Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

Oct
2014
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IL Plumbers Local, Building Trades Council Fight for School District Upgrades, Training Opportunities

  Building Trades unions in Champaign, Illinois are lending their assistance to a local referendum campaign which would provide funding to reinvigorate career and technical training in the county’s largest school district.  Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 149 has purchased yard signs in support of the Unit 4 referendum and allowed...
Oct
2014
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LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic’s Working Conditions

LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic's Working Conditions
  The Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA!) and CASA, an immigrant advocacy group, have announced a partnership to help organize Latino construction workers and help them fight for their rights on job sites.  According to a report from BNA Construction (a subscription site), the new partnership will be called CASA-LiUNA! Mid...
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Sep
2014
30

From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks

From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks
  Over 7.1 million people work in the construction industry, yet only 2.1 percent of them are women.  Many unions are looking to change this by expanding recruiting efforts and apprenticeship programs to serve more women and minorities, but this trend is unlikely to change without more action from government agencies and revisions of...
Sep
2014
25

Hillary Clinton: With C.H.O.I.C.E., Building Trades “Leading the Way” in Labor-Management Partnerships

Hillary Clinton: With C.H.O.I.C.E., Building Trades
  This week the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convened a caucus of star politicians and activists to discuss game-changing efforts on a wide array of topics, from sustainability and climate to labor. Stateside, much of the latter centered around Hillary Clinton’s ‘Job One’ program (highlighted earlier this week on We Party...
Sep
2014
23

Minorities Find New Pathway to Quality Careers Through Buffalo Building Trades Program

Minorities Find New Pathway to Quality Careers Through Buffalo Building Trades Program
  The Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council along with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) held a press conference last Friday to announce the first set of graduates from a new pre-apprenticeship program for minority workers.  Representatives were joined by State Senator Mark Grisanti who secured a...
Sep
2014
19

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide
  Last week in Laredo, Texas, drivers and dockworkers at Con Way Freight voted to join Teamsters Local 657.  Laredo is located on the U.S.-Mexico border and is the busiest inland port in the United States with over 7,000 trucks crossing the border each day.  It was the first organizing victory at the giant less-than-truckload [&hellip...
Sep
2014
11

Strikes, Suits, and Wrongful Firings: Port Trucking’s Wonderful World of Endless Tension

Strikes, Suits, and Wrongful Firings: Port Trucking's Wonderful World of Endless Tension
  Last week, thirty-three port truck drivers were fired by Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI) for not withdrawing wage and hour claims made with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).  Four of the fired drivers had just been awarded an average $68,211 in back wages after the DLSE found that they were...
Sep
2014
10

WA Iron Workers File NLRB Grievances Claiming Discrimination, Wage-Dodging by Out-of-Staters

  Washington state iron worker unions have banded together to file grievances with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against two out-of-town contractors on what has been billed “the largest public refrigerated warehouse in North America.”  According to their grievances, Indianapolis-based Victory Unlimited Construction...
Sep
2014
8

Weekend Warriors: Union Tradesmen Volunteer Man Hours on Georgia State Park Project

Weekend Warriors: Union Tradesmen Volunteer Man Hours on Georgia State Park Project
  This is a cross post from the United Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA)… Visitors to the recreational lake at Georgia’s Hard Labor Creek State Park will find a new kayak shed along its shoreline, thanks to the hands-on, volunteer support of union electricians and elevator constructors who put their talents to work with Union...
Sep
2014
3

Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections

Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections
  Southern California Uber drivers belonging to the California App-Based Drivers’ Association (CADA) have aligned themselves with Teamsters Local 986 in hopes of organizing.  The drivers perceive many of the business practices mandated by Uber as “unsafe, deceptive, and unfair.”   CADA has been in existence for over a year but their...
Aug
2014
28

Bricklayers Union Takes on Watchdog Role in Fight Against Misclassification, Exploitation of Immigrants

Bricklayers Union Takes on Watchdog Role in Fight Against Misclassification, Exploitation of Immigrants
  An interesting piece from South Coast Today writer Simon Rios delves into the union/non-union divide that exists in Massachusetts’ masonry industry.  In the article, Jim Pimental, Vice President of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local 3, discusses the ways unions keep non-union contractors in check when it comes to...
Aug
2014
28

Holding Out: Fred Meyer Forces Teamsters’ Strike After Competitors Ratify New Deals

Holding Out: Fred Meyer Forces Teamsters' Strike After Competitors Ratify New Deals
  Workers at a Fred Meyer Grocery Distribution Center in Puyallup, Washington authorized a strike this weekend by a 241-2 margin.  The workers are represented by the Teamsters Local 117.  The union has been negotiating with Fred Meyer, a subsidiary of Kroger, since June 13th.   The parties met five times and are scheduled to [&hellip...