Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Jul
2015
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French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike Saying Service is Illegal

French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike Saying Service is Illegal
  Last week, French authorities took a strident step in their quest to crack down on UberPOP, the country’s equivalent to UberX, by arresting Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe general manager Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty. The pair was charged them with several counts, including running an illegal taxi business.  Police began...
Jul
2015
2

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win
  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and Promise,” links the success of organized labor to its inclusion of women of color.  The report supports findings from a 2007 Cornell and Columbia universities study which linked black women and organizing successes. That study, which uses numbers from the...
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Jul
2015
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Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks
  Boeing’s most recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing has revealed that CEO Jim McNerney will be paid $3.9 million a year in pension benefits for each of the next 15 years.  This revelation follows the announcement that he will retire on July 1st but will remain as chairman until February of 2016. The news [&hellip...
Jul
2015
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STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments
  A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new data about the law’s true impact on total construction costs and economic activity.  As we wrote earlier this month, despite the incredibly strong voter support for the current prevailing wage law, the state GOP is pushing a repeal agenda.  The...
Jul
2015
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Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development
  A recent Seattle Times piece looks into the upcoming construction boom in the region and who will be manning the project.  The city has a long history of construction booms, but the latest wave is big enough to keep the region’s union tradesmen and women employed for the foreseeable future. Many of the projects [&hellip...
Jun
2015
29

CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal

CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal
  A Connecticut law was signed by Governor Dan Malloy last week which will require employers to pay double damages when a court finds them guilty of wage theft.  Previously, this was allowable under Connecticut law but was left to the discretion of the court.  The law allows an exception to the double penalty if [&hellip...
Jun
2015
26

ME Gov. LePage Accused of Blackmail, Interfering With Charter School’s Hiring of House Speaker

ME Gov. LePage Accused of Blackmail, Interfering With Charter School's Hiring of House Speaker
  Maine’s House Speaker Mark Eves has accused Governor Paul LePage of blackmail after he lost a job offer when threats to his future employer were made by the administration.  Eves, who is employed in the private sector as a family therapist, was offered the position of President of the Good Will-Hinckley School, a partially [&hellip...
Jun
2015
26

CT Sen. Stands With Teamsters, Opposes Larger Trucks and Shorter Driver Rest Periods

CT Sen. Stands With Teamsters, Opposes Larger Trucks and Shorter Driver Rest Periods
  Speaking at a press conference, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called out special interests who are pushing for larger trucks on major highways and lax hours and service rules. He agrees with truck driver advocates that these are dangerous policy changes. Blumenthal was joined by highway safety advocates, families of highway accident...
Jun
2015
24

Data Shows that New NLRB Union Election Rule is Having Positive Impact on Workers

Data Shows that New NLRB Union Election Rule is Having Positive Impact on Workers
  A new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) union election rule that went into effect on April 14th has sped up the election process and prevented employers from using stall tactics to delay votes, Labor Notes writes in a new piece analyzing the rule’s impact.  In theory, the new rule makes it so an election [&hellip...
Jun
2015
23

GOP Support Makes GA the Latest Unlikely State to Consider Misclassification Legislation

GOP Support Makes GA the Latest Unlikely State to Consider Misclassification Legislation
  As we have written many times in the past, politicians on the right side of the ideological aisle are taking an increasing interest in preventing employee misclassification. Despite their motives differing from the pro-labor Democrats’ who originally spearheaded raised awareness of this issue, the signs of bipartisan agreement are...
Jun
2015
23

Not a Typo: Wal-Mart Misclassification Suit Could Result in More Than $100,000,000 Settlement

Not a Typo: Wal-Mart Misclassification Suit Could Result in More Than $100,000,000 Settlement
  A recent ruling that Wal-Mart violated state minimum wage laws by not correctly paying its truckers could force the company to face penalties exceeding $100,000,000.  The class of drivers argued that they were not compensated for mandatory activities and tasks such as inspecting and washing their trucks.   U.S. District Judge Susan...
Jun
2015
19

On Daily Show, Bill Clinton Touts Building Trades, AFT Pension Investments and Greening of Buildings

On Daily Show, Bill Clinton Touts Building Trades, AFT Pension Investments and Greening of Buildings
  Appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, former President Bill Clinton took some time to talk about the Clinton Global Initiative, specifically noting the success of a Building Trades program which came to fruition following a conversation with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  The program uses union pension funds to create...