Archive for the ‘FEATURED’ Category

Nov
2014
25

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female
  The inaugural class of a three-week program developed to spur workforce readiness in Georgia has graduated a small class of people ready to work the Vogtle Expansion, the state’s largest construction site.  The program was created by Georgia Power and North America’s Building Trades Unions.  Participants in the program are taught...
Nov
2014
21

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect
  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo Park voted to join the Teamsters union on Wednesday.  The drivers, whose primary concern was scheduling which forced a six-hour break midday, are employees of Loop Transportation. They voted by a 43-28 margin to join the Teamsters Local 853.  ...
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Nov
2014
20

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations
  A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the Department of Labor (DOL) increase its efforts to police labor laws in countries that have free trade agreements with the United States.  In 2013, labor pacts between the U.S. and 14 other countries accounted for 35 percent of all U.S. imports.   [&hellip...
Nov
2014
19

Putting the “Con” in Contractor: Port Truckers Battle Misclassification, Expand Strike at L.A. Port

Putting the
  Early Tuesday, the trucker strike affecting the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach spread to include workers at intermodal rail yards that are serviced by Pacer Cartage and Harbor Rail Transport (HRT).  Just like the workers who originally took to the picket line, these truckers also claim to be misclassified as independent contractors. ...
Nov
2014
17

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results
  The New Hampshire Department of Labor has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor, which aims to crack down on the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The agreement will allow the two parties to share information and coordinate law enforcement.  Misclassification hurts both...
Nov
2014
17

NM House Gears Up for “Right-to-Work” Push, Needs 4 Senate Democrat Votes to Win Passage

NM House Gears Up for
  Having won the state’s House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, New Mexico Republicans are eyeing a strong push for “Right-to-Work” legislation in the 2015 session.  Gov. Susana Martinez, who won re-election earlier this month, supports “Right-to-Work” although it was not a focus of her campaign.  Republicans...
Nov
2014
14

Building Trades, SEIU Secure Important Worker Protections for Queens, NY Waterfront Project

Building Trades, SEIU Secure Important Worker Protections for Queens, NY Waterfront Project
  The New York City Council and developers of Astoria Cove have agreed to a worker-supportive Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on a 1,700-unit luxury apartment complex that will be built on the Queens waterfront.  The deal, reached late Tuesday night, means the complex will be built by many construction workers affiliated with the local...
Nov
2014
13

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding
  The Michigan GOP enters the upcoming lame duck session knowing they will have a supermajority next year after the pickup of four house seats and one senate seat in the general election. 35 legislators will have one more chance to make a mark on the state before they return to civilian life due to [&hellip...
Nov
2014
12

Kansas Supreme Court Becomes Latest Legal Body to Slam Fedex’s Misclassification Practices

Kansas Supreme Court Becomes Latest Legal Body to Slam Fedex's Misclassification Practices
  The Supreme Court of Kansas has ruled that workers classified as independent contractors by FedEx Ground were in fact employees entitled to the labor protections.  The case, Craig v. FedEx Ground Package Sys. Inc., used two separate tests to determine the legitimacy of the company’s claims that it was hiring independent...
Nov
2014
12

Shovel, Meet Ground: MA Voters Uphold State’s Right to Build Job-Creating Casinos

Shovel, Meet Ground: MA Voters Uphold State's Right to Build Job-Creating Casinos
  In the Massachusetts elections, voters overwhelmingly beat back Question 3, which would have repealed the state’s gambling laws and halted construction of two casinos in the Bay State.  As we wrote last month, the ballot question was worded in such a manner that yes meant no and no meant yes. But potential voter confusion [&hellip...
Nov
2014
6

Fedex Truck Drivers at South Brunswick Terminal Unionize, Become Second Success Story

Fedex Truck Drivers at South Brunswick Terminal Unionize, Become Second Success Story
  At a South Brunswick, New Jersey terminal a majority of the 113 truck drivers for FedEx Freight have voted to join Teamsters Local 701.  The final tally was 66-42 and comes less than a month after drivers at the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia made history by becoming the first group of drivers [&hellip...
Nov
2014
5

Union Construction Training Program Graduates First All-Female Class in CT

Union Construction Training Program Graduates First All-Female Class in CT
  For the first time since its inception in 1999, New Haven County’s own Construction Worker Initiative 2 (CWI2) graduated its first all-female class. On October 23rd, 37 women collected certifications in carpentry or painting and taping from the training school. The program, which prepares the city’s un- and underemployed...