Archive for the ‘OPINION’ Category

Sep
2016
6

POLL: Americans More Optimistic About Labor Unions Than They’ve Been in a Decade

POLL: Americans More Optimistic About Labor Unions Than They've Been in a Decade
  Americans are warming up to organized labor. Or, more precisely, warming back up. Reheating, if you will. A new Gallup poll shows 52% believe labor unions benefit the broader U.S. economy, while only 41% believe unions hurt the economy. Although that slim majority is still below the historical norm, it is the most optimistic [&hellip...
Aug
2016
25

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead’s Danger to U.S. Health

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead's Danger to U.S. Health
  The Illinois Sierra Club and the Illinois Pipe Trades Association formed an encouraging alliance this week. In an opinion piece for Crain’s, the two organizations teamed up to highlight the dangers posed by lead piping and the importance of identifying and removing it immediately. “There is lead in the water of many cities,...
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Aug
2016
16

Organizing Victories Show Labor’s Prospects in Traditionally Anti-Worker VA are “Looking Good”

Organizing Victories Show Labor's Prospects in Traditionally Anti-Worker VA are
  Virginia is one of the least union-friendly enclaves in the country. It was a pioneer in right-to-work legislation, passing anti-labor laws way back in 1947. But workers from Newport News to Danville have reason to believe the tides may be turning in their favor: A total of 23,000 Virginians, including 460 at the Alcoa Howmet [&hellip...
Aug
2016
10

A Must-Read Defense of PLAs: “The workplace is a tradesperson’s classroom.”

A Must-Read Defense of PLAs:
  In Canada, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has staked out a position against Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), calling them “forced unionization” and suggesting they are a financial burden on the public sector. Sudhir Sandhu, the chief executive officer of the Manitoba Building Trades and Allied Hydro Council, couldn’t...
Aug
2016
5

A “Culture of Fear” Has Contributed to Declining Union Membership

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  “Why are there no labor unions in America?” So begins a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post by author and American history professor Kimberly Phillips-Fein. Phillips-Fein, who teaches at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is quick to point out that millions of Americans do still belong...
Jul
2016
8

GOP Congressional Candidate: “Right-to-work laws have no place in Pennsylvania”

GOP Congressional Candidate:
  In a joint op-ed for Philly.com, Republican congressional candidate Bill Pounds and union organizer Hugh Giordano warn Pennsylvanians about the perils of a pending “Right-to-work” law in the state’s House of Representatives. The proposed legislation comes on the heels of West Virginia’s April decision to become the...
Jan
2016
7

Real Newspaper: NFL Cheerleaders Don’t Need Employee Status Because They Know Rich Players

Real Newspaper: NFL Cheerleaders Don't Need Employee Status Because They Know Rich Players
  The editorial board of the Orange County Register decided to kick off 2016 by going full 1916. How did a paper of record turn the clocks back so? By questioning the motives of professional cheerleaders who are seeking employee (rather than independent contractor) status. The Register suggests that “they receive the fringe benefits of...
Dec
2015
14

Top Economists: Politics, Not Industry Changes, Responsible for Decline in Unionism

Top Economists: Politics, Not Industry Changes, Responsible for Decline in Unionism
  The upcoming issue of the New York Review of Books features a piece by Paul Krugman, who reviews the new Robert Reich book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.  In analyzing and highlighting some of Reich’s arguments, Krugman pieces together the changes that have occurred in both the U.S. and global economies [&hellip...
Sep
2015
30

Bloomberg: Union-Bashing No Longer a Viable Campaign Strategy

Bloomberg: Union-Bashing No Longer a Viable Campaign Strategy
  A recent article in Bloomberg Politics suggests that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s exit from the presidential election is a sign that the political appeal of bashing unions has peaked.  As a last ditch effort to save his campaign, which just months earlier saw him polling as the favorite in Iowa, Walker announced he would...
Sep
2015
29

WA Building Trades: Jobs, Not Politics, Should Drive Export Terminal Decisions

WA Building Trades: Jobs, Not Politics, Should Drive Export Terminal Decisions
  In an op-ed for the News-Tribune, Teamsters Joint Council 28 President, Rick Hicks, and Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, Lee Newgent, ask those opposed to the proposed Gateway Pacific, Millennium Bulk, and Vancouver Energy export terminals to reconsider their position given the jobs and expanded...
Sep
2015
17

Former Assoc. Builders & Contractors Lobbyist Op-Ed Dismantled by Actual Economist

Former Assoc. Builders & Contractors Lobbyist Op-Ed Dismantled by Actual Economist
  Responding to an op-ed by former Associated Builders and Contractors officer George Hawkins that cast shadows on a Smart Cities Prevail wage study, economist Kevin Duncan dismantled the anti-union lobby’s talking points on the San Diego Source. After explaining the process by which he conducts his peer reviewed studies, Duncan...
Sep
2015
1

Trades Leaders: NoLa Officials’ Objection to Labor Standards Crushed Post-Katrina Employment Growth

Trades Leaders: NoLa Officials' Objection to Labor Standards Crushed Post-Katrina Employment Growth
  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Building Trades Unions of New Orleans attempted to use rebuilding efforts to secure opportunities for the city’s most disenfranchised residents. Family-sustaining careers were the primary objective.  But without the support of local and state governments, their mission was near impossible.  Ten...