Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Oct
2014
23

Indiana Unions Continue to Report Extremely Limited Impact of “Right-to-Work” Law

  Under the guise of job creation, the Indiana legislature passed union-busting “Right-to-Work” legislation in 2013.  But more than a year later, many unions remain unaffected with the vast majority of members continuing to pay dues.  Other than state politicians scoring right-wing points with national donors, the law has been...
Oct
2014
22

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission
  A Common Pleas judge in Philadelphia has issued a preliminary injunction to halt the School Reform Commission (SRC) from making drastic changes to the health insurance plans of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT). A recent unilateral move to effectively ignore a collectively bargained contract spurred the judiciary action.  Judge...
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Oct
2014
22

REALLY!? PA Repubs Try to Sneak ‘Paycheck Deception’ Amendment Into Allergy Medicine Bill

REALLY!? PA Repubs Try to Sneak 'Paycheck Deception' Amendment Into Allergy Medicine Bill
  In Pennsylvania, the State Senate voted against an amendment to an unrelated bill that would have disallowed unions from automatically deducting dues from paychecks.  The amendment failed on a 20-28 vote.  Considering Republicans have a 27-23 majority in the State Senate, the news was novel and encouraging. Six Republicans voted with...
Oct
2014
22

Ban the Ban: SD Joins Host of CA Cities Salvaging State Funds Ahead of SB7′s Implementation

  On Monday the San Diego City Council voted to affirm a compromise that would allow the city to operate under Proposition A’s exception clause in order to continue to receive funds from the state after SB7 goes into effect on January 1st, 2015.  The agreement was reached after Gov. Jerry Brown, State Assembly Speaker [&hellip...
Oct
2014
21

Despite Horribly Worded Ballot Question, MA Casino Expansion is Poised to Persevere

Despite Horribly Worded Ballot Question, MA Casino Expansion is Poised to Persevere
  The election home stretch is upon us, which means controversy is cropping up in every crevice of the nation. In Massachusetts it is taking the form of a poorly worded ballot question that will decide the fate of a Plainville casino and the jobs it would bring. Eyebrows have been raised by the wording [&hellip...
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...
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,...