Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Aug
2015
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IBEW, CWA Decide to Work Without Verizon Contract Rather Than Striking (For Now)

IBEW, CWA Decide to Work Without Verizon Contract Rather Than Striking (For Now)
  On Midnight of August 1st, the contract between Verizon and its unionized workforce expired. 86 percent of the 39,000 workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), previously authorized a strike but both unions announced that they would remain on the job...
Jul
2015
30

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill
  Republicans, led by the senior member of the Senate, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Monday that they will make another attempt to pass the anti-union “Employee Rights Act,” which has failed in previous attempts due to Democratic control of the Senate.  If passed, the bill would be the first major reform of federal labor law [&hellip...
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Jul
2015
30

Op-ed’s Tout Importance of Apprenticeship for Young Workers, Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

Op-ed's Tout Importance of Apprenticeship for Young Workers, Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life
  This week, two op-ed’s from two regions of the United States discuss the importance of apprenticeship programs to two groups of Americans: youth and veterans. In The Daytona Daily News, professor Rick Sheridan touts apprenticeship programs arguing that they offer a vital alternative to college for those seeking a middle class lifestyle. ...
Jul
2015
29

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept
  On August 1st at midnight the contract between Verizon and 39,000 of its workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will expire. Both sides are bracing for a strike.  The bargaining units involved represent workers in Verizon’s landline and FiOS...
Jul
2015
29

Carhartt Pledges $100,000 Annually to Union-Supported Veteran Training Program H2H

Carhartt Pledges $100,000 Annually to Union-Supported Veteran Training Program H2H
  In a ceremony at the Washington Hilton, workwear brand Carhartt announced that they will donate $100,000 annually to Helmets to Hardhats, the Building Trades-sponsored veteran workforce development organization. Finding meaningful work is crucial to a return to civilian life following active duty.  Joining Carhartt President and COO Linda...
Jul
2015
28

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain’t Having It

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain't Having It
  Last week, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by conservative columnist Steven Greenhut that uses questionable numbers and biased sources to argue that Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) would dramatically raise the cost of school construction in the state of California.  The article blasts both PLAs and legislation that is...
Jul
2015
24

Gov. Inslee Uninvited from WA Labor Council Convention Over Boeing Tax Credit Accountability

Gov. Inslee Uninvited from WA Labor Council Convention Over Boeing Tax Credit Accountability
  Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee planned to speak at the Washington State Labor Council’s annual convention, but his appearance has been canceled due to resentment from union members surrounding Inslee’s role in an $8.7 billion tax break for Boeing.  Originially invited to headline the event — where prominent Democrats including...
Jul
2015
24

IUPAT Efforts Uncover Labor Abuses, Safety Gaps in Colorado Painting Industry

  As part of its Constructing Justice campaign, the Denver chapter of the International Painters Union and Allied Trades (IUPAT) had conversations with more than 600 union and nonunion painters over the past year to better understand the labor abuses they face.  The results show a widespread epidemic of wage theft, misclassification, and a...
Jul
2015
24

Brown Signs AB 1308: CA Apprenticeships Strengthened by New Building Trades-backed Bill

Brown Signs AB 1308: CA Apprenticeships Strengthened by New Building Trades-backed Bill
  Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1308, Building Trades-backed legislation which protects successful state-approved apprenticeship programs by reinforcing the “need standard.”  The law is aimed at stopping contractors from establishing phony apprenticeship programs in order to pay lower wages to workers on...
Jul
2015
22

CWA Members Rally Outside AT&T Hearing to Uphold Minnesota’s Paid Sick Leave Standards

CWA Members Rally Outside AT&T Hearing to Uphold Minnesota's Paid Sick Leave Standards
  “It’s a simple request. Follow the law.” Those were the words of Don Waalen-Radzevicius, a 29-year employee of AT&T who was denied paid sick leave when his husband fell victim to a spell of bad health.  Waalen-Radzevicius was joined by other members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at a rally outside of [&hellip...
Jul
2015
22

Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Expand with Construction of New Center in New Haven

Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Expand with Construction of New Center in New Haven
  In New Haven, the Construction Workforce Initiative 2 (CWI 2) will open a new training center next month after a decade of running programs in various locations in the city.  The program teaches New Haven county residents the necessary skills to begin a union apprenticeship before progressing to journeyman status in the construction...
Jul
2015
20

Developers, Lobbyists Linked to de Blasio’s Anti-Prevailing Wage Efforts Have Scandalous History

Developers, Lobbyists Linked to de Blasio's Anti-Prevailing Wage Efforts Have Scandalous History
  The latest lobbying disclosure from the group Putting New Yorkers to Work shows that part of the $1.9 million used in their campaign to push for an extension of the 421-a tax abatement program came from developers who were involved in the federal corruption charges surrounding former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate...