Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Apr
2016
29

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till
  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has directed $3.6 million from the general fund to help the city’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS) expand its enforcement workforce from 9 to 22.  The move will help the city fight wage theft as well as ensure many of its new, progressive laws and ordinances will have teeth.  The [&hellip...
Apr
2016
27

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law
  A group of Michigan unions have filed a lawsuit against a law that allows corporations, but not unions, to use payroll deductions for contributions to political action committees.  The sweeping election law also banned elected officials in local governments from talking about ballot proposals or millage issues in the 60 days before an...
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Apr
2016
27

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer
  In Colorado, construction workers are being hired through labor brokers to disguise their employers’ wage theft, and under current law there is no way to view which companies are engaging in this practice.  But a new bill from Rep. Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) would make citation and assessment information on wage law violations...
Apr
2016
25

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle
  Uber has reached a settlement which will result in 385,000 Massachusetts and California drivers receiving $100 million.  Though the monetary compensation will apply only to drivers in those two states, it will also spur major policy changes that will apply to Uber drivers nationwide.  The settlement must still be approved by a judge. On...
Apr
2016
22

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a historic complaint on behalf of port truckers working as independent contractors for Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT).  The complaint, issued by Region 21 of the NLRB, claims that managers and supervisors for IBT made illegal threats against drivers they viewed as pro-union. It could...
Apr
2016
21

Painters Union Holds Continent-Wide Day of Action; Volunteers Renovate and Educate

Painters Union Holds Continent-Wide Day of Action; Volunteers Renovate and Educate
  Over the weekend, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) performed volunteer work in communities across the United States and Canada as part of the union’s Community Day of Action.  The event resulted in thousands of volunteers renovating shelters, community centers, youth athletic fields, low-income...
Apr
2016
20

NY Gov. Cuomo Pledges Allegiance to Building Trades, Prevailing Wages in 421-a Fight

NY Gov. Cuomo Pledges Allegiance to Building Trades, Prevailing Wages in 421-a Fight
  Speaking at the North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU) legislative conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to stand with union labor and reject legislation that is unfair to workers.  His speech, ahead of one given by the NABTU’s endorsed presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, signalled his position on the...
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
13

40,000 CWA, IBEW Workers Strike at Verizon

40,000 CWA, IBEW Workers Strike at Verizon
  Nearly 40,000 unionized Verizon workers went on strike this morning, from Virginia to Massachusetts, having not reached a fair contract by the 6AM deadline.  Negotiations began in June of 2015. The workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), worked...
Apr
2016
11

String of PLAs Will Ensure Good-Paying Jobs for High-Skill Workers on Years’ Worth of Projects in SF

String of PLAs Will Ensure Good-Paying Jobs for High-Skill Workers on Years' Worth of Projects in SF
  The members of the unions that make up the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council will see steady work for years to come thanks to a series of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) with developer Forest City and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).  The BCTC is also close to finalizing a PLA [&hellip...
Apr
2016
8

Nashville Local Hiring Law Bites Dust as State GOPs Preempt Progressive Policy from On High

Nashville Local Hiring Law Bites Dust as State GOPs Preempt Progressive Policy from On High
  In a recent deep-dive for In These Times, writer Spencer Woodman looked at how conservative state legislatures are going against the will of their constituents by crafting preemption laws in response to any progressive policy initiatives.  Using the example of the Tennessee legislature stopping a widely supported ballot initiative in...
Apr
2016
6

Commshell: Chamber Members Overwhelmingly Support Min. Wage, Sick Leave Increases

Commshell: Chamber Members Overwhelmingly Support Min. Wage, Sick Leave Increases
  A group of documents uncovered by The Center for Media and Democracy show that support for a minimum wage increase among Chamber of Commerce (CoC) members is actually very high despite the group’s staunch opposition to any attempt to raise it.  The data comes from a survey of 1,000 business executives conducted by Luntz [&hellip...