Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds

Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds

  Slightly lost in a New York Times article about the Obama administration’s summer meetings...

IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

  The bipartisan campaign Nuclear Matters, which focuses on spreading the word about the...

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order (EO) establishing a task...

Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch

Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch

  Minnesota-based Medtronic, Inc. has hired a lobbying firm headed by former U.S. Senators...

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2014
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$8,000,000 in Back Pay Coming to Exploited Prison Workers in Central California

  Corrections Corp., the nation’s largest private prison company, has been ordered to pay more than $8 million in back pay to 362 of its current and former employees following a federal investigation. The Labor Department found that the company violated wage and benefit laws and failed to pay the prevailing wage.    Corrections Corp....
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Aug
2014
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Dem Leader in Indiana Beseeches Voters to Halt Fort Wayne’s Anti-Worker Efforts at the Ballot Box

Dem Leader in Indiana Beseeches Voters to Halt Fort Wayne's Anti-Worker Efforts at the Ballot Box
  In the ongoing saga of the Fort Wayne City Council using its Republican supermajority to make extreme cuts to the collective bargaining rights of city employees, Democrats, including the mayor, have been unflappable in their support of workers. Now, John Court, Chairman of the Allen County Democratic Party has penned an op-ed asking for...
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Aug
2014
22

Detroit, Where Emergency Is In Air Quotes.

Detroit, Where Emergency Is In Air Quotes.
  Given the “emergency” that is Detroit’s finances, one would assume the city’s Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr, would have a schedule packed with meetings to discuss creative ways to make necessary budget decisions while simultaneously meeting the needs of the people.  Unfortunately, his schedule, published by the Detroit Metro Times...
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Aug
2014
21

IAM Confident as Unionization Effort Gets Underway at South Carolina Boeing Plant

IAM Confident as Unionization Effort Gets Underway at South Carolina Boeing Plant
  An organizing effort by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) in North Charleston, SC could result in a union at the facility for the first time since 2009. One of the workers publicly in favor of unionization at the facility is Farrington James.  He began working there just prior to Boeing [&hellip...
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Aug
2014
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Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds

Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds
  Slightly lost in a New York Times article about the Obama administration’s summer meetings with groups who want executive action to bypass congressional gridlock is a very telling quote from the notoriously anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The president wants to take issues such as fairness in federal contracting head...
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Aug
2014
21

From the Front Lines of Michigan’s Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions

From the Front Lines of Michigan's Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions
  As we have touched on this summer, the anti-union Mackinac Center for Public Policy is asking Michigan teachers to opt-out of their union via misleading spam email and propaganda disguised as journalism.  Most of the details of this unfortunate campaign have been relayed by Eclectablog, which this week highlighted Mackinac’s...
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Aug
2014
19

CHART: College Is So Not Worth It

CHART: College Is So Not Worth It
  Yesterday’s Bloomberg chart of the day further proves an argument we’ve made multiple times on We Party Patriots, that compared to a four-year college degree apprenticeship is a more cost-effective, reliable tool to launch a career in America.   The chart (above) shows that college tuition costs have ballooned 13-fold since 1978....
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Aug
2014
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IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost
  The bipartisan campaign Nuclear Matters, which focuses on spreading the word about the benefits of America’s nuclear power plants, has added International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Edwin Hill and North American Building and Construction Trades head Sean McGarvey to its leadership council.  In adding the two...
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Aug
2014
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Damning Docs: Alberta Labor Leaders Find New Proof of Gov’t Role in Wage Suppression

  Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) President Gil McGowan claims documents unearthed by an Access to Information request show the Canadian government colluded with businesses to use the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program to repress wages in certain industries. The program, which has made some changes after coming under fire in the past...
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Aug
2014
19

NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year

NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year
  A record number of participants took part in the New Jersey AFL-CIO Labor Candidates school this month at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.  The result? 23 graduates will run for elected positions in the upcoming election, boosting the number of labor candidates statewide to 37. The program reached a...
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Aug
2014
18

REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other “Right-to-Work” States

REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other
  Days after the Texas Workforce Commission praised the economy as strong in part due to the strength of the construction industry, the Dallas Morning News ran a weekend feature about the dangers of construction in the Lone Star State.  Their investigative report echoes past arguments made by the Workers Defense Project and the AFL-CIO...
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Aug
2014
18

Media By Us: Republicans Launch Fake News Sites to Attack Candidates, Fundraise

Media By Us: Republicans Launch Fake News Sites to Attack Candidates, Fundraise
  In over 20 congressional districts, websites made to look like legitimate news sites have popped up offering a one-sided attack against Democratic candidates.  And the perpetrators of this world wide web of lies won’t come as much of a surprise. With names like “Central Valley Update” and “Augusta Update,” the sites posit to...
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