Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Sep
2014
17

Texas Tops List of States Receiving New DOL Grant Money to Fight Misclassification

Texas Tops List of States Receiving New DOL Grant Money to Fight Misclassification
  The U.S. Department of Labor has announced $10 million in grants to 19 states to help them expand the crack down on employers who cheat state Unemployment Insurance (UI) systems by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.  The initiative is part of the department’s broader addressing of misclassification, which has worsened...
Sep
2014
15

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby’s Bunk Little Survey

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby's Bunk Little Survey
  A wave of articles promoting the myth of a “labor shortage” have hit American newsstands of late, and most are using a study from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) as their basis. But the study comes with a whopper of a disclaimer, one which has been conveniently ignored by the media sources [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
15

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification
  Rampant employee misclassification has finally become a hot-button topic nationwide following a sweeping set of stories from McClatchy. The series, “Contract to Cheat,” focuses on the abuse of independent contractor employment status in several states around the U.S. In North Carolina, the Charlotte News and Observer details the...
Sep
2014
12

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass “Right-to-Work” in Small Town WA

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass
  Two attempts by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to impose “Right-to-Work” laws on city governments in Washington state suffered a setback this week when the “citizen led” propositions were deemed illegal by city officials in Sequim and Shelton.  The “Right-to-Work” push was coordinated by the Olympia-based...
Sep
2014
11

Strikes, Suits, and Wrongful Firings: Port Trucking’s Wonderful World of Endless Tension

Strikes, Suits, and Wrongful Firings: Port Trucking's Wonderful World of Endless Tension
  Last week, thirty-three port truck drivers were fired by Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI) for not withdrawing wage and hour claims made with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).  Four of the fired drivers had just been awarded an average $68,211 in back wages after the DLSE found that they were...
Sep
2014
10

Nevada Dems Pushing for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire on $5B Tesla Factory Despite No Mandate

Nevada Dems Pushing for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire on $5B Tesla Factory Despite No Mandate
  The Nevada Legislature is preparing for a special session to ratify an agreement between Tesla Motor Company and Gov. Brian Sandoval — an agreement which will bring a Tesla gigafactory to Northern Nevada in exchange for tax incentives — and the state’s Democrats are hoping to ensure that the deal will benefit the state’s...
Sep
2014
10

The “Largest Job-Producing Project in Georgia” is Union Strong Under a Project Labor Agreement

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  The Vogtle power plant construction project in Georgia has reached its predicted peak workforce of 5,000 workers according to Georgia Power. The current workforce is the largest at the nuclear plant since its first two reactors were erected in the mid-1980’s, but the numbers could swell again as the project continues towards completion....
Sep
2014
8

Weekend Warriors: Union Tradesmen Volunteer Man Hours on Georgia State Park Project

Weekend Warriors: Union Tradesmen Volunteer Man Hours on Georgia State Park Project
  This is a cross post from the United Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA)… Visitors to the recreational lake at Georgia’s Hard Labor Creek State Park will find a new kayak shed along its shoreline, thanks to the hands-on, volunteer support of union electricians and elevator constructors who put their talents to work with Union...
Sep
2014
5

TJ Maxx Misclassified Managers Lawsuit May Only Be the Beginning for Busting Big Retailers

TJ Maxx Misclassified Managers Lawsuit May Only Be the Beginning for Busting Big Retailers
  TJX, the parent company of discount retailer TJ Maxx, is currently facing a lawsuit from their assistant managers who claim they were misclassified in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Under the FLSA, workers are required to be paid the minimum wage and time-and-a-half for all hours worked over 40 per week [&hellip...
Sep
2014
3

STUDY: Workers in “Right-to-Work” States Receive 24% More Government Assistance

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  A new University of Illinois-Urbana study on “Right-to-Work” laws shows that collective bargaining subsidizes low-wage work in some states.  With Illinois facing the possibility of GOP nominee Bruce Rauner winning the gubernatorial race by positioning himself as “the next Scott Walker” and pushing for “Right-to-Work” at the...
Sep
2014
2

Fedex’s Ruthless Approach to Misclassifying Employees Ruled Unlawful by California Court

Fedex's Ruthless Approach to Misclassifying Employees Ruled Unlawful by California Court
  In California last week, the Ninth Circuit of Appeal ruled in favor of 2,300 FedEx drivers who were illegally misclassified as independent contractors.  The class action lawsuit covers drivers who worked in California between 2000 and 2007.   While no monetary penalty or settlement has been announced, the ruling could potentially leave...
Aug
2014
29

Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia

Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia
  While speaking at the annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce meeting, natural gas executives praised labor unions as a vital partner in maximizing the positive impact of Marcellus Shale gas on the state’s economy.  With global demand expected to rise 65 percent by 2045, Randy Cleveland, President of XTO Energy, compared the state to...