IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport

  Last week, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1430 made a...

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off “Right-to-Work”

  The Kentucky Senate’s recently passed prevailing wage rollback has died in the house,...

Prolific NYC Contractor Slapped With Sexual Harassment, Wage Theft Suit

Prolific NYC Contractor Slapped With Sexual Harassment, Wage Theft Suit

  A female ironworker from the Bronx has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, U.S....

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives

  In front of a full chamber hall, the Cincinnati city council voted to impose stiffer...

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2016
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IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport
  Last week, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1430 made a formal request to represent more than 600 Uber drivers who pick up passengers from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.  The union submitted a required petition showing that over 30 percent of the drivers wished to be represented by the IBEW and...
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Feb
2016
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KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off “Right-to-Work”

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off
  The Kentucky Senate’s recently passed prevailing wage rollback has died in the house, failing to pass a panel.  The bill would have exempted schools from paying the prevailing wage on educational facility construction projects over $250,000.  Prevailing wage supporters, including Bill Finn, Director of the Kentucky State Building...
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Feb
2016
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Prolific NYC Contractor Slapped With Sexual Harassment, Wage Theft Suit

Prolific NYC Contractor Slapped With Sexual Harassment, Wage Theft Suit
  A female ironworker from the Bronx has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, U.S. Crane and Rigging, accusing them of sexual harassment, wage theft, and exposing her to unsafe work conditions among other charges.  U.S. Crane and Rigging is part of the Auringer family of companies, which includes NY Hoist, Urban Pre-Cast, and...
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Feb
2016
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Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives
  In front of a full chamber hall, the Cincinnati city council voted to impose stiffer penalties on companies who do business with the city and commit wage theft.  Cincinnati becomes the first Ohio city to pass such an ordinance.  The ordinance was proposed by Vice Mayor David Mann.  It passed on a 7-2 vote, [&hellip...
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Feb
2016
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KY Judge Overturns One Local “Right-to-Work” Law; Labor Prays Precedent Will Prevail Elsewhere

KY Judge Overturns One Local
  A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled that Hardin County’s attempt to create a local “Right-to-Work” law is illegal, despite the fact that the state government gave local legislators increased powers in 2014.  The lawsuit was brought forward by nine AFL-CIO unions.  According to U.S. District Court Judge David Hale, only state...
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Feb
2016
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S’Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest

S'Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest
  A group of Uber drivers calling themselves Uber Drivers United staged a protest in San Francisco recently, driving slowly from the former Candlestick Park, to the airport, through the city, and eventually to Uber headquarters while honking their horns and disrupting traffic.  The issue for the drivers, most of whom will not release their...
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Feb
2016
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Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland
  Construction truck drivers at the Port of Oakland will be protected from employee misclassification thanks to a landmark deal which labor advocates hope will set a precedent for the industry at large.  Last Thursday, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted unanimously to pass an enhanced Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure...
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Feb
2016
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Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed “Middle-Skill” Degree Program

Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed
  With millions of “middle-skill” jobs being added to the American economy next year, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) have partnered with Rowan University to launch a Bachelor of Arts degree in Construction Management.  The program is meant to help tackle the “middle-skill jobs skill gap.”   Middle-skill jobs...
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Feb
2016
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Helmets to Hardhats Helping Veterans Begin Sheet Metal Apprenticeships at Higher Clip as Demand Climbs

Helmets to Hardhats Helping Veterans Begin Sheet Metal Apprenticeships at Higher Clip as Demand Climbs
  The Helmets to Hardhats program was recently featured in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, in a piece that describes how it has helped Wisconsin veterans bolster an aging workforce.   The program helps military service members transition to civilian life by assisting them in entering union apprenticeships.  For their investment, unions gain...
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Feb
2016
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Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis
  On Saturday, 300 union plumbers from across the country met in Flint, Michigan to install donated faucets and fix other plumbing problems in homes that have been affected by the city’s water crisis.  The plumbers, along with members of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), met at the United Association (UA) Local 370 union hall...
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Feb
2016
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Construction Boom Brings Rise in Workplace Injuries; In NYC, “80% of the Deaths Occurred on Non-union Sites”

Construction Boom Brings Rise in Workplace Injuries; In NYC,
  In 2014, fatal injuries on construction sites rose by 5 percent, to a total of 874. Hundreds of thousands of construction workers were hurt on the job, accounting for over one million worker’s compensation claims for both temporary and permanent injuries.  The number of workplace fatalities in 2014 was the highest reported since...
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Feb
2016
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J-E-T-S! Theft! Theft! Theft! More NFL Cheerleaders Win Lawsuit over Wages

J-E-T-S! Theft! Theft! Theft! More NFL Cheerleaders Win Lawsuit over Wages
  The New York Jets have become the fourth professional football team to settle a wage theft lawsuit brought forward by their dancers, joining the Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 52 members of the Jets Flight Crew, who worked between 2011 and 2013, will receive a total of $325,000 to correct minimum [&hellip...
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