Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Aug
2015
27

“The Most Racist Politician in America” Embroiled in Latest Voting Machine SNAFU

  Campaign speeches, millions of ad dollars, and tens of thousands of volunteers are fundamental to winning elections.  So is illegally suppressing voters that oppose your party.  Or hacking the electronic voting machines that people vote on. In Kansas, the top election official in the state has asked a Sedgwick County judge to block the...
Aug
2015
24

Driving Miss Classification: Drivers Win More Multi-Million Dollar Independent Contractor Suits

Driving Miss Classification: Drivers Win More Multi-Million Dollar Independent Contractor Suits
  A bevy of recent misclassification cases in California show how widespread the epidemic has become in an array of industries over the past half a decade.  But last week the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it had settled with National Consolidated Couriers Inc. for a whopping $5 million in unpaid wages and [&hellip...
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Aug
2015
19

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers
  A corporate front group called Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is collecting signatures for a petition that will put a referendum on the 2016 ballot calling for a repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law.  If they are successful, the legislature will be allowed to vote on the matter without interference from Governor Rick Snyder, who...
Aug
2015
17

A&P Grocery to Lay Off Thousands in Bankruptcy, Duck Union Contract Provisions On Way Out

A&P Grocery to Lay Off Thousands in Bankruptcy, Duck Union Contract Provisions On Way Out
  The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known as A & P Grocery, has informed the United Food and Commercial Workers that it will fire up to 25,000 workers as it seeks to sell or close its stores in the mid-atlantic. The company has asked a bankruptcy judge to allow it to set [&hellip...
Aug
2015
13

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued
  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has fined Joseph Kehrer nearly $1.8 million for exposing foreign workers to asbestos without proper training, equipment, or instruction.  Keher is the owner of Kehrer Brothers Construction and a Kehrer-affiliated company, D7 Roofing, which hired the workers from Mexico to perform...
Aug
2015
13

That’s a New One: NLRB Says Silicon Valley Bus Co. Created Fake Union to Undermine Teamsters

That's a New One: NLRB Says Silicon Valley Bus Co. Created Fake Union to Undermine Teamsters
  Momentum has been building for bus drivers in San Francisco who transport Silicon Valley workers, and victories at Compass Transportation and Loop Transportation have resulted in newfound Teamsters representation. But things have not been as hunky dory at Bauer’s according to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board...
Aug
2015
12

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts
  In an op-ed for The Daily News, Midland resident Eric Anders uses the childhood nursery rhyme “The House That Jack Built” to describe the impact prevailing wage repeal would have on the state of Michigan.  His insightful piece targets State Rep. Gary Glenn, who recently pledged to fight the prevailing wage at an Associated [&hellip...
Aug
2015
10

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka Says Reforming Abusive Guestworker Visa Programs is Pro-Immigrant

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka Says Reforming Abusive Guestworker Visa Programs is Pro-Immigrant
  In a recent op-ed for The Huffington Post, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka argues that demanding guestworker reform is, in fact, pro-immigrant.  As the debate on immigration continues on its path to nowhere, special interests are attempting to convince the public that the desire to reform broken visa programs is an anti-worker stance. But...
Aug
2015
6

Verizon SpiOS™: New App Allows Non-Union Workers to Report Union Counterparts to Security

Verizon SpiOS™: New App Allows Non-Union Workers to Report Union Counterparts to Security
  Last week, 38,000 Communicatons Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members decided to begin working without a contract at Verizon while negotiations continue, rather than striking. For their gracious behavior, Verizon has released a new smartphone app that allows non-union workers to record...
Aug
2015
5

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech
  Over the weekend, bus drivers at Compass Transportation entered the Teamsters union hall in San Leandro, California and voted 75 to 0 to approve a three-year contract. It includes solid raises as well as improved schedules and benefits.   The drivers joined Teamsters Local 853 in February and began negotiating the influential deal.  Their...
Aug
2015
3

IBEW, CWA Decide to Work Without Verizon Contract Rather Than Striking (For Now)

IBEW, CWA Decide to Work Without Verizon Contract Rather Than Striking (For Now)
  On Midnight of August 1st, the contract between Verizon and its unionized workforce expired. 86 percent of the 39,000 workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), previously authorized a strike but both unions announced that they would remain on the job...
Jul
2015
30

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:
  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are taking their message to the masses in hopes of keeping the law on the books.  Since taking control of the Senate, Republicans have made prevailing wage repeal a top priority, spearheaded by Arlan Meekhof and against GOP governor Rick Snyder’s...