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

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....
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Jun
2016
2

Man Loses Both Legs at War, Runs Marathon 9 Months Later, Begins Union Apprenticeship

Man Loses Both Legs at War, Runs Marathon 9 Months Later, Begins Union Apprenticeship
  The Huffington Post recently featured the amazing story of 26-year-old Matias Ferreira, who lost both of his legs five years ago in Afghanistan. He has miraculously settled into a successful civilian life with help from the Helmets to Hardhats program.  The man who went from not being able to walk to being able to [&hellip...
May
2016
24

BLS: Foreign-Born Workers Make Up 17% of U.S. Workforce, Largest Share in History

BLS: Foreign-Born Workers Make Up 17% of U.S. Workforce, Largest Share in History
  Newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the percentage of foreign-born workers in the U.S. workforce is at a two-decade high. In 2015 there were 26.3 million foreign-born persons in the U.S. labor force, comprising 16.7 percent of the total.  The figure is the highest since the BLS began [&hellip...
May
2016
19

State AFL-CIO Awards $590,000 of Scholarship Money to Children of Union Members in MA

State AFL-CIO Awards $590,000 of Scholarship Money to Children of Union Members in MA
  In a post titled “You Won’t Read About This!,” United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 12 business manager, Harry Bretty, highlights the 58th Annual Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship Breakfast, at which almost $590,000 in scholarships were awarded to the children of union members.   The Massachusetts AFL-CIO website...
May
2016
17

Pervasive Abuses in Poultry Industry Exposed; Workers Wearing Diapers When Denied Bathroom Breaks

Pervasive Abuses in Poultry Industry Exposed; Workers Wearing Diapers When Denied Bathroom Breaks
  A new report has revealed labor law compliance so bad in the poultry industry that some workers have taken to wearing diapers at work and restricting fluids because they are being denied bathroom breaks.  The revelation comes from a new Oxfam report, ‘Lives on the Line: The Human Cost of Cheap Chicken.’  Oxfam is [&hellip...
May
2016
11

NLRB Says T-Mobile’s “Mandatory Positivity” Rule is Illegal; Employee Handbook Stifles Organizing

NLRB Says T-Mobile's
  It’s official. You can’t be forced to like your job.   That has been established by a April 29th ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a charge brought forward by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) against T-Mobile and its affiliate, Metro PCS. The specific charge was against parts of the employee [&hellip...
May
2016
11

Uber, Lyft End Austin Operations After Getting Clobbered on Background Check Bill

Uber, Lyft End Austin Operations After Getting Clobbered on Background Check Bill
  Voters in Austin rejected an Uber-supported ballot initiative that would have allowed ride-sharing companies to self-regulate their drivers.  The initiative only managed 44% of the vote. Following the loss, Uber announced that it will end operations in Austin rather than abide by a city council ordinance which would have mandated...
May
2016
6

Nationwide, Unions Large and Small Show Solidarity with Striking IBEW, CWA Verizon Workers

Nationwide, Unions Large and Small Show Solidarity with Striking IBEW, CWA Verizon Workers
  The 39,000 Verizon workers still on strike since mid-April have been given a revised “final” offer from the company, one which makes some concessions but does not come close to addressing their workers’ chief concerns.  In the revised offer, Verizon agreed to a wage increase of 7.5 percent, up from their previous offer of...
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...
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...