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Feb
2015
27

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed
  A wage attack born in the Nevada Senate brought workers of all types together in protest on Thursday, the Las Vegas Sun reports: Union and nonunion workers overwhelmed hallways and committee rooms. They marched outside, waved banners and filled committee rooms to watch lawmakers vet SB119, one of the most controversial bills in this...
Feb
2015
24

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI
  In Rhode Island, some ranking Democrats are beginning to question why a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) wasn’t used for an Electric Boat project at the former U.S. Navy base at Quonset.  This is being viewed as a squandered opportunity to ensure work on the project was done by Rhode Islanders.  Among the critics is [&hellip...
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Feb
2015
23

Sacrificial Rams: Unions Commit to 24-Hour Work Days, No Overtime Pay to Keep NFL Team in Town

Sacrificial Rams: Unions Commit to 24-Hour Work Days, No Overtime Pay to Keep NFL Team in Town
  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon joined officials from the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council to announce that labor unions have committed to a 24-hour/day, 5 days/week work schedule without overtime to build a new football stadium. This effort could keep the NFL’s Rams in the city.  Officials estimate that the agreement will...
Feb
2015
20

Four-Month Strike Results in FairPoint Contract; CWA, IBEW Members Receive High Praise from Electeds

Four-Month Strike Results in FairPoint Contract; CWA, IBEW Members Receive High Praise from Electeds
  A tentative agreement has been reached between FairPoint Communications and more than 1,700 union members affiliated with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The workers had been on strike against the telecom giant since October 17th.   On Thursday, the unions and the...
Feb
2015
19

Gas Tax? Or Just Gas? WA GOP’s Transportation Plans Could Undermine Workers, Wages, Environment

Gas Tax? Or Just Gas? WA GOP's Transportation Plans Could Undermine Workers, Wages, Environment
  In the state of Washington, a deal brokered by Republican Sen. Curtis King would raise the gas tax by eleven cents over three years while increasing fees and bond sales to raise $15 billion for the state’s transportation system.  But not everyone is convinced that the deal will actually work, as it may not [&hellip...
Feb
2015
18

37 Months and One Active Lawsuit Later, Cablevision’s CWA Techs Get Their Contract

37 Months and One Active Lawsuit Later, Cablevision's CWA Techs Get Their Contract
  Three years after voting to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Brooklyn Technicians working for Cablevision have finally reached a collective bargaining agreement with the company, ending one of the longest labor disputes in New York City.  The two-year agreement will give 262 Brooklyn technicians considerable pay raises;...
Feb
2015
17

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP’s Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP's Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack
  UPDATE: This morning’s hearing on this issue was live-tweeted by some in attendance. Below are a handful of embedded tweets offering further insight Last speaker for repeal #CommonConstructionWage up now. Worth noting: not one of the speakers was a construction business owner. — Top Notch of Indiana (@TopNotchIndiana) February...
Feb
2015
12

Mountaineer Cheer: West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill Stalls in Senate

Mountaineer Cheer: West Virginia's Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill Stalls in Senate
  The bill to repeal West Virginia’s prevailing wage law was removed from the calendar this week, allowing more time for both sides to negotiate.   The bill had been hotly contested before passing on a party line vote through the Senate Committee on Government Organization last week.  Senate Democrats then moved to have the bill [&hellip...
Feb
2015
11

Positively Putinesque: IL Gov Flouts Law of Land with Aggressive Anti-Union Executive Action

Positively Putinesque: IL Gov Flouts Law of Land with Aggressive Anti-Union Executive Action
  On Monday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed an executive action that prohibits public sector unions from collecting ‘fair share fees’ from those who benefit from the collective bargaining of a union, but choose not to belong to the union.  Since his election in November, Rauner has taken aim at labor unions, talking to...
Feb
2015
10

Ouch-sourcing: SoCal Utility Made Workers Train Their Foreign Visa Replacements Before Firing Them

Ouch-sourcing: SoCal Utility Made Workers Train Their Foreign Visa Replacements Before Firing Them
  It is not often that the American public has a good reason to praise Rep. Darrell Issa and his political philosophies, but there is at least one issue which the California Republican gets right: foreign worker visas. On this topic he understands what is best for the country, as evidenced by his speaking out [&hellip...
Feb
2015
6

Indiana GOP: Contractors on Publicly Funded Projects Can Discriminate Based on Religion

Indiana GOP: Contractors on Publicly Funded Projects Can Discriminate Based on Religion
  We are not exaggerating. Indiana’s Republican legislature is taking its hard right stance on labor to a new level with the Senate passage of a bill that would allow contractors on publicly funded projects to discriminate based on religion.  The bill, SB 127, passed on a 39-11 vote with all but one Republican voting [&hellip...
Feb
2015
4

Judge Orders Pacer Cartage to Pay 7 Misclassified Truckers $2M; Teamsters Were Key Supporters

Judge Orders Pacer Cartage to Pay 7 Misclassified Truckers $2M; Teamsters Were Key Supporters
  After a two-year legal battle, a California Superior Court judge has ruled that seven Port of Los Angeles truckers are in fact employees, not independent contractors, and are owed more than $2 million in damages.  The affected drivers were part of five strikes against their companies.  The legal victory is a major win for [&hellip...