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

Jan
2016
27

Couple Faces 20+ Years in Jail, $500,000 Fine for Scheme to Defraud LiUNA! Benefit Fund

Couple Faces 20+ Years in Jail, $500,000 Fine for Scheme to Defraud LiUNA! Benefit Fund
  A New Hampshire couple has been arrested for their role in a “double breasted shop scheme” which defrauded the Massachusetts Laborers Benefit Fund of more than $2 million.   Christopher and Kimberly Thompson face 18 counts of mail fraud, 18 counts of filing false documents with an ERISA fund, and one count of benefit [&hellip...
Jan
2016
13

DOL Highlights IBEW Member’s Apprenticeship Success Story Through Helmets to Hardhats Program

DOL Highlights IBEW Member's Apprenticeship Success Story Through Helmets to Hardhats Program
  The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) blog recently featured a success story from the Helmets to Hardhats program, which connects military veterans with opportunities to begin union apprenticeships and assist their transitions to civilian life. The USDOL blog story featured Timothy Loy, who served three years in the U.S. Army, including one...
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Dec
2015
14

Top Economists: Politics, Not Industry Changes, Responsible for Decline in Unionism

Top Economists: Politics, Not Industry Changes, Responsible for Decline in Unionism
  The upcoming issue of the New York Review of Books features a piece by Paul Krugman, who reviews the new Robert Reich book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.  In analyzing and highlighting some of Reich’s arguments, Krugman pieces together the changes that have occurred in both the U.S. and global economies [&hellip...
Oct
2015
27

Six Walker Associates Guilty in John Doe Cases, So GOP Guts Power of John Doe With New Bill

Six Walker Associates Guilty in John Doe Cases, So GOP Guts Power of John Doe With New Bill
  On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a Republican-backed bill which eliminates many of the tools prosecutors use to investigate political corruption under the state’s John Doe law.  The vote fell on party lines, passing 61-to-36 in the Assembly and 18-to-14 in the Senate.  Prosecutors will no longer be allowed to use the...
Oct
2015
22

WV AG Eliminates Consumer Protection Job, Uses the $100,000 to Hire Re-Election Operative

WV AG Eliminates Consumer Protection Job, Uses the $100,000 to Hire Re-Election Operative
  West Virginia Democrats are crying foul after Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey created a new position in his office and filled it with a long-time political operative.  Lance James Henderson is not an attorney and has no legal experience, yet will earn nearly $100,000 a year as Morrisey’s Deputy Chief of Staff. All at...
Oct
2015
15

Pick Your Jaw Up: OSHA Awards Merit to Just 1.8% of Whistleblower Cases

Pick Your Jaw Up: OSHA Awards Merit to Just 1.8% of Whistleblower Cases
  Earlier this year we highlighted the failures of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Whistleblower Protection Program, which is responsible for investigating claims of whistleblower retaliation in over 22 different sectors including the airline, pipeline, and environmental industries.  The piece focused on Darrell...
Oct
2015
2

Despite Insane Profits, Contractors and Unions Say Apple Owes Them Millions for Flagship Store Job

Despite Insane Profits, Contractors and Unions Say Apple Owes Them Millions for Flagship Store Job
  NOTE: One article this post points to went behind paywall after publication Contractors who worked on the new Apple flagship store in San Francisco claim they have yet to be paid, sparking a conflict between one of the world’s largest companies and local contractors and unions.  Build Group says a $5.2 million bill is [&hellip...
Sep
2015
29

St. Louis Ironworkers’ Gesture for Young Cancer Patient Spurs Union to Raise $10,000 for Family

St. Louis Ironworkers' Gesture for Young Cancer Patient Spurs Union to Raise $10,000 for Family
  It began with two construction workers waving to a two-year-old cancer patient, isolated in a Children’s Hospital room. Then one day, they took a few seconds to write “get well soon” on a steel beam they were placing on a new construction opposite her window.  A friendship was sparked. The pair of Ironworkers Local...
Sep
2015
21

AFL-CIO Report: 2015 Represents Biggest Collective Bargaining Expansion in Modern History

AFL-CIO Report: 2015 Represents Biggest Collective Bargaining Expansion in Modern History
  A new report from the AFL-CIO’s Center for Strategic Research shows that in the first half of the year working people have earned major victories, marking the most expansive period of collective bargaining in modern labor history.  An estimated 5 million American workers have bargained for new contracts, the report asserts.  The wages...
Sep
2015
8

Holy Wage Theft! Televangelist Sued for Child Labor, Minimum Wage Violations

Holy Wage Theft! Televangelist Sued for Child Labor, Minimum Wage Violations
  The Department of Labor (DOL) has charged televangelist Ernest Angley with various violations of the Fair Labors Standards Act (FLSA) after an investigation of his Cathedral Buffet in the Akron suburb of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  According to the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division Angley paid his employees illegally low wages and engaged in...
Aug
2015
20

Nail Salon Crackdown Expands to CT; 23 of 25 Randomly Selected Shops Closed for Violations

Nail Salon Crackdown Expands to CT; 23 of 25 Randomly Selected Shops Closed for Violations
  A Department of Labor Wage and Workplace Standards Division investigation into 25 nail salons in Connecticut resulted in 23 closures due to wage violations.  State Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer reported that the state recovered more than $62,000 owed to employees, mostly for minimum wage violations.  Palmer indicated that the state...
Aug
2015
20

NLRB Leaves Locker Room Door Ajar for Future College Athlete Unionization Fights

NLRB Leaves Locker Room Door Ajar for Future College Athlete Unionization Fights
  On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that Northwestern football players could not unionize.  The move overturns a March 2014 decision by the NLRB’s Chicago office that the players were employees under the common law definition and could move forward with a union election.  In its unanimous decision, however,...