THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from...

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed...

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in...

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

  On Friday, President Obama wrapped up a week of commemorating progress made by the civil...

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Apr
2014
16

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes
  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from raising the minimum wage.   We’ll pause while you barf. The bill also prohibits the establishment of sick-day or vacation requirements that differ from state law.  Fallin’s detractors note that the bill seems to be a direct response to an ...
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Apr
2014
16

Iron Workers Union Providing Scholarships for Women to Attend Annual Construction Conference

  The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers have announced a scholarship fund that will help female iron workers attend the leading conference on women in the building trades.  This year a total of 26 scholarships — which will cover the costs of attending the Fourth Annual Women...
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Apr
2014
16

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval
  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed Keystone XL pipeline approved.  Last week, eleven Senate Democrats came out in favor of the project, including five who are seeking reelection this year. A key driver of support for the project is job-creation, some of which ...
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Apr
2014
15

Bipartisan Interest In Ending Construction Worker Misclassification Drives Continued Reform in Texas

  A misclassification hearing has been set in the Texas House of Representatives to gather testimony on the implementation of a limited crackdown signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last year.  On April 24th, the House Business and Industry Committee will convene at the state capitol to inquire about what more can be done ...
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Apr
2014
15

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant
  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in Illinois, which will retrofit a coal power plant to make it more environmentally friendly.  Speaking at the announcement was Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) who was joined by the leaders of 17 labor unions and the FutureGen Alliance.   Some ...
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Apr
2014
15

Biden Touts Apprenticeship, National Standard for Earning Academic Credit Through Skilled Trades

Biden Touts Apprenticeship, National Standard for Earning Academic Credit Through Skilled Trades
  Speaking at the American Association of Community Colleges convention, Vice President Joe Biden announced a national program that would allow participants in apprenticeship programs to receive academic credit for their experience.  In entering the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium, community colleges would agree to follow...
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Apr
2014
14

Unions vs. The GOP? Not in Idaho.

Unions vs. The GOP? Not in Idaho.
  Labor unions are fighting right-wing extremism with surprising tactic: By helping fund the campaigns of moderate incumbent Republicans who face challenges from hard-line righties.   Labor unions, many affiliated with the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, recently donated $200,000 to the campaign of Rep. Mike...
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Apr
2014
14

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts
  On Friday, President Obama wrapped up a week of commemorating progress made by the civil rights movement with a fiery speech in which he lashed out at Republicans who seek to restrict voting rights through unnecessary legislation.   Aided by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down aspects of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, ...
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Apr
2014
14

On Question of Act 10′s Popularity, WI Gov. Walker Again Deemed Misinformer-in-Chief

On Question of Act 10's Popularity, WI Gov. Walker Again Deemed Misinformer-in-Chief
  Politifact has determined that comments made earlier this month by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker concerning public support for the anti-union Act 10 are false.  During an April 1st radio interview with WISN-AM, Walker claimed that a poll taken “a few months” ago showed public support for his landmark anti-union legislation was at...
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Apr
2014
11

Labor Secretary Chastises U.S. for Lack of Workforce Investment

Labor Secretary Chastises U.S. for Lack of Workforce Investment
  Speaking in Washington, D.C., Department of Labor head Thomas Perez labeled America’s lack of a workforce investment policy a “sleeper issue.”  Just days after the Obama Administration announced $100 million in federal grants that would ostensibly create innovative programs to cultivate a new generation of ready-to-work Americans,...
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Apr
2014
10

Fine-Dodging Repeat Violator Cited by OSHA Following Explosion

Fine-Dodging Repeat Violator Cited by OSHA Following Explosion
  OSHA is investigating a late March explosion at Alco Metal & Iron Co. in San Leandro, CA which sent a propane tank smashing into a car where a man had been sitting.   According to Inside Bay Area News, the company has been cited six times in the past decade for violations ranging from ...
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Apr
2014
10

UPS, Teamsters Strike Deal to Reinstate Workers Fired for 90-Minute Protest

UPS, Teamsters Strike Deal to Reinstate Workers Fired for 90-Minute Protest
  The 250 UPS workers who were terminated for participating in a 90-minute walkout will have their jobs back after intense negotiations between company executives and Teamsters Local 804.  The agreement means all fired and threatened to be fired employees’ jobs will be safe, including Jairo Reyes, for whom the walkout was initially in...
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