Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

Apr
2015
28

Dray Day: Truckers at Port of L.A. Strike Anew, Apply Pressure to Four Chronic Misclassifiers

Dray Day: Truckers at Port of L.A. Strike Anew, Apply Pressure to Four Chronic Misclassifiers
  Nearly 500 truck drivers at the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach went on strike yesterday, protesting their status as independent contractors and demanding better wages.  The decision to strike came after a weekend vote organized by the Teamsters union on behalf of the drivers.  The misclassified truckers are taking action against four...
Apr
2015
28

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers
  In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance, sponsored by council member Darden Rice, that will allow workers to file a wage theft claim with the city without having to hire an attorney or entering the legal system.  After receiving the claim, the city is then charged with pursuing the employer.  It [&hellip...
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Apr
2015
24

18 High Schools, 500 Students Participate in MN Building Trades’ Apprenticeship Outreach Event

18 High Schools, 500 Students Participate in MN Building Trades' Apprenticeship Outreach Event
  The Central Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council (CMBCTC), along with Twin Cities-based Construct Tomorrow, held an all-day event at which high school students were introduced to the various trades and apprenticeships available to them upon graduation.  Nearly 500 students from 18 area high schools attended the event, which...
Apr
2015
23

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov’s Anti-Worker “Turnaround Agenda”

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov's Anti-Worker
  During a city council meeting this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a resolution to oppose Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed “Right-to-Work” zones, which would enable municipalities to enact hyper-ideological anti-union legislation on a local level.  The move would be part of the governor’s so-called “Turnaround...
Apr
2015
23

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed
  San Jose is considering a wage theft ordinance which would help the labor commission recoup lost wages and deny permits and licenses to companies with pending wage theft violations.  The proposal is similar to one passed in Santa Clara County last year.  San Jose’s version is being supported by city council members Don Rocha, [&hellip...
Apr
2015
14

1000s Rally to Preserve IN’s Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments

1000s Rally to Preserve IN's Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments
  Just hours after thousands of contractors and laborers flooded the statehouse to oppose repeal of the Common Construction Wage (CCW), Senate leaders decided to put off further discussion on the topic until later in the week.  HB 1019 would end the system that determines wages for publicly funded projects with price tags of $350,000...
Apr
2015
10

Across Illinois, Cities and Counties are Formally Rejecting Gov. Rauner’s Anti-Union Proposals

Across Illinois, Cities and Counties are Formally Rejecting Gov. Rauner's Anti-Union Proposals
  Across Illinois, municipalities are rejecting the “Turnaround Agenda” of Governor Bruce Rauner, which calls for changes to the prevailing wage and workers compensation systems as well as the creation of as-yet unconstitutional “Right-to-Work” zones.  The agenda is being tackled by city councils after Brad Cole, Executive Director...
Apr
2015
8

Charity + Apprenticeship = Winning Combination for Ohio Valley Building Council

Charity + Apprenticeship = Winning Combination for Ohio Valley Building Council
  In the Ohio Valley, building trades unions are contributing to neighborhood causes via Project BEST, a program funded through small deductions from union workers’ paychecks, taken in exchange for their apprenticeship.  The group is a collaboration between Upper Ohio Valley Building and Construction Trades Council and the Ohio Valley...
Apr
2015
6

Teach the Children Well: Cleveland Construction Unions Launch High School Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Jump-start Skilled Trades Careers

Teach the Children Well: Cleveland Construction Unions Launch High School Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Jump-start Skilled Trades Careers
  Students at Max Hayes Vocational High School in Cleveland, Ohio will now be able to participate in a pre-apprenticeship program that will introduce them to the building trades and ready them for construction careers after they graduate high school.  A recent deal with city will put the region’s unions in charge of the curriculum....
Apr
2015
3

Indiana Building Trades Launch TV Ads in Hail Mary Effort to Halt GOP’s Wage-Slashing Extremism

Indiana Building Trades Launch TV Ads in Hail Mary Effort to Halt GOP's Wage-Slashing Extremism
  As the Indiana GOP continues its partisan effort to repeal the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW), labor advocacy groups are hitting the airwaves to take their counterpoint public.  The repeal is currently in the hands of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee after Labor Committee chair Phil Boots (R- Crawfordsville) said he did...
Mar
2015
24

Despite No Imminent Threat, Ohio Worker Orgs Taking Precautions Against “Right-to-Work”

Despite No Imminent Threat, Ohio Worker Orgs Taking Precautions Against
  In Ohio, the organizers of the We Are Ohio movement that helped defeat SB 5 in 2012 held an event at Ohio University’s Baker Center Ballroom to warn against possible “Right-to-Work” legislation in the Buckeye State.  Gov. John Kasich says business executives don’t feel “Right-to-Work” is needed in Ohio, but the national...
Mar
2015
12

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin's
  The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and two unions have filed a lawsuit seeking both temporary and permanent injunctions against the “Right-to-Work” legislation signed into law on Monday by Governor Scott Walker.   The lawsuit names Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and members of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission as defendants....