Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Apr
2015
16

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor
  Despite massive outcry, the Indiana State Senate passed HB 1019 on Wednesday by a 27-22 vote, repealing the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  12 Republicans bucked the extremists in their party and voted against repeal, but it was not enough to save the 80-year-old system.  House Republicans will now caucus to decide whether to...
Apr
2015
16

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds
  A long read investigative report from The Charlotte News & Observer took a deeper look into the on-the-job fatality numbers provided by the North Carolina Department of Labor and found that due to the agency’s methods many worker deaths are withheld from the public.  According to the paper, 80 workers who died on the [&hellip...
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Apr
2015
14

1000s Rally to Preserve IN’s Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments

1000s Rally to Preserve IN's Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments
  Just hours after thousands of contractors and laborers flooded the statehouse to oppose repeal of the Common Construction Wage (CCW), Senate leaders decided to put off further discussion on the topic until later in the week.  HB 1019 would end the system that determines wages for publicly funded projects with price tags of $350,000...
Apr
2015
14

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity
  In an op-ed for the Chicago Sun-Times, Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, argues that the Illinois legislature must work to preserve the state’s nuclear power industry.  Illinois’ nuclear fleet is among the nation’s most efficient and employs 28,000 people, McGarvey, a member of the...
Apr
2015
10

Leaning Tower of China: Dangerous New Flaws Discovered in Outsourced Bay Bridge Construction

Leaning Tower of China: Dangerous New Flaws Discovered in Outsourced Bay Bridge Construction
  Ever since former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to outsource major components of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge renovation to Chinese contractors, members of the labor community have expressed concern about quality and jobs being compromised in the name of cutting costs.  In the end, no real money was saved and the project...
Apr
2015
9

NY AG Unearths $1,000,000 in Stolen Construction Wages; Jail Time Pursued for Contractors

NY AG Unearths $1,000,000 in Stolen Construction Wages; Jail Time Pursued for Contractors
  Five construction contractors who performed work on public works projects in New York City have been arrested for wage theft after an investigation by the Attorney General’s office found stolen wages totaling more than $1 million.  The arrests come as part of a long-running investigation into wage theft on public works projects.   Three...
Apr
2015
9

“You’ve Got to Put Something in the Ground”: Future of the CA Building Trades is Brighter than Ever

  As he spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the state’s high-speed rail system, Governor Jerry Brown praised construction workers and their leadership in helping move California’s economy forward.  At the height of the economic recession the State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) saw unemployment soar to 60 percent...
Apr
2015
8

Mass. One Step Closer to Securing Energy Savings, Labor Protections on Pipeline Project

Mass. One Step Closer to Securing Energy Savings, Labor Protections on Pipeline Project
  The Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kinder Morgan, setting the stage for a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline, which will cross northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.  The project is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs...
Apr
2015
3

$3B Sandy Reconstruction Grant Announced; PLA Enables Cost Savings, Apprenticeships for Locals

$3B Sandy Reconstruction Grant Announced; PLA Enables Cost Savings, Apprenticeships for Locals
  New York Senator Charles Schumer and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio have announced that FEMA has awarded a $3 billion grant to protect and rebuild 33 NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  It is the largest FEMA grant in history.  The work will be subject to a Project Labor [&hellip...
Apr
2015
2

The Tennessee Option: Huge Retailers Back Brutal Lobby that Wants to Destroy Workers’ Comp

The Tennessee Option: Huge Retailers Back Brutal Lobby that Wants to Destroy Workers' Comp
  For the past year, the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation (ARAWC) has sought to gut workers’ compensation laws at the state level on behalf of their corporate donors.  The multi-state lobbying effort has already passed model legislation in Tennessee. Richard Evans, the group’s executive...
Apr
2015
2

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries
  Following a blog post on Crain’s New York titled “Blacks missing out on construction jobs,” the city’s unions responded noting that union construction is an exception to this trend.  Among the respondents was Robert Bonanza, business manager of the 17,000-member Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York and Long...
Mar
2015
31

Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal

Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal
  With “Right-to-Work” in the rear view, Wisconsin Republicans are winding up to repeal the prevailing wage — the law that ensures fair pay for construction workers — and a newly released report from the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA) could factor...