Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise

  The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has won a 1.5...

Everything's Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)

Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)

  Plans to connect North Texas by high-speed rail (HSR) continue to move along despite...

Rising Injury Rates, Latest Worker Death Renew Safety Concerns on Non-Union NYC Sites

Rising Injury Rates, Latest Worker Death Renew Safety Concerns on Non-Union NYC Sites

  Just days after a worker fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft to his death in Manhattan, the...

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA's Go Unenforced Some Say

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA’s Go Unenforced Some Say

  In Jersey City, NJ the city council had taxes, Project Labor Agreements, and housing...

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2015
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Building Trades Leaders: VA’s Misclassification Task Force Not Given the Muscle to Affect Real Change

Building Trades Leaders: VA's Misclassification Task Force Not Given the Muscle to Affect Real Change
  A recent report on the Virginian-Pilot Online looks into the state’s misclassification problem and how recent efforts to curb the practice have not been enough to put a dent into its negative effects.  Last year, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order creating a task force on misclassification and payroll fraud.  The...
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Sep
2015
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Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise
  The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has won a 1.5 percent cost-of-living wage for Milwaukee County employees despite the efforts of county executive Chris Abele to stunt wage growth.  The union fought for months by placing pressure on Abele through concerned citizens calls to his office.  The raise...
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Sep
2015
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Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)

Everything's Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)
  Plans to connect North Texas by high-speed rail (HSR) continue to move along despite political opposition.  In early August the Regional Transportation Council decided to pay $4.5 million through 2018 to keep planning efforts in place for the portion of the system that would connect Arlington, Fort Worth, and Dallas.  The second phase of...
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Sep
2015
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Indiana Mayor Proposes Responsible Bidder Ordinance to Fill Hole Left by Prevailing Wage Repeal

Indiana Mayor Proposes Responsible Bidder Ordinance to Fill Hole Left by Prevailing Wage Repeal
  In order to counteract the negative effects of the state’s Common Construction Wage repeal, the Mayor of Portage, Indiana has proposed a “responsible bidder ordinance” which he hopes will prevent contractors from receiving city contracts and then delivering “shabby” work.   In April the state legislature voted in favor of...
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Sep
2015
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Rising Injury Rates, Latest Worker Death Renew Safety Concerns on Non-Union NYC Sites

Rising Injury Rates, Latest Worker Death Renew Safety Concerns on Non-Union NYC Sites
  Just days after a worker fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft to his death in Manhattan, the City Department of Buildings released figures showing that construction injuries jumped 34 percent in the previous fiscal year.  The Department of Buildings issued two violations at the non-union construction site after placing a stop work order...
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Sep
2015
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Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA’s Go Unenforced Some Say

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA's Go Unenforced Some Say
  In Jersey City, NJ the city council had taxes, Project Labor Agreements, and housing affordability in its crosshairs ahead of a vote in favor of an abatement for an affordable housing unit expected to bring jobs to the city.  According to Earl Morgan, who writes a weekly column for NJ.com: A flock of mostly [&hellip...
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Sep
2015
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Trades Leaders: NoLa Officials’ Objection to Labor Standards Crushed Post-Katrina Employment Growth

Trades Leaders: NoLa Officials' Objection to Labor Standards Crushed Post-Katrina Employment Growth
  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Building Trades Unions of New Orleans attempted to use rebuilding efforts to secure opportunities for the city’s most disenfranchised residents. Family-sustaining careers were the primary objective.  But without the support of local and state governments, their mission was near impossible.  Ten...
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Sep
2015
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St. Paul Ironworkers Pay for New Apprenticeship Facility By Twice Doubling Their Own Union Dues

St. Paul Ironworkers Pay for New Apprenticeship Facility By Twice Doubling Their Own Union Dues
  In St. Paul, Minnesota, Ironworkers Local 512 recently celebrated the opening of their new apprenticeship training center.  The 18,000 square foot facility cost $3.1 million to build and was paid for by members who voted twice to raise their own dues to make the project possible.  Business manager Charlie Roberts, for whom the facility...
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Sep
2015
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Even In Places Where Wage Theft Is Being Tackled, More Must Be Done

Even In Places Where Wage Theft Is Being Tackled, More Must Be Done
  In a piece for NextCity.org’s Equity Factor blog, writer Oscar Perry Abello views wage theft through the lens of Queens, NY, an area where labor centers and activists have made several positive changes to combat the epidemic.  While wage theft still exists in the NYC borough, groups like the Flushing Workers Center have given [&hellip...
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Aug
2015
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New NLRB Union Election Rules Speeding Up Process by 40%, but Not Necessarily Favoring Unions

  The new NLRB union election rule which prevents companies from delaying elections through frivolous lawsuits is working according to new data.  The average election time has dropped by 40 percent since the rule took effect in April.   From the Wall Street Journal: The revamped process has whittled down the election process for...
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Aug
2015
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“The Most Racist Politician in America” Embroiled in Latest Voting Machine SNAFU

  Campaign speeches, millions of ad dollars, and tens of thousands of volunteers are fundamental to winning elections.  So is illegally suppressing voters that oppose your party.  Or hacking the electronic voting machines that people vote on. In Kansas, the top election official in the state has asked a Sedgwick County judge to block the...
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Aug
2015
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In Ad, ACLU Offers to Fight for Amazon Workers

In Ad, ACLU Offers to Fight for Amazon Workers
  The ACLU has taken out a full-page ad in the Seattle Times offering to represent Amazon workers “who believe they were unlawfully penalized because of their decision to have children, or because they were caring for a sick relative or recovering from an illness of their own.”  The move comes in response to a [&hellip...
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