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Nov
2016
18

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations
  Last month in Boston, two men died at an Atlantic Drain Services job site when a ruptured water main flooded the 12-foot-deep trench they were working in. Prior to the accident, Atlantic Drain Services received fines totaling more than $140,000 for a decade’s worth of safety violations. Now, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has proposed [&hellip...
Nov
2016
16

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago’s Youth

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago's Youth
  Chicago Public Schools and Dunbar Career Academy have launched the Windy City’s first comprehensive high school program for students interested in entering the construction trades. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not afraid the program will discourage students’ higher educations aspirations so much as it will offer options to students for...
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Nov
2016
11

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest
  Unions are spearheading a program to rebuild homes and create jobs across the rustbelt. The $2.1 billion effort, largely funded by the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust’s MidWest@Work Investment Strategy, aims to renovate aging neighborhoods and combat disinvestment and unemployment: “The cycle of despair in the urban centers of...
Oct
2016
27

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification

Worker Win: MD Institutes New Penalties and Fines for Employee Misclassification
  This year, Maryland joined the surge in states cracking down on employee misclassification, and earlier this month the Maryland General Assembly approved new sanctions on employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors. The “Recovery of Benefits and Penalties for Fraud Act” implements penalties for employers...
Oct
2016
14

Play Your Position: Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit

Play Your Position: Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit
  Amazon is being sued over their package delivery service, Flex. A relative newcomer to the burgeoning “gig economy,” Flex operates much like a ride-share service, only instead of offering rides, drivers deliver packages to Amazon customers. Essentially, it’s a way for the company to circumvent the traditional costs...
Oct
2016
11

San Jose Construction Workers Protest Use of Outside Labor: “It’s Pure and Simple Greed”

San Jose Construction Workers Protest Use of Outside Labor:
  Construction workers took to the streets of San Jose late last month to voice their displeasure with Cupertino-based developer KT Urban. Their complaints do not begin and end with KT, however. Union members are frustrated with a growing shift in Silicon Valley toward hiring non-union workers on development projects: Workers say it’s part...
Oct
2016
11

Building Trades Tout IL’s HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction

Building Trades Tout IL's HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction
  The Illinois labor community is looking to improve diversity within its ranks through a program called HIRE Education. The Lincoln Land Community College program is a 20-week course that prepares women, people of color, and former convicts for union apprenticeships. Those demographics are traditionally underrepresented in organized labor,...
Oct
2016
7

OR Levies Second Lifetime Ban of Company For Violating Prevailing Wage (NOTE: Be Like Oregon)

OR Levies Second Lifetime Ban of Company For Violating Prevailing Wage (NOTE: Be Like Oregon)
  Oregon janitorial company Cornerstone Janitorial Services has been banned from working on all future state public works contracts. It is only the second lifetime ban ever imposed by Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Accused of underpaying workers on publicly funded projects, the company agreed to pay $144,000 in damages...
Oct
2016
4

Pair of IBEW Members Honored for Rescuing Man from Burning Pickup Truck

Pair of IBEW Members Honored for Rescuing Man from Burning Pickup Truck
  Last week, two members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1837 were honored for rescuing a man from a burning pickup truck in Bridgton, Maine. Central Maine Power lineworkers Andrew Grant and Paul Reynolds were awarded the highest commendation offered by the IBEW for their act of courage. Grant and...
Sep
2016
29

Member-phis, TN: Workers On of the South’s Largest Development Projects Vote to Join IBEW

Member-phis, TN: Workers On of the South's Largest Development Projects Vote to Join IBEW
  Workers at the Electrolux appliance factory in Memphis, Tennessee have voted to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The vote, which was held on Tuesday, went in favor of representation by a two-to-one margin. The $190 million Swedish-owned Electrolux plant is one of the largest economic development projects in...
Sep
2016
29

They’d Rather Not, But: Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike, If Needed, by 95% Margin

They'd Rather Not, But: Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike, If Needed, by 95% Margin
  UPDATE: The Chicago Teachers Union Has Set a Strike Date of October 11 There is unrest in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system. On Monday, 27,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted in favor of a strike. It did so by a margin of 95.6%. The teachers union, which is currently in [&hellip...
Sep
2016
23

IBEW Members Leading Strike at TX Electrical Co. Following Unfair Labor Complaint, Retaliation

IBEW Members Leading Strike at TX Electrical Co. Following Unfair Labor Complaint, Retaliation
  Ten electrical workers have gone on strike in Corpus Christi, Texas. The electricians were hired to work on the Hector P. Garcia Clinic by a company called T.L. Electric. Last Friday, the workers staged a walkout to protest unfair labor practices. They returned on Monday to find they had been replaced: The men on strike said [&hellip...