Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Jul
2014
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Right- and Left-Leaning Publications Omit Unions from Apprenticeship Articles Despite Massive Investment

Right- and Left-Leaning Publications Omit Unions from Apprenticeship Articles Despite Massive Investment
  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights the benefits of apprenticeships, noting the positive effect they have on the careers of those who participate.  The article seeks to provide examples of those who have benefited from apprenticeship across numerous fields, but it does so while ignoring union apprenticeships entirely....
Jul
2014
23

In St. Louis Dem Primary, Labor Needs to Unseat a Shockingly Anti-Union Incumbent

In St. Louis Dem Primary, Labor Needs to Unseat a Shockingly Anti-Union Incumbent
  St. Louis County Council member Steve Stenger is asking labor to help him in his bid to become County Executive, claiming incumbent Charlie Dooley’s anti-union record should be enough to encourage union members to get out the vote.  With low turnout likely (65,000 of the county’s 700,000+ voters are expected to make it to ...
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Jul
2014
23

Limited to 6 Minutes of Daily Bathroom Use, Teamsters Local Takes Chicago Employer to NLRB

Limited to 6 Minutes of Daily Bathroom Use, Teamsters Local Takes Chicago Employer to NLRB
  In Chicago, a showdown over bathroom breaks between WaterSaver Faucet Company workers and management has made its way to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  New regulations from the company allots six minutes per day for each employee to use the bathroom and violators are being forced to discuss their bathroom activities and face ...
Jul
2014
21

Labor Expert: SCOTUS’ Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ban Is Good News for Striking Workers

Labor Expert: SCOTUS' Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ban Is Good News for Striking Workers
  In an article for The Nation, Moshe Marvit argues that the Supreme Court’s McCullen v. Coakley decision to strike down a Massachusetts law that provided buffer zones for protesters outside of abortion clinics, could represent a major victory for striking workers.  Though the subject matter is vastly different, the court’s decision that...
Jul
2014
21

Fort Wayne City Council Passes More Extreme “Right-to-Work” Bill Than State Enacted

  Just weeks after the Fort Wayne City Council passed legislation ending collective bargaining for city employees, it has taken the assault on workers rights further by passing a new law which would make union membership for all public safety employees optional.  This local “Right-to-Work” law goes further than the state’s bill...
Jul
2014
21

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR
  High-speed rail (HSR) is still coming around the mountain in California, and many cities are waiting with baited breath for the positive economic impact it has in tow. One such city is Fresno, where unemployed workers are being given an opportunity to ready themselves for upcoming apprenticeships that will come to the region during ...
Jul
2014
18

NY Gov. Cuomo’s Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

NY Gov. Cuomo's Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited
  After four years without a contract and months of jockeying for public support, leading unions and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) reached a deal to avoid a July 20th strike which would have shut down the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s intervention sealed the deal. Cuomo called the agreement...
Jul
2014
17

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor
  The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council (NJBCTC) has passed a unanimous resolution urging NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney to run for governor.  The decision came during the 150,000 member organization’s convention in Atlantic City.   The next gubernatorial race is scheduled for 2017 but is likely to occur earlier...
Jul
2014
15

Uncompromising MTA Forces LIRR Unions to Move Ahead With July 20th Strike

Uncompromising MTA Forces LIRR Unions to Move Ahead With July 20th Strike
  This release comes via the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transport Workers (SMART)… “I regret to report that negotiations have collapsed with New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and all eight unions are now proceeding with strike plans for July 20. MTA rejected the counter offer we...
Jul
2014
15

Reaching Your Goooooal! Canadian Building Trades Point to Germany for Apprenticeship Inspiration

  A panel of stakeholders at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) recently spoke about European apprentice systems and how getting employers more involved in the training process can positively effect the workforce.   Speaking on the panel was Christopher Smillie of the Canadian Building Trades who described his journey to Germany and the...
Jul
2014
14

Postal Worker Solidarity Hits New High as AFT Calls for National Boycott of Staples

Postal Worker Solidarity Hits New High as AFT Calls for National Boycott of Staples
  This weekend at their bi-annual convention, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) passed a resolution calling for a national boycott of Staples in solidarity with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).  Despite protests, Staples is moving forward with a pilot program that would open USPS postal counters in 82 of their stores.  ...
Jul
2014
11

Minority Apprenticeship Program Hopes to Jumpstart 80 Jersey City Construction Careers

  The New Jersey Laborers Union and the Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) are looking to place 80 Jersey City residents into the fall class of a program they hope will increase the number of minorities in the construction industry.  Those accepted into the program will receive two weeks of classroom training in ...