Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Dec
2016
9

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP “Expects People to Work For Free”

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP
  In Wisconsin, opponents of the prevailing wage have suggested that a full repeal could result in savings of 44%. But a new report from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) – “Prevailing Wage Repeal Cannot Result in ’44 Percent Savings'” – challenges that assertion. MEPI takes particular issue with a 2015...
Dec
2016
9

New House Committee Leadership: NLRB Is Expendable, Unions Have Lost “Reason for Being”

New House Committee Leadership: NLRB Is Expendable, Unions Have Lost
  Unions? The NLRB? Who needs ’em?! This appears to be the attitude of the new committee leadership under President-elect Donald Trump, which includes Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC), the incoming chair of the congressional panel that oversees labor issues in the House of Representatives: Organized labor has “sort of lost its reason for...
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Dec
2016
6

Welcome Words: LiUNA’s Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members’ Native Languages

Welcome Words: LiUNA's Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members' Native Languages
  Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 506 in Toronto is doing its part to reach out to immigrant workers. For some members, that includes training and testing in their native language.  “If we get a call for a specific training need, even something we don’t offer all the time, we’ll organize it [&hellip...
Dec
2016
5

Trump’s Carrier Deal, Taking Heat from All Sides, Also Means 500 Union Workers Will Be Laid Off

Trump's Carrier Deal, Taking Heat from All Sides, Also Means 500 Union Workers Will Be Laid Off
  During the 2016 campaign season, Donald Trump promised to make a lot of “really great deals.” It’s starting to look like his first one is a bust. Trump is giving $6 million in tax subsidies and $1 million in training grants to Carrier, an Indiana company owned by United Technologies, over 10 years. In exchange,...
Dec
2016
5

Ontario, Seeking to Reform Apprenticeship Programs, Turns Deaf Ear to Unions; IBEW Balks

Ontario, Seeking to Reform Apprenticeship Programs, Turns Deaf Ear to Unions; IBEW Balks
  Last year, the Ontario government vowed to add an additional $55 million in spending to union apprenticeship programs. Among other things, some of the money was intended to go toward awareness campaigns targeting groups underrepresented in the trades: “There are thousands of young people in high schools who have not thought about a...
Nov
2016
18

Red Bluegrass: Prevailing Wage Repeal, “Right-to-Work” Increasingly Likely in KY Following Election

Red Bluegrass: Prevailing Wage Repeal,
  The grass may still be blue, but Kentucky is looking redder than ever. For the first time in 95 years, Republicans will outnumber Democrats in the Kentucky House of Representatives. That gives them control of the entire state legislature. In a guest post for Insider Louisville, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave [&hellip...
Nov
2016
16

Questions About Labor Supply, Wages, Tax Breaks Surround Trump’s $1T Infrastructure Plan

Questions About Labor Supply, Wages, Tax Breaks Surround Trump's $1T Infrastructure Plan
  On its face, Donald Trump’s promise to invest one trillion dollars into our nation’s crumbling infrastructure looks like a good thing. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives the the U.S. a D+ on infrastructure and decades of underfunding have left us in serious need of an overhaul. The ASCE estimates that it [&hellip...
Nov
2016
16

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago’s Youth

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago's Youth
  Chicago Public Schools and Dunbar Career Academy have launched the Windy City’s first comprehensive high school program for students interested in entering the construction trades. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not afraid the program will discourage students’ higher educations aspirations so much as it will offer options to students for...
Nov
2016
16

With Trump Win, Obama Admits Defeat of Trans-Pacific Partnership, Pleasing Labor

With Trump Win, Obama Admits Defeat of Trans-Pacific Partnership, Pleasing Labor
  The Obama Administration has acknowledged that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead. The trade deal was the centerpiece of President Obama’s “pivot to Asia,” intended to strengthen ties with key Asian allies at a time when China is exerting more economic and military influence in the region. In a rare instance of...
Nov
2016
15

Give ’em Props: Building Trades Score Two Major Ballot Measure Victories on Election Night

Give 'em Props: Building Trades Score Two Major Ballot Measure Victories on Election Night
  Construction unions scored a pair of victories in California last week when constituents voted YES on Proposition 51, a $9 billion school bond measure dedicated to the construction and modernization of schools and community colleges across the state. They also voted NO on Proposition 53, which would have required a statewide vote for every...
Nov
2016
15

Housing Developers Finally Agree to Prevailing Wages as Condition of Tax Breaks in NYC

Housing Developers Finally Agree to Prevailing Wages as Condition of Tax Breaks in NYC
  Last Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced a deal with developers and union construction officials that could bring back a program designed to create affordable housing for everyday New Yorkers. The program, called 421-a, expired in January. After a failed effort to revive it in August, Gov. Cuomo brought the parties back...
Nov
2016
15

Act Ten-uous: IA Fears WI-Style Collective Bargaining Upheaval Following GOP Victories

Act Ten-uous: IA Fears WI-Style Collective Bargaining Upheaval Following GOP Victories
  Republicans picked up six seats in the Iowa State Senate last week, giving them control of both the legislature and the governor’s mansion. Many are now concerned that Gov. Terry Branstad will be able to fulfill his longstanding wish to gut the state’s collective bargaining laws for public employees. Branstad is feared: Changes to...