights and on-the-job safety.

Remembering IBEW Government Employees Director William ‘Chico’ McGill

The officers of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers sadly report that IBEW Government Employees Director Chico McGill passed away Sept. 27. With a generous spirit and an outsize personality, he was throughout his career an outspoken voice for workers.

Sequester, Six Months In: Shutters Space Fence, Mothballs Nuclear Submarine

The Department of Defense has canceled repairs for a damaged nuclear submarine and ended a program that monitors orbiting space junk, two striking examples of consequences of a federal austerity program that could lay off dozens, potentially hundreds, of IBEW members.

Shipyard Workers Win Sequester Reprieve

Federal shipyard workers across the United States won a temporary respite May 14, when the Pentagon announced that they were exempting employees from mandatory unpaid furlough days.

Shipyard Workers Protest Sequestration

Workers across the nation rallied March 20 and 21 to protest likely furloughs brought on by the more than $1 trillion in automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequestration.

Burden of Sequestration to Fall on Government Employees

Thousands of IBEW members who work for the federal government or for private government contractors awoke Friday morning facing a shaky economic future. The sequestration – the series of draconian federal spending cuts totaling $1.2 trillion – went into effect March 1, meaning that more than 1 million federal workers face unpaid leave or worse unless Congress takes action to rescind the cuts.

What the Sequester Means for You

If you think the looming “sequester” – the series of automatic federal spending cuts set to go into effect Friday, March 1 – doesn’t affect you and your family, think again.

Federal Budget Impasse Forces Immediate Navy Job Cuts

The Department of Defense is sending out dozens of contract cancellations and preparing to lay off ten, possibly hundreds of thousands of workers because they can no longer fund projects started after 2009, due to the inability of Congress to pass a budget.