Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Jan
2015
26

Construction Union Membership Rises; “Value-Centric, Trusted Community Partner” Approach Working

Construction Union Membership Rises;
  New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the percentage of the workforce represented by a union fell to 11.1%, down from 11.3% the previous year.  Overall, 14.6 million Americans belonged to a union in 2014.  In 1983, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent with 17.7 million workers belonging to [&hellip...
Jan
2015
23

In “Historic Moment,” Canadian Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Collective Bargaining Protections

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  In a 6-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that joining a union and engaging in collective bargaining are constitutional rights for Canadian citizens.  The question arose from a case in which the Mounted Police Associations of Ontario — “Mounties” as they’re affectionately referred to —...
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Jan
2015
21

One of Michelle Obama’s State of the Union Guests Was a One-Time Construction Union Apprentice

One of Michelle Obama's State of the Union Guests Was a One-Time Construction Union Apprentice
  Considering this site’s frequent focus on skilled trades apprenticeship, it seems only fitting to celebrate the recognition by the Obama administration of a union apprentice whose live was forever changed by the opportunity to train with the Laborers International Union of America. Below is a press release from North America’s...
Jan
2015
16

Legion of Pro-Worker Bills Introduced in…Texas.

Legion of Pro-Worker Bills Introduced in...Texas.
  The Texas legislature began its 2015 session with Democrats introducing pro-worker bills.  Among them are various attempts to raise the minimum wage, which remains at the federal level of $7.25 an hour.  One bill, from Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, would raise the wage to $10.10 an hour, while another bill from Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon...
Jan
2015
16

Boston Union Workers Complete Emergency Homeless Shelter Renovation in Blazing Two Week Period

Boston Union Workers Complete Emergency Homeless Shelter Renovation in Blazing Two Week Period
  “It’s unbelievable to me,” Dr. Huy Nguyen told the Boston Globe as he inspected the city’s new state-of-the-art facility to house the homeless.  Built out of necessity after the condemnation of the only bridge leading to Long Island left 700 homeless men and women without shelter, the facility was completed in just over two...
Jan
2015
15

Wisconsin Teachers Use Legal Loophole in Act 10 to Get Their Union Back

Wisconsin Teachers Use Legal Loophole in Act 10 to Get Their Union Back
  Part of the anti-union power of Wisconsin’s contentious Act 10 bill is that it forces all school district collective bargaining units to recertify on an annual basis, before December 1 of a given year.  This means that 51 percent of all eligible voters — not only those who participate in a vote — must [&hellip...
Jan
2015
14

Going Viral: Drivers at 6 More Silicon Valley Companies Have Signed Union Authorization Cards

Going Viral: Drivers at 6 More Silicon Valley Companies Have Signed Union Authorization Cards
  In November, when drivers contracted to transport Facebook workers voted to unionize, the hope among labor activists was a “domino effect” would ensue, and that more drivers would be called to collective action.  It’s unclear, however, that anyone expected that day to come so soon. According to USA Today, the move to unionize...
Jan
2015
14

FairPoint, Unions Meeting with Federal Mediators; No Public Comment Allowed

FairPoint, Unions Meeting with Federal Mediators; No Public Comment Allowed
  Almost 90 days into their strike against FairPoint Communications, representatives from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are meeting in Washington D.C. with management at the behest of federal mediators.  A similar November gathering failed to produce a contract, and...
Jan
2015
14

Jobs Report Reveals Construction Wages, Especially for Unionized Workers, Rising Steadily Since ’09

Jobs Report Reveals Construction Wages, Especially for Unionized Workers, Rising Steadily Since '09
  Lost in the news shuffle surrounding the latest jobs report is a telling accomplishment achieved by a small segment of the population: wages have been steadily increasing for union construction workers since 2009.  Overall, the jobs report showed that the U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December and unemployment dropped to 5.6 percent....
Jan
2015
12

Mexican Trucks Will Soon Be Operating Freely in the U.S., Enraging Drivers’ Union

Mexican Trucks Will Soon Be Operating Freely in the U.S., Enraging Drivers' Union
  The U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to announce that it will be lifting restrictions on Mexican trucking firms who want to operate throughout the United States.  Despite the passage of NAFTA in 1994, which theoretically should have allowed Mexican trucking companies to engage long haul operations in the U.S., restrictions...
Jan
2015
12

CA Port Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 848, Company Oddly Appears to Think It’s Cool

CA Port Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 848, Company Oddly Appears to Think It's Cool
  On Friday, 88 of the 111 port truckers working for Shippers Transport Express voted to be represented by Teamsters Local 848. The vote represents a major victory for the misclassified drayage truckers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach who have been participating in work actions for over a year.  The union [&hellip...
Jan
2015
12

24 Going on 33: Nine States Will Face “Right-to-Work” Proposals Thanks to Empowered GOP

24 Going on 33: Nine States Will Face
  Across the country, state legislatures are beginning new sessions and in many Republicans are looking to use their election capital to make big changes in labor policy.  In the wake of the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans control 31 of 50 governorships and 68 of 98 partisan legislatures. They have total control (both the...