Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

  TransCanada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pipe Line Contractors...

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI's Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI’s Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

  A federal judge in Michigan has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a new state...

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn't Entirely Struck Down by Court

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn’t Entirely Struck Down by Court

  The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that a Texas voter identification law...

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

  A judge has ruled that Manhattan-based Harco Construction is guilty of manslaughter in...

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Jul
2016
22

Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline
  TransCanada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) for work on the Energy East Pipeline Project. Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) celebrated the MOU, which marks TransCanada’s commitment to hiring union. The United Association of Journeymen and...
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Jul
2016
22

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI’s Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI's Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269
  A federal judge in Michigan has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a new state law designed to hamper political fundraising for organized labor. Public Act 269, introduced by Republicans late last year, prevents the deduction of union dues from company payrolls. Judge Linda Parker called the law, which labor advocates view as...
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Jul
2016
22

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn’t Entirely Struck Down by Court

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn't Entirely Struck Down by Court
  The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that a Texas voter identification law violates the Voting Rights Act. For the fourth time in as many years, the law was found to be discriminatory, disproportionately affecting blacks and Latinos. The identification requirements are considered the strictest in the nation: Senate Bill 14...
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Jul
2016
20

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide
  A judge has ruled that Manhattan-based Harco Construction is guilty of manslaughter in relation to the April 2015 death of 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo. Though Judge A. Kirke Bartley handed down a relatively light sentence — either make a televised public service announcement or pay a $10,000 fine — the firm’s attorney...
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Jul
2016
20

Leaflet My People Go: Teamsters Arrested in GA for Distributing Info About XPO Logistics Misclassification

Leaflet My People Go: Teamsters Arrested in GA for Distributing Info About XPO Logistics Misclassification
  Three union organizers were ticketed by police last month for leafletting in the city of Port Wentworth, Georgia. Ben Speight and two of his fellow Teamsters brothers stood outside the gates of XPO Logistics — a recent foe of the union — in orange blaze safety vests. They were handing out flyers to truckers exiting the...
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Jul
2016
20

1000s Camp Out in NYC for Chance to become Plumbers Union Apprentice

1000s Camp Out in NYC for Chance to become Plumbers Union Apprentice
  Hundreds of young men camped out on the streets of New York City last weekend waiting for applications to the Plumbers Union Apprenticeship Program in Queens. The applications were distributed on Monday morning to the first 1,000 people in line. The immense popularity of the program meant not everyone could get their hands on one: Signs...
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Jul
2016
19

Illegally Funneling $7,000,000 to Undocumented Workers Could Get You…Five Years in Jail

Illegally Funneling $7,000,000 to Undocumented Workers Could Get You...Five Years in Jail
  Two Florida men are (potentially) looking at five-year jail sentences for processing $7.4 million in payments to undocumented construction workers. Yamil Sanjurjo Cordero and Sandro Mendoza Alvarado used their company, Sunrise All Contractor Corp., as a shell company to receive payment and cash checks on behalf of other companies for a...
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Jul
2016
19

Re-temp-tion Song: NLRB Reinstates Collective Bargaining Rights for Non-Full-Time Employees

Re-temp-tion Song: NLRB Reinstates Collective Bargaining Rights for Non-Full-Time Employees
  In a recent ruling, the National Labor Relations Board determined that temporary workers can participate in the same collective bargaining units as full-time employees, and they can do so without consent from the employer or temporary agency. The decision overturns two previous rulings on the issue: Until now multi-employer bargaining has...
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Jul
2016
15

Cuomo Boosts NY’s Statewide Pre-Apprenticeship Program Investment to $50M for the Year

Cuomo Boosts NY's Statewide Pre-Apprenticeship Program Investment to $50M for the Year
  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s valiant crusade against unemployment continues with a $30 million investment in statewide pre-apprenticeship construction job programs. The Urban Youth Jobs Program uses a tax-credit incentive system to connect minority and at-risk youth with job opportunities. Cuomo’s announcement brings total...
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Jul
2016
15

$2.3M Settlement for Abused Jamaican H-2B Visa Workers at Famous SC Golf Resort

$2.3M Settlement for Abused Jamaican H-2B Visa Workers at Famous SC Golf Resort
  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) just won $2.3 million for Jamaican guest workers who were cheated out of wages by a high-end South Carolina golf resort. The settlement will benefit upwards of 240 temporary foreign visa workers who were scammed by the Kiawah Island Inn Golf Resort outside Charleston: The SPLC filed the class action...
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Jul
2016
14

2011: The Last Time a Florida Employer Was Held Responsible for a Minimum Wage Violation

2011: The Last Time a Florida Employer Was Held Responsible for a Minimum Wage Violation
  Blame Bush. Blame Bondi. Blame Florida’s spineless Republican party. It has been five years since the state of Florida held an employer responsible for violating the minimum wage. Florida, which hasn’t had a Department of Labor since Jeb Bush dismantled it in the early 2000s, relies on the office of their useless attorney...
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Jul
2016
14

IL Gov’s Own Labor Board Unanimously Rejects Request to Thwart AFSCME Negotiations

IL Gov's Own Labor Board Unanimously Rejects Request to Thwart AFSCME Negotiations
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s latest attempt to stifle due process was shot down last week. The Illinois Labor Relations Board denied his unorthodox request to bypass a legal recommendation and skip straight to the board declaring negotiations with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council...
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