HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

  On the most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver dedicated the...

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead's Danger to U.S. Health

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead’s Danger to U.S. Health

  The Illinois Sierra Club and the Illinois Pipe Trades Association formed an encouraging...

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

  Back in 2014, President Obama issued an executive order (EO) requiring contractors to...

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

  Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a...

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HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry
  On the most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver dedicated the main segment to charter schools. More specifically, to poorly regulated and easily exploitable state charter school systems that see for-profit management companies swoop in and swallow up taxpayer dollars. Though policies vary from state to state,...
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2016
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Ohio Building Trades Partner With Lucas County to Attract Private Dollars, High-Paying Jobs

Ohio Building Trades Partner With Lucas County to Attract Private Dollars, High-Paying Jobs
  Public and private entities in Northwest Ohio have joined forces to form a job-creating investment fund called “Lucas County Builds.” The fund is the result of a partnership between the Lucas County Commissioners, the Northwest Ohio Building Trades, the Carpenter’s Council, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and the...
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Aug
2016
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Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead’s Danger to U.S. Health

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead's Danger to U.S. Health
  The Illinois Sierra Club and the Illinois Pipe Trades Association formed an encouraging alliance this week. In an opinion piece for Crain’s, the two organizations teamed up to highlight the dangers posed by lead piping and the importance of identifying and removing it immediately. “There is lead in the water of many cities,...
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2016
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Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers is FOUR TIMES the National Average

Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers is FOUR TIMES the National Average
  ConstructionDIVE has published a two-part story on the suicide epidemic that is quietly taking hold of the construction industry. The article cites a July CDC report which examined suicide rates among different industries, noting that construction and extraction top the list: The CDC report released in July was a first-of-its kind study...
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Aug
2016
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EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall
  Back in 2014, President Obama issued an executive order (EO) requiring contractors to disclose past labor violations when bidding on federal contracts. This week, his administration plans to release the final regulations that will finally put that order into effect: Under a proposed guidance from the Labor Department and a...
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Aug
2016
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SURVEY: Women Keeping the Electrical Contracting Industry Young

SURVEY: Women Keeping the Electrical Contracting Industry Young
  Electrical Contractor Magazine has released their biennial “Profile of the Electrical Contractor.” 2,419 people responded to the magazine’s survey, answering questions about the work they did in 2015. They describe an “industry that’s both continuing to mend following the financial meltdown eight years ago and...
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Aug
2016
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Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending
  Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a ballot initiative that, if passed in November, would see major investments in public transit and highway infrastructure spending. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Measure M, officially called the “Los Angeles...
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Aug
2016
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MI GOP’s Pathetic Attempt to Suppress Minority Voting Squashed by Fed Appeals Court

MI GOP's Pathetic Attempt to Suppress Minority Voting Squashed by Fed Appeals Court
  Michigan Republicans lost another battle last week in their undying fight to inhibit minority voting. A Federal Appeals Court upheld an injunction blocking a law that would eliminate straight-ticket, or “straight-party,” ballots this November: A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion Wednesday...
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Aug
2016
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SD Courts to Hear Building Trades’ Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades' Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits
  Back in July, we wrote about a lawsuit levied by the Building Trades against a nonprofit company called Civic San Diego. CivicSD approves and processes ministerial and discretionary land-use applications in parts of downtown San Diego and surrounding communities. San Diego is the only municipality in the state that outsources these kinds...
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Aug
2016
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Workers Defense Project Continues to Lift Austin Up; Better Builder Standards Could Go Citywide

Workers Defense Project Continues to Lift Austin Up; Better Builder Standards Could Go Citywide
  Austin, Texas is growing rapidly. So rapidly, in fact, that there are concerns about the city’s ability to manage the effects unchecked growth. One specific area of worry is the permitting process, where significant delays are taking a financial toll on project owners. That is why the City of Austin is currently considering a...
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Aug
2016
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Contractor for Coast Guard, Navy Reluctant to Recognize Employees’ IUPAT District 11 Union Effort

Contractor for Coast Guard, Navy Reluctant to Recognize Employees' IUPAT District 11 Union Effort
  J. Goodison employees held a rally at a Rhode Island shipyard last week. They were trying to get management to recognize their efforts to unionize. Currently there are over 30 employees who have signed union cards with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District 11: 32 Goodison employees have signed union cards, said...
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Aug
2016
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Cruise Control: MA Trades Unions Have Fore River Bridge Project Moving Ahead of Schedule

Cruise Control: MA Trades Unions Have Fore River Bridge Project Moving Ahead of Schedule
  Union training, skill, and hard work is paying off once again. This time in Massachusetts, where a bridge is being erected over the Fore River. The project has achieved significant time savings: Construction crews worked ahead of schedule and moved a 2.9 million-pound span into place on the Fore River Bridge early Monday. The [&hellip...
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