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

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...
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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....
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...