Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Feb
2016
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Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives
  In front of a full chamber hall, the Cincinnati city council voted to impose stiffer penalties on companies who do business with the city and commit wage theft.  Cincinnati becomes the first Ohio city to pass such an ordinance.  The ordinance was proposed by Vice Mayor David Mann.  It passed on a 7-2 vote, [&hellip...
Feb
2016
4

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland
  Construction truck drivers at the Port of Oakland will be protected from employee misclassification thanks to a landmark deal which labor advocates hope will set a precedent for the industry at large.  Last Thursday, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted unanimously to pass an enhanced Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure...
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Feb
2016
4

Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed “Middle-Skill” Degree Program

Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed
  With millions of “middle-skill” jobs being added to the American economy next year, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) have partnered with Rowan University to launch a Bachelor of Arts degree in Construction Management.  The program is meant to help tackle the “middle-skill jobs skill gap.”   Middle-skill jobs...
Feb
2016
3

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis
  On Saturday, 300 union plumbers from across the country met in Flint, Michigan to install donated faucets and fix other plumbing problems in homes that have been affected by the city’s water crisis.  The plumbers, along with members of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), met at the United Association (UA) Local 370 union hall...
Feb
2016
1

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI
  While union membership rates remained unchanged nationally from 2014 to 2015, they dropped significantly in the state of Wisconsin. For the first time in its history, the state fell below the national average.  In 2015, only 8.3 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce paid dues to unions, or a total of 223,000 workers.  In 2014, roughly...
Feb
2016
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Cost of Indiana Public Projects HAS GONE UP Since They Repealed Prevailing Wage Protections

Cost of Indiana Public Projects HAS GONE UP Since They Repealed Prevailing Wage Protections
  Before the Indiana State Budget Committee, the State Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) testified that, as many economic experts predicted, the cost of public works projects has increased considerably since the July 1, 2015 repeal of the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  Much of the increase was caused by the absence...
Jan
2016
29

Lyft Settles Lawsuit for $12M, Granting New Rights; Drivers Will Remain Independent Contractors

Lyft Settles Lawsuit for $12M, Granting New Rights; Drivers Will Remain Independent Contractors
  An employee misclassification lawsuit against the ride-hailing company Lyft has been settled, with the company agreeing to pay $12.25 million and make major changes to its policies.  Still, the settlement will not result in Lyft drivers being reclassified as employees as they had wished. Instead, their employment with the company will now...
Jan
2016
29

Docs Reveal Brutally Illegal Interference in MT Elections by National Right-to-Work Committee

Docs Reveal Brutally Illegal Interference in MT Elections by National Right-to-Work Committee
  A bevy of newly uncovered documents detail the amount of influence the National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC) had in coordinating the primary elections for state legislature in Montana.  As a 501(c)4 “social welfare” group the NRTWC cannot engage in “direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf...
Jan
2016
27

Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle With Appointee Involved in Flint Water Crisis

Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle With Appointee Involved in Flint Water Crisis
  On Monday, two Detroit public schools were closed following a second wave of sick-outs. Teachers are protesting over the condition of the schools.   On January 20th, 91 percent of Detroit Public Schools were closed due to sick-outs.  Over 800 teachers called in sick and more than 45,000 students were sent home. The grievances [&hellip...
Jan
2016
26

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom
  On Friday, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a Republican should fill a recently vacated State Senate seat, a move which will allow the GOP a 18-16 voting advantage and the ability to move forward with an ambitious agenda that includes “Right-to-Work” and a prevailing wage repeal.  Sen. Daniel Hall was elected as [&hellip...
Jan
2016
26

New Tufts Study: “TPP Would Lead to Jobs Losses in All Countries”

New Tufts Study:
  A new “more realistic” modeling of the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) predicts 450,000 American job losses and a contraction of the economy by 0.54 percent.  That percentage may seem small, but it is the equivalent of a $100 billion gut punch.  The study, conducted by researchers Jerome Capaldo and Alex Izurieta at...
Jan
2016
22

Conservative Missouri Talk Show Host Goes Union with IBEW, Denounces “Right-to-Work”

Conservative Missouri Talk Show Host Goes Union with IBEW, Denounces
  A conservative talk show host needs help stabilizing his fledgling television show, so he turns to…unions?  Welcome to Missouri. Scott Faughn, the former mayor of Poplar Bluff, current host of This Week in Missouri Politics, and self-described “pro-union conservative Republican” made his show a union production at First Rule...