Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Jul
2014
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9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.
  The official number of deaths resulting from the infamous 9/11 Al-Qaeda attacks stands at 2,996. But by the middle of this century, that number could as much as double. That’s because more than 2,500 of the workers who helped in the crucial moments and months following the World Trade Center attacks have cancer.   ...
Jul
2014
29

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker’s Worker Harming Days

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker's Worker Harming Days
  The Medina, OH based RPM International, makers of Rust-Oleum and other specialty paints, has agreed to spend nearly $800 million to fund a trust that would resolve asbestos-based personal injury claims against the company.  The settlement is less than the $1.17 billion a judge had previously suggested they could owe and still needs to ...
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Jul
2014
28

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules
  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, the second such blow to the legislation since its passage in 2012. Lake County Circuit Judge George Paras decided against the state in United Steelworkers vs. Zoeller on July 17th, ruling that the law was “null and void in its entirety” and ...
Jul
2014
24

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force
  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) via executive order, the highly successful program will become statute thanks to language in the state’s newly enacted minimum wage law.   Recent reports show that in 2013 alone the JTF recovered $15.6 million in back wages,...
Jul
2014
22

If President, Clinton “Would Consider Supporting an Amendment” to Stifle Citizens United

If President, Clinton
  As part of her book tour, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions on Facebook during which she suggested she opposes the controversial Citizens United decision that injected unprecedented money into politics.   Even with a 2016 winner’s support, the movement to re-amend the constitution and reverse Citizens...
Jul
2014
21

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR
  High-speed rail (HSR) is still coming around the mountain in California, and many cities are waiting with baited breath for the positive economic impact it has in tow. One such city is Fresno, where unemployed workers are being given an opportunity to ready themselves for upcoming apprenticeships that will come to the region during ...
Jul
2014
18

NY Gov. Cuomo’s Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

NY Gov. Cuomo's Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited
  After four years without a contract and months of jockeying for public support, leading unions and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) reached a deal to avoid a July 20th strike which would have shut down the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s intervention sealed the deal. Cuomo called the agreement...
Jul
2014
17

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor
  The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council (NJBCTC) has passed a unanimous resolution urging NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney to run for governor.  The decision came during the 150,000 member organization’s convention in Atlantic City.   The next gubernatorial race is scheduled for 2017 but is likely to occur earlier...
Jul
2014
17

Pair of NLRB Cases Could Land Temps, Low-Wage Workers the Protections They’ve Long Desired

Pair of NLRB Cases Could Land Temps, Low-Wage Workers the Protections They've Long Desired
  Two cases currently before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will determine what it officially means to be an employer, and the ramifications for management in industries ranging from fast food to waste collection could be serious.   Given the complicated nature of modern American labor the two decisions seek to determine who...
Jul
2014
15

Uncompromising MTA Forces LIRR Unions to Move Ahead With July 20th Strike

Uncompromising MTA Forces LIRR Unions to Move Ahead With July 20th Strike
  This release comes via the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transport Workers (SMART)… “I regret to report that negotiations have collapsed with New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and all eight unions are now proceeding with strike plans for July 20. MTA rejected the counter offer we...
Jul
2014
14

Postal Worker Solidarity Hits New High as AFT Calls for National Boycott of Staples

Postal Worker Solidarity Hits New High as AFT Calls for National Boycott of Staples
  This weekend at their bi-annual convention, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) passed a resolution calling for a national boycott of Staples in solidarity with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).  Despite protests, Staples is moving forward with a pilot program that would open USPS postal counters in 82 of their stores.  ...
Jul
2014
11

Not the Top 10 You Want to Be In: Fiscal Times Ranks States by Looming Highway Funding Woes

Not the Top 10 You Want to Be In: Fiscal Times Ranks States by Looming Highway Funding Woes
  The Fiscal Times recently published a ‘ten states with the worst highway spending woes’ article to help people understand the consequences of congressional inaction on the Highway Trust Fund. Congress is having problems agreeing on action to take, including a six-year, $100 billion comprehensive plan and a patchwork $9 to $10...