Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Sep
2014
30

From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks

From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks
  Over 7.1 million people work in the construction industry, yet only 2.1 percent of them are women.  Many unions are looking to change this by expanding recruiting efforts and apprenticeship programs to serve more women and minorities, but this trend is unlikely to change without more action from government agencies and revisions of...
Sep
2014
30

Judge Awards $750K to FL Painters Who Took a Pay Cut While Some City Employees Secretly Got Raises

  The city of Deerfield Beach, Florida owes nearly $750,000 in back wages according to a judge who decided that the city broke its bargaining agreement with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). The workers agreed to take a 5 percent pay cut in 2011 to help the city through a financial [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
30

United’s Second Quarter Profits Nearly Hit a Billion, So They’re Laying Off 100s of Union Workers

United's Second Quarter Profits Nearly Hit a Billion, So They're Laying Off 100s of Union Workers
  In order to “keep their costs competitive,” United Airlines will lay off 100 workers at Port Columbus on October 1st.  The move comes despite the company posting a profit of $919 million in the second quarter, a 51 percent increase from the second quarter last year.  The union workers will be replaced by workers [&hellip...
Sep
2014
29

Female, Minority Hiring Goals Being Eclipsed on Vikings New Stadium Thanks to Project Labor Agreement

Female, Minority Hiring Goals Being Eclipsed on Vikings New Stadium Thanks to Project Labor Agreement
  The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) has released a progress report on the new Vikings stadium which shows that the goals set for the hiring of minorities and women are being exceeded.  The stadium is being built under the guidelines of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), perhaps the only established way of realizing hiring...
Sep
2014
29

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again

Costly Anti-Union Bill C-377, Thwarted Before, Rears Its Head in Canada Again
  In Canada, the anti-union Bill C-377 is back again and labor organizations are preparing to fight it and its potential unconstitutionality.  The bill is supported and lobbied for by Merit Canada, an anti-union organization that supports “merit shop” employers.  It would force Canadian unions to spend assets — both time and money...
Sep
2014
26

Despite Lack of Evidence, Michigan Dems Fear Lame Duck Session Could be Hotbed for Bad Bills Again

  Democrats in Michigan are preparing for the possibility of legislation that would repeal prevailing wages and change the electoral college system during the upcoming lame duck session.  Last year the state GOP made a successful push to enact “Right-to-Work” legislation during the same time period. WLNS 6 News Capitol correspondent Tim...
Sep
2014
25

Hillary Clinton: With C.H.O.I.C.E., Building Trades “Leading the Way” in Labor-Management Partnerships

Hillary Clinton: With C.H.O.I.C.E., Building Trades
  This week the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convened a caucus of star politicians and activists to discuss game-changing efforts on a wide array of topics, from sustainability and climate to labor. Stateside, much of the latter centered around Hillary Clinton’s ‘Job One’ program (highlighted earlier this week on We Party...
Sep
2014
23

OMG LOL WTF NLRB.

OMG LOL WTF NLRB.
  A plan proposed by Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander to change the makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would “effectively cripple the agency” according to its opponents.  Alexander, a champion of anti-union, right-wing extremism, is suggesting the board add a sixth member and have three members from each party. This, he...
Sep
2014
23

Minorities Find New Pathway to Quality Careers Through Buffalo Building Trades Program

Minorities Find New Pathway to Quality Careers Through Buffalo Building Trades Program
  The Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council along with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) held a press conference last Friday to announce the first set of graduates from a new pre-apprenticeship program for minority workers.  Representatives were joined by State Senator Mark Grisanti who secured a...
Sep
2014
22

WI State Rep. Candidate Called Out by Union Opponent for “History of Hiding from Communities”

WI State Rep. Candidate Called Out by Union Opponent for
  After skipping out on a long-scheduled forum last week, Wisconsin state senate hopeful Van Wanggaard is being labeled “the cowardly candidate” by left-leaning political bloggers.  Wanggaard is the Republican candidate in the 21st Senate district race facing Democrat Randy Bryce, a union iron worker.   If Wanggaard’s name sounds...
Sep
2014
19

The Great Recession Rendered Household Income Stagnant, but Union Membership Makes it Better

The Great Recession Rendered Household Income Stagnant, but Union Membership Makes it Better
  New numbers from the Census Bureau, analyzed by FiveThirtyEight, show that five years of recovery have not boosted the median household income in the United States.  This is part of a clear pattern of stagnation for the middle class since the Great Recession.   According to the Census Bureau the median household income in [&hellip...
Sep
2014
19

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide
  Last week in Laredo, Texas, drivers and dockworkers at Con Way Freight voted to join Teamsters Local 657.  Laredo is located on the U.S.-Mexico border and is the busiest inland port in the United States with over 7,000 trucks crossing the border each day.  It was the first organizing victory at the giant less-than-truckload [&hellip...