MI House Jams

MI House Jams “Democracy-proof” Voter Suppression Bill Into Lame Duck Session

  Michigan Republicans are working overtime to ram home very troubling legislation during the...

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP “Expects People to Work For Free”

  In Wisconsin, opponents of the prevailing wage have suggested that a full repeal could...

DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

  Late last month, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction...

Welcome Words: LiUNA's Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members' Native Languages

Welcome Words: LiUNA’s Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members’ Native Languages

  Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 506 in Toronto is doing its part...

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Dec
2016
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MI House Jams “Democracy-proof” Voter Suppression Bill Into Lame Duck Session

MI House Jams
  Michigan Republicans are working overtime to ram home very troubling legislation during the final days of the lame duck session. Despite swirling controversy around the election results, the legislature had the gall this week to move voter suppression legislation – in the form of HB 6066, HB 6067, and HB6068 – through the House:...
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Dec
2016
9

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP “Expects People to Work For Free”

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP
  In Wisconsin, opponents of the prevailing wage have suggested that a full repeal could result in savings of 44%. But a new report from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) – “Prevailing Wage Repeal Cannot Result in ’44 Percent Savings'” – challenges that assertion. MEPI takes particular issue with a 2015...
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Dec
2016
9

New House Committee Leadership: NLRB Is Expendable, Unions Have Lost “Reason for Being”

New House Committee Leadership: NLRB Is Expendable, Unions Have Lost
  Unions? The NLRB? Who needs ’em?! This appears to be the attitude of the new committee leadership under President-elect Donald Trump, which includes Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC), the incoming chair of the congressional panel that oversees labor issues in the House of Representatives: Organized labor has “sort of lost its reason for...
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Dec
2016
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DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate
  Late last month, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking alterations to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) from taking effect. The changes, issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) at the direction of President Obama, would have made millions of American workers eligible for overtime pay. Judge Amos L....
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Dec
2016
6

Righting Wrongs: EEOC Announces $482M in Workplace Discrimination Compensation for FY 2016

Righting Wrongs: EEOC Announces $482M in Workplace Discrimination Compensation for FY 2016
  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Performance and Accountability Report for fiscal year 2016. The Commission, whose mission is to “stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination” in the workplace, secured several hundred million dollars in compensation for thousands of victims of workplace...
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Dec
2016
6

Welcome Words: LiUNA’s Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members’ Native Languages

Welcome Words: LiUNA's Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members' Native Languages
  Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 506 in Toronto is doing its part to reach out to immigrant workers. For some members, that includes training and testing in their native language.  “If we get a call for a specific training need, even something we don’t offer all the time, we’ll organize it [&hellip...
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Dec
2016
5

Trump’s Carrier Deal, Taking Heat from All Sides, Also Means 500 Union Workers Will Be Laid Off

Trump's Carrier Deal, Taking Heat from All Sides, Also Means 500 Union Workers Will Be Laid Off
  During the 2016 campaign season, Donald Trump promised to make a lot of “really great deals.” It’s starting to look like his first one is a bust. Trump is giving $6 million in tax subsidies and $1 million in training grants to Carrier, an Indiana company owned by United Technologies, over 10 years. In exchange,...
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Dec
2016
5

$54M in Damages Awarded to Walmart Truckers

$54M in Damages Awarded to Walmart Truckers
  Last month, a federal jury found Walmart guilty of intentionally failing to pay the minimum wage to California truck drivers for tasks like washing and inspecting their vehicles. The jury awarded $54 million in damages to the drivers. The lawsuit also accused the retail chain of inadequate compensation for layovers: More than 800 drivers...
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Dec
2016
5

Ontario, Seeking to Reform Apprenticeship Programs, Turns Deaf Ear to Unions; IBEW Balks

Ontario, Seeking to Reform Apprenticeship Programs, Turns Deaf Ear to Unions; IBEW Balks
  Last year, the Ontario government vowed to add an additional $55 million in spending to union apprenticeship programs. Among other things, some of the money was intended to go toward awareness campaigns targeting groups underrepresented in the trades: “There are thousands of young people in high schools who have not thought about a...
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Nov
2016
18

Report Details the Striking Failure of Virginia’s Leading Economic Development Agency

Report Details the Striking Failure of Virginia's Leading Economic Development Agency
  The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), which serves as Virginia’s leading economic development agency, is the subject of a scathing new report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC). The watchdog agency says gross mismanagement left the VEDP open to fraud for the better part of two decades:...
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Nov
2016
18

Red Bluegrass: Prevailing Wage Repeal, “Right-to-Work” Increasingly Likely in KY Following Election

Red Bluegrass: Prevailing Wage Repeal,
  The grass may still be blue, but Kentucky is looking redder than ever. For the first time in 95 years, Republicans will outnumber Democrats in the Kentucky House of Representatives. That gives them control of the entire state legislature. In a guest post for Insider Louisville, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave [&hellip...
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Nov
2016
18

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations
  Last month in Boston, two men died at an Atlantic Drain Services job site when a ruptured water main flooded the 12-foot-deep trench they were working in. Prior to the accident, Atlantic Drain Services received fines totaling more than $140,000 for a decade’s worth of safety violations. Now, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has proposed [&hellip...
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