Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

  The Wisconsin GOP is waiting impatiently to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law,...

Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School

Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School

  Parents and teachers of students at the Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia are...

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov's Anti-Worker

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov’s Anti-Worker “Turnaround Agenda”

  During a city council meeting this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a resolution...

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed

  San Jose is considering a wage theft ordinance which would help the labor commission recoup...

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Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI
  The Wisconsin GOP is waiting impatiently to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, meaning workers rights organizations and their affiliates are scrambling to convince the public just how devastating such a change would be. A new study from University of Utah professor Dr. Peter Philips could help, as it provides fresh analysis that...
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Apr
2015
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Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School

Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School
  Parents and teachers of students at the Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia are angered that mandatory captive audience meetings are being scheduled during class hours at a pivotal point in the school year.  As students prepare for Keystone and AP exams, 6 hours of their school day will be canceled while teachers hear [&hellip...
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Apr
2015
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18 High Schools, 500 Students Participate in MN Building Trades’ Apprenticeship Outreach Event

18 High Schools, 500 Students Participate in MN Building Trades' Apprenticeship Outreach Event
  The Central Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council (CMBCTC), along with Twin Cities-based Construct Tomorrow, held an all-day event at which high school students were introduced to the various trades and apprenticeships available to them upon graduation.  Nearly 500 students from 18 area high schools attended the event, which...
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Apr
2015
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WA, Seattle Building Trades All-In on Gateway Pacific Terminal Expansion; WY to Aid in Financing

WA, Seattle Building Trades All-In on Gateway Pacific Terminal Expansion; WY to Aid in Financing
  The Seattle/King County Building and Construction Trades Council has announced a resolution supporting the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) expansion project in Cherry Point, Washington.  Recent economic studies have project generate 4,400 full-time-equivalent jobs during two years of construction and 1,250 ongoing positions after...
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Apr
2015
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Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov’s Anti-Worker “Turnaround Agenda”

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov's Anti-Worker
  During a city council meeting this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a resolution to oppose Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed “Right-to-Work” zones, which would enable municipalities to enact hyper-ideological anti-union legislation on a local level.  The move would be part of the governor’s so-called “Turnaround...
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Apr
2015
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66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed
  San Jose is considering a wage theft ordinance which would help the labor commission recoup lost wages and deny permits and licenses to companies with pending wage theft violations.  The proposal is similar to one passed in Santa Clara County last year.  San Jose’s version is being supported by city council members Don Rocha, [&hellip...
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Apr
2015
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STUDY: Prevailing Wages Add 17,500 Jobs, $1.4B of Output to CA Economy

STUDY: Prevailing Wages Add 17,500 Jobs, $1.4B of Output to CA Economy
  A new study from Smart Cities Prevail (SCP) found that prevailing wage policies add 17,500 jobs and $1.4 billion in output across California’s economy.  The study, titled “Building the Golden State – The Economic Impacts of California’s Prevailing Wage Policy,” also found that prevailing wage policies facilitate broad...
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Apr
2015
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Republicans Spar with PA Gov. Wolf Over Home Care Workers’ Rights, Despite Clear Legal Reality

Republicans Spar with PA Gov. Wolf Over Home Care Workers' Rights, Despite Clear Legal Reality
  A February 27th Executive Order (EO) by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf created the Advisory Group on Participant-Directed Home Care and set up a process for home care workers to elect a representative to discuss working conditions with state leaders.  Now, as the process moves forward amidst legal challenges, Pennsylvania Republicans are...
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Apr
2015
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Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor
  Despite massive outcry, the Indiana State Senate passed HB 1019 on Wednesday by a 27-22 vote, repealing the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  12 Republicans bucked the extremists in their party and voted against repeal, but it was not enough to save the 80-year-old system.  House Republicans will now caucus to decide whether to...
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Apr
2015
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Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds
  A long read investigative report from The Charlotte News & Observer took a deeper look into the on-the-job fatality numbers provided by the North Carolina Department of Labor and found that due to the agency’s methods many worker deaths are withheld from the public.  According to the paper, 80 workers who died on the [&hellip...
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Apr
2015
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Female Military Specialist Turns IBEW Apprentice Through Helmets to Hardhats, Soldier for Life Programs

Female Military Specialist Turns IBEW Apprentice Through Helmets to Hardhats, Soldier for Life Programs
  Former Maryland National Guard member Kevin Burton is a proud veteran who has transitioned well to civilian life, becoming an electrician with the help of the Helmets to Hardhats program.   She spent six years in the military repairing ammunitions radar and left as a Specialist with a deep knowledge of electronics and troubleshooting...
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Apr
2015
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Nationwide, Infrastructure is Reclaiming its Rightful Place On the Bipartisan Pedestral

Nationwide, Infrastructure is Reclaiming its Rightful Place On the Bipartisan Pedestral
  As legislative sessions come to a close, states across the country are seeing various proposals to fund major construction projects in hopes of rebuilding infrastructure and creating construction jobs.  While the projects and financial circumstances in each state differs, infrastructure is again reclaiming its place as a reliably...
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