Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Aug
2015
27

New NLRB Union Election Rules Speeding Up Process by 40%, but Not Necessarily Favoring Unions

  The new NLRB union election rule which prevents companies from delaying elections through frivolous lawsuits is working according to new data.  The average election time has dropped by 40 percent since the rule took effect in April.   From the Wall Street Journal: The revamped process has whittled down the election process for...
Aug
2015
26

IBEW Local 1245 Members Aid Firefighters to Contain Voracious Wildfires in CA

IBEW Local 1245 Members Aid Firefighters to Contain Voracious Wildfires in CA
  In California, wildfires brought about by drought conditions have made national news. Perenially, the story turns to firefighters risking their lives in an attempt to contain the damage.  More than 14,000 firefighters have bravely worked to manage the string of fires across the state, which have caused the U.S. Forest Service to spend...
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Aug
2015
24

Tradesmen Turned Legislative Leaders Flank Sec. Perez at Apprenticeship, Training Program Celebration

Tradesmen Turned Legislative Leaders Flank Sec. Perez at Apprenticeship, Training Program Celebration
  Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez visited Philadelphia area programs which receive aid from the Department of Labor (DOL) last week, including YouthBuild Camden, a training program for at-risk 16-to-24-year-olds. YouthBuild Camden was granted $1.1 million over a three-year period to build homes for the homeless.  In total, the DOL awarded...
Aug
2015
20

NLRB Leaves Locker Room Door Ajar for Future College Athlete Unionization Fights

NLRB Leaves Locker Room Door Ajar for Future College Athlete Unionization Fights
  On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that Northwestern football players could not unionize.  The move overturns a March 2014 decision by the NLRB’s Chicago office that the players were employees under the common law definition and could move forward with a union election.  In its unanimous decision, however,...
Aug
2015
19

Veteran on Apprenticeship: “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”

Veteran on Apprenticeship:
  Laborpress.org recently featured decorated war veteran and Ironworkers Local 361 apprentice Rob LeFurgy, whose shot at union membership was vital to him transitioning back into civilian life. LeFurgy began his career path after learning about the Helmets to Hardhats program. “This union turned my life around,” he said. ...
Aug
2015
19

Gallup Poll Finds Big Upswing in Union Support; Women, Young People Most Enthusiastic

Gallup Poll Finds Big Upswing in Union Support; Women, Young People Most Enthusiastic
  A recent Gallup poll shows that America’s support for labor unions has jumped 5 percent in the past year, bringing it to 58 percent. This is the highest such figure since 2008 when 59 percent approved.  The poll was conducted between August 5th and 9th and is part of Gallup’s annual Work and Education [&hellip...
Aug
2015
17

A&P Grocery to Lay Off Thousands in Bankruptcy, Duck Union Contract Provisions On Way Out

A&P Grocery to Lay Off Thousands in Bankruptcy, Duck Union Contract Provisions On Way Out
  The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known as A & P Grocery, has informed the United Food and Commercial Workers that it will fire up to 25,000 workers as it seeks to sell or close its stores in the mid-atlantic. The company has asked a bankruptcy judge to allow it to set [&hellip...
Aug
2015
17

IUPAT Launches Union Veterans Council to “Fight Every Day for Those Who Have Fought for Us”

IUPAT Launches Union Veterans Council to
  The Union Veterans Council has announced the launch of their new website, which will help union veterans come together to fight for the issues that impact them most. This includes good jobs and a strong, fully-funded and staffed Veterans Administration. Veterans’ issues and those of working families are not independent of each other, the...
Aug
2015
12

Driver Assaults — and One Stabbing — at Issue for Striking Teamsters at Sun Tran

Driver Assaults -- and One Stabbing -- at Issue for Striking Teamsters at Sun Tran
  Members of Teamsters Local 104 who work for Sun Tran in Tucson, Arizona have gone on strike demanding improvements to the health and safety conditions at their workplace.  The Collective bargaining agreement covering more than 530 Teamsters expired on midnight of August 6th.  The week prior the union members received the company’s...
Aug
2015
6

Opening Arguments Begin in KY’s Precedent-Setting, County-Level “Right-to-Work” Fight

Opening Arguments Begin in KY's Precedent-Setting, County-Level
  In Kentucky, a federal judge will decide the fate of county-level “Right-to-Work” laws, a move necessary following the decision by 12 counties to pass local versions of what has traditionally been a state-level law.  On Tuesday in Louisville, Judge David Hale heard opening arguments from labor lawyers and one county’s attorney....
Aug
2015
6

Verizon SpiOS™: New App Allows Non-Union Workers to Report Union Counterparts to Security

Verizon SpiOS™: New App Allows Non-Union Workers to Report Union Counterparts to Security
  Last week, 38,000 Communicatons Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members decided to begin working without a contract at Verizon while negotiations continue, rather than striking. For their gracious behavior, Verizon has released a new smartphone app that allows non-union workers to record...
Aug
2015
5

LiUNA-Sponsored Pre-Apprenticeship Program Expands to Help Youth, Ex-Offenders in PA

LiUNA-Sponsored Pre-Apprenticeship Program Expands to Help Youth, Ex-Offenders in PA
  The Montgomery County Opportunities Industrialization Center in Eastern Pennsylvania has expanded its focus to help disadvantaged youths. Through a new pre-apprenticeship program it is helping begin careers in the building trades.  The new program is free for 17 to 21-year-olds in Montgomery County and allows them to earn Occupational...