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Oct
2016
14

Party On: MO AFL-CIO Endorsing Republicans Who Will Help Defeat “Right-to-Work”

Party On: MO AFL-CIO Endorsing Republicans Who Will Help Defeat
  In a break from tradition, the Missouri AFL-CIO has endorsed a handful of Republican state lawmakers in the upcoming November election. Though the organization mostly skews Democratic, this year they have endorsed 13 Republicans in the House and two Republicans in the Senate with the expectation that these candidates will oppose...
Aug
2016
5

SC Construction Scheme Defrauded Minorities, Women, Vets, the Disabled Out of $350M in Gov’t Work

SC Construction Scheme Defrauded Minorities, Women, Vets, the Disabled Out of $350M in Gov't Work
  In South Carolina, seven people are facing federal fraud charges in connection with $350 million dollars’ worth of government construction contracts. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court, that describes a scheme centering around the misuse of construction contracts administered...
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Apr
2016
25

The Legal Argument Used to Overturn Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law Could Be Used Elsewhere

The Legal Argument Used to Overturn Wisconsin's
  In a piece for In These Times, writer Shaun Richman looks at the legal argument that could overturn “Right-to-Work” laws nationwide. The argument was recently used by the Wisconsin judge who temporarily overturned the state’s “Right-to-Work” law.  While that case is certain to be appealed and overturned by the state’s...
Apr
2016
8

Binghamton Councilman Who Tried to Bribe ABC Contractor on PLA Bill Forced to Resign

Binghamton Councilman Who Tried to Bribe ABC Contractor on PLA Bill Forced to Resign
  In Binghamton, NY the city council is deciding how it will move forward following the resignation of councilmember Bill Berg, who left his position last week as part of a plea deal with the Broome County District Attorney’s office. A misdemeanor charge of obstructing governmental administration was the impetus.  The charge stems from...
Apr
2016
4

Prevailing Wages Win: CA’s SB7 Law Upheld, Charter Cities Can’t Skirt Proper Pay

Prevailing Wages Win: CA's SB7 Law Upheld, Charter Cities Can't Skirt Proper Pay
  In a victory for the State Building Trades of California (SBCTC), the Court of Appeals upheld SB 7, which ensures charter cities pay prevailing wages on public works projects as a condition of eligibility for state construction funding.  The bill was upheld by a 2-1 vote as it was previously in September of 2014 [&hellip...
Jan
2016
14

Lawsuit Alleges H-2b Visa Workers Faced “Ungodly Conditions” at Minnesota State Fair

Lawsuit Alleges H-2b Visa Workers Faced
  A recently filed lawsuit alleges that a carnival company abused the H-2B visa system in order to circumvent labor laws and exposed the workers to “ungodly conditions.”  The company, Midwest Rides aka Mad-Jax Amusements, faces 26 claims including violations of federal and state labor laws, human trafficking, assault, battery, and...
Aug
2015
13

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued
  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has fined Joseph Kehrer nearly $1.8 million for exposing foreign workers to asbestos without proper training, equipment, or instruction.  Keher is the owner of Kehrer Brothers Construction and a Kehrer-affiliated company, D7 Roofing, which hired the workers from Mexico to perform...
Mar
2015
16

U.S. District Court Denies Summary Judgements in Uber, Lyft Misclassification Cases

U.S. District Court Denies Summary Judgements in Uber, Lyft Misclassification Cases
  Last week, federal judges heard class action lawsuits against Lyft and Uber that were brought forward by drivers who claim they are being misclassified as independent contractors.  The cases were heard in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  In both cases, the companies filed motions seeking summary judgement...
Feb
2015
18

Nevada Senate’s School Construction Prevailing Wage Exemption is “as Partisan as You Can Make It”

Nevada Senate's School Construction Prevailing Wage Exemption is
Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford   The Nevada senate has passed SB 119, a bill that exempts school districts and universities from paying the prevailing wage on construction projects.  The divisive bill passed along party lines, 11-9.  It will now be taken up by the assembly where it must pass a vote in the Assembly [&hellip...
Jan
2015
29

Rhode Island Commission Considering Mandating Approved Apprenticeship Programs for Public Bids

Rhode Island Commission Considering Mandating Approved Apprenticeship Programs for Public Bids
  In Rhode Island, a “Special Legislative Commission to study the requirements and feasibility of implementing apprenticeship prerequisites for public works contracts” will hold its first meeting Thursday to discuss limiting bids on public works projects to companies with apprenticeship programs.  The Commission was formed at the end of...
Oct
2014
1

IL Plumbers Local, Building Trades Council Fight for School District Upgrades, Training Opportunities

  Building Trades unions in Champaign, Illinois are lending their assistance to a local referendum campaign which would provide funding to reinvigorate career and technical training in the county’s largest school district.  Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 149 has purchased yard signs in support of the Unit 4 referendum and allowed...
Aug
2014
21

IAM Confident as Unionization Effort Gets Underway at South Carolina Boeing Plant

IAM Confident as Unionization Effort Gets Underway at South Carolina Boeing Plant
  An organizing effort by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) in North Charleston, SC could result in a union at the facility for the first time since 2009. One of the workers publicly in favor of unionization at the facility is Farrington James.  He began working there just prior to Boeing [&hellip...