Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Aug
2016
23

MI GOP’s Pathetic Attempt to Suppress Minority Voting Squashed by Fed Appeals Court

MI GOP's Pathetic Attempt to Suppress Minority Voting Squashed by Fed Appeals Court
  Michigan Republicans lost another battle last week in their undying fight to inhibit minority voting. A Federal Appeals Court upheld an injunction blocking a law that would eliminate straight-ticket, or “straight-party,” ballots this November: A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion Wednesday...
Aug
2016
8

Clinton Rallies at IBEW Hall in Las Vegas, Touts Apprenticeship, Infrastructure Investment

Clinton Rallies at IBEW Hall in Las Vegas, Touts Apprenticeship, Infrastructure Investment
  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton paid a visit to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Las Vegas last week. After taking a tour of Mojave Electric’s training facility, Clinton spoke at the IBEW Local 357 hall to a crowd of roughly 1,400. She stressed the importance of technical training and...
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Aug
2016
5

First Resort: Trump Hiring Foreign Temps on H-2b Visas Despite Available American Workers

First Resort: Trump Hiring Foreign Temps on H-2b Visas Despite Available American Workers
  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he wants to bring jobs back home to America. Apparently the billionaire businessman also wants to give those jobs away to temporary guest workers. Trump is currently looking to staff two of his Florida properties — the Mar-A-Largo resort in Palm Springs and the Trump National Jupiter...
Aug
2016
3

Make America (I Mean Europe) Great Again: Trump Infrastructure Ad Features Foreign Bridge

Make America (I Mean Europe) Great Again: Trump Infrastructure Ad Features Foreign Bridge
  Is Trump outsourcing again? Well, kinda. This time it’s a pro-Trump super PAC, Rebuilding America Now, at fault. An ad they produced called “America Soaring” exhausts Trumps grand plan to bring jobs back to America. Unfortunately, it does so while showing footage of a bridge in Europe. The PAC admitted the gaff and...
Jul
2016
29

Trump Hotel Workers Win Thousands in Union Organizing Retaliation Case

Trump Hotel Workers Win Thousands in Union Organizing Retaliation Case
  The list of citations, liens, judgments, and lawsuits against the Trump brand for unfair labor practices keeps getting longer and longer. Last week, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas settled with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to the tune of $11,200. The lawsuit involved two Trump Hotel employees who were punished for their...
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...
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...