FedEx's Culture of Misclassification Dealt Yet Another Blow, This Time By U.S. Court of Appeals

FedEx’s Culture of Misclassification Dealt Yet Another Blow, This Time By U.S. Court of Appeals

  A federal court has ruled that misclassified employees can recover monetary damages under...

United's Second Quarter Profits Nearly Hit a Billion, So They're Laying Off 100s of Union Workers

United’s Second Quarter Profits Nearly Hit a Billion, So They’re Laying Off 100s of Union Workers

  In order to “keep their costs competitive,” United Airlines will lay off 100 workers at...

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again

  In Canada, the anti-union Bill C-377 is back again and labor organizations are preparing to...

11-Year Employee Fired by Marriot Spin-Off for Winning County Commission's Democratic Primary

11-Year Employee Fired by Marriot Spin-Off for Winning County Commission’s Democratic Primary

  Growing up we’re taught to be all we can be, to push ourselves to become leaders, and...

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Oct
2014
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IL Plumbers Local, Building Trades Council Fight for School District Upgrades, Training Opportunities

  Building Trades unions in Champaign, Illinois are lending their assistance to a local referendum campaign which would provide funding to reinvigorate career and technical training in the county’s largest school district.  Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 149 has purchased yard signs in support of the Unit 4 referendum and allowed...
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Oct
2014
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Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention

Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention
  In Arizona a battle is brewing between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and non-union roofing contractor groups over the state’s protection of workers from falls, which make up roughly 50% of residential construction fatalities and 80% of residential roofing fatalities.  Since the 1990’s, federal regulations...
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Oct
2014
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FedEx’s Culture of Misclassification Dealt Yet Another Blow, This Time By U.S. Court of Appeals

FedEx's Culture of Misclassification Dealt Yet Another Blow, This Time By U.S. Court of Appeals
  A federal court has ruled that misclassified employees can recover monetary damages under state laws based on the value of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) benefits that the defendant failed to provide to them.  The decision in Gray v. FedEx Ground Package System highlights the limits of ERISA’s preemption clause.  In...
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Oct
2014
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LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic’s Working Conditions

LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic's Working Conditions
  The Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA!) and CASA, an immigrant advocacy group, have announced a partnership to help organize Latino construction workers and help them fight for their rights on job sites.  According to a report from BNA Construction (a subscription site), the new partnership will be called CASA-LiUNA! Mid...
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Sep
2014
30

Control of Detroit Handed Back to Mayor, Council; Maligned Emergency Manager Will Retain Some Duties

Control of Detroit Handed Back to Mayor, Council; Maligned Emergency Manager Will Retain Some Duties
  The Detroit City Council has unanimously approved a plan to remove emergency manager Kevyn Orr from office and hand day-to-day operational power back to the city council and Mayor Mike Duggan.  Orr will be retained in his current position to oversee the final aspects of the city’s bankruptcy.  Following the vote, Orr signed his [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
30

From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks

From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks
  Over 7.1 million people work in the construction industry, yet only 2.1 percent of them are women.  Many unions are looking to change this by expanding recruiting efforts and apprenticeship programs to serve more women and minorities, but this trend is unlikely to change without more action from government agencies and revisions of...
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Sep
2014
30

Judge Awards $750K to FL Painters Who Took a Pay Cut While Some City Employees Secretly Got Raises

  The city of Deerfield Beach, Florida owes nearly $750,000 in back wages according to a judge who decided that the city broke its bargaining agreement with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). The workers agreed to take a 5 percent pay cut in 2011 to help the city through a financial [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
30

United’s Second Quarter Profits Nearly Hit a Billion, So They’re Laying Off 100s of Union Workers

United's Second Quarter Profits Nearly Hit a Billion, So They're Laying Off 100s of Union Workers
  In order to “keep their costs competitive,” United Airlines will lay off 100 workers at Port Columbus on October 1st.  The move comes despite the company posting a profit of $919 million in the second quarter, a 51 percent increase from the second quarter last year.  The union workers will be replaced by workers [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
29

Female, Minority Hiring Goals Being Eclipsed on Vikings New Stadium Thanks to Project Labor Agreement

Female, Minority Hiring Goals Being Eclipsed on Vikings New Stadium Thanks to Project Labor Agreement
  The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) has released a progress report on the new Vikings stadium which shows that the goals set for the hiring of minorities and women are being exceeded.  The stadium is being built under the guidelines of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), perhaps the only established way of realizing hiring...
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Sep
2014
29

de Hired: NYC Mayor Revokes Massive Food Service Contract from Established Living Wage Violator

de Hired: NYC Mayor Revokes Massive Food Service Contract from Established Living Wage Violator
  The City of New York has withdrawn an $82 million contract with food service company Maramont Corp. after the New York Daily News revealed that the company owed nearly $88 million for failing to pay living wages for over a decade.  New York City had awarded two new contracts to the company despite their [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
29

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again
  In Canada, the anti-union Bill C-377 is back again and labor organizations are preparing to fight it and its potential unconstitutionality.  The bill is supported and lobbied for by Merit Canada, an anti-union organization that supports “merit shop” employers.  It would force Canadian unions to spend assets — both time and money...
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Sep
2014
26

“Why Do You Work if You Don’t Have Money?” Worker Groups Make Creative Claim that Wisconsin Should Raise the Minimum Wage

  On Wednesday, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Wisconsin Working Families, and 100 low wage workers submitted over 100 formal complaints to Governor Scott Walker hoping to use a little-known clause in state law to force him to raise the minimum wage.  The clause states that the state’s minimum wage “shall not be less than a living [&hellip...
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