Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

Feb
2015
27

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed
  A wage attack born in the Nevada Senate brought workers of all types together in protest on Thursday, the Las Vegas Sun reports: Union and nonunion workers overwhelmed hallways and committee rooms. They marched outside, waved banners and filled committee rooms to watch lawmakers vet SB119, one of the most controversial bills in this...
Feb
2015
26

Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power

Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power
  On Tuesday, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee heard public testimony on over 50 proposed bills.  Almost 300 people showed up at Middletown City Hall, causing police to escort the overflow into hallways to wait.  Increasing the threshold for prevailing wages and imposing new limits on unemployment...
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Feb
2015
23

Former GOP Leader Slams Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Fast Tracking; $5.8B of Income Could Be Lost; Pair of Major AFL-CIO Rallies Planned

Former GOP Leader Slams Walker's
  On Friday, Wisconsin Republicans called for a special session to pass “Right-to-Work” legislation. The bill has been ‘fast-tracked’ by Governor Scott Walker, meaning the public will be unable to comment on the anti-worker bill.  Not surprisingly, given the nature of Wisconsin politics, the “Right-to-Work” bill being...
Feb
2015
23

2013: ADT Employees Join IBEW – 2014: They Work Without a Contract – 2015: ADT Locks Them Out

2013: ADT Employees Join IBEW - 2014: They Work Without a Contract - 2015: ADT Locks Them Out
  Security company ADT has locked out 19 of its workers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and replaced them with “outside contractors.”  In 2013, the workers voted to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 342 and had been working while attempting to negotiate their first contract since.  Union...
Feb
2015
20

Four-Month Strike Results in FairPoint Contract; CWA, IBEW Members Receive High Praise from Electeds

Four-Month Strike Results in FairPoint Contract; CWA, IBEW Members Receive High Praise from Electeds
  A tentative agreement has been reached between FairPoint Communications and more than 1,700 union members affiliated with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The workers had been on strike against the telecom giant since October 17th.   On Thursday, the unions and the...
Feb
2015
4

Maryland Bill Introduced to Ensure Employers Fully Fund Apprenticeship Programs

Maryland Bill Introduced to Ensure Employers Fully Fund Apprenticeship Programs
  Freshmen delegate Cory McCray has only been representing Maryland’s 45th district for a matter of weeks, but his commitment to the state’s workers is already on display.  McCray is working on a bill that would make construction apprenticeships more affordable by ensuring that employers fully fund their apprenticeship...
Feb
2015
2

There are 387 Charter Schools in Ohio. Soon, One of Them Might be Unionized.

There are 387 Charter Schools in Ohio. Soon, One of Them Might be Unionized.
  A group of teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Columbus, Ohio, are looking to unionize.  The group, the Franklinton Preparatory Academy Educators Association, has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board and an election could come as quickly as seven weeks from now.  The teachers would be the...
Jan
2015
27

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight
  A lawsuit brought on behalf of American Airlines mechanics by Transport Workers Union Local 591 claims that supervisors pressured mechanics to release planes before they were safe to fly.  The lawsuit also claims that the airline threatened union officials with termination and arrest when they raised objections.  The suit was filed last...
Jan
2015
15

Wisconsin Teachers Use Legal Loophole in Act 10 to Get Their Union Back

Wisconsin Teachers Use Legal Loophole in Act 10 to Get Their Union Back
  Part of the anti-union power of Wisconsin’s contentious Act 10 bill is that it forces all school district collective bargaining units to recertify on an annual basis, before December 1 of a given year.  This means that 51 percent of all eligible voters — not only those who participate in a vote — must [&hellip...
Jan
2015
14

Going Viral: Drivers at 6 More Silicon Valley Companies Have Signed Union Authorization Cards

Going Viral: Drivers at 6 More Silicon Valley Companies Have Signed Union Authorization Cards
  In November, when drivers contracted to transport Facebook workers voted to unionize, the hope among labor activists was a “domino effect” would ensue, and that more drivers would be called to collective action.  It’s unclear, however, that anyone expected that day to come so soon. According to USA Today, the move to unionize...
Jan
2015
14

FairPoint, Unions Meeting with Federal Mediators; No Public Comment Allowed

FairPoint, Unions Meeting with Federal Mediators; No Public Comment Allowed
  Almost 90 days into their strike against FairPoint Communications, representatives from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are meeting in Washington D.C. with management at the behest of federal mediators.  A similar November gathering failed to produce a contract, and...
Jan
2015
12

CA Port Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 848, Company Oddly Appears to Think It’s Cool

CA Port Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 848, Company Oddly Appears to Think It's Cool
  On Friday, 88 of the 111 port truckers working for Shippers Transport Express voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 848. The vote represents a major victory for the misclassified drayage truckers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach who have been participating in work actions for over a year.  The union [&hellip...