Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

May
2015
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Home Health Care Workers Lose Right to Bargain Collective in OH

Home Health Care Workers Lose Right to Bargain Collective in OH
  Ohio Governor John Kasich last week rescinded the rights of in-home health care workers to collectively bargain, reversing the course set by his predecessor, Ted Strickland, in 2007.  Kasich used executive authority in issuing an EO that turned the employees into independent contractors, arguing that Obamacare made Strickland’s moves...
May
2015
21

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Considering Heightened Action to Combat Trucker Wage Theft, Misclassification at Ports
  On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of taking a closer look at allegations of wage theft and misclassification among drayage truckers at the city’s ports. The claimed violations led to a strike between April 27th and May 1st, which ended with no resolution. Misclassification leaves drivers without...
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May
2015
20

Ahead of Big Budget, “Right-to-Work” Votes, IL Gov Rauner Is Literally Paying Politicians Off

Ahead of Big Budget,
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is once again making waves before making a difference, doling out $400,000 from his campaign fund to the state’s Republican lawmakers in advance of several key votes. Major budget and “turnaround agenda” decision are looming for the legislature.   The unorthodox move shows that the multi-millionaire’s...
May
2015
20

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization
  A unionization effort by the 189 attorneys that work for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is taking shape.  The American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania has invited the lawyers to a May 27th meeting at which they can discuss “workplace issues.”  If successful, the effort would create a collective bargaining unit for the...
May
2015
18

Michigan Senate Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal Package Despite Several GOP Defectors

Michigan Senate Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal Package Despite Several GOP Defectors
  Late last week the Michigan State Senate passed the bills that make up the Republican party’s attempt to repeal the prevailing wage law.  The package of bills will now move to the House where it is unclear whether there are enough votes to advance the legislation. Repeal is ostensibly opposed by Republican Gov. Rick [&hellip...
May
2015
18

DC Becomes Latest City to Consider “Just Hours” Legislation That Would Halt Unfair Scheduling

DC Becomes Latest City to Consider
  Modeled after bills that have been proposed in Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Illinois, Connecticut, California, New York, Michigan and Oregon, the D.C. City Council is currently considering legislation that would reform workplace scheduling and end a constant up-in-the-air approach.  The legislation pushes back against the...
May
2015
14

IRONY THRONE: Union Transparency Bills Pursued by ALEC Groups Operating in Complete Secrecy

IRONY THRONE: Union Transparency Bills Pursued by ALEC Groups Operating in Complete Secrecy
  A rash of “collective bargaining transparency bills” have popped up in state legislatures across the country, each being pushed by think-tanks that answer to dark money donors.  Most recently in Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Foundation pushed for the passage of a bill which would require public employers to post proposed collective...
May
2015
13

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 47 has asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate possible H-1b visa abuse by Southern California Edison.  The IBEW is accusing the utility of laying off American information technology (IT) workers and replacing them with outsourced employees of the Indian firms Tata...
May
2015
11

When Keeping It Real Goes Raun: IL House Speaker Forcing Gov’s Hand With May 14 “Turnaround Agenda” Vote

When Keeping It Real Goes Raun: IL House Speaker Forcing Gov's Hand With May 14
  Illinois House speaker Mike Madigan has scheduled a May 14th vote on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed “Right-to-Work” legislation, even though the governor has yet to send a bill to the general assembly.   For months Rauner has been touting local “Right-to-Work” zones as part of his so-called “turnaround agenda.”  Yet,...
May
2015
11

Paycheck Deception Passes Texas Senate; No House Companion Bill Yet in Sight

Paycheck Deception Passes Texas Senate; No House Companion Bill Yet in Sight
  SB 1968, which would prohibit unions from automatically deducting dues from paychecks, was passed on a party line vote in the Texas Senate last week.  The “paycheck deception” bill, as labor representatives describe it, would require public employees to pay their dues directly to the union rather than being able to opt for...
May
2015
11

NYC Mayor, Labor Want to Reform Tax Program that Hurts Wages, Stifles Affordable Housing

NYC Mayor, Labor Want to Reform Tax Program that Hurts Wages, Stifles Affordable Housing
  An alliance of labor unions and contractors calling themselves Up4NYC have begun a major push to overhaul the 421-a tax abatement program so that it can provide more affordable housing and guarantee higher wages for construction workers.  The launch of the lobbying campaign comes as the state legislature begins debate over tax abatement...
May
2015
7

Egyptian Co. Takes $500M Tax Incentive from Iowa, Lays Off 1500 Union Workers

Egyptian Co. Takes $500M Tax Incentive from Iowa, Lays Off 1500 Union Workers
  Iowa legislators and union members are seeking answers after Egypt-based Orascom laid off 1,500 union workers on a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant construction projecty that received nearly $500 million in tax incentives.  The layoffs took place on April 18th. Union leaders and representatives have since tried to meet with the company....