Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

  When viewed through a global lens, both Canada and the United States appear somewhat strong...

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

  For over 10 years, FedEx Ground has been battling claims that it misclassified its drivers...

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s...

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

  In response to a recent op-ed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams which claimed that...

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Jun
2016
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Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not
  When viewed through a global lens, both Canada and the United States appear somewhat strong on labor issues. We have our trove of workers’ rights weaknesses, but North America is by no means synonymous with the world’s worst working conditions. Is it surprising, then, that both countries are United Nations outliers when it comes...
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Jun
2016
27

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages
  A little court case in Henderson County, Kentucky represents a big win for prevailing wage protections in the increasingly complex labor landscape of the bluegrass state. A state appeals court has upheld the findings of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet that Henderson Municipal Power & Light (HMPL), a local utility company, split up an annual...
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Jun
2016
24

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States
  For over 10 years, FedEx Ground has been battling claims that it misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. But they finally settled. Late last week the company announced a $240 million payout spanning 20 states. The cash will be divided between more than 12,000 ground division drivers. According to the lead lawyer for the...
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Jun
2016
22

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.
  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s weakened prevailing wage law.  The finding comes from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute and support the long-held position of building trades unions that prevailing wage laws protect local governments from shoddy work performed by fly-by-night...
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Jun
2016
22

Canadian Trades Throw Weight Behind Important Safety Measure: a Registry of Employer Misconduct

Canadian Trades Throw Weight Behind Important Safety Measure: a Registry of Employer Misconduct
  In Canada, a private member’s bill that would create a registry of workplace dangers has passed its first reading. It is being supported by the Building and Construction Trades at the national level.  The bill, C-292, would amend the Canadian Labour Code to require the Minister of Labour to maintain a registry containing information...
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Jun
2016
22

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities
  In response to a recent op-ed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams which claimed that there are “no reliable statistics” showing the growth of minorities on job sites, New York City building trades president Gary LaBarbera hit back, noting how diversity is growing in the trades.  It is easier to rely on old stereotypes [&hellip...
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Jun
2016
21

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors
  An apartment complex for homeless veterans in Jersey City, New Jersey is ready to house its first tenants according to representatives for the public-private partnership that helped make it a reality. The Jersey City Redevelopment Authority and the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) say the eight-unit complex was...
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Jun
2016
21

Hillary Clinton Joins IAM Fight to Prevent Boeing from Bringing Low-Wage Norwegian Air to the U.S.

Hillary Clinton Joins IAM Fight to Prevent Boeing from Bringing Low-Wage Norwegian Air to the U.S.
  Boeing is claiming that International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) opposition to the expansion of Norwegian Air International is hurting its own members.  The union, however, is unwavering in its opposition to bringing the low-cost airline to the United States. 
The situation is playing out in the press as...
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Jun
2016
21

SoCal, So Good: SD Building Trades-Endorsed Candidates Win Almost 3/4s of Races

SoCal, So Good: SD Building Trades-Endorsed Candidates Win Almost 3/4s of Races
  Lost in the news cycle that followed the California presidential primary was the tremendous impact the San Diego Building Trades had on election night, winning 72 percent of its endorsed races.  The result was the effort of countless hours by hundreds of members who volunteered their time to ensure that the voice of working [&hellip...
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Jun
2016
17

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification
  The state of South Dakota has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in order to combat the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  The three-year agreement will allow the two parties to provide clear, accurate, and easy-to-access compliance information to employers,...
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Jun
2016
17

IL Pay-Hater Touts Rauner’s Agenda in Kane County, but Prevailing Wage Survives Symbolic Vote

IL Pay-Hater Touts Rauner's Agenda in Kane County, but Prevailing Wage Survives Symbolic Vote
  What should have been a housekeeping item for the Kane County Board became a prevailing wage showdown, with outlier GOP board members attempting to abide by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “turnaround agenda” and reject the long-established wage ordinance.  Each year, the Illinois Department of Labor asks each county board to pass a...
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Jun
2016
15

Necessary Signatures for New PLA-Built Chargers Stadium Turned Into City Clerk for Approval

Necessary Signatures for New PLA-Built Chargers Stadium Turned Into City Clerk for Approval
  In San Diego, a total of 110,786 signatures were delivered to the Committee for Sports, Entertainment, and Tourism by those who wish to see the Chargers’ proposed plan for a new stadium make its way onto the November ballot.  The signatures must now be certified by Elizabeth Maland, the city clerk.  If approved by [&hellip...
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