Volkswagen Redux: AL Copper Plant Votes 75-74 to Unionize Despite Governor's Meddling

Volkswagen Redux: AL Copper Plant Votes 75-74 to Unionize Despite Governor’s Meddling

  A strong op-ed recently appeared in the Montgomery Advisor in which writer Josh Moon...

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

  The inaugural class of a three-week program developed to spur workforce readiness in Georgia...

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo...

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

  A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the Department...

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Volkswagen Redux: AL Copper Plant Votes 75-74 to Unionize Despite Governor’s Meddling

Volkswagen Redux: AL Copper Plant Votes 75-74 to Unionize Despite Governor's Meddling
  A strong op-ed recently appeared in the Montgomery Advisor in which writer Josh Moon explains the importance of unions in the South. He uses a barn burner of a unionization vote at the Golden Dragon Copper Plant as an example. Earlier this month the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that 75 workers at [&hellip...
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Nov
2014
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MA’s Paid Sick Leave Policy Was Passed with Labor’s Help, but Could Hurt Some Union Members

  In an unfortunate turn of events for unionized workers in Massachusetts, the legal principle of preemption could disqualify some members from paid sick leave under the state’s recently approved ballot initiative.  Labor unions were a driving force in Question 4′s passage by a 60 to 40 percent margin, but legal precedent may...
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2014
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Misclass Mainstream: CNN Covers the Story of Independent Contractor Abuse at FedEx

Misclass Mainstream: CNN Covers the Story of Independent Contractor Abuse at FedEx
  After leaving his job with the United States Postal Service (USPS) for what he thought would be a lucrative career at FedEx, Reggie Gray eventually found himself bankrupt and in the middle of a legal battle with the company. This lasted the better part of a decade before his story was told by CNN. [&hellip...
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2014
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NC’s Labor Commish Has Filed Just FOUR Wage Theft Lawsuits in FIVE Years

NC's Labor Commish Has Filed Just FOUR Wage Theft Lawsuits in FIVE Years
  The Charlotte News and Observer took a look at the North Carolina Department of Labor’s handling of wage theft claims and discovered troublesome inaction. The state’s workers, it appears, have little hope of retribution when unscrupulous employers exploit them.  Under the leadership of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, a Republican, the...
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2014
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Bold Turkey: Pair of OH Dems Introduce Bill to Triple Thanksgiving Wages, Let Workers Opt Out

Bold Turkey: Pair of OH Dems Introduce Bill to Triple Thanksgiving Wages, Let Workers Opt Out
  Two Ohio lawmakers are proposing a bill that would have retail employees earn three times their normal rate of pay if they choose to work on Thanksgiving. House Bill 360 would allow workers to refuse to work on Thanksgiving without fear of adverse affects on their wages, hours, or employment status.  Under the proposal, [&hellip...
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Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female
  The inaugural class of a three-week program developed to spur workforce readiness in Georgia has graduated a small class of people ready to work the Vogtle Expansion, the state’s largest construction site.  The program was created by Georgia Power and North America’s Building Trades Unions.  Participants in the program are taught...
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Nov
2014
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“They may not be able to find them at the price they want. But I’m not sure that qualifies as a shortage, any more than my not being able to find a half-priced TV.”

  Slightly lost in President Obama’s executive action granting deportation relief for millions was the expansion of visas for foreign-born U.S. college graduates, a move industrial leaders say is necessary to combat a worker shortage.  Many scholars, however, argue that the worker shortage in no way exists. Among them is Hal Salzman,...
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2014
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Local Hire Secured for Potential Long Island Wind Farm Under Project Labor Agreement

Local Hire Secured for Potential Long Island Wind Farm Under Project Labor Agreement
Deepwater One, the developer of a proposed wind farm which would be located on 256 square miles of federal waters some 30 miles east of Montauk, has announced that they will use union labor throughout the construction process.  Deepwater officials announced the signing of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Nassau-Suffolk Building and...
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2014
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Labor Sec. Perez Visits, Praises Boston Construction Unions’ Apprenticeship Program

Labor Sec. Perez Visits, Praises Boston Construction Unions' Apprenticeship Program
  On a tour of Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 headquarters in Boston, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez praised the union’s Building Pathways pre-apprenticeship program, lauding it as a “pathway to the middle class.”  Perez announced to reporters that the DOL would soon be starting a program which granted a total of $100...
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Nov
2014
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Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect
  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo Park voted to join the Teamsters union on Wednesday.  The drivers, whose primary concern was scheduling which forced a six-hour break midday, are employees of Loop Transportation. They voted by a 43-28 margin to join the Teamsters Local 853.  ...
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2014
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Employ, Endanger, Repeat: Georgia Automotive Plant with Dangerous History Cited for 27 Violations

  OSHA has cited automotive exhaust manufacturer Tenneco Automotive Operating Co. Inc for a whopping 27 safety and health violations at its Hartwell, Georgia facility.  Eight of the citations were for repeat violations. Tenneco faces $242,550 in penalties and has been placed in the agency’s severe violator enforcement program for...
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Nov
2014
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Teamsters Locals Ain’t Nothin’ to Truck With: Third FedEx Freight Crew Votes to Unionize

Teamsters Locals Ain't Nothin' to Truck With: Third FedEx Freight Crew Votes to Unionize
  The campaign to unionize drivers at FedEx Freight and Conway forged ahead this week with another victorious vote, this time in North Carolina. 222 FedEx drivers at the Charlotte Terminal voted to join the Teamsters Local 71.  The successful election marked the third victory for the Teamsters union, which has also recently organized workers...
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