“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100...

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after...

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

  As the Teamsters enforce their new National Master Agreement with UPS, thousands of new...

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

  Following Wisconsin’s passage of Act 10, union-friendly Dane County prolonged public...

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“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100 million in grants to help registered apprenticeship programs expand their training.  The grants are specifically aimed at helping boost programs in high skill industries such as healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced...
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2014
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Veterans Affairs Facility in CO Proves Again How Abysmal the Agency is at Construction Work

Veterans Affairs Facility in CO Proves Again How Abysmal the Agency is at Construction Work
  A decision by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has halted construction on an over-budget, behind schedule Veterans Affairs facility near Denver, Colorado and brought to light a pattern of mismanagement by the agency.   Not unlike botched VA projects in Florida and Louisiana, the cost of constructing the facility in Aurora has...
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Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers
  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after a ceremony where the state’s political leaders praised the project as a model of public/private infrastructure investment.  Built under a voluntary Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Laborer’s International Union of North America...
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Conservative Donors Charged with Overbilling for Sandy Clean-Up Work, Dumping Toxic Waste in NJ

Conservative Donors Charged with Overbilling for Sandy Clean-Up Work, Dumping Toxic Waste in NJ
  Three members of the Datre family plead not guilty to charges of grand larceny for overbilling the Town of Islip by nearly $150,000 for work done after Superstorm Sandy.  The Long Island family, which runs Daytree of Cortland Square Inc., is also currently at the center of a scandal wherein Islip park officials allowed [&hellip...
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Rhode Island Launches Dedicated Task Force to Cut Down on Employee Misclassification

Rhode Island Launches Dedicated Task Force to Cut Down on Employee Misclassification
  The Rhode Island Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification has announced the creation of a new telephone tip line so the state’s workers can anonymously report allegations of misclassification.  The task force is made up of six state agencies and works to protect not only the state’s workers, but the...
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El Paso Withholds Funds from Wage-Dodging Contractor, but Hasn’t Yet Passed Wage Theft Ordinance

  The El Paso City Council voted to withhold payment from contractor Urban Associates after allegations were made that it used a subcontractor who failed to pay the prevailing wage on a $27.4 million project.  An investigation was launched after employees of subcontractor Beltran Electrical Contractors filed complaints in March.  City staff...
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Dec
2014
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From Car Washes to Chinese Buffets, the Wage Theft Drum Beat Goes On

From Car Washes to Chinese Buffets, the Wage Theft Drum Beat Goes On
  Although wage theft has been rampant for as long as employment has existed, it is finally in the cross hairs of the public consciousness. Protests by low-wage workers are shining a light on the unfair business practice, which is found in nearly every industry and takes many different forms.  An oft cited 2009 Economic [&hellip...
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Dec
2014
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MI GOP Rep. Introduces Bill to Stifle Cities’ Rights to Hire Locally, Set Minimum Wages

MI GOP Rep. Introduces Bill to Stifle Cities' Rights to Hire Locally, Set Minimum Wages
  While many experts predicted the Michigan GOP would use this month’s lame duck session to repeal the state’s prevailing wage laws, another anti-worker piece of legislation emerged somewhat unexpectedly.  House Bill 5977, currently under consideration, would ban municipalities from creating ordinances that require developers to...
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Dec
2014
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Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created
  As the Teamsters enforce their new National Master Agreement with UPS, thousands of new union jobs will be added across the country.  The announcement of employment expansion came after months of discussions between UPS and the Teamsters.   In late April the new contract took effect.  It covers 240,000 Teamsters and is the largest...
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Dec
2014
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Following Deportation Threats, Striking Univ. of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Get Their Way

Following Deportation Threats, Striking Univ. of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Get Their Way
  As the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) strike eclipsed five days at the University of Oregon, reports arose that international graduate students were being threatened with deportation. The GTFF, which, represents roughly 1,500 teaching assistants, was on strike for the first time in its 38-year history. A letter from Amber...
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Dec
2014
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Canada’s Least Unionized Province Had 4 Worker Deaths in 8-day November Span; 8 Deaths that Month

Canada's Least Unionized Province Had 4 Worker Deaths in 8-day November Span; 8 Deaths that Month
  The province of Alberta has the lowest union density of any Canadian province. Perhaps not surprisingly, this has led to unsafe working conditions for construction workers. In 2012 Alberta had a unionization rate of 23.5 percent, well below the national average of 31.5 percent.  As The Militant reports, Alberta had four construction...
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2014
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Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10
  Following Wisconsin’s passage of Act 10, union-friendly Dane County prolonged public sector union contracts as long as it could to avoid the legislation’s anti-worker effects.  The city of Madison, located in Dane County, did the same.  However, those contracts will end on December 13th for the county and December 31st for the...
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