Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Feb
2016
11

Teamsters File Lawsuit Against WV “Right-to-Work” Law, Say Lawmakers Have Something to Hide

Teamsters File Lawsuit Against WV
  As West Virginia moves towards “Right-to-Work,” the Teamsters union has filed a lawsuit claiming that the State Senate did not abide by a Freedom of Information Act request that sought emails between Senate leadership and professors at West Virginia University.  Last week, the House passed the “Establishing West Virginia Workplace...
Feb
2016
11

Actually Happening in Louisiana: Unions “Will Have a Friend in the Governor’s Office”

Actually Happening in Louisiana: Unions
  While speaking at a Louisiana Building and Construction Trades Council meeting this month, newly elected Governor John Bel Edwards informed members and leaders that “they will have a friend in the governor’s office.”  In a runoff election to replace former governor and Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, Bel Edwards...
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Feb
2016
9

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport
  Last week, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1430 made a formal request to represent more than 600 Uber drivers who pick up passengers from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.  The union submitted a required petition showing that over 30 percent of the drivers wished to be represented by the IBEW and...
Feb
2016
9

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off “Right-to-Work”

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off
  The Kentucky Senate’s recently passed prevailing wage rollback has died in the house, failing to pass a panel.  The bill would have exempted schools from paying the prevailing wage on educational facility construction projects over $250,000.  Prevailing wage supporters, including Bill Finn, Director of the Kentucky State Building...
Feb
2016
5

KY Judge Overturns One Local “Right-to-Work” Law; Labor Prays Precedent Will Prevail Elsewhere

KY Judge Overturns One Local
  A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled that Hardin County’s attempt to create a local “Right-to-Work” law is illegal, despite the fact that the state government gave local legislators increased powers in 2014.  The lawsuit was brought forward by nine AFL-CIO unions.  According to U.S. District Court Judge David Hale, only state...
Feb
2016
4

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland
  Construction truck drivers at the Port of Oakland will be protected from employee misclassification thanks to a landmark deal which labor advocates hope will set a precedent for the industry at large.  Last Thursday, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted unanimously to pass an enhanced Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure...
Feb
2016
4

Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed “Middle-Skill” Degree Program

Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed
  With millions of “middle-skill” jobs being added to the American economy next year, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) have partnered with Rowan University to launch a Bachelor of Arts degree in Construction Management.  The program is meant to help tackle the “middle-skill jobs skill gap.”   Middle-skill jobs...
Feb
2016
3

Helmets to Hardhats Helping Veterans Begin Sheet Metal Apprenticeships at Higher Clip as Demand Climbs

Helmets to Hardhats Helping Veterans Begin Sheet Metal Apprenticeships at Higher Clip as Demand Climbs
  The Helmets to Hardhats program was recently featured in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, in a piece that describes how it has helped Wisconsin veterans bolster an aging workforce.   The program helps military service members transition to civilian life by assisting them in entering union apprenticeships.  For their investment, unions gain...
Feb
2016
3

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis
  On Saturday, 300 union plumbers from across the country met in Flint, Michigan to install donated faucets and fix other plumbing problems in homes that have been affected by the city’s water crisis.  The plumbers, along with members of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), met at the United Association (UA) Local 370 union hall...
Feb
2016
3

Construction Boom Brings Rise in Workplace Injuries; In NYC, “80% of the Deaths Occurred on Non-union Sites”

Construction Boom Brings Rise in Workplace Injuries; In NYC,
  In 2014, fatal injuries on construction sites rose by 5 percent, to a total of 874. Hundreds of thousands of construction workers were hurt on the job, accounting for over one million worker’s compensation claims for both temporary and permanent injuries.  The number of workplace fatalities in 2014 was the highest reported since...
Feb
2016
1

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI
  While union membership rates remained unchanged nationally from 2014 to 2015, they dropped significantly in the state of Wisconsin. For the first time in its history, the state fell below the national average.  In 2015, only 8.3 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce paid dues to unions, or a total of 223,000 workers.  In 2014, roughly...
Feb
2016
1

Cost of Indiana Public Projects HAS GONE UP Since They Repealed Prevailing Wage Protections

Cost of Indiana Public Projects HAS GONE UP Since They Repealed Prevailing Wage Protections
  Before the Indiana State Budget Committee, the State Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) testified that, as many economic experts predicted, the cost of public works projects has increased considerably since the July 1, 2015 repeal of the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  Much of the increase was caused by the absence...