Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

May
2016
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Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits
  Speaking at the New America Foundation, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gave a lengthy speech about the so-called “gig economy.” She called on Congress to modernize labor protections and for misclassified workers to receive a system of “portable benefits.”  While the speech may not have put companies such as Uber and Lyft in...
May
2016
20

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov’s Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State’s Union Membership

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov's Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State's Union Membership
  An estimated crowd of 10,000 labor supporters rallied in the streets of downtown Springfield on Wednesday to protest Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s anti-worker “Turnaround Agenda.” The activists called on the governor to pass a budget following an 11-month impasse. The rally came just days after Rauner vetoed a bill that would...
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May
2016
19

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors’ Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors' Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case
  The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled against the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the organization’s attempt to prevent local prevailing wage laws in cities like Lansing. Their request was ruled unconstitutional. Citing a court case from 1923, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of local prevailing wage laws and...
May
2016
19

In Verizon Strike Twist, CWA Discovers Extent of Co’s Underhanded Filipino Offshoring Operation

In Verizon Strike Twist, CWA Discovers Extent of Co's Underhanded Filipino Offshoring Operation
  Amidst an extended contract dispute with Verizon in the U.S., the Communications Workers of America (CWA) has uncovered a massive Filipino offshoring operation being run by the company. CWA was previously aware of the operation’s existence, but a four-day tour of the Philippines by Verizon representatives who are on strike showed that...
May
2016
17

Lawsuit Claims Tesla Owes Cheap, Imported Temp Workers $2.6M; Faulty Visas Used to Lure Them

Lawsuit Claims Tesla Owes Cheap, Imported Temp Workers $2.6M; Faulty Visas Used to Lure Them
  An amazing piece of long-form investigative journalism from the San Jose Mercury News shines light on the hidden, foreign workforce being brought to the U.S. on faulty B1/B2 visas in order to build auto factories.  At the heart of the story is a new multi-million dollar paint shop at Tesla’s Fremont, California factory. An injury...
May
2016
13

STUDY: Prevailing Wage Repeals Would Raise Veteran Poverty 8%, Drop Veteran Wages by $3B

STUDY: Prevailing Wage Repeals Would Raise Veteran Poverty 8%, Drop Veteran Wages by $3B
  A new first-of-its-kind study has found that the economic outcomes of veterans would be profoundly affected if states with strong-to-moderate prevailing wage laws were to weaken their standards.  The study was conducted by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute’s Frank Manzo IV; University of Illinois-Urbana Professor Robert Bruno;...
May
2016
13

PLA Signed for New L.A. Soccer Stadium; 1200 Jobs Expected During Construction

PLA Signed for New L.A. Soccer Stadium; 1200 Jobs Expected During Construction
  The Los Angeles City Council has approved a privately funded, 22,000 seat, $250 million soccer-specific stadium to house Major League Soccer’s expansion Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).  The project will be the biggest and most expensive soccer-only project in MLS history. As part of their plan, LAFC announced a Project Labor Agreement...
May
2016
11

PLA on Billion-Dollar Natural Gas Plant Brings Much-Needed Workforce Diversity to Memphis

PLA on Billion-Dollar Natural Gas Plant Brings Much-Needed Workforce Diversity to Memphis
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for work on the latest Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) natural gas-fired plant, a $975 million project, is helping grow the Memphis Building Trades. The deal ensures that work stays local and includes businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans.  The successful PLA may seem out of place in...
May
2016
10

WV AFL-CIO Joins Lawsuit Against “Right-to-Work”; Legal Argument Echoes Recent WI Ruling

WV AFL-CIO Joins Lawsuit Against
  The West Virginia AFL-CIO has announced that it will join a coalition of unions challenging the constitutionality of the state’s newly enacted “Right-to-Work” law.  The lawsuit is expected to be filed in the next 30 days.  Beyond debating the legality of “Right-to-Work,” known in West Virginia as the Workplace Freedom Act, the...
May
2016
10

Minneapolis Poised to Break New Ground with Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Minneapolis Poised to Break New Ground with Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
  The City of Minneapolis is poised to become the state’s first municipality to require paid sick leave for workers.  The Minneapolis City Council released details of the ordinance and announced a series of meetings and hearings that will end with a May 27th vote.  Credit for the progress of the ordinance has been given [&hellip...
May
2016
10

NY State Announces $10M of Returned Wages in 2016, Breaking Three-Month Record Set Last Year

NY State Announces $10M of Returned Wages in 2016, Breaking Three-Month Record Set Last Year
  The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced more than $10 million in returned wages to over 17,000 wage theft victims in the first three months of the year.  The number exceeds the quarterly total of $9 million from last year and puts the state on pace to surpass its 2015 record [&hellip...
May
2016
10

Uptick in Mothers Entering Boston Construction Industry Thanks to Union Apprenticeship Program

Uptick in Mothers Entering Boston Construction Industry Thanks to Union Apprenticeship Program
  A moving pre-holiday Boston Globe article highlighted the wave of mothers entering the construction industry, aided in their career transitions by organizations like Building Pathways.  A 1983 Boston ordinance mandated that 10 percent of the workforce on city projects be made up of women. But by the year 2008 that number had only grown to...