Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

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...
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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...
Jan
2015
7

300 Private Sector Businesses Align Against Potential Wisconsin “Right-to-Work” Law

300 Private Sector Businesses Align Against Potential Wisconsin
  As Wisconsin Republicans attempt to build momentum for the formal introduction of “Right-to-Work” legislation, a group representing over 300 private businesses is speaking out against the anti-worker move.  The Wisconsin Contractor Coalition (WCC) announced Monday that it would defeat “Right-to-Work” if it is brought before the...
Dec
2014
12

Rhode Island Launches Dedicated Task Force to Cut Down on Employee Misclassification

Rhode Island Launches Dedicated Task Force to Cut Down on Employee Misclassification
  The Rhode Island Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification has announced the creation of a new telephone tip line so the state’s workers can anonymously report allegations of misclassification.  The task force is made up of six state agencies and works to protect not only the state’s workers, but the...
Dec
2014
11

Following Deportation Threats, Striking Univ. of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Get Their Way

Following Deportation Threats, Striking Univ. of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Get Their Way
  As the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) strike eclipsed five days at the University of Oregon, reports arose that international graduate students were being threatened with deportation. The GTFF, which, represents roughly 1,500 teaching assistants, was on strike for the first time in its 38-year history. A letter from Amber...
Dec
2014
5

MONSTERS DOT COM: FairPoint Appears to Offer Triple Wages for Scabs in Online Job Posting

MONSTERS DOT COM: FairPoint Appears to Offer Triple Wages for Scabs in Online Job Posting
  2,000 FairPoint Communications workers who have been on strike since October 17th have seen their jobs go up on Monster.com at wages more than three times what they had been earning.  While the “confidential” job listing does not list which company posted it, it is obvious to those involved that offering experienced telecommunications...
Dec
2014
2

Building Trades’ New Skilled Construction Training Effort, CHOICE, Gets Rolling in D.C. Area

Building Trades' New Skilled Construction Training Effort, CHOICE, Gets Rolling in D.C. Area
  In order to help prepare more workers for skilled construction in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metro-area, North America’s Building Trades Unions have created a new program, the Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment (CHOICE).  Launched in June, CHOICE works with industry, government, and community leaders to...
Dec
2014
2

Building Trades Supporting Campaign Contribution Limits in Monterey County

  Monterey County Supervisors are hoping to pass legislation that would limit contributions in countywide races.  The proposal, sponsored by supervisors Dave Potter and Simon Salinas, would put county political contribution limits at the same level as those for statewide positions.  The offices affected would include county sheriff,...
Nov
2014
21

Teamsters Locals Ain’t Nothin’ to Truck With: Third FedEx Freight Crew Votes to Unionize

Teamsters Locals Ain't Nothin' to Truck With: Third FedEx Freight Crew Votes to Unionize
  The campaign to unionize drivers at FedEx Freight and Conway forged ahead this week with another victorious vote, this time in North Carolina. 222 FedEx drivers at the Charlotte Terminal voted to join the Teamsters Local 71.  The successful election marked the third victory for the Teamsters union, which has also recently organized workers...
Nov
2014
14

San Jose Plumbers Union Pickets Use of Out-of-State Workers

San Jose Plumbers Union Pickets Use of Out-of-State Workers
  Members of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 393 have been picketing the One South Market apartment complex in San Jose, California, claiming that out of town, non-union contractors are being used on the $150 million apartment tower and being paid below the area’s prevailing wage.  Sacramento-based Iron Mechanical is currently installing...