Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Aug
2014
22

Dem Leader in Indiana Beseeches Voters to Halt Fort Wayne’s Anti-Worker Efforts at the Ballot Box

Dem Leader in Indiana Beseeches Voters to Halt Fort Wayne's Anti-Worker Efforts at the Ballot Box
  In the ongoing saga of the Fort Wayne City Council using its Republican supermajority to make extreme cuts to the collective bargaining rights of city employees, Democrats, including the mayor, have been unflappable in their support of workers. Now, John Court, Chairman of the Allen County Democratic Party has penned an op-ed asking for...
Aug
2014
21

Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds

Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds
  Slightly lost in a New York Times article about the Obama administration’s summer meetings with groups who want executive action to bypass congressional gridlock is a very telling quote from the notoriously anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The president wants to take issues such as fairness in federal contracting head...
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Aug
2014
21

From the Front Lines of Michigan’s Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions

From the Front Lines of Michigan's Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions
  As we have touched on this summer, the anti-union Mackinac Center for Public Policy is asking Michigan teachers to opt-out of their union via misleading spam email and propaganda disguised as journalism.  Most of the details of this unfortunate campaign have been relayed by Eclectablog, which this week highlighted Mackinac’s...
Aug
2014
19

IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost
  The bipartisan campaign Nuclear Matters, which focuses on spreading the word about the benefits of America’s nuclear power plants, has added International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Edwin Hill and North American Building and Construction Trades head Sean McGarvey to its leadership council.  In adding the two...
Aug
2014
19

NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year

NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year
  A record number of participants took part in the New Jersey AFL-CIO Labor Candidates school this month at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.  The result? 23 graduates will run for elected positions in the upcoming election, boosting the number of labor candidates statewide to 37. The program reached a...
Aug
2014
18

REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other “Right-to-Work” States

REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other
  Days after the Texas Workforce Commission praised the economy as strong in part due to the strength of the construction industry, the Dallas Morning News ran a weekend feature about the dangers of construction in the Lone Star State.  Their investigative report echoes past arguments made by the Workers Defense Project and the AFL-CIO...
Aug
2014
15

Michigan County Votes to Cut Construction Worker Wages…As Often As It’s Allowed To.

  In Michigan, members of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate prevailing wage requirements for some future construction projects.  The resolution means the prevailing wage will be paid by the county if and only if state or federal funding requires it to.  The resolution was narrowly passed by a 5-4 margin.  ...
Aug
2014
14

PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers’ Lives

PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers' Lives
  When Newburyport, Massachusetts resident Rosalie Cuticchia found herself in danger during a recent kayak excursion, an unlikely team of rescure workers came to her aid. The construction crew working on the Whittier Bridge overhead had been drilled on how to react in this scenario, and these drills may have saved Cuticchia’s life.  ...
Aug
2014
11

The Ghost of Bloombergs Past: Prevailing Wage Challenges Finally Killed Off in NYC

  A judge has ended, once and for all, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legal challenge to a city council bill concerning the prevailing wage for building service workers.  Since its passage in 2012, the law has been challenged both by Mayor Bloomberg and a lower court which ruled that state minimum wage laws superseded [&hellip...
Aug
2014
11

IBEW Endorses Tom Wolf. Does He Have the PA Gov Race Locked Up?

IBEW Endorses Tom Wolf. Does He Have the PA Gov Race Locked Up?
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has endorsed Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in the race for Governor of Pennsylvania.   Citing a record of bringing good-paying, high-tech jobs to the state, the union which represents over 40,000 workers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania unanimously agreed to get behind Wolf....
Aug
2014
8

California Colleges Reaping the Local Hiring Benefits of Hard-Fought Project Labor Agreement

  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) covering up to $500 million of construction at Riverside City, Moreno Valley and Norco colleges has surpassed its local hiring goals. The projects are partially funded through California’s Measure C bonds with the state and federal government providing matching funding.   The use of a PLA was heavily...
Aug
2014
7

UnFairPoint? Telecom Co. Wants to Slash Pay, Benefits, Has Rejected 65 Proposals from IBEW, CWA

UnFairPoint? Telecom Co. Wants to Slash Pay, Benefits, Has Rejected 65 Proposals from IBEW, CWA
  As of midnight on August 2nd, the six-year contract between FairPoint Communications, 1,700 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members, and 300 Communications Workers of America (CWA) workers expired. Though negotiations ran to the final hour of the contract, the two sides were simply too far apart to make a deal for the...