Archive for the ‘AROUND OUR HEADS ON THE WEB…’ Category

May
2015
28

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant

GAO Report: 40% of US Workforce Made Up of Contingent Workers; Poverty-Level Wages Rampant
  A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows a shocking 40.4 percent of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers.  This figure is up nearly 10 percent from 2005, a startling rise among a set of workers who often find themselves without the same labor protections and benefits as traditional [&hellip...
May
2015
20

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India
  A year after profiting $377 million on $3.5 billion in sales, retailer Fossil is laying off many of its IT workers and replacing them with outsourced H-1B visa workers from India. Fossil’s reason? The need to cut labor costs.  The Indian workers will be provided by Infosys, the same company at the center of [&hellip...
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May
2015
18

ALEC’s All-Star Right-Wing Disgrace Resigns as MO Speaker Following Sexting Scandal

ALEC's All-Star Right-Wing Disgrace Resigns as MO Speaker Following Sexting Scandal
  Now-former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl may have been a model American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) politician, but it turns out that he is not a model citizen.  The man who fought hard for “Right-to-Work” has resigned in disgrace following the revelation of a sexting scandal involving him and a 19-year-old intern.   Diehl...
Apr
2015
8

Charity + Apprenticeship = Winning Combination for Ohio Valley Building Council

Charity + Apprenticeship = Winning Combination for Ohio Valley Building Council
  In the Ohio Valley, building trades unions are contributing to neighborhood causes via Project BEST, a program funded through small deductions from union workers’ paychecks, taken in exchange for their apprenticeship.  The group is a collaboration between Upper Ohio Valley Building and Construction Trades Council and the Ohio Valley...
Apr
2015
6

Decorated 90-Year-Old LiUNA! Member Receives Medals He Was Denied Thanks to Union Vets Program

Decorated 90-Year-Old LiUNA! Member Receives Medals He Was Denied Thanks to Union Vets Program
  On his 90th birthday, Paul Penn, the father of Vice President and Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Midwest Regional Manager John Penn, finally received the medals he earned for his service in World War II.  This incredible birthday gift came courtesy of LiUNA’s Midwest Veterans Committee, which helps members...
Apr
2015
6

Progressives Cry Foul as Moderate Republican is Booted from NV Committee Ahead of Pension Battle

Progressives Cry Foul as Moderate Republican is Booted from NV Committee Ahead of Pension Battle
  The Nevada GOP has removed Republican assemblyman Glenn Trowbridge from the Assembly Government Affairs Committee just weeks after he bucked the party line on a bill to repeal prevailing wage requirements from school construction projects.  Trowbridge was reassigned to the Assembly Judiciary Committee where he will take the spot of...
Apr
2015
6

New Pew Research Reveals Dip in Number of Undocumented Immigrants Working Construction

New Pew Research Reveals Dip in Number of Undocumented Immigrants Working Construction
  A recent Pew Research study found that since the Great Recession, the number of undocumented immigrants in the American workforce has not changed, but has shifted slightly in its makeup.  More undocumented workers now work white collar jobs while fewer work in the blue collar service, construction, and production industries.  62% of...
Mar
2015
20

Building Trades Pres., Southern Co. CEO Receive Award Following Plant Vogtle’s New Construction

Building Trades Pres., Southern Co. CEO Receive Award Following Plant Vogtle's New Construction
  The National Labor and Management Public Affairs Committee (LAMPAC) bestowed the 2015 John D. Dingell Award on Southern Company CEO Thomas A. Fanning and North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean F. McGarvey for their shared role in making Plant Vogtle’s units 3 and 4 a reality.  The nuclear power facilities are the...
Feb
2015
27

Scott Walker Slammed for Comparing Union Members to ISIS. Even Rick Perry is In On the Action.

Scott Walker Slammed for Comparing Union Members to ISIS. Even Rick Perry is In On the Action.
  Honeymoon’s over, Scooter. Wisconsin’s full-time presidential candidate and part-time governor, Scott Walker, may have eclipsed the inanity of his evolution punt and ‘Obama might not be Christian’ moments by yesterday comparing Wisconsin protestors to ISIS. The incredible blunder during his CPAC remarks has even...
Feb
2015
19

Throwback Thursday: Trucking Company Slammed with $15 Million Settlement for, um, SEGREGATING its Warehouse (Really.)

Throwback Thursday: Trucking Company Slammed with $15 Million Settlement for, um, SEGREGATING its Warehouse (Really.)
  A jury in Colorado has awarded seven plaintiffs nearly $15 million in a massive racial discrimination case.  Six of the plaintiffs are black and the seventh is a white whistleblower; they are all warehouse workers at Matheson Trucking and Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc., which handles mail for the United States Postal Service and private...
Feb
2015
6

MUST-SEE: Mile-High Photographs During Construction of the Bay Bridge

MUST-SEE: Mile-High Photographs During Construction of the Bay Bridge
  Since 1998 when the first soil samples were taken, photographer Joseph Blum has been documenting the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.  Now, images released by The Atlantic’s City Lab show that how incredible Blum’s work is. The 73-year-old is taking risks many teenagers wouldn’t consider to document the...
Jan
2015
29

Long Read: Suburban Sprawl Has Historically Posed a Problem for the Building Trades

  In a very interesting essay for Shelterforce.com, Greg LeRoy, Executive Director of Good Jobs First, writes in depth about urban sprawl and how it has negatively affected building trades workers throughout history.  It seems that as Americans moved to the suburbs, unions lost power and each individual union’s response to this sprawl as...