Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

May
2016
20

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov’s Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State’s Union Membership

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov's Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State's Union Membership
  An estimated crowd of 10,000 labor supporters rallied in the streets of downtown Springfield on Wednesday to protest Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s anti-worker “Turnaround Agenda.” The activists called on the governor to pass a budget following an 11-month impasse. The rally came just days after Rauner vetoed a bill that would...
May
2016
19

State AFL-CIO Awards $590,000 of Scholarship Money to Children of Union Members in MA

State AFL-CIO Awards $590,000 of Scholarship Money to Children of Union Members in MA
  In a post titled “You Won’t Read About This!,” United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 12 business manager, Harry Bretty, highlights the 58th Annual Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship Breakfast, at which almost $590,000 in scholarships were awarded to the children of union members.   The Massachusetts AFL-CIO website...
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May
2016
19

In Verizon Strike Twist, CWA Discovers Extent of Co’s Underhanded Filipino Offshoring Operation

In Verizon Strike Twist, CWA Discovers Extent of Co's Underhanded Filipino Offshoring Operation
  Amidst an extended contract dispute with Verizon in the U.S., the Communications Workers of America (CWA) has uncovered a massive Filipino offshoring operation being run by the company. CWA was previously aware of the operation’s existence, but a four-day tour of the Philippines by Verizon representatives who are on strike showed that...
May
2016
17

CA Offers Amnesty to Port Trucking Co’s Who Misclassify Workers; International Activism Against the Practice Grows

CA Offers Amnesty to Port Trucking Co's Who Misclassify Workers; International Activism Against the Practice Grows
  The Office of California Labor Commissioner Julie Su has announced an amnesty program for drayage trucking companies that misclassify their drivers as independent contractors.  The program extends through the end of 2016 and allows companies to avoid liability if they reclassify their drivers as employees.   Known as the Motor Carrier...
May
2016
13

“It Was Terrific for All of Us”: Women Build Nations Conference Sets Record with 1500 Attendees

  A record 1,500 tradeswomen attended the Women Build Nations Conference in Chicago, representing 40 U.S. states, Canada, Nigeria, and the Philippines.  The event, hosted by North America’s Building Trades Unions and the Chicago Women in Trades, had previously been held in California.  Tradewomen shared their stories, met their peers,...
May
2016
13

PLA Signed for New L.A. Soccer Stadium; 1200 Jobs Expected During Construction

PLA Signed for New L.A. Soccer Stadium; 1200 Jobs Expected During Construction
  The Los Angeles City Council has approved a privately funded, 22,000 seat, $250 million soccer-specific stadium to house Major League Soccer’s expansion Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).  The project will be the biggest and most expensive soccer-only project in MLS history. As part of their plan, LAFC announced a Project Labor Agreement...
May
2016
11

NLRB Says T-Mobile’s “Mandatory Positivity” Rule is Illegal; Employee Handbook Stifles Organizing

NLRB Says T-Mobile's
  It’s official. You can’t be forced to like your job.   That has been established by a April 29th ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a charge brought forward by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) against T-Mobile and its affiliate, Metro PCS. The specific charge was against parts of the employee [&hellip...
May
2016
11

PLA on Billion-Dollar Natural Gas Plant Brings Much-Needed Workforce Diversity to Memphis

PLA on Billion-Dollar Natural Gas Plant Brings Much-Needed Workforce Diversity to Memphis
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for work on the latest Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) natural gas-fired plant, a $975 million project, is helping grow the Memphis Building Trades. The deal ensures that work stays local and includes businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans.  The successful PLA may seem out of place in...
May
2016
10

WV AFL-CIO Joins Lawsuit Against “Right-to-Work”; Legal Argument Echoes Recent WI Ruling

WV AFL-CIO Joins Lawsuit Against
  The West Virginia AFL-CIO has announced that it will join a coalition of unions challenging the constitutionality of the state’s newly enacted “Right-to-Work” law.  The lawsuit is expected to be filed in the next 30 days.  Beyond debating the legality of “Right-to-Work,” known in West Virginia as the Workplace Freedom Act, the...
May
2016
10

Uptick in Mothers Entering Boston Construction Industry Thanks to Union Apprenticeship Program

Uptick in Mothers Entering Boston Construction Industry Thanks to Union Apprenticeship Program
  A moving pre-holiday Boston Globe article highlighted the wave of mothers entering the construction industry, aided in their career transitions by organizations like Building Pathways.  A 1983 Boston ordinance mandated that 10 percent of the workforce on city projects be made up of women. But by the year 2008 that number had only grown to...
May
2016
6

Coffer Coffin: Paycheck Deception Passes MO House; Senate Filibuster Is Workers’ Last Hope

Coffer Coffin: Paycheck Deception Passes MO House; Senate Filibuster Is Workers' Last Hope
  Paycheck protection — or “paycheck deception” as it is unaffectionately referred to by union workers — is one step closer to becoming a reality for public employees in Missouri after the state legislature voted to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 1891.  The Senate must now override the veto for the bill to...
May
2016
6

SB 152, Which Aimed to Ban Local Hiring Quotas and Project Labor Agreements in OH, Shot Down

SB 152, Which Aimed to Ban Local Hiring Quotas and Project Labor Agreements in OH, Shot Down
  The Ohio Senate has rejected Senate Bill 152, which would have both banned local hiring quotas and Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on public works projects.  The move comes just days after the House voted in favor of the measure by a 51-42 margin.  In what should have been a sign of what was to [&hellip...