Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

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...
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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 ...
Jan
2014
16

Bill Banning Collective Bargaining in Colorado is Far-Fetched…for Now.

Bill Banning Collective Bargaining in Colorado is Far-Fetched...for Now.
Colorado State Rep. Justin Everett has introduced a bill that would ban collective bargaining between public employees and their employers.  A similar bill was introduced by the Jefferson County Republican last year but did not make it out of committee.  The bill would have a similar effect to Wisconsin’s Budget Repair Bill and Ohio’s failed...
Jan
2014
8

Maine Gov. LePage Literally Says Out Loud That 12-Year-Olds Should Work

Maine Gov. LePage Literally Says Out Loud That 12-Year-Olds Should Work
  Unclear if the young girls pictured in this story will be unionized paperboys by the end of 2015. Read the craziness in the Portland Press Herald...
Dec
2013
4

Appeals Court Deals Setback to Workers, Will Allow Waiving of Employee Workplace Grievance Rights

  By a 2-1 decision, the Fifth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals issued a ruling Tuesday allowing employers to waive workplace grievance rights via class action lawsuit.  The decision reverses a National Labor Relations Board decision which found such agreements conflicted with federal law.  The decision is a victory for...
Oct
2013
25

WI’s Rejection of Federal Funds Resulting in Health Insurance Rates Double Those in Bordering MN

  A new report from consumer advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin exposes how decisions made by Gov. Scott Walker drove insurance rates far above those in neighboring Minnesota. Driven by Walker’s rejection of federal Medicaid money and a laissez-faire attitude towards rate regulation, the average Wisconsinite will pay $1,800 more...
Aug
2013
12

Florida Oranges? How About Sour Grapes? Gov. Scott Tries Again to Purge Voters from the Rolls

  In the lead up to the 2012 election, Florida Governor Rick Scott made news by attempting to purge 182,000 voters from the voting rolls. This was part of a voter suppression plan that included ending early voting, cracking down on voter registration drives, and creating long lines in precincts in poor and minority neighborhoods. ...
Aug
2013
5

Construction Sector Recovery Seen as Regional, in Keeping with Overall Private Sector Trends

Construction Sector Recovery Seen as Regional, in Keeping with Overall Private Sector Trends
  Numbers released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) show that construction jobs grew in 185 of 339 metropolitan areas between May of 2012 and May of 2013. In 115 other metropolitan areas numbers decreased and in 39 others they remained stagnant, according to AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson, “It appears that the...
Jul
2013
29

UPDATE: Disastrous Aurora, CO Veterans Affairs Project Could Lose Major Contractor

UPDATE: Disastrous Aurora, CO Veterans Affairs Project Could Lose Major Contractor
  Over the last month we have been reporting on the mishaps during construction of a new Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Aurora, Colorado. It is behind schedule and wildly over budget and has become the new posterchild for the VA’s refusal to use union labor and veteran hiring mandates.  Now, adding to the mess ...