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

Mar
2014
27

Wildcats Strike: Regional NLRB Director Grants Northwestern Football Team Right to Organize

Wildcats Strike: Regional NLRB Director Grants Northwestern Football Team Right to Organize
  In a decision that could alter the role of ‘student-athletes,’ the National Labor Relations Board’s regional director in Chicago ruled that Northwestern football players are employees of the university and have the right to organize with a union and collectively bargain.   In a 24-page decision, NLRB regional director Peter...
Mar
2014
25

New IBEW Ad Links Union Pride, American Advancement

  A new ad from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) began running on channels such as ESPN and CNN recently. The spot touts the accomplishments of unionized electricians and their contributions to the American economy.  “Proudly American, Proudly Union” shows the value of quality work and puts a face to the...
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Mar
2014
19

Shameful Anti-Union Walmart Indoctrination Video Makes the Rounds Online

A Walmart orientation video making the rounds on Reddit shows that from the time an associate is hired they are indoctrinated with the company’s anti-union policies.  As the narrator states in the video, “Every job has its ups and downs and a union can’t change that fact.”   As you can see, Walmart associates are ...
Mar
2014
7

DOL, Sec. of Labor Happy with President’s 2015 Budget; Funding for Misclassification Prevention Highlighted

DOL, Sec. of Labor Happy with President's 2015 Budget; Funding for Misclassification Prevention Highlighted
  The newly released 2015 fiscal year budget will include increased funding to continue President Obama’s efforts to reign in misclassification.  One highlight of the budget, as it pertains to the Department of Labor, is funding aimed at “increasing support for agencies that protect workers’ wages and overtime pay, benefits,...
Mar
2014
7

NY in 2013: 127K Misclassified Workers, $62M in Back Wages, $55M in Missing Unemployment Contributions

  In 2013, the state Department of Labor conducted 13,000 audits and investigations finding 127,000 workers had been misclassified.  The report found that their employers collectively owed over $55 million to unemployment contributions.  Misclassified workers were owed $62 million in back wages.   The 12 industries with the highest...
Feb
2014
26

SC Gov. Haley: I Wear High Heels In Order to Kick Unions, “And We’ll Continue to Kick Them.”

SC Gov. Haley: I Wear High Heels In Order to Kick Unions,
  South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s feelings toward unions are already public knowledge: she hates them. Still, she feels the need to use rather, um, colorful language to make sure everybody knows just how anti-worker her stance is. “You’ve heard me say many times I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement,”...
Feb
2014
20

Solid Foundation: New World Record Set for Continuous Concrete Pour

Solid Foundation: New World Record Set for Continuous Concrete Pour
  The presence of a Guinness World Record adjudicator made it official: the foundation of Los Angeles’ Wilshire Grand broke the world record for the largest continuous concrete pour.  By pouring 21,200 cubic yards of concrete, the project surpassed the previous record holder, the Venetian in Las Vegas, which poured 21,000 cubic yards in...
Feb
2014
14

Relationship Between Education Level, Wages Supports Need for Middle Class Career Opportunities

Relationship Between Education Level, Wages Supports Need for Middle Class Career Opportunities
  A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that while ‘millennials’ are more educated than generations past, their median income, when adjusted for inflation, is no more than it was for the same age group in 1965.  The reason? A college degree allows you to earn more nowadays, but the value of a ...
Feb
2014
13

Russian Women’s Hockey Team Features an IBEW Member from Massachusetts

Russian Women's Hockey Team Features an IBEW Member from Massachusetts
  As the women’s Olympic hockey tournament moves through the preliminary round in Sochi, Team Russia is witnessing some unlikely support from way across the world in Worcester, Massachusetts. The membership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 60 is rooting on one of its own, center Ekaterina Pashkevitch....
Feb
2014
12

ACTUAL SURVEY: Nearly 1 in 5 Taiwanese Say High-Speed Rail Has “Saved Romantic Relationships”

ACTUAL SURVEY: Nearly 1 in 5 Taiwanese Say High-Speed Rail Has
  High-Speed Rail (HSR) is a divisive issue. It has turned partisan in some instances, while other battles have been over the union vs. non-union aspect of its construction. News about the future of HSR is guaranteed to draw a strong response from all sides.  And though we’d love to spend some time discussing the ...
Feb
2014
11

Michelle Obama: Veterans “Adept at Building and Leading Teams, Comfortable with Diversity,” Ideal for Construction

Michelle Obama: Veterans
  On Sunday, First Lady Michelle Obama took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal in an op-ed titled, “Construction Companies Step Up to Hire Veterans.” She praised employers who hire veterans not just “because it’s the patriotic thing to do, and not just because they want to repay our veterans for their service ...
Feb
2014
7

Survey Data Indicates Guidance Counselors, Career Advisors are Dissuading Young People from Entering Apprenticeships

  A new survey from the Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) shows that only nine percent of current apprentices found out about their job from a career advisor.  Almost twice as many (17%) were actually discouraged from pursuing an apprenticeship.   Of the 600 apprentices surveyed across several industries, 50 percent said they began their...