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

Nov
2016
18

Report Details the Striking Failure of Virginia’s Leading Economic Development Agency

Report Details the Striking Failure of Virginia's Leading Economic Development Agency
  The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), which serves as Virginia’s leading economic development agency, is the subject of a scathing new report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC). The watchdog agency says gross mismanagement left the VEDP open to fraud for the better part of two decades:...
Oct
2016
12

Union-Busters Busted: Walmart and Home Depot Anti-Union Videos Feature Identical “Workers”

Union-Busters Busted: Walmart and Home Depot Anti-Union Videos Feature Identical
  What’s better than one incredibly lame anti-union infomercial? Why, two incredibly lame anti-union infomercials, of course! Preferably with the exact same actors and script. At least, that appears to be the thinking behind Walmart’s and Home Depot’s oddly similar (and similarly terrible) pieces of video propaganda. Via...
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Oct
2016
4

Pair of IBEW Members Honored for Rescuing Man from Burning Pickup Truck

Pair of IBEW Members Honored for Rescuing Man from Burning Pickup Truck
  Last week, two members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1837 were honored for rescuing a man from a burning pickup truck in Bridgton, Maine. Central Maine Power lineworkers Andrew Grant and Paul Reynolds were awarded the highest commendation offered by the IBEW for their act of courage. Grant and...
Oct
2016
4

Trump-Supporting ME Governor: “The enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in, are people of color”

Trump-Supporting ME Governor:
  Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) has spent much of his tenure blaming people of color for his state’s troubles. At a town hall meeting in August, he claimed he was “collecting every single drug dealer who has been arrested in our state” and storing their pictures in a three-ring binder. “I don’t ask them [&hellip...
Sep
2016
6

POLL: Americans More Optimistic About Labor Unions Than They’ve Been in a Decade

POLL: Americans More Optimistic About Labor Unions Than They've Been in a Decade
  Americans are warming up to organized labor. Or, more precisely, warming back up. Reheating, if you will. A new Gallup poll shows 52% believe labor unions benefit the broader U.S. economy, while only 41% believe unions hurt the economy. Although that slim majority is still below the historical norm, it is the most optimistic [&hellip...
Sep
2016
1

9th Circuit Joins 7th: Employees Cannot Be Asked to Waive Right to Class or Collective Litigation

9th Circuit Joins 7th: Employees Cannot Be Asked to Waive Right to Class or Collective Litigation
  The Ninth Circuit Court has joined the Seventh Circuit and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in finding that arbitration agreements restricting employees’ legal recourse are in violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In the case of Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employer...
Aug
2016
25

Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers is FOUR TIMES the National Average

Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers is FOUR TIMES the National Average
  ConstructionDIVE has published a two-part story on the suicide epidemic that is quietly taking hold of the construction industry. The article cites a July CDC report which examined suicide rates among different industries, noting that construction and extraction top the list: The CDC report released in July was a first-of-its kind study...
Aug
2016
25

SURVEY: Women Keeping the Electrical Contracting Industry Young

SURVEY: Women Keeping the Electrical Contracting Industry Young
  Electrical Contractor Magazine has released their biennial “Profile of the Electrical Contractor.” 2,419 people responded to the magazine’s survey, answering questions about the work they did in 2015. They describe an “industry that’s both continuing to mend following the financial meltdown eight years ago and...
Aug
2016
5

A “Culture of Fear” Has Contributed to Declining Union Membership

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  “Why are there no labor unions in America?” So begins a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post by author and American history professor Kimberly Phillips-Fein. Phillips-Fein, who teaches at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is quick to point out that millions of Americans do still belong...
Aug
2016
3

Make America (I Mean Europe) Great Again: Trump Infrastructure Ad Features Foreign Bridge

Make America (I Mean Europe) Great Again: Trump Infrastructure Ad Features Foreign Bridge
  Is Trump outsourcing again? Well, kinda. This time it’s a pro-Trump super PAC, Rebuilding America Now, at fault. An ad they produced called “America Soaring” exhausts Trumps grand plan to bring jobs back to America. Unfortunately, it does so while showing footage of a bridge in Europe. The PAC admitted the gaff and...
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...