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

Apr
2016
29

Bumgarner Strikes Out 9, Brings Helmets to Hardhats Donation Total to $19,000 Through 5 Starts

Bumgarner Strikes Out 9, Brings Helmets to Hardhats Donation Total to $19,000 Through 5 Starts
  San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner struck out nine San Diego Padres in a winning effort this week, improving his record to 2-2. What’s more, the big night boosted the profile of his charitable partnership with Carhartt. Bumgarner is donating $500 to the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program for every strikeout he has this...
Apr
2016
19

STUDY: Illinois Union Members Get $6 Back for Every $1 They Contribute in Dues

STUDY: Illinois Union Members Get $6 Back for Every $1 They Contribute in Dues
  A new report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute shows that Illinois union members get $6 back for every dollar they contribute in dues.  The report is timely considering the ongoing anti-union crusade of Gov. Bruce Rauner and his anti-worker “Turnaround Agenda.”   The full report, “The Application and Impact of Labor Union...
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Apr
2016
8

$187M Walmart Class Action Upheld; Precedent Strong for Paid Rest Breaks When Mandatory

$187M Walmart Class Action Upheld; Precedent Strong for Paid Rest Breaks When Mandatory
  The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v Michelle Braun, a class action lawsuit which the retail giant was ordered to pay $187.6 million in backpay for rest breaks and off-the-clock work that the company’s policy mandated.  The court decision is a victory for workers, but [&hellip...
Apr
2016
1

#Ks4Vets: Carhartt Will Give $500 to Helmets to Hardhats for Every 2016 MadBum Strikeout

#Ks4Vets: Carhartt Will Give $500 to Helmets to Hardhats for Every 2016 MadBum Strikeout
  Workwear company Carhartt has announced a partnership with San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner to donate $500 to Helmets to Hardhats for every strikeout the lefty throws this season.  Last season, Bumgarner hit a career high with 234 strikeouts, placing him fourth in the National League.  If That would amount to $117,000 for...
Mar
2016
8

Veterans Groups, Labor Unions Volunteer to Renovate Paralyzed Marine’s Home in VA

Veterans Groups, Labor Unions Volunteer to Renovate Paralyzed Marine's Home in VA
  Over the weekend, 37 skilled tradesmen renovated the house of decorated Marine veteran Lance Cpl. Brandon Burn, who became partially paralyzed in 2004 while serving in Iraq.   The effort was a collaborative effort that involved union carpenters, electricians, painters and other workers who coordinated their efforts to make multiple...
Mar
2016
1

First Female President of Florida Building Trades Off to Tremendous Legislative Start

First Female President of Florida Building Trades Off to Tremendous Legislative Start
  In a recent interview for the website Fight for Florida, current Florida Building and Construction Trades Council President, Theresa King, reveals the triumphs and tribulations that have come with being the first women elected to her position.  The interview is part of the website’s “Labor Spotlight” series. When asked about...
Feb
2016
26

Journeyman’s Journey: IBEW Local 130 Wireman Puts Pair of Union Careers to Work in Uganda

Journeyman's Journey: IBEW Local 130 Wireman Puts Pair of Union Careers to Work in Uganda
This is a guest post by Heather Sussmann Stefan   It was 2007 when Vincent Avila took his first step towards a second career as an inside wireman electrical apprentice with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 130. For fourteen years Vincent had been an elementary school teacher; first in Oakland, California and...
Feb
2016
23

He-Bay: Study Finds Women Earn Less Than Men From Online Sales, Just Like IRL (sadface)

He-Bay: Study Finds Women Earn Less Than Men From Online Sales, Just Like IRL (sadface)
  Two years ago, eBay opened its doors to a pair of researchers studying gender inequality. Their aim was to determine whether the perceived value of a product depends on the gender of its seller.  The study found that even on eBay women earn less than men for the same amount of work.   The [&hellip...
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...
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...