Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Dec
2014
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“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100 million in grants to help registered apprenticeship programs expand their training.  The grants are specifically aimed at helping boost programs in high skill industries such as healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced...
Dec
2014
16

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers
  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after a ceremony where the state’s political leaders praised the project as a model of public/private infrastructure investment.  Built under a voluntary Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Laborer’s International Union of North America...
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Dec
2014
11

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created
  As the Teamsters enforce their new National Master Agreement with UPS, thousands of new union jobs will be added across the country.  The announcement of employment expansion came after months of discussions between UPS and the Teamsters.   In late April the new contract took effect.  It covers 240,000 Teamsters and is the largest...
Dec
2014
8

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10
  Following Wisconsin’s passage of Act 10, union-friendly Dane County prolonged public sector union contracts as long as it could to avoid the legislation’s anti-worker effects.  The city of Madison, located in Dane County, did the same.  However, those contracts will end on December 13th for the county and December 31st for the...
Dec
2014
5

Another Associated Builders & Contractors Member Rung Up for Serious Wage Violations

Another Associated Builders & Contractors Member Rung Up for Serious Wage Violations
  Donald F. Ihlefeld, the owner of the Alhambra Building Company of Warwick, Rhode Island, was sentenced for a series of charges stemming from his failure to pay the prevailing wage. Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. of the U.S. District Court in Providence put Ihlefeld on two years probation and will have him perform 200 [&hellip...
Dec
2014
5

MONSTERS DOT COM: FairPoint Appears to Offer Triple Wages for Scabs in Online Job Posting

MONSTERS DOT COM: FairPoint Appears to Offer Triple Wages for Scabs in Online Job Posting
  2,000 FairPoint Communications workers who have been on strike since October 17th have seen their jobs go up on Monster.com at wages more than three times what they had been earning.  While the “confidential” job listing does not list which company posted it, it is obvious to those involved that offering experienced telecommunications...
Dec
2014
4

Tunes They Are A-Changin’: WI GOP Begins “Right-to-Work” Rollout After Suggesting It Wouldn’t

Tunes They Are A-Changin': WI GOP Begins
  Wisconsin State Rep. Chris Kapenga has announced that he will introduce a “Right-to-Work” bill in the upcoming legislative session.  The move comes just days after a former Americans for Prosperity associate, Lorri Pickens, announced a new organization, “Wisconsin Right to Work.”.  Rep. Kapenga says he does not know exactly when...
Dec
2014
3

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Visits Insulators Local 17 to Talk Green Energy, Cost Savings

MSNBC's Ed Schultz Visits Insulators Local 17 to Talk Green Energy, Cost Savings
  MSNBC’s The Ed Show show featured a piece this week about the benefits of mechanical insulating and the possibilities it presents to the nation both in terms of energy efficiency and job creation.  The piece was filmed at an iSave training facility in Illinois, which is run by Heat and Frost Insulators Local 17. [&hellip...
Dec
2014
2

Building Trades’ New Skilled Construction Training Effort, CHOICE, Gets Rolling in D.C. Area

Building Trades' New Skilled Construction Training Effort, CHOICE, Gets Rolling in D.C. Area
  In order to help prepare more workers for skilled construction in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metro-area, North America’s Building Trades Unions have created a new program, the Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment (CHOICE).  Launched in June, CHOICE works with industry, government, and community leaders to...
Nov
2014
28

Volkswagen Redux: AL Copper Plant Votes 75-74 to Unionize Despite Governor’s Meddling

Volkswagen Redux: AL Copper Plant Votes 75-74 to Unionize Despite Governor's Meddling
  A strong op-ed recently appeared in the Montgomery Advisor in which writer Josh Moon explains the importance of unions in the South. He uses a barn burner of a unionization vote at the Golden Dragon Copper Plant as an example. Earlier this month the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that 75 workers at [&hellip...
Nov
2014
25

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female
  The inaugural class of a three-week program developed to spur workforce readiness in Georgia has graduated a small class of people ready to work the Vogtle Expansion, the state’s largest construction site.  The program was created by Georgia Power and North America’s Building Trades Unions.  Participants in the program are taught...
Nov
2014
21

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect
  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo Park voted to join the Teamsters union on Wednesday.  The drivers, whose primary concern was scheduling which forced a six-hour break midday, are employees of Loop Transportation. They voted by a 43-28 margin to join the Teamsters Local 853.  ...