Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Aug
2016
26

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry
  On the most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver dedicated the main segment to charter schools. More specifically, to poorly regulated and easily exploitable state charter school systems that see for-profit management companies swoop in and swallow up taxpayer dollars. Though policies vary from state to state,...
Aug
2016
25

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead’s Danger to U.S. Health

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead's Danger to U.S. Health
  The Illinois Sierra Club and the Illinois Pipe Trades Association formed an encouraging alliance this week. In an opinion piece for Crain’s, the two organizations teamed up to highlight the dangers posed by lead piping and the importance of identifying and removing it immediately. “There is lead in the water of many cities,...
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Aug
2016
25

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall
  Back in 2014, President Obama issued an executive order (EO) requiring contractors to disclose past labor violations when bidding on federal contracts. This week, his administration plans to release the final regulations that will finally put that order into effect: Under a proposed guidance from the Labor Department and a...
Aug
2016
23

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending
  Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a ballot initiative that, if passed in November, would see major investments in public transit and highway infrastructure spending. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Measure M, officially called the “Los Angeles...
Aug
2016
23

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades’ Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades' Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits
  Back in July, we wrote about a lawsuit levied by the Building Trades against a nonprofit company called Civic San Diego. CivicSD approves and processes ministerial and discretionary land-use applications in parts of downtown San Diego and surrounding communities. San Diego is the only municipality in the state that outsources these kinds...
Aug
2016
18

Cruise Control: MA Trades Unions Have Fore River Bridge Project Moving Ahead of Schedule

Cruise Control: MA Trades Unions Have Fore River Bridge Project Moving Ahead of Schedule
  Union training, skill, and hard work is paying off once again. This time in Massachusetts, where a bridge is being erected over the Fore River. The project has achieved significant time savings: Construction crews worked ahead of schedule and moved a 2.9 million-pound span into place on the Fore River Bridge early Monday. The [&hellip...
Aug
2016
18

BC BS: Province Removed Apprenticeship Mandate, Outsourced to Temps, Now Has Skills Gap

BC BS: Province Removed Apprenticeship Mandate, Outsourced to Temps, Now Has Skills Gap
  British Columbia is facing a skills gap in the construction trades due to market growth and the looming baby-boomer retirement wave. B.C.’s municipalities, universities and colleges, schools, and hospitals (known collectively as the MUSH group) should be hiring more skilled labor apprentices to prepare for the vacancies, but...
Aug
2016
16

Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers

Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers
  A federal court judge has knocked down one more hurdle on the path toward unionization of the gig economy. Last December, Seattle became the first city in the country to allow app-based gig drivers to unionize. Mayor Ed Murray refused to sign the legislation, calling it “flawed,” but a unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council made...
Aug
2016
16

Clean Little Secret: Natural Gas Helps Generate Renewable Energy

Clean Little Secret: Natural Gas Helps Generate Renewable Energy
  Turns out wind and solar have a dirty (read: clean) little secret: natural gas helps generate renewable energy. New findings published by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggest that natural gas could be a key factor in the proliferation of renewables: “Our paper calls attention to the fact that renewables and fast-reacting...
Aug
2016
12

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power
  Rochester, NY is spending $1.3 billion to modernize its schools, making it the largest public works project in the city’s history. But in a split decision one-eighty last week, the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board voted 4-3 to reject a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the second phase of the project. The PLA would [&hellip...
Aug
2016
12

Judge Sides with WV Unions, Issues Injunction Blocking State’s New Right-to-Work Law

Judge Sides with WV Unions, Issues Injunction Blocking State's New Right-to-Work Law
  Six months ago West Virginia became a Right-to-work state. This week organized labor got its day in court. The AFL-CIO and 10 other union groups successfully sought an injunction to block the state’s Right-to-work law, which took effect on July 1. The law required unions to extend benefits to all workers, even those who [&hellip...
Aug
2016
10

MA’s Awesome New Pay Equity Bill Prevents Salary History from Keeping Women’s Wages Down

MA's Awesome New Pay Equity Bill Prevents Salary History from Keeping Women's Wages Down
  Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will sign a pay equity bill into law next week. The bill requires employers to pay men and women equally for comparable work and prevents any employer from asking job-seekers for their salary history. Massachusetts will be the first state in the U.S. to pass a pay equity law. Many [&hellip...