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Dec
2016
21

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation
  New York Building and Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera has been pushing the New York City Council to pass legislation that would require apprenticeship training for construction workers on projects more than 10 stories high. After the falling death of 59-year-old Wilfredo Enrique earlier this month – the latest in a...
Dec
2016
15

Rowan University and Building Trades Open Door to Online Education

Rowan University and Building Trades Open Door to Online Education
  One of the primary goals of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), the group representing hundreds of thousands of skilled workers from more than a dozen trades, is to boost apprenticeship and training nationwide. They invest handsomely in these efforts in myriad ways. One of their more recent, forward-thinking approaches has...
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Dec
2016
13

MI House Passes Anti-Union Bills to Prevent Picketing and Facilitate Hiring of Scabs

MI House Passes Anti-Union Bills to Prevent Picketing and Facilitate Hiring of Scabs
  Elections have consequences, and Michigan workers are about to find that out the hard way. The state House of Representatives has passed two bills that will make it harder for employees to picket and easier for employers to replace striking workers. Both bills passed along party lines, with Republicans supporting the anti-union efforts and...
Dec
2016
6

Righting Wrongs: EEOC Announces $482M in Workplace Discrimination Compensation for FY 2016

Righting Wrongs: EEOC Announces $482M in Workplace Discrimination Compensation for FY 2016
  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Performance and Accountability Report for fiscal year 2016. The Commission, whose mission is to “stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination” in the workplace, secured several hundred million dollars in compensation for thousands of victims of workplace...
Nov
2016
18

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations
  Last month in Boston, two men died at an Atlantic Drain Services job site when a ruptured water main flooded the 12-foot-deep trench they were working in. Prior to the accident, Atlantic Drain Services received fines totaling more than $140,000 for a decade’s worth of safety violations. Now, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has proposed [&hellip...
Nov
2016
16

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago’s Youth

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago's Youth
  Chicago Public Schools and Dunbar Career Academy have launched the Windy City’s first comprehensive high school program for students interested in entering the construction trades. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not afraid the program will discourage students’ higher educations aspirations so much as it will offer options to students for...
Nov
2016
11

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest
  Unions are spearheading a program to rebuild homes and create jobs across the rustbelt. The $2.1 billion effort, largely funded by the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust’s MidWest@Work Investment Strategy, aims to renovate aging neighborhoods and combat disinvestment and unemployment: “The cycle of despair in the urban centers of...
Oct
2016
27

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification
  This year, Maryland joined the surge in states cracking down on employee misclassification, and earlier this month the Maryland General Assembly approved new sanctions on employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors. The “Recovery of Benefits and Penalties for Fraud Act” implements penalties for employers...
Oct
2016
14

Play Your Position: Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit

Play Your Position: Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit
  Amazon is being sued over their package delivery service, Flex. A relative newcomer to the burgeoning “gig economy,” Flex operates much like a ride-share service, only instead of offering rides, drivers deliver packages to Amazon customers. Essentially, it’s a way for the company to circumvent the traditional costs...
Oct
2016
11

San Jose Construction Workers Protest Use of Outside Labor: “It’s Pure and Simple Greed”

San Jose Construction Workers Protest Use of Outside Labor:
  Construction workers took to the streets of San Jose late last month to voice their displeasure with Cupertino-based developer KT Urban. Their complaints do not begin and end with KT, however. Union members are frustrated with a growing shift in Silicon Valley toward hiring non-union workers on development projects: Workers say it’s part...
Oct
2016
11

Building Trades Tout IL’s HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction

Building Trades Tout IL's HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction
  The Illinois labor community is looking to improve diversity within its ranks through a program called HIRE Education. The Lincoln Land Community College program is a 20-week course that prepares women, people of color, and former convicts for union apprenticeships. Those demographics are traditionally underrepresented in organized labor,...
Oct
2016
7

OR Levies Second Lifetime Ban of Company For Violating Prevailing Wage (NOTE: Be Like Oregon)

OR Levies Second Lifetime Ban of Company For Violating Prevailing Wage (NOTE: Be Like Oregon)
  Oregon janitorial company Cornerstone Janitorial Services has been banned from working on all future state public works contracts. It is only the second lifetime ban ever imposed by Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Accused of underpaying workers on publicly funded projects, the company agreed to pay $144,000 in damages...