Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Apr
2014
16

Iron Workers Union Providing Scholarships for Women to Attend Annual Construction Conference

  The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers have announced a scholarship fund that will help female iron workers attend the leading conference on women in the building trades.  This year a total of 26 scholarships — which will cover the costs of attending the Fourth Annual Women...
Apr
2014
16

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval
  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed Keystone XL pipeline approved.  Last week, eleven Senate Democrats came out in favor of the project, including five who are seeking reelection this year. A key driver of support for the project is job-creation, some of which ...
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Apr
2014
15

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant
  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in Illinois, which will retrofit a coal power plant to make it more environmentally friendly.  Speaking at the announcement was Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) who was joined by the leaders of 17 labor unions and the FutureGen Alliance.   Some ...
Apr
2014
15

Biden Touts Apprenticeship, National Standard for Earning Academic Credit Through Skilled Trades

Biden Touts Apprenticeship, National Standard for Earning Academic Credit Through Skilled Trades
  Speaking at the American Association of Community Colleges convention, Vice President Joe Biden announced a national program that would allow participants in apprenticeship programs to receive academic credit for their experience.  In entering the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium, community colleges would agree to follow...
Apr
2014
14

Unions vs. The GOP? Not in Idaho.

Unions vs. The GOP? Not in Idaho.
  Labor unions are fighting right-wing extremism with surprising tactic: By helping fund the campaigns of moderate incumbent Republicans who face challenges from hard-line righties.   Labor unions, many affiliated with the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, recently donated $200,000 to the campaign of Rep. Mike...
Apr
2014
10

UPS, Teamsters Strike Deal to Reinstate Workers Fired for 90-Minute Protest

UPS, Teamsters Strike Deal to Reinstate Workers Fired for 90-Minute Protest
  The 250 UPS workers who were terminated for participating in a 90-minute walkout will have their jobs back after intense negotiations between company executives and Teamsters Local 804.  The agreement means all fired and threatened to be fired employees’ jobs will be safe, including Jairo Reyes, for whom the walkout was initially in...
Apr
2014
10

Orange County Ends Ten Year Labor Agreement Drought, Signs PLA for Community College Construction

  In California this week, the State Building Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) signed its first Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with an Orange County public agency in more than a decade.  By a 4-2 vote, the Board of Trustees of the Rancho Santiago Community College District agreed that $198 million of upcoming construction projects would be...
Apr
2014
9

100,000 Sign Petition to Reinstate Fired UPS Workers; Teamsters Rally at City Hall

  As part of their plan to eventually fire all 250 Queens, NY drivers who participated in a 90-minute work stoppage, UPS let 17 workers go last Friday. The mass firing brought the total to 36.   The work stoppage was organized in late February to protest the firing of a 24-year old veteran who ...
Apr
2014
4

RI Democrat Receives Major Donations from Assoc. Builders & Contractors, Introduces Anti-Wage Bill

RI Democrat Receives Major Donations from Assoc. Builders & Contractors, Introduces Anti-Wage Bill
  The Rhode Island House Labor Committee heard two bills this week that endorse wildly different strategies for how the state can promote apprenticeship programs.  The committee heard arguments for and against HB 7623 and HB 7697, the former of which aims to ensure that the state has a ready supply of skilled construction workers ...
Apr
2014
2

Union Investment Bringing Hundreds of Jobs, Affordable Housing to Minneapolis

Union Investment Bringing Hundreds of Jobs, Affordable Housing to Minneapolis
  The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced that it will provide $33 million in pension capital to fund the construction of Five 15 on the Park, a 259-unit apartment complex.  Of those units, nearly half will be ‘affordable housing’ with the remainder being rented at market rate.   Five 15 on the Park ...
Apr
2014
1

Building Trades Join Over 70 Organizations in Calling on Dept of Labor to Prioritize PLAs

  A letter sent to Department of Labor head Thomas Perez, signed by over 70 labor and social justice groups, calls for the DOL to prioritize Project Labor Agreements as they review and revise regulations and goals for women and minorities in apprenticeships and on federal construction projects.   The discussed guidelines have remained...
Apr
2014
1

Documents Reveal TN Gov Leveraged Taxpayer Incentives in Fight Against VW Unionization Effort

Documents Reveal TN Gov Leveraged Taxpayer Incentives in Fight Against VW Unionization Effort
  An investigative report from Nashville’s News 5 shows that Governor Bill Haslam tied the fate of $300 million in promised tax incentives to the outcome of the United Auto Workers (UAW) organizing effort at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.  The report also revealed that Sen. Bob Corker had direct email conversations with anti-union...