Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Jan
2017
3

With Contract Newly Expired, Women’s National Soccer Team Must Redouble Efforts for Equal Pay

With Contract Newly Expired, Women's National Soccer Team Must Redouble Efforts for Equal Pay
  On December 31, the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and U.S. Soccer expired. The women’s team has been fighting for pay equal to that of the Men’s National Soccer Team. Hope Solo, the embattled Olympic champion and former goalie for the U.S. women’s team, shared her...
Dec
2016
5

Trump’s Carrier Deal, Taking Heat from All Sides, Also Means 500 Union Workers Will Be Laid Off

Trump's Carrier Deal, Taking Heat from All Sides, Also Means 500 Union Workers Will Be Laid Off
  During the 2016 campaign season, Donald Trump promised to make a lot of “really great deals.” It’s starting to look like his first one is a bust. Trump is giving $6 million in tax subsidies and $1 million in training grants to Carrier, an Indiana company owned by United Technologies, over 10 years. In exchange,...
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Nov
2016
11

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest
  Unions are spearheading a program to rebuild homes and create jobs across the rustbelt. The $2.1 billion effort, largely funded by the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust’s MidWest@Work Investment Strategy, aims to renovate aging neighborhoods and combat disinvestment and unemployment: “The cycle of despair in the urban centers of...
Oct
2016
12

They Don’t Want You to Vote: Array of GOP Tactics Still In Use to Quash Minority Voting Participation

They Don't Want You to Vote: Array of GOP Tactics Still In Use to Quash Minority Voting Participation
  Voter suppression is alive and well in GOP country. In Wisconsin, a federal district court judge has ordered the state to investigate the DMV and its voter ID process. The court order follows recent revelations regarding minority voters who were denied voter IDs despite providing the necessary documentation to the DMV. Wisconsin law...
Sep
2016
28

With Building Trades Unions as Partners, Bridgeport to Capitalize on USDOL’s YouthBuild Grant

With Building Trades Unions as Partners, Bridgeport to Capitalize on USDOL's YouthBuild Grant
  An employment agency in Bridgeport, Connecticut called The WorkPlace has received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) for a YouthBuild program. The program offers education, counseling, and job skills to people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are unemployed. It was created by the USDOL in the early [&hellip...
Sep
2016
28

The $1M Wage Theft Settlement with Senate Cafeteria Staff? Some Workers are Getting $240.

The $1M Wage Theft Settlement with Senate Cafeteria Staff? Some Workers are Getting $240.
  Back in July, we posted about the $1 million in backpay owed to Senate cafeteria workers by federal contractors. The Department of Labor forced Compass Group to compensate their employees and make up for the “oversight,” but it appears the embattled cafeteria workers still aren’t getting a fair shake. In a recent piece for...
Sep
2016
20

The Latest H-1B Visa Bill May Not Be the Greatest H-1B Visa Bill

The Latest H-1B Visa Bill May Not Be the Greatest H-1B Visa Bill
  The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is considering legislation that would tighten loopholes in the current H-1B work visa program. The Protect and Grow American Jobs Act (HR 5801) would require firms who hire H-1B guest workers to pay those workers a minimum annual salary of $100,000. It also requires those companies to advertise for...
Sep
2016
19

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.
  Donald Trump and the GOP would have you believe they are the party to revive manufacturing in America. But they would be wrong. Put plainly, the numbers don’t lie. Over the past 80 years, when Republicans held the oval office, manufacturing jobs decreased. When Democrats were in office, manufacturing jobs increased. It’s as...
Sep
2016
6

Project Labor Agreement + 1000s of Union Jobs = Tallest Building West of the Mississippi

Project Labor Agreement + 1000s of Union Jobs = Tallest Building West of the Mississippi
  With the placement of a 10-ton spire atop the Wilshire Grand last Saturday, Downtown L.A.’s latest sky scraper became the tallest building in America west of the Mississippi River. The hotel and office complex is being built under a Project Labor Agreement and has created thousands of new jobs: Members of Local 416 joined [&hellip...
Aug
2016
31

Walking on Walker: 11,000 WI Jobs Outsourced Since Formation of Gov’s “Oversight” Agency

Walking on Walker: 11,000 WI Jobs Outsourced Since Formation of Gov's
  No one has ever accused Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) of caring too much about Wisconsin workers. Turns out he doesn’t care all that much about safeguards against corporate outsourcing, either. Under his administration, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporations (WEDC) has dealt with some troublesome outsourcing scandals....
Aug
2016
31

Fair Contracting Rule Is Final, Finally: Labor Law-Breakers Now Must Report Violations to the Feds

Fair Contracting Rule Is Final, Finally: Labor Law-Breakers Now Must Report Violations to the Feds
  Last Wednesday, President Obama issued 369 pages of final guidance for his two-year-old Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces executive order. The EO requires contractors to disclose their history of labor law violations when bidding on federal contracts. Not only does the new final rule help protect workers on federal projects, it also levels...
Aug
2016
30

Financial Docs: WV GOP Senate Candidate’s Construction Co. Built School With Cheap Foreign Labor

Financial Docs: WV GOP Senate Candidate's Construction Co. Built School With Cheap Foreign Labor
  In West Virginia, Republican state Senate hopeful Chandler Swope has come under fire because his construction company hired immigrant labor to build a school in Wayne County. Swope denied involvement in the project, claiming he retired from the company four years ago and therefore has no say in day-to-day operations. Swope...