Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Dec
2014
16

“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100 million in grants to help registered apprenticeship programs expand their training.  The grants are specifically aimed at helping boost programs in high skill industries such as healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced...
Dec
2014
16

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers
  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after a ceremony where the state’s political leaders praised the project as a model of public/private infrastructure investment.  Built under a voluntary Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Laborer’s International Union of North America...
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Dec
2014
12

El Paso Withholds Funds from Wage-Dodging Contractor, but Hasn’t Yet Passed Wage Theft Ordinance

  The El Paso City Council voted to withhold payment from contractor Urban Associates after allegations were made that it used a subcontractor who failed to pay the prevailing wage on a $27.4 million project.  An investigation was launched after employees of subcontractor Beltran Electrical Contractors filed complaints in March.  City staff...
Dec
2014
11

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created
  As the Teamsters enforce their new National Master Agreement with UPS, thousands of new union jobs will be added across the country.  The announcement of employment expansion came after months of discussions between UPS and the Teamsters.   In late April the new contract took effect.  It covers 240,000 Teamsters and is the largest...
Dec
2014
11

Following Deportation Threats, Striking Univ. of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Get Their Way

Following Deportation Threats, Striking Univ. of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Get Their Way
  As the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) strike eclipsed five days at the University of Oregon, reports arose that international graduate students were being threatened with deportation. The GTFF, which, represents roughly 1,500 teaching assistants, was on strike for the first time in its 38-year history. A letter from Amber...
Dec
2014
11

Canada’s Least Unionized Province Had 4 Worker Deaths in 8-day November Span; 8 Deaths that Month

Canada's Least Unionized Province Had 4 Worker Deaths in 8-day November Span; 8 Deaths that Month
  The province of Alberta has the lowest union density of any Canadian province. Perhaps not surprisingly, this has led to unsafe working conditions for construction workers. In 2012 Alberta had a unionization rate of 23.5 percent, well below the national average of 31.5 percent.  As The Militant reports, Alberta had four construction...
Dec
2014
8

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10
  Following Wisconsin’s passage of Act 10, union-friendly Dane County prolonged public sector union contracts as long as it could to avoid the legislation’s anti-worker effects.  The city of Madison, located in Dane County, did the same.  However, those contracts will end on December 13th for the county and December 31st for the...
Dec
2014
5

Sweeping New Report Uncovers the Severity of Wage Theft at NYC Area Airports

Sweeping New Report Uncovers the Severity of Wage Theft at NYC Area Airports
  A new report, “Grounded Before Takeoff,” details the rampant wage theft occurring at New York area airports.  In total, there are more than 12,000 subcontracted workers at the John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty airports.  These workers are hired by private contractors who often violate health, safety, and labor laws while...
Dec
2014
5

MONSTERS DOT COM: FairPoint Appears to Offer Triple Wages for Scabs in Online Job Posting

MONSTERS DOT COM: FairPoint Appears to Offer Triple Wages for Scabs in Online Job Posting
  2,000 FairPoint Communications workers who have been on strike since October 17th have seen their jobs go up on Monster.com at wages more than three times what they had been earning.  While the “confidential” job listing does not list which company posted it, it is obvious to those involved that offering experienced telecommunications...
Dec
2014
4

Tunes They Are A-Changin’: WI GOP Begins “Right-to-Work” Rollout After Suggesting It Wouldn’t

Tunes They Are A-Changin': WI GOP Begins
  Wisconsin State Rep. Chris Kapenga has announced that he will introduce a “Right-to-Work” bill in the upcoming legislative session.  The move comes just days after a former Americans for Prosperity associate, Lorri Pickens, announced a new organization, “Wisconsin Right to Work.”.  Rep. Kapenga says he does not know exactly when...
Dec
2014
4

Michigan Rep. Introduces Bill to Prevent the State’s College Athletes from Unionizing

Michigan Rep. Introduces Bill to Prevent the State's College Athletes from Unionizing
  A bill introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) would disallow student athletes at Michigan public universities from being recognized as employees of the university or unionizing under the state’s collective bargaining laws.  The move is a response to the national movement of college athletes looking to unionize.   In March, a regional NLRB...
Dec
2014
3

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Visits Insulators Local 17 to Talk Green Energy, Cost Savings

MSNBC's Ed Schultz Visits Insulators Local 17 to Talk Green Energy, Cost Savings
  MSNBC’s The Ed Show show featured a piece this week about the benefits of mechanical insulating and the possibilities it presents to the nation both in terms of energy efficiency and job creation.  The piece was filmed at an iSave training facility in Illinois, which is run by Heat and Frost Insulators Local 17. [&hellip...