Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Sep
2016
29

Member-phis, TN: Workers On of the South’s Largest Development Projects Vote to Join IBEW

Member-phis, TN: Workers On of the South's Largest Development Projects Vote to Join IBEW
  Workers at the Electrolux appliance factory in Memphis, Tennessee have voted to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The vote, which was held on Tuesday, went in favor of representation by a two-to-one margin. The $190 million Swedish-owned Electrolux plant is one of the largest economic development projects in...
Sep
2016
29

They’d Rather Not, But: Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike, If Needed, by 95% Margin

They'd Rather Not, But: Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike, If Needed, by 95% Margin
  UPDATE: The Chicago Teachers Union Has Set a Strike Date of October 11 There is unrest in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system. On Monday, 27,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted in favor of a strike. It did so by a margin of 95.6%. The teachers union, which is currently in [&hellip...
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Sep
2016
28

The $1M Wage Theft Settlement with Senate Cafeteria Staff? Some Workers are Getting $240.

The $1M Wage Theft Settlement with Senate Cafeteria Staff? Some Workers are Getting $240.
  Back in July, we posted about the $1 million in backpay owed to Senate cafeteria workers by federal contractors. The Department of Labor forced Compass Group to compensate their employees and make up for the “oversight,” but it appears the embattled cafeteria workers still aren’t getting a fair shake. In a recent piece for...
Sep
2016
20

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California
  While a federal appeals court continues to meddle in New Jersey’s project labor agreement affairs, the worker-supportive deals a scoring victories elsewhere in the country. In Wisconsin, building trades unions reached agreements on two projects related to the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena. Agreements were reached with J.P. Cullen...
Sep
2016
20

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov’s Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov's Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID
  Missouri came one step closer to implementing a new voter identification law on Wednesday after the Republican state legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. The law requires voters to show a government issued ID before casting a ballot in an election. Republicans claim the move is a common sense measure to [&hellip...
Sep
2016
19

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.
  Donald Trump and the GOP would have you believe they are the party to revive manufacturing in America. But they would be wrong. Put plainly, the numbers don’t lie. Over the past 80 years, when Republicans held the oval office, manufacturing jobs decreased. When Democrats were in office, manufacturing jobs increased. It’s as...
Sep
2016
19

Leaked John Doe Docs Prove to Everyone but Corrupt WI Courts that Gov. Walker Broke the Law

Leaked John Doe Docs Prove to Everyone but Corrupt WI Courts that Gov. Walker Broke the Law
  New documents have emerged that demonstrate the far-reaching influence of corporate cash on American politics, and on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s administration in particular. The John Doe papers, leaked to The Guardian, expose a network of corporations and mega-rich individuals who donate to third-party groups in an effort to...
Sep
2016
13

Reckless, Extreme Nature of Long Island University Teacher Lockout Stuns Onlookers

Reckless, Extreme Nature of Long Island University Teacher Lockout Stuns Onlookers
  Long Island University (LIU) has locked out four hundred unionized faculty members from its Brooklyn campus over an ongoing contract dispute. LIU professors have been barred from campus, are not being paid, and have lost their health insurance. The dispute centers on disparities between salaries at the Brooklyn campus and the suburban Long...
Sep
2016
13

Santa Monica Approves 30% Local Hiring Mandate, Targets 10% Figure for Disadvantaged Workers

Santa Monica Approves 30% Local Hiring Mandate, Targets 10% Figure for Disadvantaged Workers
  Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion requiring contractors to hire more local workers on county construction projects. The new policy stipulates that 30% of all workers on county-controlled projects be local residents, with 10% being “targeted workers” who face high barriers to employment: The...
Sep
2016
9

Austin Approves New Standards: Living Wage, OSHA Training, Worker’s Comp, Local Hire

Austin Approves New Standards: Living Wage, OSHA Training, Worker's Comp, Local Hire
  The Austin City Council has approved a resolution that will require worker protection standards for all construction workers on non-residential commercial projects. The resolution is part of a voluntary expedited permitting process designed to help cut down on long and costly wait times. Austin has struggled to keep up with the rate of its...
Sep
2016
7

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing
  Two weeks ago, the Sagamore Development Company began negotiating with three coalition groups over $660 million in public financing for a project in Port Covington, Baltimore. Build Up Baltimore, PORT3, and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) represent well over 100 labor, housing advocacy, consumer rights, anti-racism,...
Sep
2016
7

Clinton at Labor Day Rally: “We will be absolutely strong in our support for unions”

Clinton at Labor Day Rally:
  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spent Labor Day at a picnic in Northwest Illinois celebrating with union members and leaders, inclduing International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Lonnie R. Stephenson and United Auto Workers (UAW) President Dennis Williams. Secretary Clinton attended the event for the...