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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...
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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...
Aug
2014
25

Union Local Vital to Napa Earthquake Emergency Response Effort

Union Local Vital to Napa Earthquake Emergency Response Effort
  Following the earthquake that rocked Napa, California early Sunday morning, members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 were hard at work answering calls from PG&E customers reporting possible gas leaks.  The 6.0 magnitude earthquake sent 120 people to the hospital and caused California Governor Jerry...
Aug
2014
19

NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year

NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year
  A record number of participants took part in the New Jersey AFL-CIO Labor Candidates school this month at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.  The result? 23 graduates will run for elected positions in the upcoming election, boosting the number of labor candidates statewide to 37. The program reached a...
Aug
2014
18

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud
  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order (EO) establishing a task force to combat employee misclassification and payroll fraud. Using state and national studies on the subject, it is estimated that worker misclassification costs Virginia nearly $28 million in annual income tax collections.  Executive Order 24 directs...
Aug
2014
14

PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers’ Lives

PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers' Lives
  When Newburyport, Massachusetts resident Rosalie Cuticchia found herself in danger during a recent kayak excursion, an unlikely team of rescure workers came to her aid. The construction crew working on the Whittier Bridge overhead had been drilled on how to react in this scenario, and these drills may have saved Cuticchia’s life.  ...
Aug
2014
12

Critical Mass: RI Follows Model of Neighbor State to Crack Down on Wage Theft, Misclassification

  The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation which will create a Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy in order to combat employee misclassification and wage theft.  Similar to the task force created by Gov. Deval Patrick in neighboring Massachusetts, little Rhodey’s version will direct state agencies to reduce fraud and abuse...