Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Nov
2014
25

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female
  The inaugural class of a three-week program developed to spur workforce readiness in Georgia has graduated a small class of people ready to work the Vogtle Expansion, the state’s largest construction site.  The program was created by Georgia Power and North America’s Building Trades Unions.  Participants in the program are taught...
Nov
2014
24

Local Hire Secured for Potential Long Island Wind Farm Under Project Labor Agreement

Local Hire Secured for Potential Long Island Wind Farm Under Project Labor Agreement
Deepwater One, the developer of a proposed wind farm which would be located on 256 square miles of federal waters some 30 miles east of Montauk, has announced that they will use union labor throughout the construction process.  Deepwater officials announced the signing of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Nassau-Suffolk Building and...
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Nov
2014
24

Labor Sec. Perez Visits, Praises Boston Construction Unions’ Apprenticeship Program

Labor Sec. Perez Visits, Praises Boston Construction Unions' Apprenticeship Program
  On a tour of Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 headquarters in Boston, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez praised the union’s Building Pathways pre-apprenticeship program, lauding it as a “pathway to the middle class.”  Perez announced to reporters that the DOL would soon be starting a program which granted a total of $100...
Nov
2014
21

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect
  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo Park voted to join the Teamsters union on Wednesday.  The drivers, whose primary concern was scheduling which forced a six-hour break midday, are employees of Loop Transportation. They voted by a 43-28 margin to join the Teamsters Local 853.  ...
Nov
2014
21

Teamsters Locals Ain’t Nothin’ to Truck With: Third FedEx Freight Crew Votes to Unionize

Teamsters Locals Ain't Nothin' to Truck With: Third FedEx Freight Crew Votes to Unionize
  The campaign to unionize drivers at FedEx Freight and Conway forged ahead this week with another victorious vote, this time in North Carolina. 222 FedEx drivers at the Charlotte Terminal voted to join the Teamsters Local 71.  The successful election marked the third victory for the Teamsters union, which has also recently organized workers...
Nov
2014
19

PSA for the PTA: Get Young People Thinking Outside the 4-Year Degree Box

PSA for the PTA: Get Young People Thinking Outside the 4-Year Degree Box
  In recent years, the construction industry, through union apprenticeship programs and other coordinated outreach, has made a concerted effort to boost its female ranks. Targeted training programs aim to show that well-paying careers in the building trades are open to all comers. In Ohio, the Delaware Area Career Center is training a new...
Nov
2014
17

NM House Gears Up for “Right-to-Work” Push, Needs 4 Senate Democrat Votes to Win Passage

NM House Gears Up for
  Having won the state’s House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, New Mexico Republicans are eyeing a strong push for “Right-to-Work” legislation in the 2015 session.  Gov. Susana Martinez, who won re-election earlier this month, supports “Right-to-Work” although it was not a focus of her campaign.  Republicans...
Nov
2014
14

San Jose Plumbers Union Pickets Use of Out-of-State Workers

San Jose Plumbers Union Pickets Use of Out-of-State Workers
  Members of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 393 have been picketing the One South Market apartment complex in San Jose, California, claiming that out of town, non-union contractors are being used on the $150 million apartment tower and being paid below the area’s prevailing wage.  Sacramento-based Iron Mechanical is currently installing...
Nov
2014
14

Indiana Construction Unions Brace for Wage Law Repeal Fight in 2015

  In Indiana, labor groups and their affiliated workers are preparing for what many feel is an inevitable attack on the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW) during next year’s legislative session.  A repeal of the law, which governs wages on public works projects and is similar to the “prevailing wage” for construction...
Nov
2014
13

Remote Controlling: Cablevision Again Rebuffed by NLRB for Blatant Anti-Union Rights Violations

Remote Controlling: Cablevision Again Rebuffed by NLRB for Blatant Anti-Union Rights Violations
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is charging that Cablevision and its CEO, James Dolan, illegally threatened to withhold employees’ raises unless they voted to decertify their union.  The NLRB has also ruled that Cablevision is bargaining in bad faith and that a poll conducted by the Honest Ballot Association at Dolan’s...
Nov
2014
13

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding
  The Michigan GOP enters the upcoming lame duck session knowing they will have a supermajority next year after the pickup of four house seats and one senate seat in the general election. 35 legislators will have one more chance to make a mark on the state before they return to civilian life due to [&hellip...
Nov
2014
10

Berkeley Developers Partner With Building Trades to Launch City’s First 100% Union Job in Nearly Two Decades

Berkeley Developers Partner With Building Trades to Launch City's First 100% Union Job in Nearly Two Decades
  The developers of 2211 Harold Way in downtown Berkeley, California have announced an agreement with the Building and Construction Trades of Alameda County which will result in the 180-foot tall mixed-use project being built by an entirely union workforce.  The project’s representative, Mark Rhoades of Rhoades Planning Group, believes it...