Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Oct
2014
17

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB
  On Tuesday, a federal judge reinstated two Green Fleet Systems port truck drivers who argued they were illegally fired during a labor dispute with the company.  Green Fleet and several other port trucking companies have been the targets of protests and actions by drivers, many at the port of Los Angeles, who feel they [&hellip...
Oct
2014
17

AstroTeach: Paid Counter-Protesters Appear at Philly Teachers Union Demonstration

AstroTeach: Paid Counter-Protesters Appear at Philly Teachers Union Demonstration
  When the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) demonstrated on Thursday against a School Reform Commission (SRC) decision to end the contract between the school district and the union, they faced counter-protests from a marketing firm paid for by a conservative think tank.  The veil was lifted on the Commonwealth Foundation’s...
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Oct
2014
15

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters
  At the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia, a group of 47 drivers have made history by voting to join Teamsters Local 107.  The final result of the vote was 26-18 in favor of joining the union.  Several similar campaigns are underway in other cities, but this was the first successful Fedex Freight worker [&hellip...
Oct
2014
14

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community
  A movement is forming in American politics whereby labor organizations which are having trouble finding common ground with members of the Democratic party break away from their traditional alliances. The need to push for policy over party is what led to socialist candidate Kshama Sawant winning a seat on the Seattle City Council this...
Oct
2014
10

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members
  The California Faculty Association (CFA) held a rally Tuesday at Fresno State University demanding that the school’s president, Joseph Castro, fight on their behalf as they seek a new contract with the California State University (CSU) system.  The CFA, which represents more than 23,000 CSU faculty, has been without a contract since...
Oct
2014
10

Status Update: Facebook’s Bus Drivers Seeking Union Representation From Teamsters

Status Update: Facebook's Bus Drivers Seeking Union Representation From Teamsters
  Bus drivers who shuttle employees to and from Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters are seeking to unionize, arguing that their low wages do not afford them the opportunity to live in the area in which they work.  Seeking representation by the Teamsters, these drivers, subcontracted through Loop Transportation, are hoping collective...
Oct
2014
10

Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects

Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects
  A newly released video, produced by the State Building and Construction Trades Council (of California), describes the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) long history of driving down wages and misrepresenting the people it claims to represent.  The ABC says it represents 84 percent of the construction industry in California,...
Oct
2014
9

St. Louis Building Trades Unions Step Up Efforts to Train and Hire Minorities, Women

St. Louis Building Trades Unions Step Up Efforts to Train and Hire Minorities, Women
  Following contentious debate within the St. Louis County Council about the need for minority hiring goals on county contracts, local unions have created the Building Union Diversity (BUD) initiative to seek out women and minorities who wish to begin careers in construction.  Laborers International Union of America (LiUNA!) representative...
Oct
2014
9

Time to PLA the Piper: San Diego’s Anti-Worker Attitude Will Force Massive Construction Funding Loss

  Former San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye took to the op-ed section of the Voice of San Diego to explain the situation the city faces given its ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) under Prop A.  At stake? Millions of dollars in funding for construction projects.  In October of 2011 Gov. Jerry Brown signed [&hellip...
Oct
2014
7

Philadelphia Teachers Union Contract Unilaterally Cancelled as PA’s “War on Teachers” Rages On

Philadelphia Teachers Union Contract Unilaterally Cancelled as PA's
  On Monday morning the School Reform Commission (SRC) voted to cancel the contract of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), a move of questionable legality that should ultimately land the two sides in court.  Using what they believed to be power granted by Act 46, the state takeover law, the SRC voted unanimously to [&hellip...
Oct
2014
7

Long Beach Op-ed: “You Don’t Have to Have a College Degree to Be a Success.”

Long Beach Op-ed:
  The Editorial Board of the Grunion Gazette, a newspaper which serves the Long Beach, California community, recently came out in support of apprenticeships and technical programs noting the “need to offer students alternatives to college.”  As traditional four-year degrees continue to carry less weight in the workforce (with...
Oct
2014
7

Houston Pipefitters Union Prepares for Apprenticeship Boom

Houston Pipefitters Union Prepares for Apprenticeship Boom
  In Houston, Texas the demands of the pipefitting industry are leading to new opportunities for apprentices where Local Pipefitters Union 211 is seeking a slew of new applicants.  Assistant Business Manager Bryan Edwards laid out the benefits of their program for the Houston Chronicle. He explains the skills that are learned when...