Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Jul
2016
22

Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline
  TransCanada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) for work on the Energy East Pipeline Project. Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) celebrated the MOU, which marks TransCanada’s commitment to hiring union. The United Association of Journeymen and...
Jul
2016
22

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI’s Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI's Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269
  A federal judge in Michigan has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a new state law designed to hamper political fundraising for organized labor. Public Act 269, introduced by Republicans late last year, prevents the deduction of union dues from company payrolls. Judge Linda Parker called the law, which labor advocates view as...
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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
20

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide
  A judge has ruled that Manhattan-based Harco Construction is guilty of manslaughter in relation to the April 2015 death of 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo. Though Judge A. Kirke Bartley handed down a relatively light sentence — either make a televised public service announcement or pay a $10,000 fine — the firm’s attorney...
Jul
2016
14

IL Gov’s Own Labor Board Unanimously Rejects Request to Thwart AFSCME Negotiations

IL Gov's Own Labor Board Unanimously Rejects Request to Thwart AFSCME Negotiations
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s latest attempt to stifle due process was shot down last week. The Illinois Labor Relations Board denied his unorthodox request to bypass a legal recommendation and skip straight to the board declaring negotiations with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council...
Jul
2016
14

Workers’ Comp, Disability, Prevailing Wage Violations Facing Stiffer Penalties in Hawaii

Workers' Comp, Disability, Prevailing Wage Violations Facing Stiffer Penalties in Hawaii
  Hawaii has increased the penalties for employers who do not to adhere to state labor laws. On July 1, Gov. David Ige approved stricter punishments for companies who fail to meet the requirements for workers’ compensation insurance, temporary disability insurance, and breaking prevailing wage laws on public construction...
Jul
2016
13

Then Maybe It Needs a New Name: U. of Delaware Not a State Agency, Won’t Pay Prevailing Wages

Then Maybe It Needs a New Name: U. of Delaware Not a State Agency, Won't Pay Prevailing Wages
  A Sussex County judge has ruled that the University of Delaware is not subject to the state’s prevailing wage law. Judge Richard F. Stokes determined that the state school is not a subdivision of state government and therefore does not have to pay the prevailing wage to workers on construction projects: The judge noted that the...
Jul
2016
13

Sen. Durbin, Flood Prevention Body Furious Over Lack of PLA on Wood River Levee Project

Sen. Durbin, Flood Prevention Body Furious Over Lack of PLA on Wood River Levee Project
  U.S. Senator Dick Durban (D-Il) is not happy. And neither is the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council, for that matter. Against the urging of both parties, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a project on the Wood River Levee in Wood River, Illinois to a contractor with no Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in...
Jul
2016
11

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)
  An important Massachusetts wage theft bill has experienced some high-profile support recently. The legislation (S 2207), which has been languishing in the State Senate Ways and Means Committee since April, is backed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy and Auditor Suzanne Bump: Attorney General Maura Healey’s office...
Jul
2016
8

WV Unions File “Right-to-Work” Lawsuit, Aim to Recreate WI Outcome, Eye SCOTUS Involvement

WV Unions File
  Labor unions in West Virginia are trying to take back what’s theirs. In Kanawha Circuit Court, 11 state labor unions have filed petitions claiming that the state’s new “Right-to-work” law amounts to an illegal seizure of their property and resources. The Workplace Freedom Act (SB1) was vetoed by Gov. Ear Ray...
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
8

Los Angelish: Rams Caught Trying to Subject Players to Missouri Laws Despite Move to California

Los Angelish: Rams Caught Trying to Subject Players to Missouri Laws Despite Move to California
  The Los Angeles Rams are homesick. More specifically, they are homesick for Missouri’s labor laws. After packing up shop and moving to California this offseason, the Rams brought along a little contractual memento for their players: Per a league source, contracts being offered to new players state that the laws of Missouri, not...