Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

Jul
2016
20

Leaflet My People Go: Teamsters Arrested in GA for Distributing Info About XPO Logistics Misclassification

Leaflet My People Go: Teamsters Arrested in GA for Distributing Info About XPO Logistics Misclassification
  Three union organizers were ticketed by police last month for leafletting in the city of Port Wentworth, Georgia. Ben Speight and two of his fellow Teamsters brothers stood outside the gates of XPO Logistics — a recent foe of the union — in orange blaze safety vests. They were handing out flyers to truckers exiting the...
Jul
2016
20

1000s Camp Out in NYC for Chance to become Plumbers Union Apprentice

1000s Camp Out in NYC for Chance to become Plumbers Union Apprentice
  Hundreds of young men camped out on the streets of New York City last weekend waiting for applications to the Plumbers Union Apprenticeship Program in Queens. The applications were distributed on Monday morning to the first 1,000 people in line. The immense popularity of the program meant not everyone could get their hands on one: Signs...
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Jul
2016
11

SD Gives Development Regulations Power to Shoulder-Rubbing Consultants. Building Trades Sue.

SD Gives Development Regulations Power to Shoulder-Rubbing Consultants. Building Trades Sue.
  A “zombie entity” is running amuck in San Diego. So says Murtaza Baxamusa, former board member of Civic San Diego, the “zombie entity” in question. The organization approves and processes ministerial and discretionary land-use applications in parts of downtown and surrounding communities. San Diego’s is the...
Jul
2016
5

Union Trades Camp Shows Young PA Girls the Construction Ropes

Union Trades Camp Shows Young PA Girls the Construction Ropes
  “Girls are as capable, if not more capable, of doing as good a job as boys are.” So says 11-year-old Ashley Hawk of Pottstown, PA. Ashley is one of 18 girls attending Camp MAGIC (Mentoring A Girl In Construction) in Philadelphia. The camp offers middle- and high-school-age girls a chance to work with saber saws and...
Jun
2016
27

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not
  When viewed through a global lens, both Canada and the United States appear somewhat strong on labor issues. We have our trove of workers’ rights weaknesses, but North America is by no means synonymous with the world’s worst working conditions. Is it surprising, then, that both countries are United Nations outliers when it comes...
Jun
2016
27

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages
  A little court case in Henderson County, Kentucky represents a big win for prevailing wage protections in the increasingly complex labor landscape of the bluegrass state. A state appeals court has upheld the findings of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet that Henderson Municipal Power & Light (HMPL), a local utility company, split up an annual...
Jun
2016
21

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors
  An apartment complex for homeless veterans in Jersey City, New Jersey is ready to house its first tenants according to representatives for the public-private partnership that helped make it a reality. The Jersey City Redevelopment Authority and the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) say the eight-unit complex was...
Jun
2016
17

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification
  The state of South Dakota has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in order to combat the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  The three-year agreement will allow the two parties to provide clear, accurate, and easy-to-access compliance information to employers,...
Jun
2016
15

Building Trades, Community Orgs Make Final Push for a Just Sentence in 23-Year-Old’s Workplace Death

Building Trades, Community Orgs Make Final Push for a Just Sentence in 23-Year-Old's Workplace Death
  A coalition of community groups, labor unions, and worker centers are calling for a conviction during the final days of arguments in a case against Harco Construction, LLC.  The case centers around the death of 23-year-old Carlos Moncayo, who was killed in an excavation collapse in New York City’s Meatpacking District in April of...
Jun
2016
9

Teamsters’ Leafletting Campaign Takes Port Misclassification Fight National

Teamsters' Leafletting Campaign Takes Port Misclassification Fight National
  Members of the Teamsters union, in their constant battle to end truck driver misclassification, are taking part in a national leafletting action at XPO/Con-Way terminals.  The action coincides with recent strikes at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach and in San Diego, where misclassification is rampant.  Earlier this month, the Teamsters...
Jun
2016
7

Group of Labor Advocacy Orgs, Unions Launch Coalition to Battle Wage Theft in MN

Group of Labor Advocacy Orgs, Unions Launch Coalition to Battle Wage Theft in MN
  A new coalition of worker groups and unions has formed in Minnesota to combat wage theft. It will hold its first meeting on June 7th.   The group was the result of a series of articles published by Workday Minnesota which exposed the various forms of wage theft facing the region’s workers. The group is [&hellip...
Jun
2016
7

Building Trades Protest Unmet Local Hiring Mandates at Tesla Shareholders’ Meeting

Building Trades Protest Unmet Local Hiring Mandates at Tesla Shareholders' Meeting
  Outside a recent Tesla shareholders meeting, members of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada (BCTCNN) rallied against what they view as unfair hiring practices at the company’s gigafactory in Sparks, NV.  Inside, investors representing the union’s pension fund greeted Tesla CEO Elon Musk with a letter...