If President, Clinton

If President, Clinton “Would Consider Supporting an Amendment” to Stifle Citizens United

  As part of her book tour, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions on...

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

  High-speed rail (HSR) is still coming around the mountain in California, and many cities are...

NY Gov. Cuomo's Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

NY Gov. Cuomo’s Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

  After four years without a contract and months of jockeying for public support, leading...

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor

  The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council (NJBCTC) has passed a unanimous...

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Jul
2014
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Canada Passed an Asbestos Law Aimed at Raising Safety and Awareness, but Nobody is Complying With It

  The early months of a new asbestos registry in Saskatchewan are proving problematic as many institutions required to provide reports have failed to do so and others have submitted reports over two decades old.   Jesse Todd, whose stepfather Howard Willems died of mesothelioma after a 31-year career as a building inspector, pushed for ...
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Jul
2014
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In St. Louis Dem Primary, Labor Needs to Unseat a Shockingly Anti-Union Incumbent

In St. Louis Dem Primary, Labor Needs to Unseat a Shockingly Anti-Union Incumbent
  St. Louis County Council member Steve Stenger is asking labor to help him in his bid to become County Executive, claiming incumbent Charlie Dooley’s anti-union record should be enough to encourage union members to get out the vote.  With low turnout likely (65,000 of the county’s 700,000+ voters are expected to make it to ...
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Jul
2014
23

Limited to 6 Minutes of Daily Bathroom Use, Teamsters Local Takes Chicago Employer to NLRB

Limited to 6 Minutes of Daily Bathroom Use, Teamsters Local Takes Chicago Employer to NLRB
  In Chicago, a showdown over bathroom breaks between WaterSaver Faucet Company workers and management has made its way to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  New regulations from the company allots six minutes per day for each employee to use the bathroom and violators are being forced to discuss their bathroom activities and face ...
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Jul
2014
22

Investigation Finds MTA Contractor Underpaid Security Workers, $1.3M Settlement Reached

  After an investigation by the office of New York City comptroller Scott Stringer, security workers for AlliedBarton Security Services who were contracted by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) but did not receive prevailing wages will share a $1.3 million settlement.   According to the New York Daily News, the settlement effects 143...
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Jul
2014
22

If President, Clinton “Would Consider Supporting an Amendment” to Stifle Citizens United

If President, Clinton
  As part of her book tour, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions on Facebook during which she suggested she opposes the controversial Citizens United decision that injected unprecedented money into politics.   Even with a 2016 winner’s support, the movement to re-amend the constitution and reverse Citizens...
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Jul
2014
21

Labor Expert: SCOTUS’ Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ban Is Good News for Striking Workers

Labor Expert: SCOTUS' Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ban Is Good News for Striking Workers
  In an article for The Nation, Moshe Marvit argues that the Supreme Court’s McCullen v. Coakley decision to strike down a Massachusetts law that provided buffer zones for protesters outside of abortion clinics, could represent a major victory for striking workers.  Though the subject matter is vastly different, the court’s decision that...
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Jul
2014
21

Fort Wayne City Council Passes More Extreme “Right-to-Work” Bill Than State Enacted

  Just weeks after the Fort Wayne City Council passed legislation ending collective bargaining for city employees, it has taken the assault on workers rights further by passing a new law which would make union membership for all public safety employees optional.  This local “Right-to-Work” law goes further than the state’s bill...
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Jul
2014
21

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR
  High-speed rail (HSR) is still coming around the mountain in California, and many cities are waiting with baited breath for the positive economic impact it has in tow. One such city is Fresno, where unemployed workers are being given an opportunity to ready themselves for upcoming apprenticeships that will come to the region during ...
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Jul
2014
18

NY Gov. Cuomo’s Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

NY Gov. Cuomo's Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited
  After four years without a contract and months of jockeying for public support, leading unions and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) reached a deal to avoid a July 20th strike which would have shut down the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s intervention sealed the deal. Cuomo called the agreement...
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Jul
2014
18

Rail Industry, Long Marred by Managerial Retaliation and Lack of Regulation, Now Improving

  An incredible article from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) gives a detailed look into the rail industry and the efforts made to change a centuries old culture of heavy-handed retaliation by management when workers question the status quo.   Since the inception of the labor movement, the rail industry has found...
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Jul
2014
18

NY Building Trades Leader: Insurance Co.’s to Blame for Many Scaffold Law Attacks

  The president of the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council, James Cahill, is calling out state leaders in Albany who seek to dismantle worker-protective scaffolding laws. Noting the importance of the law for workers hoping to restart life after catastrophic injuries, Cahill questions why the focus of opponents’...
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Jul
2014
18

Pay-cific Coast High-wage: $11.50/Hour Coming to San Diego by 2017

Pay-cific Coast High-wage: $11.50/Hour Coming to San Diego by 2017
  How do you know awareness about the minimum wage is still limited outside of the beltway and political Twitter? When the eighth most populated city in the country decides to forgo a ballot initiative in favor of an immediate ordinance that will bump the city up $2.50 in just three years and hardly anyone ...
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