Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

Apr
2016
29

Bumgarner Strikes Out 9, Brings Helmets to Hardhats Donation Total to $19,000 Through 5 Starts

Bumgarner Strikes Out 9, Brings Helmets to Hardhats Donation Total to $19,000 Through 5 Starts
  San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner struck out nine San Diego Padres in a winning effort this week, improving his record to 2-2. What’s more, the big night boosted the profile of his charitable partnership with Carhartt. Bumgarner is donating $500 to the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program for every strikeout he has this...
Apr
2016
27

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer
  In Colorado, construction workers are being hired through labor brokers to disguise their employers’ wage theft, and under current law there is no way to view which companies are engaging in this practice.  But a new bill from Rep. Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) would make citation and assessment information on wage law violations...
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Apr
2016
27

Apprenticeship thriving in NY, FL: “This is the kind of job where you can go a lot of different places.”

Apprenticeship thriving in NY, FL:
  The five-year apprenticeship program that is jointly run by the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of New York and Steamfitters Local 638 was recently honored for its contributions to the workforce of New York City and its efforts to improve the region’s environmental stability.  An award was presented to the program at the second...
Apr
2016
22

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a historic complaint on behalf of port truckers working as independent contractors for Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT).  The complaint, issued by Region 21 of the NLRB, claims that managers and supervisors for IBT made illegal threats against drivers they viewed as pro-union. It could...
Apr
2016
21

Painters Union Holds Continent-Wide Day of Action; Volunteers Renovate and Educate

Painters Union Holds Continent-Wide Day of Action; Volunteers Renovate and Educate
  Over the weekend, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) performed volunteer work in communities across the United States and Canada as part of the union’s Community Day of Action.  The event resulted in thousands of volunteers renovating shelters, community centers, youth athletic fields, low-income...
Apr
2016
21

Massive SoCal Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Comes to Light with Ironworkers’ Help

Massive SoCal Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Comes to Light with Ironworkers' Help
  In California, five defendants have been charged with multiple crimes stemming from their plan to commit insurance fraud and avoid paying prevailing wages on public works projects.  Together, the group defrauded the state of $635,000. For their role in the plan the SoCal criminals have been charged with 32 counts of taking and receiving...
Apr
2016
13

40,000 CWA, IBEW Workers Strike at Verizon

40,000 CWA, IBEW Workers Strike at Verizon
  Nearly 40,000 unionized Verizon workers went on strike this morning, from Virginia to Massachusetts, having not reached a fair contract by the 6AM deadline.  Negotiations began in June of 2015. The workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), worked...
Apr
2016
11

“Life-Changing” Conference Introduces Building Trades to 400 Young Women from Massachusetts

  Over 400 young women from 18 different high schools participated in the first Massachusetts Girls in Trades Conference and Career Fair, held at the headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 in Dorchester.  The encouraging event was organized by the Massachusetts Girls in Trade Advisory Group, made...
Apr
2016
1

#Ks4Vets: Carhartt Will Give $500 to Helmets to Hardhats for Every 2016 MadBum Strikeout

#Ks4Vets: Carhartt Will Give $500 to Helmets to Hardhats for Every 2016 MadBum Strikeout
  Workwear company Carhartt has announced a partnership with San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner to donate $500 to Helmets to Hardhats for every strikeout the lefty throws this season.  Last season, Bumgarner hit a career high with 234 strikeouts, placing him fourth in the National League.  If That would amount to $117,000 for...
Mar
2016
18

Sens. Brown and Murray Unveil National Wage Theft Bill to Stiffen Penalties, Empower Workers

Sens. Brown and Murray Unveil National Wage Theft Bill to Stiffen Penalties, Empower Workers
  In an attempt to curtail wage theft on the national level, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act, which would enhance existing protections as well as add new tools to fight the wage theft epidemic.  If passed, the bill would stiffen penalties for [&hellip...
Mar
2016
11

El Paso Raises Wage Theft Ante, Will Forbid Violators from Holding City Permits, Licenses

El Paso Raises Wage Theft Ante, Will Forbid Violators from Holding City Permits, Licenses
  The El Paso City Council has passed an amendment to its existing wage theft ordinance that will allow it to withhold city licenses from businesses that have been found guilty of wage theft.  Prior to last night’s vote the city could only crack down on businesses that had contracts with the city.  The vote [&hellip...
Mar
2016
10

St. Louis Building Trades Push for Diversity Standards on Defense Dept Project

St. Louis Building Trades Push for Diversity Standards on Defense Dept Project
  In a recent op-ed for St. Louis Today, the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council’s Jeff Aboussie laid out the argument for diversifying the construction sector through the new headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The project, which might be located in North St. Louis, would allow the...