Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

Jun
2016
27

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not
  When viewed through a global lens, both Canada and the United States appear somewhat strong on labor issues. We have our trove of workers’ rights weaknesses, but North America is by no means synonymous with the world’s worst working conditions. Is it surprising, then, that both countries are United Nations outliers when it comes...
Jun
2016
27

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages
  A little court case in Henderson County, Kentucky represents a big win for prevailing wage protections in the increasingly complex labor landscape of the bluegrass state. A state appeals court has upheld the findings of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet that Henderson Municipal Power & Light (HMPL), a local utility company, split up an annual...
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Jun
2016
21

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors
  An apartment complex for homeless veterans in Jersey City, New Jersey is ready to house its first tenants according to representatives for the public-private partnership that helped make it a reality. The Jersey City Redevelopment Authority and the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) say the eight-unit complex was...
Jun
2016
17

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification
  The state of South Dakota has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in order to combat the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  The three-year agreement will allow the two parties to provide clear, accurate, and easy-to-access compliance information to employers,...
Jun
2016
15

Building Trades, Community Orgs Make Final Push for a Just Sentence in 23-Year-Old’s Workplace Death

Building Trades, Community Orgs Make Final Push for a Just Sentence in 23-Year-Old's Workplace Death
  A coalition of community groups, labor unions, and worker centers are calling for a conviction during the final days of arguments in a case against Harco Construction, LLC.  The case centers around the death of 23-year-old Carlos Moncayo, who was killed in an excavation collapse in New York City’s Meatpacking District in April of...
Jun
2016
9

Teamsters’ Leafletting Campaign Takes Port Misclassification Fight National

Teamsters' Leafletting Campaign Takes Port Misclassification Fight National
  Members of the Teamsters union, in their constant battle to end truck driver misclassification, are taking part in a national leafletting action at XPO/Con-Way terminals.  The action coincides with recent strikes at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach and in San Diego, where misclassification is rampant.  Earlier this month, the Teamsters...
Jun
2016
7

Group of Labor Advocacy Orgs, Unions Launch Coalition to Battle Wage Theft in MN

Group of Labor Advocacy Orgs, Unions Launch Coalition to Battle Wage Theft in MN
  A new coalition of worker groups and unions has formed in Minnesota to combat wage theft. It will hold its first meeting on June 7th.   The group was the result of a series of articles published by Workday Minnesota which exposed the various forms of wage theft facing the region’s workers. The group is [&hellip...
Jun
2016
7

Building Trades Protest Unmet Local Hiring Mandates at Tesla Shareholders’ Meeting

Building Trades Protest Unmet Local Hiring Mandates at Tesla Shareholders' Meeting
  Outside a recent Tesla shareholders meeting, members of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada (BCTCNN) rallied against what they view as unfair hiring practices at the company’s gigafactory in Sparks, NV.  Inside, investors representing the union’s pension fund greeted Tesla CEO Elon Musk with a letter...
Jun
2016
2

Man Loses Both Legs at War, Runs Marathon 9 Months Later, Begins Union Apprenticeship

Man Loses Both Legs at War, Runs Marathon 9 Months Later, Begins Union Apprenticeship
  The Huffington Post recently featured the amazing story of 26-year-old Matias Ferreira, who lost both of his legs five years ago in Afghanistan. He has miraculously settled into a successful civilian life with help from the Helmets to Hardhats program.  The man who went from not being able to walk to being able to [&hellip...
Jun
2016
1

Verizon Employees Head Back to Work, Prepare to Ratify Contract Viewed as Major Victory

Verizon Employees Head Back to Work, Prepare to Ratify Contract Viewed as Major Victory
  The contentious Verizon strike carried out by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has ended with both sides declaring victories on key points. 40,000 workers returned to their jobs yesterday as a result.   The four-year contract was agreed to in principle on Friday and...
May
2016
27

Domino’s Fall: In Lawsuit, NY AG Slaps “Joint Employer” Tag on Pizza Giant for Systematic Wage Theft

Domino's Fall: In Lawsuit, NY AG Slaps
  The Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced a lawsuit holding Domino’s Pizza liable for, among other things, being part of a systematic wage theft scheme which resulted in workers being underpaid in ten of its New York City stores.  The case is along similar lines as the potentially precedent-altering...
May
2016
20

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov’s Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State’s Union Membership

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov's Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State's Union Membership
  An estimated crowd of 10,000 labor supporters rallied in the streets of downtown Springfield on Wednesday to protest Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s anti-worker “Turnaround Agenda.” The activists called on the governor to pass a budget following an 11-month impasse. The rally came just days after Rauner vetoed a bill that would...