Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

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...
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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...
Oct
2014
14

Few Surprises in WI’s First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare

Few Surprises in WI's First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare
  On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke participated in the first of two planned debates. They touched on subjects as disparate as the minimum wage and abortion just one month before the general election.  For Walker, much of the debate was spent defending his first controversial term in office....
Oct
2014
10

Status Update: Facebook’s Bus Drivers Seeking Union Representation From Teamsters

Status Update: Facebook's Bus Drivers Seeking Union Representation From Teamsters
  Bus drivers who shuttle employees to and from Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters are seeking to unionize, arguing that their low wages do not afford them the opportunity to live in the area in which they work.  Seeking representation by the Teamsters, these drivers, subcontracted through Loop Transportation, are hoping collective...
Oct
2014
10

Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects

Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects
  A newly released video, produced by the State Building and Construction Trades Council (of California), describes the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) long history of driving down wages and misrepresenting the people it claims to represent.  The ABC says it represents 84 percent of the construction industry in California,...
Oct
2014
9

St. Louis Building Trades Unions Step Up Efforts to Train and Hire Minorities, Women

St. Louis Building Trades Unions Step Up Efforts to Train and Hire Minorities, Women
  Following contentious debate within the St. Louis County Council about the need for minority hiring goals on county contracts, local unions have created the Building Union Diversity (BUD) initiative to seek out women and minorities who wish to begin careers in construction.  Laborers International Union of America (LiUNA!) representative...
Oct
2014
9

Anti-Theft or Wage Theft? Warehouse Workers Off-the-Clock Screenings Case Goes Before SCOTUS

Anti-Theft or Wage Theft? Warehouse Workers Off-the-Clock Screenings Case Goes Before SCOTUS
  Your shift is done, but you can’t leave.  You have to pass through a security screening to ensure that you did not steal any goods during the workday.  Are you still on the clock? And, if so, are you earning overtime if this waiting puts you passed the eight hour mark?  These are the [&hellip...