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Jul
2015
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Carhartt Pledges $100,000 Annually to Union-Supported Veteran Training Program H2H

Carhartt Pledges $100,000 Annually to Union-Supported Veteran Training Program H2H
  In a ceremony at the Washington Hilton, workwear brand Carhartt announced that they will donate $100,000 annually to Helmets to Hardhats, the Building Trades-sponsored veteran workforce development organization. Finding meaningful work is crucial to a return to civilian life following active duty.  Joining Carhartt President and COO Linda...
Jul
2015
24

Gov. Inslee Uninvited from WA Labor Council Convention Over Boeing Tax Credit Accountability

Gov. Inslee Uninvited from WA Labor Council Convention Over Boeing Tax Credit Accountability
  Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee planned to speak at the Washington State Labor Council’s annual convention, but his appearance has been canceled due to resentment from union members surrounding Inslee’s role in an $8.7 billion tax break for Boeing.  Originially invited to headline the event — where prominent Democrats including...
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Jul
2015
22

CWA Members Rally Outside AT&T Hearing to Uphold Minnesota’s Paid Sick Leave Standards

CWA Members Rally Outside AT&T Hearing to Uphold Minnesota's Paid Sick Leave Standards
  “It’s a simple request. Follow the law.” Those were the words of Don Waalen-Radzevicius, a 29-year employee of AT&T who was denied paid sick leave when his husband fell victim to a spell of bad health.  Waalen-Radzevicius was joined by other members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at a rally outside of [&hellip...
Jul
2015
16

Non-Union Construction Firm Agrees to $80K Settlement in NY Wage Abuse Case

  A construction company has been ordered to pay nearly $80,000 in back wages to 21 laborers whom it failed to properly compensate for work on private construction projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Developers Sulajman Koci and Witold Matejkowski, owners of the non-union Stonehenge Restoration, skipped payments for weeks at a time.  Under...
Jul
2015
15

NC’s Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial

NC's Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial
  On Monday, trial began in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina federal courtroom to determine the fate of what one expert labeled “the worst voter suppression law since the 1960’s.”  The case, North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory, claims that a series of changes to the state’s election laws known as the North Carolina Voter Information and...
Jul
2015
15

Scabblerouser: Verizon Preparing to Train 15K Non-Union Replacement Workers As Bargaining Tactic

Scabblerouser: Verizon Preparing to Train 15K Non-Union Replacement Workers As Bargaining Tactic
  Verizon is moving forward with a contingency plan to train 15,000 replacement workers in the event that contract talks with 38,000 wireline workers represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) don’t turn out how the company would like.  Verizon is currently...
Jul
2015
10

Pipefitters Union Investing in Transitioning Military Veterans to the Workforce

Pipefitters Union Investing in Transitioning Military Veterans to the Workforce
  At Fort Sill, Oklahoma soldiers finishing their military service can now enter a program which will prepare them for a career in the civilian workforce as pipefitters.  The 18-week fire suppression sprinkler system program is held at the Ft. Sill Industrial Training Complex and is part of the United Association’s Veterans in Piping...
Jul
2015
8

AFL-CIO Puts 25,000,000 Union Pension Dollars to Work for Low-Income Tenants in OR

AFL-CIO Puts 25,000,000 Union Pension Dollars to Work for Low-Income Tenants in OR
  In Portland, Oregon, an age-restricted housing complex for lower income individuals will be modernized thanks to an investment from the AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT).  HIT announced $25.9 million of union and public pension funds would be going into the rehabilitation of the Westmoreland Union Manor so that all of it’s...
Jul
2015
6

French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike Saying Service is Illegal

French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike Saying Service is Illegal
  Last week, French authorities took a strident step in their quest to crack down on UberPOP, the country’s equivalent to UberX, by arresting Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe general manager Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty. The pair was charged them with several counts, including running an illegal taxi business.  Police began...
Jul
2015
6

Mayor, Building Trades, Private Investors Open Window to Construction Careers for Detroit Youth

Mayor, Building Trades, Private Investors Open Window to Construction Careers for Detroit Youth
  In Detroit, a creative solution to city blight will create nearly 150 summer jobs for the city’s youth. These jumpstars could lead to careers in the building and construction trades.  The program is a collaboration between Detroit’s workforce training agency, Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. (DESC), the Detroit Building...
Jul
2015
2

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win
  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and Promise,” links the success of organized labor to its inclusion of women of color.  The report supports findings from a 2007 Cornell and Columbia universities study which linked black women and organizing successes. That study, which uses numbers from the...
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...