Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Jul
2015
29

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept
  On August 1st at midnight the contract between Verizon and 39,000 of its workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will expire. Both sides are bracing for a strike.  The bargaining units involved represent workers in Verizon’s landline and FiOS...
Jul
2015
29

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK
  A report from Temple University’s Sheller Center for Social Justice titled  “Shortchanged: How Wage Theft Harms Pennsylvania’s Workers and Economy.” details rampant wage theft in Pennsylvania and decsribes how it affects workers, businesses, and the public.  The report estimates that employers steal $19 million to $32 million from...
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Jul
2015
28

Another KS Court Rules In Favor of Misclassified FedEx Drivers; 19 Class Actions Pending

Another KS Court Rules In Favor of Misclassified FedEx Drivers; 19 Class Actions Pending
  The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of 500 drivers in Kansas who sued FedEx in 2003 claiming they were misclassified as independent contractors. The decision upholds a ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court which found that the drivers met the state’s 20-point test to determine their employment status under the [&hellip...
Jul
2015
28

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain’t Having It

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain't Having It
  Last week, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by conservative columnist Steven Greenhut that uses questionable numbers and biased sources to argue that Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) would dramatically raise the cost of school construction in the state of California.  The article blasts both PLAs and legislation that is...
Jul
2015
24

Gov. Inslee Uninvited from WA Labor Council Convention Over Boeing Tax Credit Accountability

Gov. Inslee Uninvited from WA Labor Council Convention Over Boeing Tax Credit Accountability
  Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee planned to speak at the Washington State Labor Council’s annual convention, but his appearance has been canceled due to resentment from union members surrounding Inslee’s role in an $8.7 billion tax break for Boeing.  Originially invited to headline the event — where prominent Democrats including...
Jul
2015
22

On-Demand Economy Startups Begin Using Employee Model Instead of Independent Contractors

On-Demand Economy Startups Begin Using Employee Model Instead of Independent Contractors
  The on-demand economy is at a crossroads as employee misclassification lawsuits are beginning to chip away at the viability of a business model often built on hiring independent contractors.  Homejoy, a three-year-old home cleaning startup which had raised $40 million, recently announced that it would shut down at the end of the month....
Jul
2015
22

Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Expand with Construction of New Center in New Haven

Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Expand with Construction of New Center in New Haven
  In New Haven, the Construction Workforce Initiative 2 (CWI 2) will open a new training center next month after a decade of running programs in various locations in the city.  The program teaches New Haven county residents the necessary skills to begin a union apprenticeship before progressing to journeyman status in the construction...
Jul
2015
20

Worker Win: DOL Adopts Broader Definition of “Employee” for Misclassification Cases

Worker Win: DOL Adopts Broader Definition of
  The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued a new 15-page guidance aimed at employers who try to get away with misclassifying employees as independent contractors.  Under the guidance, most workers would be classified as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  David Weil, head of the DOL’s Wage and...
Jul
2015
16

Clinton Highlights Lack of Workplace Protections In the On-Demand Economy, Rand Paul Goes Nuts

Clinton Highlights Lack of Workplace Protections In the On-Demand Economy, Rand Paul Goes Nuts
  In a speech on Monday at the New School in Manhattan, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blasted the on-demand economy, arguing that despite great innovation, many companies reliant on this new type of labor are repressing middle-class wage growth.  The speech was viewed as a direct shot at Uber, which has faced a series of [&hellip...
Jul
2015
15

NC’s Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial

NC's Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial
  On Monday, trial began in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina federal courtroom to determine the fate of what one expert labeled “the worst voter suppression law since the 1960’s.”  The case, North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory, claims that a series of changes to the state’s election laws known as the North Carolina Voter Information and...
Jul
2015
15

$1.4M Wage Theft Settlement Exposes Practice of Temp Worker ‘Shell’ Companies in Philly

$1.4M Wage Theft Settlement Exposes Practice of Temp Worker 'Shell' Companies in Philly
  Following an investigation by the Department of Labor Wage and Hour division, Philadelphia-based direct mail and printing company ICS Corp. has agreed to a $1.45 million settlement for failing to abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act.  ICS Corp., New Century Integrity Corp. and its owner Hokkito Teddy were all joint employers according to...
Jul
2015
10

Former Member Says Corporations, Lawmakers Vote Side-by-Side on Laws at ALEC Retreats

Former Member Says Corporations, Lawmakers Vote Side-by-Side on Laws at ALEC Retreats
  When the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently met at a resort hotel in Savannah, Geogia, investigative reporters from NBC 11Alive decided to find out what was really going on. They reserved hotel rooms at the resort and attempted to speak to lobbyists and legislators. The resulting news report is almost Daily Show-esque in...