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Jul
2014
15

Reaching Your Goooooal! Canadian Building Trades Point to Germany for Apprenticeship Inspiration

  A panel of stakeholders at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) recently spoke about European apprentice systems and how getting employers more involved in the training process can positively effect the workforce.   Speaking on the panel was Christopher Smillie of the Canadian Building Trades who described his journey to Germany and the...
Jul
2014
7

Construction Hits Five-Year High in New Jobs Report, Unions Making Gains in Unexpected Places

Construction Hits Five-Year High in New Jobs Report, Unions Making Gains in Unexpected Places
  The latest numbers from the ADP jobs report show construction at a five-year high.  Last month, construction jobs grew by 36,000, more than double May’s 17,000 added jobs and the largest monthly gain since February of 2006.   The sharp rise in construction jobs signals a surging housing market.  According to ADP, 6.1 million ...
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Jul
2014
3

CONFIRMED: Maine Gov. LePage Met With Terrorist Group That Wants to Hang Democratic Leaders and Predicts Jews Will Commit Christian Holocaust

CONFIRMED: Maine Gov. LePage Met With Terrorist Group That Wants to Hang Democratic Leaders and Predicts Jews Will Commit Christian Holocaust
  In Maine, administration officials have confirmed that Governor Paul LePage took multiple meetings with members of the Sovereign Citizens, a political group that has been labeled a domestic terrorist organization by the FBI.   Among the group’s beliefs are the rejection of taxes and US currency and the belief that the US Government...
Jun
2014
17

Federally Contracted LGBT Employees to Get Long-Awaited Discrimination Protections via Obama EO

Federally Contracted LGBT Employees to Get Long-Awaited Discrimination Protections via Obama EO
  President Obama has announced that he will sign an executive order (EO) prohibiting companies who receive federal contracts from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The EO will make changes where legislation has failed since the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision which...
Jun
2014
4

Si Se Mayday: Tea Party Loser Changes Name to Cesar Chavez In Desperate AZ Congress Bid

Si Se Mayday: Tea Party Loser Changes Name to Cesar Chavez In Desperate AZ Congress Bid
  Scott Fistler, a failed Tea Party candidate in Arizona who lost a congressional race in 2012 and a Phoenix city council bid in 2013, has legally changed his name to Cesar Chavez and switched party affiliations in an attempt to win his latest political race in the heavily hispanic 7th congressional district.  From the ...
May
2014
22

Steeling Secrets: USW Hacked by Chinese People’s Liberation Army

Steeling Secrets: USW Hacked by Chinese People's Liberation Army
  The Justice Department has announced charges against five members of the Chinese military after they hacked into American computers to gain an economic advantage against American industry.  A federal grand jury in Western Pennsylvania handed down the verdict against Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui, officers...
May
2014
2

Effort to Protect Plant Where Rosie the Riveter Worked Meets Fundraising Goal at 11th Hour

Effort to Protect Plant Where Rosie the Riveter Worked Meets Fundraising Goal at 11th Hour
  Organizers of the “Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant” campaign met their $8 million fundraising goal and will be able to purchase 150,000 square feet of the historic site to create a museum.  The Detroit-area plant was used in WWII to build bombers and was staffed by women, one of whom became known as ...
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...
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...