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Feb
2016
11

Teamsters File Lawsuit Against WV “Right-to-Work” Law, Say Lawmakers Have Something to Hide

Teamsters File Lawsuit Against WV
  As West Virginia moves towards “Right-to-Work,” the Teamsters union has filed a lawsuit claiming that the State Senate did not abide by a Freedom of Information Act request that sought emails between Senate leadership and professors at West Virginia University.  Last week, the House passed the “Establishing West Virginia Workplace...
Feb
2016
9

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport
  Last week, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1430 made a formal request to represent more than 600 Uber drivers who pick up passengers from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.  The union submitted a required petition showing that over 30 percent of the drivers wished to be represented by the IBEW and...
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Feb
2016
4

S’Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest

S'Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest
  A group of Uber drivers calling themselves Uber Drivers United staged a protest in San Francisco recently, driving slowly from the former Candlestick Park, to the airport, through the city, and eventually to Uber headquarters while honking their horns and disrupting traffic.  The issue for the drivers, most of whom will not release their...
Feb
2016
4

Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed “Middle-Skill” Degree Program

Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed
  With millions of “middle-skill” jobs being added to the American economy next year, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) have partnered with Rowan University to launch a Bachelor of Arts degree in Construction Management.  The program is meant to help tackle the “middle-skill jobs skill gap.”   Middle-skill jobs...
Feb
2016
3

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis
  On Saturday, 300 union plumbers from across the country met in Flint, Michigan to install donated faucets and fix other plumbing problems in homes that have been affected by the city’s water crisis.  The plumbers, along with members of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), met at the United Association (UA) Local 370 union hall...
Jan
2016
27

Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle With Appointee Involved in Flint Water Crisis

Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle With Appointee Involved in Flint Water Crisis
  On Monday, two Detroit public schools were closed following a second wave of sick-outs. Teachers are protesting over the condition of the schools.   On January 20th, 91 percent of Detroit Public Schools were closed due to sick-outs.  Over 800 teachers called in sick and more than 45,000 students were sent home. The grievances [&hellip...
Jan
2016
13

Roofers Claim Contractor Dodged Bargaining Agreement, Pension Payments Using Shadow Company

Roofers Claim Contractor Dodged Bargaining Agreement, Pension Payments Using Shadow Company
  The Employers Joint Health and Welfare Fund, the National Roofing Industry Pension Fund, and the Roofers Union have filed a lawsuit against Ascension Sheet Metal LLC alleging that the owners of the company formed a separate entity in order to operate outside of a collective bargaining agreement.  The Gonzales-based company, which does...
Jan
2016
5

NY Wage Theft, Prevailing Wage Enforcement Bills Resulting in Impactful Backpay, Restitution

NY Wage Theft, Prevailing Wage Enforcement Bills Resulting in Impactful Backpay, Restitution
  A pair of initiatives in New York state are beginning to pay off for workers who fall victim to wage theft.  Both are aimed at protecting vulnerable workers, particularly those with varying levels of immigration status, from unscrupulous employers who seek to cheat the system.  In July, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new...
Dec
2015
22

Shaquille O’Neal Promoting Newark Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Bolster Building Trades

Shaquille O'Neal Promoting Newark Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Bolster Building Trades
  Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, together with the city of Newark, NJ, has launched a work program which will help city residents secure apprenticeships in local labor unions.  Known as Project IMPACT, the program facilitates GEDs, prepares students for aptitude tests, and develops basic construction skills.  It will target women,...
Dec
2015
18

CT Whistleblower Case Has Workers Breathing Easy Following Exposure to Inhalation Hazards

CT Whistleblower Case Has Workers Breathing Easy Following Exposure to Inhalation Hazards
  The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a complaint against a Connecticut-based retractable awning manufacturer for illegally terminating two employees after they filed safety and health complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  The owner of Eastern Awning Systems Inc., Stephen Lukos, could face a jury trial...
Dec
2015
14

Massive Rally, Slew of New Bills Aim to Right NYC’s Construction Safety Wrongs

Massive Rally, Slew of New Bills Aim to Right NYC's Construction Safety Wrongs
  In New York City, thousands of construction workers rallied at City Hall last week to demand safer work conditions and draw attention to the recent increase in fatalities and injuries on work sites.  The rally was preceded by a march which began at a non-union worksite and featured union members in black hardhats carrying [&hellip...
Nov
2015
30

$30M AFL-CIO Pension Investment Will Renovate Detroit Homes, Boost Union Workers and Apprenticeship

$30M AFL-CIO Pension Investment Will Renovate Detroit Homes, Boost Union Workers and Apprenticeship
  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced $30 million of pension fund investment into Detroit’s Neighborhood Home Repair program. The work associated with the investment will employ union workers to renovate up to 300 blighted homes across the city and expand local apprenticeship, thus kickstarting careers for the local...