The National Executive Board of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union (APWU) announced that it would endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for President. In considering the endorsement, the APWU focused on Sen. Sanders’s efforts to keep post offices open and to restore mail delivery standards. APWU President Mark Dimondstein stated that “It’s time for a political revolution.”
The SEIU endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, joining a number of other unions, including the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, that have endorsed her in recent months.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (249-177), a bill that would exempt tribal businesses from federal labor law. The NLRA does not specifically address the status of tribal operations. In San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, the NLRB concluded, however, that the NLRA governs tribal businesses. The NLRB has since applied San Manuel on a case by case basis to determine the applicability of the NLRA to tribal businesses. Supporters of the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act argue that it will bring consistency and respect the sovereignty of the tribes. The Senate companion bill has 14 co-sponsors, but no date has been set for consideration of the bill by the full Senate.