Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Sep
2014
15

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification
  Rampant employee misclassification has finally become a hot-button topic nationwide following a sweeping set of stories from McClatchy. The series, “Contract to Cheat,” focuses on the abuse of independent contractor employment status in several states around the U.S. In North Carolina, the Charlotte News and Observer details the...
Sep
2014
12

Opt Out Cop Out: Mackinac Center Walks Back Big Talk After Teachers Stand by Their Union

  The Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s summer-long assault on teachers unions has ended and the results are in: it didn’t do diddly. The Michigan Education Association (MEA) announced that fewer than 5,000 of its members opted out of the union during August.  Michigan’s new found status as a “Right-to-Work” state allowed...
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Sep
2014
11

Strikes, Suits, and Wrongful Firings: Port Trucking’s Wonderful World of Endless Tension

Strikes, Suits, and Wrongful Firings: Port Trucking's Wonderful World of Endless Tension
  Last week, thirty-three port truck drivers were fired by Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI) for not withdrawing wage and hour claims made with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).  Four of the fired drivers had just been awarded an average $68,211 in back wages after the DLSE found that they were...
Sep
2014
10

WA Iron Workers File NLRB Grievances Claiming Discrimination, Wage-Dodging by Out-of-Staters

  Washington state iron worker unions have banded together to file grievances with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against two out-of-town contractors on what has been billed “the largest public refrigerated warehouse in North America.”  According to their grievances, Indianapolis-based Victory Unlimited Construction...
Sep
2014
10

The “Largest Job-Producing Project in Georgia” is Union Strong Under a Project Labor Agreement

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  The Vogtle power plant construction project in Georgia has reached its predicted peak workforce of 5,000 workers according to Georgia Power. The current workforce is the largest at the nuclear plant since its first two reactors were erected in the mid-1980’s, but the numbers could swell again as the project continues towards completion....
Sep
2014
8

Weekend Warriors: Union Tradesmen Volunteer Man Hours on Georgia State Park Project

Weekend Warriors: Union Tradesmen Volunteer Man Hours on Georgia State Park Project
  This is a cross post from the United Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA)… Visitors to the recreational lake at Georgia’s Hard Labor Creek State Park will find a new kayak shed along its shoreline, thanks to the hands-on, volunteer support of union electricians and elevator constructors who put their talents to work with Union...
Sep
2014
5

Behind the Veil: Secretly Recorded Captive Audience Meetings Expose Big Company Anti-Unionism

  For some unfortunate workers, a job at a big company means having to sit through captive audience meetings where employer representatives tell you that, “you have the right to organize, but it would be a very bad idea.”  A new trend of workers secretly recording these meetings, however, could expose this flawed though legal [&hellip...
Sep
2014
3

Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections

Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections
  Southern California Uber drivers belonging to the California App-Based Drivers’ Association (CADA) have aligned themselves with Teamsters Local 986 in hopes of organizing.  The drivers perceive many of the business practices mandated by Uber as “unsafe, deceptive, and unfair.”   CADA has been in existence for over a year but their...
Sep
2014
3

George Meany Comes Home

George Meany Comes Home
  This is a guest post by North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey… After residing for many years as a visual focal point for his namesake educational institution, a large sculpture of George Meany has been prominently placed in the lobby of AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, DC. Situating the massive...
Sep
2014
2

Building Trades, Dept of Ed Launch Refreshing Approach to Skills Training in CA High Schools

  As the new school year begins, nine high schools in California are poised to display the merits of a pilot program which will prepare students to participate in pre-apprenticeships in the construction trades.  The “MC3” – or Multi-Craft Core Curriculum — will focus on building trades math; labor history; training to...
Aug
2014
29

Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia

Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia
  While speaking at the annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce meeting, natural gas executives praised labor unions as a vital partner in maximizing the positive impact of Marcellus Shale gas on the state’s economy.  With global demand expected to rise 65 percent by 2045, Randy Cleveland, President of XTO Energy, compared the state to...
Aug
2014
29

de Blasio Settles With Female Teamsters in NYC in Deal Marked by Backpay, Raises, Good Faith

  Teamsters Local 237 has announced a new agreement with the City of New York for school safety agents and special officers.  In reaching a contract, Mayor Bill de Blasio makes good on a campaign promise to settle a pay equity lawsuit that had been lingering for four years.  The city will pay $38 million [&hellip...