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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...
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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...
Aug
2014
11

IBEW Endorses Tom Wolf. Does He Have the PA Gov Race Locked Up?

IBEW Endorses Tom Wolf. Does He Have the PA Gov Race Locked Up?
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has endorsed Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in the race for Governor of Pennsylvania.   Citing a record of bringing good-paying, high-tech jobs to the state, the union which represents over 40,000 workers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania unanimously agreed to get behind Wolf....
Aug
2014
7

UnFairPoint? Telecom Co. Wants to Slash Pay, Benefits, Has Rejected 65 Proposals from IBEW, CWA

UnFairPoint? Telecom Co. Wants to Slash Pay, Benefits, Has Rejected 65 Proposals from IBEW, CWA
  As of midnight on August 2nd, the six-year contract between FairPoint Communications, 1,700 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members, and 300 Communications Workers of America (CWA) workers expired. Though negotiations ran to the final hour of the contract, the two sides were simply too far apart to make a deal for the...
Aug
2014
6

IBEW, Teamsters, LiUNA and Others Authorize Strike Over Golden Gate Bridge Contract

IBEW, Teamsters, LiUNA and Others Authorize Strike Over Golden Gate Bridge Contract
  The 13 unions that make up the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition authorized a strike Monday night which could lead to a shutdown of ferry and bus services.  No date has been set for the action as the group hopes to continue negotiations with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District.  More than [&hellip...
Jul
2014
30

Groomin’ for the Boomin’: Apprenticeship Vital to British Columbian Energy Growth, Says Union Leader

  FACT: The British Columbian economy is booming thanks to liquified natural gas (LNG). FACT: The necessary infrastructure to capitalize on the boom means thousands of opportunities for the region’s workers to begin careers in the building trades. OPINION: Union apprenticeships are vital to adequately supporting this growth. In a recent...
Jul
2014
28

United Way, GOP Gov and Dem Mayor All on Hand as MI’s “Access for All” Graduates First Class

  In the City of Detroit, the first class of the pre-apprenticeship program “Access For All” graduated last week, prepared to enter apprenticeships in the Building and Construction Trades.  The program enjoys bipartisan support from both Republican Governor Rick Snyder and the Mayor of Detroit, Democrat Mike Duggan.   The...