Teamsters Add Members in Texas ad Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

Teamsters Add Members in Texas ad Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

  Last week in Laredo, Texas, drivers and dockworkers at Con Way Freight voted to join...

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby's Bunk Little Survey

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby’s Bunk Little Survey

  A wave of articles promoting the myth of a “labor shortage” have hit American...

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification

  Rampant employee misclassification has finally become a hot-button topic nationwide...

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass “Right-to-Work” in Small Town WA

  Two attempts by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to impose...

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Teamsters Add Members in Texas ad Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

Teamsters Add Members in Texas ad Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide
  Last week in Laredo, Texas, drivers and dockworkers at Con Way Freight voted to join Teamsters Local 657.  Laredo is located on the U.S.-Mexico border and is the busiest inland port in the United States with over 7,000 trucks crossing the border each day.  It was the first organizing victory at the giant less-than-truckload [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
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White Collar Crime-and-a-Half: NYT Ed Board Insists Change to Overtime Threshold Must be Made

White Collar Crime-and-a-Half: NYT Ed Board Insists Change to Overtime Threshold Must be Made
  On Wednesday, the New York Times Editorial Board addressed the question of who receives overtime in the American workplace.  In March, President Obama signed an executive order directing the Labor Department to update federal overtime rules.   In the EO he touched on the fact that “white collar exemptions” for salaried workers had not...
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Sep
2014
18

Florida’s Institutionalized Workers Compensation Fraud Finally Beginning to be Addressed

  A recent report by the Miami Herald exposed “The Florida Plan,” a form of fraud that affects injured workers seeking workers’ compensation.  The report is part of the wave-making series by McClatchy which reveals the various ways in which misclassification harms workers and employers who abide by the law.   Author Nicholas...
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Sep
2014
18

Power Grab: “Investor-State Dispute Settlements” Are the Worst Thing You’ve Never Heard Of

Power Grab:
  In an interesting and humorous take on the bevy of secret, international trade agreements currently being negotiated, Rabble writer Scott Vrooman details some of the ways the deals could be used to make countries “second class citizens.”   Vrooman goes into detail about a mechanism included in all three agreements (TTIP, TTP,...
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Sep
2014
17

After Ten Year Legal Battle, 100s of CNN Workers Will Receive Backpay, Union Representation

After Ten Year Legal Battle, 100s of CNN Workers Will Receive Backpay, Union Representation
  A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling will force CNN to rehire over 100 union technicians at its New York and Washington Bureaus and compensate more than 200 others who have been incorrectly paid.  The ruling will also orders the network to recognize the Communications Workers of America (CWA) as the bargaining representative of...
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Sep
2014
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STUDY: Wage Theft is Dwarfing the Money People are Losing to Actual Thieves, Robbers, Larcensits

STUDY: Wage Theft is Dwarfing the Money People are Losing to Actual Thieves, Robbers, Larcensits
  A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) illustrates the need for the government to take direct action against rampant wage theft which is costing American workers billions of dollars. Focusing on wage theft in major cities, EPI makes the case for a crackdown:   A three-city study of workers in low-wage industries [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
17

Texas Tops List of States Receiving New DOL Grant Money to Fight Misclassification

Texas Tops List of States Receiving New DOL Grant Money to Fight Misclassification
  The U.S. Department of Labor has announced $10 million in grants to 19 states to help them expand the crack down on employers who cheat state Unemployment Insurance (UI) systems by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.  The initiative is part of the department’s broader addressing of misclassification, which has worsened...
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Sep
2014
17

“The Prevailing Wage Law protects those workers who don’t have a contract regardless of race, gender or place of origin.”

  In response to New Bedford resident Lee Nason’s misguided tirade in an anti-prevailing wage op-ed, Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council President Frank Callahan wrote a letter of his own for South Coast Today. In the rebuttal, Callahan seeks to clarify some facts regarding important construction wage protections.  ...
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Sep
2014
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The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby’s Bunk Little Survey

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby's Bunk Little Survey
  A wave of articles promoting the myth of a “labor shortage” have hit American newsstands of late, and most are using a study from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) as their basis. But the study comes with a whopper of a disclaimer, one which has been conveniently ignored by the media sources [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
15

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification
  Rampant employee misclassification has finally become a hot-button topic nationwide following a sweeping set of stories from McClatchy. The series, “Contract to Cheat,” focuses on the abuse of independent contractor employment status in several states around the U.S. In North Carolina, the Charlotte News and Observer details the...
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Sep
2014
15

Good for Workers: Scandal-Plagued MI Gov. Snyder in Dead Heat with Low-Profile Dem Challenger

Good for Workers: Scandal-Plagued MI Gov. Snyder in Dead Heat with Low-Profile Dem Challenger
  Polls show a tossup between Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and his Democratic challenger Mark Schauer in what may end up being the surprise horse race of the election season. What once was an eight point lead over a relatively unknown opponent has dwindled according to USA Today which actually has Schauer ahead by [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
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Opt Out Cop Out: Mackinac Center Walks Back Big Talk After Teachers Stand by Their Union

  The Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s summer-long assault on teachers unions has ended and the results are in: it didn’t do diddly. The Michigan Education Association (MEA) announced that fewer than 5,000 of its members opted out of the union during August.  Michigan’s new found status as a “Right-to-Work” state allowed...
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