Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Jul
2015
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Invasive, Hypocritical Union “Transparency” Bill Passes in Canada After Years of Political Wrangling

Invasive, Hypocritical Union
  On the last day of its legislative session, the Canadian Senate voted 35-22 in favor of C-377, an anti-labor bill that will unnecessarily force unions to submit to burdensome disclosure standards.  A constitutional challenge is likely upcoming. Opposition to the bill is fierce and labor groups have promised to make every attempt to repeal...
Jul
2015
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STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win
  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and Promise,” links the success of organized labor to its inclusion of women of color.  The report supports findings from a 2007 Cornell and Columbia universities study which linked black women and organizing successes. That study, which uses numbers from the...
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Jul
2015
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Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks
  Boeing’s most recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing has revealed that CEO Jim McNerney will be paid $3.9 million a year in pension benefits for each of the next 15 years.  This revelation follows the announcement that he will retire on July 1st but will remain as chairman until February of 2016. The news [&hellip...
Jul
2015
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Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development
  A recent Seattle Times piece looks into the upcoming construction boom in the region and who will be manning the project.  The city has a long history of construction booms, but the latest wave is big enough to keep the region’s union tradesmen and women employed for the foreseeable future. Many of the projects [&hellip...
Jun
2015
29

Decorated Military Veteran and IBEW Organizer Honored in Sacramento

  Ramon Castro, a decorated war veteran and journeyman electrician and organizer with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), was honored at a ceremony last week after being named the California 56th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year.  Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia was on hand to present the award at the Veterans...
Jun
2015
26

CT Sen. Stands With Teamsters, Opposes Larger Trucks and Shorter Driver Rest Periods

CT Sen. Stands With Teamsters, Opposes Larger Trucks and Shorter Driver Rest Periods
  Speaking at a press conference, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called out special interests who are pushing for larger trucks on major highways and lax hours and service rules. He agrees with truck driver advocates that these are dangerous policy changes. Blumenthal was joined by highway safety advocates, families of highway accident...
Jun
2015
26

Verizon Offers 38,000 IBEW and CWA Workers a Pair of Annual, 2% Pay Increases

Verizon Offers 38,000 IBEW and CWA Workers a Pair of Annual, 2% Pay Increases
  Verizon Communications has offered a pay raise to its 38,000 East Coast wireline employees after starting its first negotiating session with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  The unions represent employees in nine eastern states and Washington D.C. who were covered...
Jun
2015
24

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills
  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has blamed almost all of the state’s economic woes on unions and pensions, but a look at the numbers shows the real problem may be the small group of workers he is trying to protect.  Creating “Right-to-Work” zones and making drastic changes to the state pension system are cornerstones of [&hellip...
Jun
2015
24

Data Shows that New NLRB Union Election Rule is Having Positive Impact on Workers

Data Shows that New NLRB Union Election Rule is Having Positive Impact on Workers
  A new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) union election rule that went into effect on April 14th has sped up the election process and prevented employers from using stall tactics to delay votes, Labor Notes writes in a new piece analyzing the rule’s impact.  In theory, the new rule makes it so an election [&hellip...
Jun
2015
19

Lives Being Turned Around Through Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Boston

Lives Being Turned Around Through Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Boston
  Operation Exit, a pre-apprenticeship program in Boston for people who have been in the criminal justice system or are considered “high risk,” has graduated its second class of students. The program’s champion, Mayor Marty Walsh, was on hand to speak to the graduates.  The program began last year when Walsh reached out to building...
Jun
2015
19

On Daily Show, Bill Clinton Touts Building Trades, AFT Pension Investments and Greening of Buildings

On Daily Show, Bill Clinton Touts Building Trades, AFT Pension Investments and Greening of Buildings
  Appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, former President Bill Clinton took some time to talk about the Clinton Global Initiative, specifically noting the success of a Building Trades program which came to fruition following a conversation with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  The program uses union pension funds to create...
Jun
2015
19

CA Oilfield Construction and Maintenance Could be Governed by Project Labor Agreement for First Time

CA Oilfield Construction and Maintenance Could be Governed by Project Labor Agreement for First Time
  A historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is in the works between the Building and Construction Trades Council of California and the California Resources Corporation (CRC) which would require oilfield contractors to use union labor for construction and maintenance.  The agreement would not affect drilling operations.   According to KGET 17...