Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Oct
2014
31

Alarming New Policy to Destroy H-1B Visa Data Will Stifle Research on Wages, Immigration

Alarming New Policy to Destroy H-1B Visa Data Will Stifle Research on Wages, Immigration
  A surprising and disconcerting change in data policy will make determining how H-1B visas affect American workers and the economy much more difficult. Data relating to the visas will now be destroyed after five years.  The change in policy was approved last year by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) but went largely...
Oct
2014
30

Go Figures: WA Panel, Unions Want Boeing Held Legally Accountable for Tax Incentive Abuse

Go Figures: WA Panel, Unions Want Boeing Held Legally Accountable for Tax Incentive Abuse
  In Washington state, the five members that make up the Citizen’s Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences has voted in favor of a tangible legal mechanism to ensure big company tax incentives pay off.  The vote by the little-known panel is in direct response to Boeing’s decision to move jobs out of state [&hellip...
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Oct
2014
29

Nearly $2 Million in Back Pay Coming to Misclassified Solar Workers in Nevada

Nearly $2 Million in Back Pay Coming to Misclassified Solar Workers in Nevada
  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that 147 workers hired by contractors to perform work on a federally funded solar power project in the Nevada desert will receive nearly $2 million in back pay.  The workers were subcontracted through a Henderson-based firm, Proimtu Mmi-Nv LLC, to provide construction services at the...
Oct
2014
28

“We’re Negotiating With Wolves of Wall Street”: IBEW, CWA Two Weeks Into FairPoint Strike

  It’s been two weeks since 2,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine walked off the job when their employer FairPoint Communications declared an impasse in negotiations.  The workers’ contracts expired on October 2nd, but they...
Oct
2014
28

$17.27 an Hour, With Benefits, While Training? Welcome to Union Apprenticeship in Indiana

$17.27 an Hour, With Benefits, While Training? Welcome to Union Apprenticeship in Indiana
  In order to ensure that the region’s young adults can get proper information about careers in the construction trades, northwest Indiana unions invited counselors and teachers to tour training centers, like an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) apprenticeship facility, and learn about the training process and its...
Oct
2014
23

VP Biden Expresses Disappointment, Anger Regarding Lack of U.S. Infrastructure Funding

VP Biden Expresses Disappointment, Anger Regarding Lack of U.S. Infrastructure Funding
  Speaking at the “America Answers: Improving How We Get From Here To There” event hosted by the Washington Post, Vice President Joe Biden used a downright angry tone as he scorned the US for scrimping on infrastructure spending.  The event brought together politicians, experts, and business leaders to discuss the future of...
Oct
2014
22

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission
  A Common Pleas judge in Philadelphia has issued a preliminary injunction to halt the School Reform Commission (SRC) from making drastic changes to the health insurance plans of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT). A recent unilateral move to effectively ignore a collectively bargained contract spurred the judiciary action.  Judge...
Oct
2014
21

“It Is Being Stolen”: Louisiana’s GOP Treasurer Says State Robbing Workers’ Health Plans

  In an op-ed for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy lays out how legislators “stole” from state workers and cheated retirees out of health coverage in order to put up the facade of a balanced budget.  What is worse is that in the end the taxpayer is on the hook [&hellip...
Oct
2014
17

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB
  On Tuesday, a federal judge reinstated two Green Fleet Systems port truck drivers who argued they were illegally fired during a labor dispute with the company.  Green Fleet and several other port trucking companies have been the targets of protests and actions by drivers, many at the port of Los Angeles, who feel they [&hellip...
Oct
2014
17

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration
  A new study shows that exploration of the Marcellus Shale has created over 45,000 construction jobs and contributed over $5 billion in spending to the economy. The study, from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee, concludes that spending on construction and maintenance grew by over 60 percent between 2012 and 2013....
Oct
2014
15

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters
  At the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia, a group of 47 drivers have made history by voting to join Teamsters Local 107.  The final result of the vote was 26-18 in favor of joining the union.  Several similar campaigns are underway in other cities, but this was the first successful Fedex Freight worker [&hellip...
Oct
2014
15

Tender Crony: MI AG’s Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov’t Contracts Since He Took Office

Tender Crony: MI AG's Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov't Contracts Since He Took Office
  The administration of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has become synonymous with a certain level of cronyism, and a new peek into the affairs of his Attorney General, Bill Schuette, supports the reputational deterioration. Schuette’s former law firm, it seems, has benefited from this ‘inside basbeall’ to the tune of nearly...