MN's GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.'s to Relocate to His State

MN’s GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.’s to Relocate to His State

  Minnesota jobs committee chair Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) has extended an invitation...

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents

  In New York City, a historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has been agreed to by the Bill...

Beyond Wisconsin:

Beyond Wisconsin: “Right-to-Work” Laid to Rest in WV; MI Rep. Hopes to Expand It to Public Safety Unions

  Last week’s events in Wisconsin largely dominated the “Right-to-Work” news...

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools

  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that School Reform Commision (SRC) chairman and...

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Mar
2015
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MN’s GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.’s to Relocate to His State

MN's GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.'s to Relocate to His State
  Minnesota jobs committee chair Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) has extended an invitation to two Wisconsin companies whose owners testified against “Right-to-Work.”  Officials from road construction companies Hoffman Construction of Black River Falls and Rock Road Companies of Janesville testified in front of the Wisconsin Senate...
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Mar
2015
5

Nevada Republican Threatened into Switching Prevailing Wage Vote; Bill Subsequently Tabled

Nevada Republican Threatened into Switching Prevailing Wage Vote; Bill Subsequently Tabled
  Nevada’s SB 119, which was written to simultaneously allow school districts to rollover school construction bonds and suspend prevailing wage requirements for school construction, has played out like an episode of Days of Our Lives, with the drama on high. After multiple hearings, Assemblyman Moore claimed this week that a member of his...
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Mar
2015
5

Georgia Passes Bipartisan Anti-Misclassification Bill Following Powerful Teamster Testimony

Georgia Passes Bipartisan Anti-Misclassification Bill Following Powerful Teamster Testimony
  A bill has passed through the Georgia House Labor and Industry subcommittee which aims to combat employee misclassification by strengthening two existing practices and writing them into law.  HB 500, introduced by State Rep. Ronnie Mabra, directs Georgia’s Department of Labor to create a website for workers to report instances of...
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Mar
2015
5

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents
  In New York City, a historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has been agreed to by the Bill DeBlasio administration and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. It will cover $3.5 billion of work repairing and renovating New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) properties over the next three years.   The [&hellip...
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Mar
2015
3

Three More Kentucky Counties Forge Ahead With Local “Right-to-Work” Laws

Three More Kentucky Counties Forge Ahead With Local
  The northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell, and Kenton are moving forward with countywide “Right-to-Work” laws knowing full well legal challenges are ahead.  For years, “Right-to-Work” has had solid support from Kentucky Republicans who control the Senate, but has been shot down by the Democrat-controlled House.  All three...
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Mar
2015
3

Silicon Valley Shuttle Drivers at Five More Companies Vote to Join Teamsters

Silicon Valley Shuttle Drivers at Five More Companies Vote to Join Teamsters
  On Friday, shuttle drivers for five major Silicon Valley tech firms...
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Mar
2015
3

Beyond Wisconsin: “Right-to-Work” Laid to Rest in WV; MI Rep. Hopes to Expand It to Public Safety Unions

Beyond Wisconsin:
  Last week’s events in Wisconsin largely dominated the “Right-to-Work” news cycle, but Republicans in West Virginia and Michigan have been hard at work on the issue as well, with varying results. In West Virginia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael told the Associated Press he believes the “Right-to-Work” bill he...
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Mar
2015
3

Prevailing Wages Result in Economic Benefits that Outweigh Shortsighted ‘Taxpayer Savings’ Argument

  Rep. Chuck Moseley addresses his colleagues, saying the Common Construction Wage means “Hoosier taxes are staying right here in Indiana.” The anti-prevailing wage sentiment cropping up in GOP-led legislatures nationwide posits to be a cost-saving sentiment. Governments, the wage-crushers suggest, should pay workers less to build...
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Mar
2015
2

AFL-CIO to Halt Voluntary Political Contributions Until Trans-Pacific Partnership Fast-Track Vote Passes

AFL-CIO to Halt Voluntary Political Contributions Until Trans-Pacific Partnership Fast-Track Vote Passes
  The AFL-CIO has decided to halt all voluntary political contributions until after a vote on fast-tracking the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  While the umbrella labor organization did not put this in writing, it seems it was discussed and agreed upon at a meeting in Atlanta.  The move puts the AFL-CIO in line with several [&hellip...
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Mar
2015
2

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools
  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that School Reform Commision (SRC) chairman and former city council member Bill Green has been demoted and that fellow SRC board member Marjorie Neff will take his place.  Neff is the retired principal of the city’s acclaimed Julia R. Masterman Demonstration School and is a 38-year veteran of the...
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Mar
2015
2

WI Biz Lobby Claims Employers Pay for 95% of Construction Training; Politifact Shoots Them Down

WI Biz Lobby Claims Employers Pay for 95% of Construction Training; Politifact Shoots Them Down
  A recent “Right-to-Work” panel discussion hosted by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Press Club devolved into a fact-checking dog fight and Politifact answered the call .  Participating in the panel were Kurt Bauer, leader of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (a massive business lobby), and Steve Lyons, a spokesman...
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Feb
2015
27

New ALEC Member Talking Point Exposed: “Higher Pay Hurts Americans”

New ALEC Member Talking Point Exposed:
  The Guardian has published details of a recent meeting in Washington, D.C. between conservatives and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in which the anti-worker lobby discussed its two-pronged attack of litigation and legislation to help prevent a higher minimum wage.  ALEC members argued that their “new battleground”...
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