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

Aug
2016
25

Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers is FOUR TIMES the National Average

Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers is FOUR TIMES the National Average
  ConstructionDIVE has published a two-part story on the suicide epidemic that is quietly taking hold of the construction industry. The article cites a July CDC report which examined suicide rates among different industries, noting that construction and extraction top the list: The CDC report released in July was a first-of-its kind study...
Aug
2016
25

SURVEY: Women Keeping the Electrical Contracting Industry Young

SURVEY: Women Keeping the Electrical Contracting Industry Young
  Electrical Contractor Magazine has released their biennial “Profile of the Electrical Contractor.” 2,419 people responded to the magazine’s survey, answering questions about the work they did in 2015. They describe an “industry that’s both continuing to mend following the financial meltdown eight years ago and...
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Aug
2016
5

A “Culture of Fear” Has Contributed to Declining Union Membership

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  “Why are there no labor unions in America?” So begins a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post by author and American history professor Kimberly Phillips-Fein. Phillips-Fein, who teaches at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is quick to point out that millions of Americans do still belong...
Aug
2016
3

Make America (I Mean Europe) Great Again: Trump Infrastructure Ad Features Foreign Bridge

Make America (I Mean Europe) Great Again: Trump Infrastructure Ad Features Foreign Bridge
  Is Trump outsourcing again? Well, kinda. This time it’s a pro-Trump super PAC, Rebuilding America Now, at fault. An ad they produced called “America Soaring” exhausts Trumps grand plan to bring jobs back to America. Unfortunately, it does so while showing footage of a bridge in Europe. The PAC admitted the gaff and...
Jul
2016
19

Illegally Funneling $7,000,000 to Undocumented Workers Could Get You…Five Years in Jail

Illegally Funneling $7,000,000 to Undocumented Workers Could Get You...Five Years in Jail
  Two Florida men are (potentially) looking at five-year jail sentences for processing $7.4 million in payments to undocumented construction workers. Yamil Sanjurjo Cordero and Sandro Mendoza Alvarado used their company, Sunrise All Contractor Corp., as a shell company to receive payment and cash checks on behalf of other companies for a...
Jul
2016
15

$2.3M Settlement for Abused Jamaican H-2B Visa Workers at Famous SC Golf Resort

$2.3M Settlement for Abused Jamaican H-2B Visa Workers at Famous SC Golf Resort
  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) just won $2.3 million for Jamaican guest workers who were cheated out of wages by a high-end South Carolina golf resort. The settlement will benefit upwards of 240 temporary foreign visa workers who were scammed by the Kiawah Island Inn Golf Resort outside Charleston: The SPLC filed the class action...
Jul
2016
8

Los Angelish: Rams Caught Trying to Subject Players to Missouri Laws Despite Move to California

Los Angelish: Rams Caught Trying to Subject Players to Missouri Laws Despite Move to California
  The Los Angeles Rams are homesick. More specifically, they are homesick for Missouri’s labor laws. After packing up shop and moving to California this offseason, the Rams brought along a little contractual memento for their players: Per a league source, contracts being offered to new players state that the laws of Missouri, not...
Jul
2016
6

Bill to Stifle Minor League Wages Suffers Setback Following Outcry, IL Rep’s Withdrawal of Support

Bill to Stifle Minor League Wages Suffers Setback Following Outcry, IL Rep's Withdrawal of Support
  Democrats and Republicans were nearly able to agree on something in time for Independence Day weekend, but luckily failed. In the words of the late, great Yogi Berra, it ain’t over till it’s over. After joining forces with Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) to introduce the “Save America’s Pastime Act” (H.R. 5580), Rep....
Jul
2016
5

Union Trades Camp Shows Young PA Girls the Construction Ropes

Union Trades Camp Shows Young PA Girls the Construction Ropes
  “Girls are as capable, if not more capable, of doing as good a job as boys are.” So says 11-year-old Ashley Hawk of Pottstown, PA. Ashley is one of 18 girls attending Camp MAGIC (Mentoring A Girl In Construction) in Philadelphia. The camp offers middle- and high-school-age girls a chance to work with saber saws and...
Jun
2016
27

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not
  When viewed through a global lens, both Canada and the United States appear somewhat strong on labor issues. We have our trove of workers’ rights weaknesses, but North America is by no means synonymous with the world’s worst working conditions. Is it surprising, then, that both countries are United Nations outliers when it comes...
Jun
2016
9

All-Too-Rare Jail Time Could Be Served by Brooklyn Contractor Following Worker’s Six-Story Fall

All-Too-Rare Jail Time Could Be Served by Brooklyn Contractor Following Worker's Six-Story Fall
  Salvatore Schirripa, a Bensonhurst-based business owner, has been charged with manslaughter following the death of one of his workers at a Coney Island construction site in April of 2015.  The worker, 50-year-old Vidal Sanchez-Ramon, fell six stories to his death while smoothing concrete on the edge of a building.  No wire cable...
Jun
2016
7

7th Circuit’s Pro-Worker Forced Arbitration Ruling Undermined by Latest 8th Circuit Decision

7th Circuit's Pro-Worker Forced Arbitration Ruling Undermined by Latest 8th Circuit Decision
  Late last month, the Seventh Circuit Court ruled against forced arbitration clauses as terms of employment in Lewis v. Epic Systems.  The case was monumental as it broke precedent with previous decisions allowing companies to implement brutally anti-worker policies.  The decision was a victory for workers and protected collective action....