Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Jul
2016
22

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn’t Entirely Struck Down by Court

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn't Entirely Struck Down by Court
  The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that a Texas voter identification law violates the Voting Rights Act. For the fourth time in as many years, the law was found to be discriminatory, disproportionately affecting blacks and Latinos. The identification requirements are considered the strictest in the nation: Senate Bill 14...
Jul
2016
8

GOP Congressional Candidate: “Right-to-work laws have no place in Pennsylvania”

GOP Congressional Candidate:
  In a joint op-ed for Philly.com, Republican congressional candidate Bill Pounds and union organizer Hugh Giordano warn Pennsylvanians about the perils of a pending “Right-to-work” law in the state’s House of Representatives. The proposed legislation comes on the heels of West Virginia’s April decision to become the...
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Jul
2016
6

NLRB Sides With Sheet Metal Workers Local: Threats of Closing Down Impacted Union Election

NLRB Sides With Sheet Metal Workers Local: Threats of Closing Down Impacted Union Election
  The National Labor Relations Board invalidated a union loss in a representation election (Ace Heating & Air Conditioning Co. , 2016 BL 190570, No. 364 N.L.R.B. No. 22, 6/15/16) by ruling that a Cleveland contractor unlawfully threatened employees with business closure. The ruling reverses the finding of an administrative law judge...
Jun
2016
21

SoCal, So Good: SD Building Trades-Endorsed Candidates Win Almost 3/4s of Races

SoCal, So Good: SD Building Trades-Endorsed Candidates Win Almost 3/4s of Races
  Lost in the news cycle that followed the California presidential primary was the tremendous impact the San Diego Building Trades had on election night, winning 72 percent of its endorsed races.  The result was the effort of countless hours by hundreds of members who volunteered their time to ensure that the voice of working [&hellip...
Jun
2016
14

Conservative 5th Circuit Court Upholds NLRB “Quickie” Election Rule; ABC Takes Another Loss

Conservative 5th Circuit Court Upholds NLRB
  A U.S. appeals court has upheld the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule which speeds up the union election process. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NLRB did not exceed its authority in issuing the rule that allows employees to vote on union representation 11 days after a petition for representation is [&hellip...
Apr
2016
19

Building Trades 2016 Conference Carries Bipartisan Message; Clinton, Castro to Speak

Building Trades 2016 Conference Carries Bipartisan Message; Clinton, Castro to Speak
  On Monday, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) began their annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C. 3,000 delegates representing more than a dozen trades were in attendance to network, hear remarks from lawmakers and industry leaders, and attend workshops so they can return to their local unions with new resources...
Apr
2016
11

Misclassification and the “1099 Economy” Create Angry Voters, Shift Social Safety Net Burden

Misclassification and the
  With Tax Day rapidly approaching, the time is now to confront the harsh drawbacks of the “on-demand economy,” or as David Dayen labels it in The New Republic, “the 1099 economy.” Dayen describes how financial uncertainties have created a wave of angry voters and how none of the presidential candidates are focused on...
Apr
2016
4

Small Guvment, Big Mouth: States’ Rights Champ Ted Cruz Supports National Right-to-Work Law

Small Guvment, Big Mouth: States' Rights Champ Ted Cruz Supports National Right-to-Work Law
  As the Republican candidates campaign before tomorrow’s Wisconsin primary, attempts are being made to beef up anti-union credentials in Scott Walker’s anti-worker policy petri dish of a state. During a radio interview last Thursday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, recently endorsed by Gov. Walker, announced that he supports a National...
Mar
2016
30

Words Alone Can’t Capture the Importance of Yesterday’s Friedrichs Decision. Only This Meme Can.

Words Alone Can't Capture the Importance of Yesterday's Friedrichs Decision. Only This Meme Can.
  Workers’ rights advocates earned an indescribably important victory on Wednesday when the 8-person Supreme Court issued a 4-4 ruling in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. This means a lower court ruling in favor of labor union rights stays in tact.  The lower court, the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals in San...
Mar
2016
18

More Tech Co. Bus Drivers Join the Teamsters; More Taxi Drivers Protest Uber, Lyft

More Tech Co. Bus Drivers Join the Teamsters; More Taxi Drivers Protest Uber, Lyft
  Drivers of all types are taking action of all kinds these days, and tech companies are usually on the receiving end of the much-needed workers’ rights grab. Another group of drivers who shuttle the employees of giants such as Google and Facebook will now officially be represented by the Teamsters Local 853.  The workers [&hellip...
Mar
2016
10

Dems Take 3 of 4 Special Election Seats in KY; Awful Labor, Education Bills Likely Dead

Dems Take 3 of 4 Special Election Seats in KY; Awful Labor, Education Bills Likely Dead
  It’s election week in Kentucky, and labor has something to celebrate. Democrats picked up three of the four seats that were up for grabs in a series of special elections, solidifying the statehouse balance of power for 2016.  What will this mean for workers? Importantly, the sweeping changes promised by new conservative Governor Matt...
Mar
2016
4

Before 1000s of Union Workers, Clinton Comes Out Against Tipped Minimum Wage

Before 1000s of Union Workers, Clinton Comes Out Against Tipped Minimum Wage
  Speaking to supporters at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton announced her support of eliminating the tipped minimum wage, which enables some restaurants to pay as little as $2.30 an hour.  Clinton becomes the latest voice to call for the end of the practice and joins a movement of...