STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and...

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

  Boeing’s most recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing has revealed that CEO...

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

  A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new...

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development

  A recent Seattle Times piece looks into the upcoming construction boom in the region and who...

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Jul
2015
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Invasive, Hypocritical Union “Transparency” Bill Passes in Canada After Years of Political Wrangling

Invasive, Hypocritical Union
  On the last day of its legislative session, the Canadian Senate voted 35-22 in favor of C-377, an anti-labor bill that will unnecessarily force unions to submit to burdensome disclosure standards.  A constitutional challenge is likely upcoming. Opposition to the bill is fierce and labor groups have promised to make every attempt to repeal...
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Jul
2015
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Litigation Is Thy Fate: Lobbyists Continue to Do Everything in Their Power to Pay H-2B Workers Poorly

  It’s round two for industry groups and workers’ rights advocates as they move forward with litigation based on proposed rules to the H-2B visa program, which allows American companies to hire foreign workers for non-agricultural jobs when American workers cannot be found.  As we have noted in the past, the system is plagued by...
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Jul
2015
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STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win
  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and Promise,” links the success of organized labor to its inclusion of women of color.  The report supports findings from a 2007 Cornell and Columbia universities study which linked black women and organizing successes. That study, which uses numbers from the...
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Jul
2015
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Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks
  Boeing’s most recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing has revealed that CEO Jim McNerney will be paid $3.9 million a year in pension benefits for each of the next 15 years.  This revelation follows the announcement that he will retire on July 1st but will remain as chairman until February of 2016. The news [&hellip...
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Jul
2015
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STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments
  A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new data about the law’s true impact on total construction costs and economic activity.  As we wrote earlier this month, despite the incredibly strong voter support for the current prevailing wage law, the state GOP is pushing a repeal agenda.  The...
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Jul
2015
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Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development
  A recent Seattle Times piece looks into the upcoming construction boom in the region and who will be manning the project.  The city has a long history of construction booms, but the latest wave is big enough to keep the region’s union tradesmen and women employed for the foreseeable future. Many of the projects [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
29

Decorated Military Veteran and IBEW Organizer Honored in Sacramento

  Ramon Castro, a decorated war veteran and journeyman electrician and organizer with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), was honored at a ceremony last week after being named the California 56th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year.  Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia was on hand to present the award at the Veterans...
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Jun
2015
29

House and Senate Subcommittees Both Pass Bills to Basically Boko Haram the NLRB

House and Senate Subcommittees Both Pass Bills to Basically Boko Haram the NLRB
  The House and Senate appropriations subcommittees both recently passed bills that would slash the budget of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for the year starting October 1st.  The House bill would cut the board’s budget by $74 million, while the Senate bill would cut it by a more “modest” $27 million.  Perhaps more...
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Jun
2015
29

CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal

CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal
  A Connecticut law was signed by Governor Dan Malloy last week which will require employers to pay double damages when a court finds them guilty of wage theft.  Previously, this was allowable under Connecticut law but was left to the discretion of the court.  The law allows an exception to the double penalty if [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
26

ME Gov. LePage Accused of Blackmail, Interfering With Charter School’s Hiring of House Speaker

ME Gov. LePage Accused of Blackmail, Interfering With Charter School's Hiring of House Speaker
  Maine’s House Speaker Mark Eves has accused Governor Paul LePage of blackmail after he lost a job offer when threats to his future employer were made by the administration.  Eves, who is employed in the private sector as a family therapist, was offered the position of President of the Good Will-Hinckley School, a partially [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
26

Misclassification of Electricians as Laborers Puts New Bedford Co. $125,000 in the Hole

  A New Bedford-based solar company has been ordered to pay over $125,000 in back wages and penalties for violations of Massachusetts’ prevailing wage and hinderance laws.  The office of Attorney General Maura Healey claims that  Cavallo-Cavallo, Inc., doing business as Beaumont Solar Co., and owner Phillip V. Cavallo should pay...
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Jun
2015
26

CT Sen. Stands With Teamsters, Opposes Larger Trucks and Shorter Driver Rest Periods

CT Sen. Stands With Teamsters, Opposes Larger Trucks and Shorter Driver Rest Periods
  Speaking at a press conference, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called out special interests who are pushing for larger trucks on major highways and lax hours and service rules. He agrees with truck driver advocates that these are dangerous policy changes. Blumenthal was joined by highway safety advocates, families of highway accident...
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