Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

May
2015
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L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports
  On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of taking a closer look at allegations of wage theft and misclassification among drayage truckers at the city’s ports. The claimed violations led to a strike between April 27th and May 1st, which ended with no resolution. Misclassification leaves drivers without...
May
2015
20

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization
  A unionization effort by the 189 attorneys that work for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is taking shape.  The American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania has invited the lawyers to a May 27th meeting at which they can discuss “workplace issues.”  If successful, the effort would create a collective bargaining unit for the...
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May
2015
13

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 47 has asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate possible H-1b visa abuse by Southern California Edison.  The IBEW is accusing the utility of laying off American information technology (IT) workers and replacing them with outsourced employees of the Indian firms Tata...
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 drayage...
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 is [&hellip...
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....