Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

May
2015
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For Pete’s Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL’s Sunshine City

For Pete's Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL's Sunshine City
  In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council has approved a mandatory apprenticeship program for public works projects with a price tag of more than $2 million.  The program replaces a voluntary apprenticeship program that had failed.  The council also lowered the threshold to trigger the apprenticeship program. It was previously set at an...
May
2015
20

Ahead of Big Budget, “Right-to-Work” Votes, IL Gov Rauner Is Literally Paying Politicians Off

Ahead of Big Budget,
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is once again making waves before making a difference, doling out $400,000 from his campaign fund to the state’s Republican lawmakers in advance of several key votes. Major budget and “turnaround agenda” decision are looming for the legislature.   The unorthodox move shows that the multi-millionaire’s...
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May
2015
20

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India
  A year after profiting $377 million on $3.5 billion in sales, retailer Fossil is laying off many of its IT workers and replacing them with outsourced H-1B visa workers from India. Fossil’s reason? The need to cut labor costs.  The Indian workers will be provided by Infosys, the same company at the center of [&hellip...
May
2015
20

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization
  A unionization effort by the 189 attorneys that work for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is taking shape.  The American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania has invited the lawyers to a May 27th meeting at which they can discuss “workplace issues.”  If successful, the effort would create a collective bargaining unit for the...
May
2015
18

ALEC’s All-Star Right-Wing Disgrace Resigns as MO Speaker Following Sexting Scandal

ALEC's All-Star Right-Wing Disgrace Resigns as MO Speaker Following Sexting Scandal
  Now-former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl may have been a model American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) politician, but it turns out that he is not a model citizen.  The man who fought hard for “Right-to-Work” has resigned in disgrace following the revelation of a sexting scandal involving him and a 19-year-old intern.   Diehl...
May
2015
18

Michigan Senate Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal Package Despite Several GOP Defectors

Michigan Senate Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal Package Despite Several GOP Defectors
  Late last week the Michigan State Senate passed the bills that make up the Republican party’s attempt to repeal the prevailing wage law.  The package of bills will now move to the House where it is unclear whether there are enough votes to advance the legislation. Repeal is ostensibly opposed by Republican Gov. Rick [&hellip...
May
2015
14

“Price of Life” Report Reveals Uptick in 2015 NYC Fatalities, Heightened Danger on Non-Union Sites

  Construction workers, labor advocates, politicians, and the families of those killed on the job held a rally at New York City Hall this week, calling for safer worksites in the face of what they view as a workplace fatality outbreak.  The rally coincided with the release of a new report, The Price of Life: [&hellip...
May
2015
13

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 47 has asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate possible H-1b visa abuse by Southern California Edison.  The IBEW is accusing the utility of laying off American information technology (IT) workers and replacing them with outsourced employees of the Indian firms Tata...
May
2015
13

Despite Gov’s Veto Threat, Michigan Begins Latest Round of Prevailing Wage Repeal Hearings

Despite Gov's Veto Threat, Michigan Begins Latest Round of Prevailing Wage Repeal Hearings
  In Michigan, the Senate Competitiveness Committee will hear Senate Bills 1,2, and 3 today, which together would repeal the prevailing wage in the state.  The long-rumored move had been pushed to the backburner after what many believed was an agreement between the two parties to hold off on repeal in exchange for Democratic support [&hellip...
May
2015
13

Brave GOP Rep Votes With Dems in Committee to Halt WI Prevailing Wage Repeal (For Now)

Brave GOP Rep Votes With Dems in Committee to Halt WI Prevailing Wage Repeal (For Now)
  Prevailing wage has become thee hot-button labor topic in the private sector this year, with Republicans in multiple states attempting to repeal the important worker protection. But in recently famous anti-union Wisconsin, the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform has voted against recommending a bill which would have repealed the...
May
2015
13

CA Bill to Protect NFL Cheerleaders from Wage and Benefit Abuses Advances

CA Bill to Protect NFL Cheerleaders from Wage and Benefit Abuses Advances
  A bill has advanced in the California Assembly that would extend labor protections to NFL cheerleaders and entitle them to minimum wages.  AB 202 would also require teams to pay their cheerleaders overtime and give them the same benefits afforded other team employees, such as paid sick leave.  After passing the Committee on Arts, [&hellip...
May
2015
11

NYC Mayor, Labor Want to Reform Tax Program that Hurts Wages, Stifles Affordable Housing

NYC Mayor, Labor Want to Reform Tax Program that Hurts Wages, Stifles Affordable Housing
  An alliance of labor unions and contractors calling themselves Up4NYC have begun a major push to overhaul the 421-a tax abatement program so that it can provide more affordable housing and guarantee higher wages for construction workers.  The launch of the lobbying campaign comes as the state legislature begins debate over tax abatement...