Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

  Republicans, led by the senior member of the Senate, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Monday...

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

  On August 1st at midnight the contract between Verizon and 39,000 of its workers represented...

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK

  A report from Temple University’s Sheller Center for Social Justice titled...

Another KS Court Rules In Favor of Misclassified FedEx Drivers; 19 Class Actions Pending

Another KS Court Rules In Favor of Misclassified FedEx Drivers; 19 Class Actions Pending

  The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of 500 drivers in Kansas who sued...

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Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill
  Republicans, led by the senior member of the Senate, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Monday that they will make another attempt to pass the anti-union “Employee Rights Act,” which has failed in previous attempts due to Democratic control of the Senate.  If passed, the bill would be the first major reform of federal labor law [&hellip...
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Op-ed’s Tout Importance of Apprenticeship for Young Workers, Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

Op-ed's Tout Importance of Apprenticeship for Young Workers, Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life
  This week, two op-ed’s from two regions of the United States discuss the importance of apprenticeship programs to two groups of Americans: youth and veterans. In The Daytona Daily News, professor Rick Sheridan touts apprenticeship programs arguing that they offer a vital alternative to college for those seeking a middle class lifestyle. ...
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Jul
2015
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Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept
  On August 1st at midnight the contract between Verizon and 39,000 of its workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will expire. Both sides are bracing for a strike.  The bargaining units involved represent workers in Verizon’s landline and FiOS...
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2015
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Carhartt Pledges $100,000 Annually to Union-Supported Veteran Training Program H2H

Carhartt Pledges $100,000 Annually to Union-Supported Veteran Training Program H2H
  In a ceremony at the Washington Hilton, workwear brand Carhartt announced that they will donate $100,000 annually to Helmets to Hardhats, the Building Trades-sponsored veteran workforce development organization. Finding meaningful work is crucial to a return to civilian life following active duty.  Joining Carhartt President and COO Linda...
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Jul
2015
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REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK
  A report from Temple University’s Sheller Center for Social Justice titled  “Shortchanged: How Wage Theft Harms Pennsylvania’s Workers and Economy.” details rampant wage theft in Pennsylvania and decsribes how it affects workers, businesses, and the public.  The report estimates that employers steal $19 million to $32 million from...
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Jul
2015
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Another KS Court Rules In Favor of Misclassified FedEx Drivers; 19 Class Actions Pending

Another KS Court Rules In Favor of Misclassified FedEx Drivers; 19 Class Actions Pending
  The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of 500 drivers in Kansas who sued FedEx in 2003 claiming they were misclassified as independent contractors. The decision upholds a ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court which found that the drivers met the state’s 20-point test to determine their employment status under the [&hellip...
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Jul
2015
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Wage Theft Ordinances Actually Working in NJ, So Business Groups Try Harder to Tear Them Down

Wage Theft Ordinances Actually Working in NJ, So Business Groups Try Harder to Tear Them Down
  New Jersey business groups such as the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association are fighting a series of local wage theft ordinances that tie commercial licenses to the payment of back wages.  In July, both Newark and Jersey City passed wage theft ordinances allowing them...
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Jul
2015
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SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain’t Having It

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain't Having It
  Last week, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by conservative columnist Steven Greenhut that uses questionable numbers and biased sources to argue that Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) would dramatically raise the cost of school construction in the state of California.  The article blasts both PLAs and legislation that is...
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Jul
2015
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Gov. Inslee Uninvited from WA Labor Council Convention Over Boeing Tax Credit Accountability

Gov. Inslee Uninvited from WA Labor Council Convention Over Boeing Tax Credit Accountability
  Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee planned to speak at the Washington State Labor Council’s annual convention, but his appearance has been canceled due to resentment from union members surrounding Inslee’s role in an $8.7 billion tax break for Boeing.  Originially invited to headline the event — where prominent Democrats including...
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Jul
2015
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IUPAT Efforts Uncover Labor Abuses, Safety Gaps in Colorado Painting Industry

  As part of its Constructing Justice campaign, the Denver chapter of the International Painters Union and Allied Trades (IUPAT) had conversations with more than 600 union and nonunion painters over the past year to better understand the labor abuses they face.  The results show a widespread epidemic of wage theft, misclassification, and a...
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Jul
2015
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Brown Signs AB 1308: CA Apprenticeships Strengthened by New Building Trades-backed Bill

Brown Signs AB 1308: CA Apprenticeships Strengthened by New Building Trades-backed Bill
  Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1308, Building Trades-backed legislation which protects successful state-approved apprenticeship programs by reinforcing the “need standard.”  The law is aimed at stopping contractors from establishing phony apprenticeship programs in order to pay lower wages to workers on...
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Jul
2015
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On-Demand Economy Startups Begin Using Employee Model Instead of Independent Contractors

On-Demand Economy Startups Begin Using Employee Model Instead of Independent Contractors
  The on-demand economy is at a crossroads as employee misclassification lawsuits are beginning to chip away at the viability of a business model often built on hiring independent contractors.  Homejoy, a three-year-old home cleaning startup which had raised $40 million, recently announced that it would shut down at the end of the month....
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