Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

Jul
2014
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Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force
  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) via executive order, the highly successful program will become statute thanks to language in the state’s newly enacted minimum wage law.   Recent reports show that in 2013 alone the JTF recovered $15.6 million in back wages,...
Jul
2014
23

Limited to 6 Minutes of Daily Bathroom Use, Teamsters Local Takes Chicago Employer to NLRB

Limited to 6 Minutes of Daily Bathroom Use, Teamsters Local Takes Chicago Employer to NLRB
  In Chicago, a showdown over bathroom breaks between WaterSaver Faucet Company workers and management has made its way to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  New regulations from the company allots six minutes per day for each employee to use the bathroom and violators are being forced to discuss their bathroom activities and face ...
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Jul
2014
21

Labor Expert: SCOTUS’ Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ban Is Good News for Striking Workers

Labor Expert: SCOTUS' Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ban Is Good News for Striking Workers
  In an article for The Nation, Moshe Marvit argues that the Supreme Court’s McCullen v. Coakley decision to strike down a Massachusetts law that provided buffer zones for protesters outside of abortion clinics, could represent a major victory for striking workers.  Though the subject matter is vastly different, the court’s decision that...
Jul
2014
17

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor
  The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council (NJBCTC) has passed a unanimous resolution urging NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney to run for governor.  The decision came during the 150,000 member organization’s convention in Atlantic City.   The next gubernatorial race is scheduled for 2017 but is likely to occur earlier...
Jul
2014
15

Uncompromising MTA Forces LIRR Unions to Move Ahead With July 20th Strike

Uncompromising MTA Forces LIRR Unions to Move Ahead With July 20th Strike
  This release comes via the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transport Workers (SMART)… “I regret to report that negotiations have collapsed with New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and all eight unions are now proceeding with strike plans for July 20. MTA rejected the counter offer we...
Jul
2014
14

Postal Worker Solidarity Hits New High as AFT Calls for National Boycott of Staples

Postal Worker Solidarity Hits New High as AFT Calls for National Boycott of Staples
  This weekend at their bi-annual convention, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) passed a resolution calling for a national boycott of Staples in solidarity with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).  Despite protests, Staples is moving forward with a pilot program that would open USPS postal counters in 82 of their stores.  ...
Jul
2014
11

Low-Income Hiring Program Started by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Graduates New Class

Low-Income Hiring Program Started by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Graduates New Class
  The Building Pathways program, a pre-apprenticeship program that provides construction career opportunities to low-income Boston residents, has graduated a new class of 15 men and women.  Much of the success of this program is a result of the commitment of current Boston Mayor Martin Walsh who led the program prior to winning his election....
Jul
2014
8

IBEW Organizes 700 Comcast Workers Who Saw Pay Slashed While Profits Soared

IBEW Organizes 700 Comcast Workers Who Saw Pay Slashed While Profits Soared
  With their work conditions eroding, Comcast direct sales reps in Florida turned to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to help them organize.  Comcast was making record profits while slashing pay by nearly 30 percent, so it’s easy to understand why 700 technicians would band together nationwide to fight for...
Jul
2014
7

Port Truckers in CA Strike “Indefinitely” Over Misclassification, Right to Unionize

Port Truckers in CA Strike
  MSNBC reports that California truck drivers for three major transportation companies went on strike Monday morning to protest labor law violations.  Over 120 drivers are taking action at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, two of the West Coast’s largest supply points which handle roughly 40 percent of the nation’s imports.   ...
Jul
2014
3

L.A. Workers Flood City Hall Streets, Protest Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs

L.A. Workers Flood City Hall Streets, Protest Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs
  With their contracts expiring at midnight, city workers in Los Angeles flooded the streets around city hall in protest on Tuesday. Secretaries, 911 dispatchers, traffic controllers, sanitation workers and members of local community groups led by the Fix LA Coalition gathered to oppose predatory fees the city pays to Wall Street banks.  The...
Jun
2014
25

Vegas-Area Construction Unions Oppose Tax Dollars for Corporation Hiring Out of State

Vegas-Area Construction Unions Oppose Tax Dollars for Corporation Hiring Out of State
  The Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council (SNBCTC) is moving forward with a ballot initiative that would bar public funds from being used for the construction of a new baseball stadium in Summerlin for the Las Vegas 51’s.  As we reported in October, the SNBCTC had been protesting the Howard Hughes Corporation’s...
Jun
2014
24

CA Passes Affordable Veteran Housing Measure With a Little Help From Union Friends

  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 has continued its goal of assisting military veterans transitioning to civilian life by supporting the effort to pass Proposition 41, a California affordable housing bill.  According to a 2013 survey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 22 percent of...