Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Sep
2014
30

United’s Second Quarter Profits Nearly Hit a Billion, So They’re Laying Off 100s of Union Workers

United's Second Quarter Profits Nearly Hit a Billion, So They're Laying Off 100s of Union Workers
  In order to “keep their costs competitive,” United Airlines will lay off 100 workers at Port Columbus on October 1st.  The move comes despite the company posting a profit of $919 million in the second quarter, a 51 percent increase from the second quarter last year.  The union workers will be replaced by workers [&hellip...
Sep
2014
29

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again
  In Canada, the anti-union Bill C-377 is back again and labor organizations are preparing to fight it and its potential unconstitutionality.  The bill is supported and lobbied for by Merit Canada, an anti-union organization that supports “merit shop” employers.  It would force Canadian unions to spend assets — both time and money...
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Sep
2014
26

11-Year Employee Fired by Marriot Spin-Off for Winning County Commission’s Democratic Primary

11-Year Employee Fired by Marriot Spin-Off for Winning County Commission's Democratic Primary
  Growing up we’re taught to be all we can be, to push ourselves to become leaders, and to never give up. But in the Osceola County Commission race, a Democratic nominee has been fired from her day job for doing just that, because her employer is a donor to the campaign of the Republican [&hellip...
Sep
2014
25

Navy Times Touts Various Building Trades-Sponsored Veteran Hiring Programs

Navy Times Touts Various Building Trades-Sponsored Veteran Hiring Programs
  In a recent article for the Military Times, Steven Maieli, founder of the website TransitioningVeteran.com, discusses the career opportunities available to servicemen and women through apprenticeships.  As military members return home to civilian life, apprenticeship can be an excellent, reliable new beginning which the discipline of the...
Sep
2014
25

Designing Women: NYC’s Landmarks, Skyline Weren’t All Conceived of, Built by Men

Designing Women: NYC's Landmarks, Skyline Weren't All Conceived of, Built by Men
  A tip of the cap is deserved for the New York Times which this week delivered a brief history of the women who helped build New York.  We’re not speaking figuratively either. We’re talking construction. The city features notable landmarks and an iconic skyline, and it is important to remember that women played a [&hellip...
Sep
2014
23

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Job One’ Corrals Big and Small Biz to Boost Youth Employment

Hillary Clinton's 'Job One' Corrals Big and Small Biz to Boost Youth Employment
  In hopes of assisting the nearly 6 million young Americans who are out of school and out of work, Hillary Clinton this summer launched the Job One program as part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  Job One aims to help young people begin a track of upward mobility by ensuring they have an [&hellip...
Sep
2014
23

Minorities Find New Pathway to Quality Careers Through Buffalo Building Trades Program

Minorities Find New Pathway to Quality Careers Through Buffalo Building Trades Program
  The Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council along with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) held a press conference last Friday to announce the first set of graduates from a new pre-apprenticeship program for minority workers.  Representatives were joined by State Senator Mark Grisanti who secured a...
Sep
2014
19

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide
  Last week in Laredo, Texas, drivers and dockworkers at Con Way Freight voted to join Teamsters Local 657.  Laredo is located on the U.S.-Mexico border and is the busiest inland port in the United States with over 7,000 trucks crossing the border each day.  It was the first organizing victory at the giant less-than-truckload [&hellip...
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...
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...