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Jul
2014
28

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules
  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, the second such blow to the legislation since its passage in 2012. Lake County Circuit Judge George Paras decided against the state in United Steelworkers vs. Zoeller on July 17th, ruling that the law was “null and void in its entirety” and ...
Jun
2014
27

Union Leader: Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program Overused, Apprenticeship Must Be Prioritized

  During the recent Skilled Trades Summit hosted by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum the COO of Canada’s Building Trades Unions, Bob Blakely, spoke about the issues facing the Canadian workforce and how changes can be made to the apprenticeship system to slow the country’s reliance on temporary foreign workers.  In the past 10 years...
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Jun
2014
19

Court Nabs Anti-Union ABC for “Posing as a Voter” in Order to Sponsor Ballot Measure

  In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Associated Builders and Contractors attempted to sponsor a ballot initiative while posing as a voter and that “compelling disclosure violates the First Amendment right to anonymous speech.” The decision in Chula Vista Citizens vs. Norris could set a new legal ...
Jun
2014
2

MN Passes “Responsible Bidder” Legislation, Ups Criteria for Contractors on Public Works Project

  In Minnesota, the state Building and Construction Trades Council spearheaded an effort to define what makes a “responsible bidder” in the eyes of the law when it comes to public contracts.  The result? A bipartisan bill that sets new standards which contractors must live up to in order to be eligible to bid on ...
May
2014
22

Doing Their Part: MI Building Trades Pledge “$3 to $5 Million” to Keep Detroit Bankruptcy Recovery Alive

  Federal mediators for bankruptcy court have announced that the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council (MIBCTC) will contribute between $3 to $5 million to bolster retiree health insurance.  The move is in response to political pressure for unions to make financial contributions to help sure up services as Detroit makes its way...
May
2014
16

“Solar is Dumb” and Other Brilliant Assertions from ALEC’s Delusional Inner Circle

  An op-ed from Wisconsin Assemblywoman Chris Taylor sheds light on her year as a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  The overarching views Taylor describes are not shocking, but the details would seem almost satirical to the casual observer. Renewable energy, for instance, is an area where ALEC’s approach...
Apr
2014
23

Language Hidden in USPS Stabilization Bill Could Severely Impact Workers Comp for Federal Employees

  Language hidden in a bill that attempts to stabilize the finances of the United States Postal Service could have a sweeping effect on workers compensation for federal employees.  Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, told the Washington Post that she, “strongly opposes . . . unwarranted cuts in FECA...
Mar
2014
31

After Forcing Delay, House GOP Claims It’s Too Late for Unemployment Extension. DOL Sec. Perez Disagress.

  A procedural vote in the U.S. Senate has cleared the way for an extension of unemployment benefits for nearly 2.24 million American workers.  However, House Speaker John Boehner says that no matter what the Senate decides, a bill would be “unworkable,” noting that it is simply too late.  Republicans on the House Ways and ...
Mar
2014
21

DISH Network to Pay Employee a Quarter Million Dollars for Retaliatory Firing

DISH Network to Pay Employee a Quarter Million Dollars for Retaliatory Firing
  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered DISH Network to pay over $250,000 in fines and penalties after blacklisting an employee who reported a vendor for fraudulent invoices.  DISH Network will pay the employee $157,024 in back wages and $100,000 in compensatory damages.  The actions taken by DISH Network...
Mar
2014
12

Chicago McDonald’s Manager to Diabetic Woman: “Put a Bullet In Your Head” the Next Time You’re Sick

Chicago McDonald's Manager to Diabetic Woman:
  Protesters gathered at the “Rock and Roll” McDonald’s in Chicago last week after an employee was subject to verbal abuse when she asked to go home following what she described as a “severe diabetic episode.”  Carmen Navarrette, an employee at the store for 9 years, claims management told her to “put a bullet in ...
Feb
2014
24

UAW to Appeal Volkswagen Plant Vote

UAW to Appeal Volkswagen Plant Vote
  The United Automobile Workers union has decided to appeal the vote by workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga not to unionize. Filing with the National Labor Relations Board, the union claims outside interference did not allow for a free and just vote.   In the leadup to the closely watched three-day ballot process, ...
Jan
2014
16

IMPLICATED: Court Rules General Contractors Liable for Subcontractor Behavior on PLAs

IMPLICATED: Court Rules General Contractors Liable for Subcontractor Behavior on PLAs
A ruling by the Third Circuit Court in the case of Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union No. 27 v. E.P. Donnelly, Inc. introduces the possibility of general contractors being held liable for their subcontractors’ actions if they are not properly directed to assign work in accordance with the terms of a Project labor ...