Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Feb
2015
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Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power

Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power
  On Tuesday, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee heard public testimony on over 50 proposed bills.  Almost 300 people showed up at Middletown City Hall, causing police to escort the overflow into hallways to wait.  Increasing the threshold for prevailing wages and imposing new limits on unemployment...
Feb
2015
24

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal
  After a shotgun hearing moved HB 1019, which would repeal Indiana’s longstanding Common Construction Wage, closer to becoming reality, workers and contractors continued speak out through a contentious week in Indianapolis. But it was of no use. On Monday, the house voted 55-41 to actively lower wages for construction workers in the...
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Feb
2015
23

Former GOP Leader Slams Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Fast Tracking; $5.8B of Income Could Be Lost; Pair of Major AFL-CIO Rallies Planned

Former GOP Leader Slams Walker's
  On Friday, Wisconsin Republicans called for a special session to pass “Right-to-Work” legislation. The bill has been ‘fast-tracked’ by Governor Scott Walker, meaning the public will be unable to comment on the anti-worker bill.  Not surprisingly, given the nature of Wisconsin politics, the “Right-to-Work” bill being...
Feb
2015
23

2013: ADT Employees Join IBEW – 2014: They Work Without a Contract – 2015: ADT Locks Them Out

2013: ADT Employees Join IBEW - 2014: They Work Without a Contract - 2015: ADT Locks Them Out
  Security company ADT has locked out 19 of its workers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and replaced them with “outside contractors.”  In 2013, the workers voted to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 342 and had been working while attempting to negotiate their first contract since.  Union...
Feb
2015
23

Sacrificial Rams: Unions Commit to 24-Hour Work Days, No Overtime Pay to Keep NFL Team in Town

Sacrificial Rams: Unions Commit to 24-Hour Work Days, No Overtime Pay to Keep NFL Team in Town
  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon joined officials from the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council to announce that labor unions have committed to a 24-hour/day, 5 days/week work schedule without overtime to build a new football stadium. This effort could keep the NFL’s Rams in the city.  Officials estimate that the agreement will...
Feb
2015
20

Four-Month Strike Results in FairPoint Contract; CWA, IBEW Members Receive High Praise from Electeds

Four-Month Strike Results in FairPoint Contract; CWA, IBEW Members Receive High Praise from Electeds
  A tentative agreement has been reached between FairPoint Communications and more than 1,700 union members affiliated with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The workers had been on strike against the telecom giant since October 17th.   On Thursday, the unions and the...
Feb
2015
19

Augusta Building Trades Training Program Graduates Class of 40% Females, 87% People of Color

Augusta Building Trades Training Program Graduates Class of 40% Females, 87% People of Color
  The latest graduates of the Augusta Building Trade Council’s Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) are ready to take on the adventure of beginning a career in the building trades. Many of them could soon be employed on one of the nation’s largest construction projects. The program is a collaboration between North America’s Building...
Feb
2015
18

37 Months and One Active Lawsuit Later, Cablevision’s CWA Techs Get Their Contract

37 Months and One Active Lawsuit Later, Cablevision's CWA Techs Get Their Contract
  Three years after voting to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Brooklyn Technicians working for Cablevision have finally reached a collective bargaining agreement with the company, ending one of the longest labor disputes in New York City.  The two-year agreement will give 262 Brooklyn technicians considerable pay raises;...
Feb
2015
17

Paycheck Protection (nay, Paycheck Deception) Creeps Toward MO Gov’s Desk Again

  A Missouri House Subcommittee signed off on “paycheck protection” last week, which would single out certain unions and force members to give written permission for dues deduction. Those unions likely to be exempt from the bill include police, firefighters, and first responders.   Labor supporters and union members call the bill by a...
Feb
2015
17

Fighting Illini: AG Madigan, Comptroller Munger Refuse to Implement IL Gov’s de Facto “Right-to-Work”

Fighting Illini: AG Madigan, Comptroller Munger Refuse to Implement IL Gov's de Facto
  In a legal and public relations win for workers, the Attorney General and Comptroller of Illinois announced they would not implement Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order which would have allowed those who are represented by unions at the bargaining table but are not members to stop paying ‘fair share fees’ used to offset the...
Feb
2015
17

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP’s Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP's Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack
  UPDATE: This morning’s hearing on this issue was live-tweeted by some in attendance. Below are a handful of embedded tweets offering further insight Last speaker for repeal #CommonConstructionWage up now. Worth noting: not one of the speakers was a construction business owner. — Top Notch of Indiana (@TopNotchIndiana) February...
Feb
2015
17

NPR Highlights New Generation’s Growing Interest in Apprenticeship Over College

NPR Highlights New Generation's Growing Interest in Apprenticeship Over College
  The country’s younger millennials, those on the brink of post-secondary education, are at an important crossroads. They must decide if they are willing to stare down massive college debt while trying to obtain a four-year college degree that comes with fewer and fewer job guarantees, or whether they want to build a career using...