Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Jan
2015
28

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is “Selling Out Working Families”

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is
  Just weeks into his term, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner amped up his well-established anti-union rhetoric during a speech at Richland Community College in Decatur.  Among the topics he discussed were prevailing wage, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), and the creation of “Right-to-Work” zones to fight what he calls “forced...
Jan
2015
28

Boeing-Loving SC Gov. Haley Toes Line of Illegal Union-Busting in State of the State Speech

Boeing-Loving SC Gov. Haley Toes Line of Illegal Union-Busting in State of the State Speech
  Gov. Nikki Haley put her anti-union credentials on display last week during her State of the State address when she spent a substantial amount of her time “lambasting” the efforts of Boeing workers to unionize with the International Association of Machinists (IAM).  It was music to the ears of her corporate donors, who welcome [&hellip...
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Jan
2015
27

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0
  Late last week, a state court ruled in favor of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), awarding them a victory in their new battle against the School Reform Commission (SRC).  In October, the SRC attempted to make drastic changes to the PFT’s health care contributions using the powers it interpreted itself as having under...
Jan
2015
27

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight
  A lawsuit brought on behalf of American Airlines mechanics by Transport Workers Union Local 591 claims that supervisors pressured mechanics to release planes before they were safe to fly.  The lawsuit also claims that the airline threatened union officials with termination and arrest when they raised objections.  The suit was filed last...
Jan
2015
23

In “Historic Moment,” Canadian Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Collective Bargaining Protections

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  In a 6-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that joining a union and engaging in collective bargaining are constitutional rights for Canadian citizens.  The question arose from a case in which the Mounted Police Associations of Ontario — “Mounties” as they’re affectionately referred to —...
Jan
2015
21

Snyder Will Veto Prevailing Wage Repeal; Mackinac, Assoc. Builders & Contractors Double Down

Snyder Will Veto Prevailing Wage Repeal; Mackinac, Assoc. Builders & Contractors Double Down
  As Republicans in the Michigan legislature prepare to introduce a package of bills that would repeal the prevailing wage for school and government facility construction, they have encountered an immovable force: Republican Governor Rick Snyder.  On Thursday, Snyder came out in support of the prevailing wage saying that he opposed the...
Jan
2015
20

AZ’s Largest Utility Trying to Thwart Solar Co. Progress by Leveraging Campaign Contributions

AZ's Largest Utility Trying to Thwart Solar Co. Progress by Leveraging Campaign Contributions
  Arizona’s largest utility company, Arizona Public Service (APS) is at odds with the solar panel industry, so much so that it has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “crack down on deceptive practices.”  But the manner in which they asked is the real story here.  The request came in a letter to the [&hellip...
Jan
2015
20

MI Rep Seeks to Ban Community Benefits Agreements, Kill Wage Standards and Local Hiring

MI Rep Seeks to Ban Community Benefits Agreements, Kill Wage Standards and Local Hiring
  Republicans in the Michigan legislature are considering a bill that would ban Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) on a statewide basis.  The bill was first introduced in the December “lame duck session” where it passed its House committee but never came up for a vote.  Rep. Earl Poleski, who proposed last year’s bill, plans to...
Jan
2015
20

$6M Lowe’s Settlement In Textbook Case of Systemic Employee Misclassification

$6M Lowe's Settlement In Textbook Case of Systemic Employee Misclassification
  A federal judge in California has approved a settlement between Lowe’s Home Centers and a class of its home improvement contractors who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors. The maximum settlement amount in Shepard v. Lowe’s HIW is $6,500,000, depending on the number of contractors who file claims.  Lowe’s will...
Jan
2015
15

Lawsuits Suggest On-Demand Economy App Co’s Like Uber and Handy Misclassify Employees

Lawsuits Suggest On-Demand Economy App Co's Like Uber and Handy Misclassify Employees
  With technology companies increasingly in the workers’ rights spotlight, Techcrunch writer Vinay Jain took a look at employee misclassification in the “on-demand economy” (ODE) and how the dubious legal status of many companies’ “independent contractors” is problematic for long-term stability.  Companies such as Uber,...
Jan
2015
14

FairPoint, Unions Meeting with Federal Mediators; No Public Comment Allowed

FairPoint, Unions Meeting with Federal Mediators; No Public Comment Allowed
  Almost 90 days into their strike against FairPoint Communications, representatives from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are meeting in Washington D.C. with management at the behest of federal mediators.  A similar November gathering failed to produce a contract, and...
Jan
2015
14

REPORT: Project Labor Agreements Vital to Saving Money and Time on MA Construction Sites

REPORT: Project Labor Agreements Vital to Saving Money and Time on MA Construction Sites
  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Special Commission on the Use of Project Labor Agreements in Road, Bridge and Rail Projects has released a report after looking into what the contracts have delivered on infrastructure and construction projects.  Established in August of 2012, the commission was made up of five members appointed by...