Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Oct
2014
31

Missouri Firefighter Takes Fire Dept. to Court, Says She Was Fired for Attempting to Organize a Union

Missouri Firefighter Takes Fire Dept. to Court, Says She Was Fired for Attempting to Organize a Union
  In Missouri, the Ebenezer Fire Protection District and Fire Chief Nelson Prewitt are facing a lawsuit after a worker claimed she was fired for attempting to organize a union.  The worker, Amber Rounseville, is suing the parties on claims they violated the Missouri Constitution, state collective bargaining laws, and the First Amendment’s...
Oct
2014
30

Host of Voices Shout Down Time Magazine’s Egregious Teacher-Hating Cover

Host of Voices Shout Down Time Magazine's Egregious Teacher-Hating Cover
  On Monday, November 3rd Time Magazine will publish a cover that has teachers across the nation up in arms.  Claiming that, “It’s Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher,” the cover is not representative of the article itself, which has already been published online.  The polarizing front image could have a tremendously negative...
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Oct
2014
30

Go Figures: WA Panel, Unions Want Boeing Held Legally Accountable for Tax Incentive Abuse

Go Figures: WA Panel, Unions Want Boeing Held Legally Accountable for Tax Incentive Abuse
  In Washington state, the five members that make up the Citizen’s Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences has voted in favor of a tangible legal mechanism to ensure big company tax incentives pay off.  The vote by the little-known panel is in direct response to Boeing’s decision to move jobs out of state [&hellip...
Oct
2014
28

“We’re Negotiating With Wolves of Wall Street”: IBEW, CWA Two Weeks Into FairPoint Strike

  It’s been two weeks since 2,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine walked off the job when their employer FairPoint Communications declared an impasse in negotiations.  The workers’ contracts expired on October 2nd, but they...
Oct
2014
28

$17.27 an Hour, With Benefits, While Training? Welcome to Union Apprenticeship in Indiana

$17.27 an Hour, With Benefits, While Training? Welcome to Union Apprenticeship in Indiana
  In order to ensure that the region’s young adults can get proper information about careers in the construction trades, northwest Indiana unions invited counselors and teachers to tour training centers, like an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) apprenticeship facility, and learn about the training process and its...
Oct
2014
27

Non-Union Apprenticeship Program in WA Shut Down for Discrimination Against Women

Non-Union Apprenticeship Program in WA Shut Down for Discrimination Against Women
  In Washington state, a non-union International Electrical Contractors (IEC) apprenticeship program was recently shut down due to discrimination against women.  Nicole Grant, Executive Director of the Certified Electrical Workers of Washington and a Vice President of the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, wrote about the unfortunate...
Oct
2014
23

Indiana Unions Continue to Report Extremely Limited Impact of “Right-to-Work” Law

  Under the guise of job creation, the Indiana legislature passed union-busting “Right-to-Work” legislation in 2013.  But more than a year later, many unions remain unaffected with the vast majority of members continuing to pay dues.  Other than state politicians scoring right-wing points with national donors, the law has been...
Oct
2014
22

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission
  A Common Pleas judge in Philadelphia has issued a preliminary injunction to halt the School Reform Commission (SRC) from making drastic changes to the health insurance plans of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT). A recent unilateral move to effectively ignore a collectively bargained contract spurred the judiciary action.  Judge...
Oct
2014
22

REALLY!? PA Repubs Try to Sneak ‘Paycheck Deception’ Amendment Into Allergy Medicine Bill

REALLY!? PA Repubs Try to Sneak 'Paycheck Deception' Amendment Into Allergy Medicine Bill
  In Pennsylvania, the State Senate voted against an amendment to an unrelated bill that would have disallowed unions from automatically deducting dues from paychecks.  The amendment failed on a 20-28 vote.  Considering Republicans have a 27-23 majority in the State Senate, the news was novel and encouraging. Six Republicans voted with...
Oct
2014
22

Ban the Ban: SD Joins Host of CA Cities Salvaging State Funds Ahead of SB7′s Implementation

  On Monday the San Diego City Council voted to affirm a compromise that would allow the city to operate under Proposition A’s exception clause in order to continue to receive funds from the state after SB7 goes into effect on January 1st, 2015.  The agreement was reached after Gov. Jerry Brown, State Assembly Speaker [&hellip...
Oct
2014
21

Despite Horribly Worded Ballot Question, MA Casino Expansion is Poised to Persevere

Despite Horribly Worded Ballot Question, MA Casino Expansion is Poised to Persevere
  The election home stretch is upon us, which means controversy is cropping up in every crevice of the nation. In Massachusetts it is taking the form of a poorly worded ballot question that will decide the fate of a Plainville casino and the jobs it would bring. Eyebrows have been raised by the wording [&hellip...
Oct
2014
17

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB
  On Tuesday, a federal judge reinstated two Green Fleet Systems port truck drivers who argued they were illegally fired during a labor dispute with the company.  Green Fleet and several other port trucking companies have been the targets of protests and actions by drivers, many at the port of Los Angeles, who feel they [&hellip...