Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Jun
2016
24

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States
  For over 10 years, FedEx Ground has been battling claims that it misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. But they finally settled. Late last week the company announced a $240 million payout spanning 20 states. The cash will be divided between more than 12,000 ground division drivers. According to the lead lawyer for the...
Jun
2016
22

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.
  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s weakened prevailing wage law.  The finding comes from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute and support the long-held position of building trades unions that prevailing wage laws protect local governments from shoddy work performed by fly-by-night...
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Jun
2016
22

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities
  In response to a recent op-ed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams which claimed that there are “no reliable statistics” showing the growth of minorities on job sites, New York City building trades president Gary LaBarbera hit back, noting how diversity is growing in the trades.  It is easier to rely on old stereotypes [&hellip...
Jun
2016
21

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors
  An apartment complex for homeless veterans in Jersey City, New Jersey is ready to house its first tenants according to representatives for the public-private partnership that helped make it a reality. The Jersey City Redevelopment Authority and the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) say the eight-unit complex was...
Jun
2016
21

Hillary Clinton Joins IAM Fight to Prevent Boeing from Bringing Low-Wage Norwegian Air to the U.S.

Hillary Clinton Joins IAM Fight to Prevent Boeing from Bringing Low-Wage Norwegian Air to the U.S.
  Boeing is claiming that International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) opposition to the expansion of Norwegian Air International is hurting its own members.  The union, however, is unwavering in its opposition to bringing the low-cost airline to the United States. 
The situation is playing out in the press as...
Jun
2016
17

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification
  The state of South Dakota has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in order to combat the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  The three-year agreement will allow the two parties to provide clear, accurate, and easy-to-access compliance information to employers,...
Jun
2016
15

Necessary Signatures for New PLA-Built Chargers Stadium Turned Into City Clerk for Approval

Necessary Signatures for New PLA-Built Chargers Stadium Turned Into City Clerk for Approval
  In San Diego, a total of 110,786 signatures were delivered to the Committee for Sports, Entertainment, and Tourism by those who wish to see the Chargers’ proposed plan for a new stadium make its way onto the November ballot.  The signatures must now be certified by Elizabeth Maland, the city clerk.  If approved by [&hellip...
Jun
2016
14

Oh, the Horror: Minnesota’s Responsible Contractor Law Got a Little Bit Stronger

Oh, the Horror: Minnesota's Responsible Contractor Law Got a Little Bit Stronger
  At the end of 2014, Minnesota Governor and all-around people’s champion Mark Dayton signed a “Responsible Contractor” bill into law. It aimed to ensure that contractors take such quantum compliance leaps as having a federal tax identification number, obeying workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance requirements,...
Jun
2016
14

Conservative 5th Circuit Court Upholds NLRB “Quickie” Election Rule; ABC Takes Another Loss

Conservative 5th Circuit Court Upholds NLRB
  A U.S. appeals court has upheld the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule which speeds up the union election process. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NLRB did not exceed its authority in issuing the rule that allows employees to vote on union representation 11 days after a petition for representation is [&hellip...
Jun
2016
9

Sec. Perez on FL GOP Thwarting Local Wage Ordinances: “Ironic at Best, Hypocritical at Worst”

Sec. Perez on FL GOP Thwarting Local Wage Ordinances:
  In a recent op-ed for the Miami Herald, Secretary of Labor and potential vice presidential candidate Thomas Perez wrote about how cities in Florida have attempted to raise the minimum wage and fight wage theft only to have their efforts thwarted by Republicans in Tallahassee.  The problem is not limited to Florida as we [&hellip...
Jun
2016
7

Group of Labor Advocacy Orgs, Unions Launch Coalition to Battle Wage Theft in MN

Group of Labor Advocacy Orgs, Unions Launch Coalition to Battle Wage Theft in MN
  A new coalition of worker groups and unions has formed in Minnesota to combat wage theft. It will hold its first meeting on June 7th.   The group was the result of a series of articles published by Workday Minnesota which exposed the various forms of wage theft facing the region’s workers. The group is [&hellip...
Jun
2016
7

7th Circuit’s Pro-Worker Forced Arbitration Ruling Undermined by Latest 8th Circuit Decision

7th Circuit's Pro-Worker Forced Arbitration Ruling Undermined by Latest 8th Circuit Decision
  Late last month, the Seventh Circuit Court ruled against forced arbitration clauses as terms of employment in Lewis v. Epic Systems.  The case was monumental as it broke precedent with previous decisions allowing companies to implement brutally anti-worker policies.  The decision was a victory for workers and protected collective action....