Union Ironworker Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate

Union Ironworker Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate

  Union ironworker Randy Bryce has gained the support of the Wisconsin Democrats for a run at...

A Year After West Explosion,

A Year After West Explosion, “Burden on Business” Still Supersedes Texas Worker Safety

  A year after the explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant left 15 people dead and 300...

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...

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Apr
2014
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Union Ironworker Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate

Union Ironworker Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate
  Union ironworker Randy Bryce has gained the support of the Wisconsin Democrats for a run at State Senate. Below, the press release announcing his candidacy… **** MADISON – Today, active community member, veteran, and father Randy Bryce announced his candidacy for the 21st State Senate District in Wisconsin. A local ironworker, Randy...
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Apr
2014
24

It Took 14 Years, But Boeing Now Owes Its Engineers $47 Million

It Took 14 Years, But Boeing Now Owes Its Engineers $47 Million
  In 2001, Boeing denied workers at two southern California plants the ability to unionize. Now, after 14 years of appeals, they will finally have to make good on the American promise of the right to organization.   An arbitrator has sided with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/International Federation of...
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Apr
2014
24

Could Rampant Gerrymandering Face a Real Foe in Virginia? We Have 7 Years to Find Out.

Could Rampant Gerrymandering Face a Real Foe in Virginia? We Have 7 Years to Find Out.
  A bipartisan group of Virginians is hoping to navigate the long process of changing the way the state redraws voting districts. Their aim is to give power back to the people and to curb the practice of gerrymandering.   OneVirginia2021 is gaining support for its efforts across the state despite having yet to propose ...
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Apr
2014
24

Texas CEO on Misclassification Epidemic: “It is difficult to be in business with strong convictions.”

  As we wrote last week, the Texas House of Representatives will be holding a committee hearing to explore what more can be done to curb the illegal misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  Gov. Rick Perry signed a limited crackdown of the practice into law last year, but many business leaders and politicians want ...
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Apr
2014
23

Language Hidden in USPS Stabilization Bill Could Severely Impact Workers Comp for Federal Employees

  Language hidden in a bill that attempts to stabilize the finances of the United States Postal Service could have a sweeping effect on workers compensation for federal employees.  Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, told the Washington Post that she, “strongly opposes . . . unwarranted cuts in FECA...
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Apr
2014
23

Painters Union Veteran Hiring Program Graduates Its First Five

Painters Union Veteran Hiring Program Graduates Its First Five
  Last week in Seattle a ceremony was held to recognize graduates from the new Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program (PAT-VP), which helps transitioning military servicemembers begin careers in the construction trades.  In attendance were representatives of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), the Finishing...
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Apr
2014
23

AFL-CIO: Threat of Deportation Preventing Immigrants from Reporting Bad Bosses, Unsafe Working Conditions

  The AFL-CIO is calling on the Obama Administration to cease needless deportations in order to encourage immigrants to report unsafe workplace conditions and safety violations.  The labor lobby recommends that the Department of Homeland Security grant low-priority immigrants affirmative relief from deportation and work authorization.   The...
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Apr
2014
23

OSHA, Georgia Organizations Form Alliance to Fight Silica Dust Inhalation

OSHA, Georgia Organizations Form Alliance to Fight Silica Dust Inhalation
  In hopes of educating Georgia workers about the dangers of working with silica dust, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed an alliance with several organizations to advance research and safety measures that will help avoid overexposure to the substance.  In Atlanta, representatives of OSHA, the Georgia Tech...
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Apr
2014
22

ALEC Legislation to Stifle Solar, Wind Energy Use Passes Oklahoma House

ALEC Legislation to Stifle Solar, Wind Energy Use Passes Oklahoma House
  Last week the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a law that will place surcharges on residents who chose to use solar or wind energy on their properties.  The environmentally unfriendly bill, SB 1456, passed by a 83-5 margin after receiving no debate.   The bill is similar to model legislation written by the American ...
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Apr
2014
22

Op-ed Defends CA’s Prevailing Wage in Face of Charter City Race to the Bottom

  The implementation of California’s SB 7, which would restrict funds to charter cities that do not want to pay the prevailing wage, is being halted by a lawsuit from five cities who seek the right to continue to pay workers on publicly funded projects less than the regional average.   In an op-ed for ...
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Apr
2014
22

MA Residents Question Pulte’s Past Ahead of Senior Center Construction

MA Residents Question Pulte's Past Ahead of Senior Center Construction
  In Sherborn, Massachusetts, local residents are raising concerns about a proposed senior center due to the contractor’s penchant for questionable work and a history of failing to pay its employees.  The 66-unit housing complex will be built by Pulte Homes, which in 2012 was ordered to pay over $400,000 in back wages after an ...
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Apr
2014
22

Clean Up on Aisle 1099: Louisiana Janitors Awarded $280,000 in Misclassification Backpay

  Some companies, as 1099 Compliance Blog explains, feel they are shielded from the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act due to their use of an outside hiring firm.  But as the case of a Louisiana janitorial service shows, backpacy can result from this unscrupulous fallacy. In the Louisiana case, misclassified employees were awarded ...
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