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Dec
2014
12

Rhode Island Launches Dedicated Task Force to Cut Down on Employee Misclassification

Rhode Island Launches Dedicated Task Force to Cut Down on Employee Misclassification
  The Rhode Island Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification has announced the creation of a new telephone tip line so the state’s workers can anonymously report allegations of misclassification.  The task force is made up of six state agencies and works to protect not only the state’s workers, but the...
Dec
2014
11

Following Deportation Threats, Striking Univ. of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Get Their Way

Following Deportation Threats, Striking Univ. of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Get Their Way
  As the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) strike eclipsed five days at the University of Oregon, reports arose that international graduate students were being threatened with deportation. The GTFF, which, represents roughly 1,500 teaching assistants, was on strike for the first time in its 38-year history. A letter from Amber...
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Dec
2014
5

MONSTERS DOT COM: FairPoint Appears to Offer Triple Wages for Scabs in Online Job Posting

MONSTERS DOT COM: FairPoint Appears to Offer Triple Wages for Scabs in Online Job Posting
  2,000 FairPoint Communications workers who have been on strike since October 17th have seen their jobs go up on Monster.com at wages more than three times what they had been earning.  While the “confidential” job listing does not list which company posted it, it is obvious to those involved that offering experienced telecommunications...
Dec
2014
2

Building Trades’ New Skilled Construction Training Effort, CHOICE, Gets Rolling in D.C. Area

Building Trades' New Skilled Construction Training Effort, CHOICE, Gets Rolling in D.C. Area
  In order to help prepare more workers for skilled construction in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metro-area, North America’s Building Trades Unions have created a new program, the Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment (CHOICE).  Launched in June, CHOICE works with industry, government, and community leaders to...
Dec
2014
2

Building Trades Supporting Campaign Contribution Limits in Monterey County

  Monterey County Supervisors are hoping to pass legislation that would limit contributions in countywide races.  The proposal, sponsored by supervisors Dave Potter and Simon Salinas, would put county political contribution limits at the same level as those for statewide positions.  The offices affected would include county sheriff,...
Nov
2014
21

Teamsters Locals Ain’t Nothin’ to Truck With: Third FedEx Freight Crew Votes to Unionize

Teamsters Locals Ain't Nothin' to Truck With: Third FedEx Freight Crew Votes to Unionize
  The campaign to unionize drivers at FedEx Freight and Conway forged ahead this week with another victorious vote, this time in North Carolina. 222 FedEx drivers at the Charlotte Terminal voted to join the Teamsters Local 71.  The successful election marked the third victory for the Teamsters union, which has also recently organized workers...
Nov
2014
14

San Jose Plumbers Union Pickets Use of Out-of-State Workers

San Jose Plumbers Union Pickets Use of Out-of-State Workers
  Members of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 393 have been picketing the One South Market apartment complex in San Jose, California, claiming that out of town, non-union contractors are being used on the $150 million apartment tower and being paid below the area’s prevailing wage.  Sacramento-based Iron Mechanical is currently installing...
Oct
2014
31

Missouri Firefighter Takes Fire Dept. to Court, Says She Was Fired for Attempting to Organize a Union

Missouri Firefighter Takes Fire Dept. to Court, Says She Was Fired for Attempting to Organize a Union
  In Missouri, the Ebenezer Fire Protection District and Fire Chief Nelson Prewitt are facing a lawsuit after a worker claimed she was fired for attempting to organize a union.  The worker, Amber Rounseville, is suing the parties on claims they violated the Missouri Constitution, state collective bargaining laws, and the First Amendment’s...
Oct
2014
28

“We’re Negotiating With Wolves of Wall Street”: IBEW, CWA Two Weeks Into FairPoint Strike

  It’s been two weeks since 2,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine walked off the job when their employer FairPoint Communications declared an impasse in negotiations.  The workers’ contracts expired on October 2nd, but they...
Oct
2014
17

Helmets to Hardhats Partnering With Coast Guard to Boost Area East of Capitol Hill

  Since the U.S. Coast Guard moved its headquarters east of the nation’s capital, its servicemen and women have entrenched themselves in the neighborhood, often lending a helping hand.  Recently, the Coast Guard established networks at the nearby Children of Mine Youth Center and the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys on the outskirts...
Oct
2014
17

AstroTeach: Paid Counter-Protesters Appear at Philly Teachers Union Demonstration

AstroTeach: Paid Counter-Protesters Appear at Philly Teachers Union Demonstration
  When the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) demonstrated on Thursday against a School Reform Commission (SRC) decision to end the contract between the school district and the union, they faced counter-protests from a marketing firm paid for by a conservative think tank.  The veil was lifted on the Commonwealth Foundation’s...
Oct
2014
15

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters
  At the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia, a group of 47 drivers have made history by voting to join Teamsters Local 107.  The final result of the vote was 26-18 in favor of joining the union.  Several similar campaigns are underway in other cities, but this was the first successful Fedex Freight worker [&hellip...