Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

Jun
2015
29

CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal

CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal
  A Connecticut law was signed by Governor Dan Malloy last week which will require employers to pay double damages when a court finds them guilty of wage theft.  Previously, this was allowable under Connecticut law but was left to the discretion of the court.  The law allows an exception to the double penalty if [&hellip...
Jun
2015
19

Lives Being Turned Around Through Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Boston

Lives Being Turned Around Through Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Boston
  Operation Exit, a pre-apprenticeship program in Boston for people who have been in the criminal justice system or are considered “high risk,” has graduated its second class of students. The program’s champion, Mayor Marty Walsh, was on hand to speak to the graduates.  The program began last year when Walsh reached out to building...
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Jun
2015
19

On Daily Show, Bill Clinton Touts Building Trades, AFT Pension Investments and Greening of Buildings

On Daily Show, Bill Clinton Touts Building Trades, AFT Pension Investments and Greening of Buildings
  Appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, former President Bill Clinton took some time to talk about the Clinton Global Initiative, specifically noting the success of a Building Trades program which came to fruition following a conversation with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  The program uses union pension funds to create...
Jun
2015
16

Truck Drivers for Large Chinese-Owned Company Demand Teamsters Representation in Long Beach

Truck Drivers for Large Chinese-Owned Company Demand Teamsters Representation in Long Beach
  Drivers for Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT), a wing of the Chinese government-owned COSCO Logistics Americas, recently delivered a letter to the company demanding recognition of their right to be represented by Teamsters Local 848.  IBT, which coincidentally shares an acronym with the Teamters (IBT), refused the demand so the...
Jun
2015
12

NYC Steamfitters Union Graduates 60% Minority Apprenticeship Class: “This program will change your life.”

NYC Steamfitters Union Graduates 60% Minority Apprenticeship Class:
  United Association Steamfitters Local 638 graduated twenty members of its rigorous five-year apprenticeship program on Thursday night.  Speakers at the ceremony celebrating the developing plumbers included Gary LaBarbera, President of Building & Construction Trades Council of NY; Patrick Dolan, President of Local 638 and Chairman and...
Jun
2015
5

St. Louis Mayor, Building Trades Celebrate Latest Class of BUD Program Minority Pre-Apprentices

St. Louis Mayor, Building Trades Celebrate Latest Class of BUD Program Minority Pre-Apprentices
  In St. Louis, the latest class of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) pre-apprenticeship program has graduated prompting local politicians and civic leaders to celebrate.  The BUD program is a first-of-its- kind pre-apprenticeship program targeting minority skills development. It has been recognized by the White House and labeled a...
Jun
2015
1

LiUNA-Led Effort Results In $80M of Wages Being Recovered from U.S. Health Agency

LiUNA-Led Effort Results In $80M of Wages Being Recovered from U.S. Health Agency
  The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will pay $80 million in back wages and penalties for their failure to abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The decision resolves a grievance brought forward by the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA!) in [&hellip...
May
2015
21

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports
  On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of taking a closer look at allegations of wage theft and misclassification among drayage truckers at the city’s ports. The claimed violations led to a strike between April 27th and May 1st, which ended with no resolution. Misclassification leaves drivers without...
May
2015
20

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization
  A unionization effort by the 189 attorneys that work for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is taking shape.  The American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania has invited the lawyers to a May 27th meeting at which they can discuss “workplace issues.”  If successful, the effort would create a collective bargaining unit for the...
May
2015
13

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 47 has asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate possible H-1b visa abuse by Southern California Edison.  The IBEW is accusing the utility of laying off American information technology (IT) workers and replacing them with outsourced employees of the Indian firms Tata...
Apr
2015
28

Dray Day: Truckers at Port of L.A. Strike Anew, Apply Pressure to Four Chronic Misclassifiers

Dray Day: Truckers at Port of L.A. Strike Anew, Apply Pressure to Four Chronic Misclassifiers
Nearly 500 truck drivers at the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach went on strike yesterday, protesting their status as independent contractors and demanding better wages.  The decision to strike came after a weekend vote organized by the Teamsters union on behalf of the drivers. The misclassified truckers are taking action against four drayage...
Apr
2015
28

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers
In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance, sponsored by council member Darden Rice, that will allow workers to file a wage theft claim with the city without having to hire an attorney or entering the legal system.  After receiving the claim, the city is then charged with pursuing the employer.  It is [&hellip...