Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Aug
2014
19

IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost
  The bipartisan campaign Nuclear Matters, which focuses on spreading the word about the benefits of America’s nuclear power plants, has added International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Edwin Hill and North American Building and Construction Trades head Sean McGarvey to its leadership council.  In adding the two...
Aug
2014
18

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud
  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order (EO) establishing a task force to combat employee misclassification and payroll fraud. Using state and national studies on the subject, it is estimated that worker misclassification costs Virginia nearly $28 million in annual income tax collections.  Executive Order 24 directs...
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Aug
2014
15

Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch

Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch
  Minnesota-based Medtronic, Inc. has hired a lobbying firm headed by former U.S. Senators Trent Lott and John Breaux in an attempt to defeat legislation that would undermine the company’s interest in relocating its corporate headquarters overseas, a move that would save the company billions in taxes.   The primary bill in question is...
Aug
2014
15

Jimmy John’s Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald’s Decision

Jimmy John's Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald's Decision
  Two former employees of Jimmy John’s are suing the sandwich chain for what they describe as “systematic wage theft.”  The lawsuit, filed in federal court, details ways in which the company forced its employees to participate in off-the-clock activities.   The plaintiffs, Karolis Kubelskas and Emily Brunner, claim that unreasonably...
Aug
2014
14

PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers’ Lives

PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers' Lives
  When Newburyport, Massachusetts resident Rosalie Cuticchia found herself in danger during a recent kayak excursion, an unlikely team of rescure workers came to her aid. The construction crew working on the Whittier Bridge overhead had been drilled on how to react in this scenario, and these drills may have saved Cuticchia’s life.  ...
Aug
2014
11

Political Scaff: Data Tampering by Anti-Safety Biz Advocates Exposed in Vital Report

Political Scaff: Data Tampering by Anti-Safety Biz Advocates Exposed in Vital Report
  An article from the Albany Times-Union shows evidence of data tampering in a report on the state’s contentious scaffolding law. Between the initial draft and a final version of the report, the estimate of the law’s cost was artificially increased.   The study, conducted by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, was paid...
Aug
2014
11

IBEW Endorses Tom Wolf. Does He Have the PA Gov Race Locked Up?

IBEW Endorses Tom Wolf. Does He Have the PA Gov Race Locked Up?
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has endorsed Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in the race for Governor of Pennsylvania.   Citing a record of bringing good-paying, high-tech jobs to the state, the union which represents over 40,000 workers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania unanimously agreed to get behind Wolf....
Aug
2014
7

UnFairPoint? Telecom Co. Wants to Slash Pay, Benefits, Has Rejected 65 Proposals from IBEW, CWA

UnFairPoint? Telecom Co. Wants to Slash Pay, Benefits, Has Rejected 65 Proposals from IBEW, CWA
  As of midnight on August 2nd, the six-year contract between FairPoint Communications, 1,700 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members, and 300 Communications Workers of America (CWA) workers expired. Though negotiations ran to the final hour of the contract, the two sides were simply too far apart to make a deal for the...
Aug
2014
6

IBEW, Teamsters, LiUNA and Others Authorize Strike Over Golden Gate Bridge Contract

IBEW, Teamsters, LiUNA and Others Authorize Strike Over Golden Gate Bridge Contract
  The 13 unions that make up the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition authorized a strike Monday night which could lead to a shutdown of ferry and bus services.  No date has been set for the action as the group hopes to continue negotiations with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District.  More than [&hellip...
Aug
2014
6

Pair of Damning Videos Reveal GOP Candidate for Illinois Gov’s Extreme Anti-Union Stance

Pair of Damning Videos Reveal GOP Candidate for Illinois Gov's Extreme Anti-Union Stance
  A video has surfaced of Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner promising members of the Tazewell County GOP that he will shut down the state government and conduct a mass firing of public workers if elected. The comments came during a dinner held by the organization.   Rauner suggests the move would help the [&hellip...
Aug
2014
1

With $50M in Funding and IPO on Horizon, Real Estate Broker Hit With Misclassification Suit

With $50M in Funding and IPO on Horizon, Real Estate Broker Hit With Misclassification Suit
  After concluding a funding round in which the company raised $50 million, web-based real estate brokerage firm Redfin will likely use much of the money to pay back wages to workers it has misclassified. So much for expanding operations.   A case currently before the Alameda County Superior Court claims that the company has [&hellip...
Jul
2014
29

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.
  The official number of deaths resulting from the infamous 9/11 Al-Qaeda attacks stands at 2,996. But by the middle of this century, that number could as much as double. That’s because more than 2,500 of the workers who helped in the crucial moments and months following the World Trade Center attacks have cancer.   [&hellip...