Archive for the ‘OPINION’ Category

Jul
2014
30

Groomin’ for the Boomin’: Apprenticeship Vital to British Columbian Energy Growth, Says Union Leader

  FACT: The British Columbian economy is booming thanks to liquified natural gas (LNG). FACT: The necessary infrastructure to capitalize on the boom means thousands of opportunities for the region’s workers to begin careers in the building trades. OPINION: Union apprenticeships are vital to adequately supporting this growth. In a recent...
Jul
2014
24

Right- and Left-Leaning Publications Omit Unions from Apprenticeship Articles Despite Massive Investment

Right- and Left-Leaning Publications Omit Unions from Apprenticeship Articles Despite Massive Investment
  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights the benefits of apprenticeships, noting the positive effect they have on the careers of those who participate.  The article seeks to provide examples of those who have benefited from apprenticeship across numerous fields, but it does so while ignoring union apprenticeships entirely....
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Jul
2014
21

Labor Expert: SCOTUS’ Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ban Is Good News for Striking Workers

Labor Expert: SCOTUS' Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ban Is Good News for Striking Workers
  In an article for The Nation, Moshe Marvit argues that the Supreme Court’s McCullen v. Coakley decision to strike down a Massachusetts law that provided buffer zones for protesters outside of abortion clinics, could represent a major victory for striking workers.  Though the subject matter is vastly different, the court’s decision that...
Jun
2014
24

While His Veto Awaits Override, Fort Wayne Mayor Makes Newspaper Plea to Protect Workers

While His Veto Awaits Override, Fort Wayne Mayor Makes Newspaper Plea to Protect Workers
  As promised, Fort Wayne, Indiana Mayor Tom Henry vetoed a bill that would end collective bargaining for city workers. The move sent the bill back to the city council, which currently has enough support to override the veto. With the override vote coming this week, Henry took to the pages of the Ft. Wayne ...
Jun
2014
13

CA Mayor: “Prevailing Wage Projects Don’t Cost Any More than Those Built by Low-Wage, Less Skilled Workers.”

  Mayor Steve Hardy and Vice Mayor Mitch Mashburn of Vacaville, CA recently wrote an op-ed defending the state’s prevailing wage law. They question the motives of cities that are joining lawsuits against SB7, a recently-minted law intended to protect the prevailing wage against charterization of cities.   Putting their unique knowledge of...
May
2014
29

de Blasio’s Housing Plan Not Truly Progressive Without Union Labor, Says Councilman

de Blasio's Housing Plan Not Truly Progressive Without Union Labor, Says Councilman
  In a recent Queens Chronicle op-ed, NYC 24th district councilman Rory Lancman argues that union labor is a necessity for Mayor DeBlasio’s proposed Housing New York plan.  Union labor was increasingly shut out of city-funded construction during the Bloomberg administration and Lancman wants to see that course reversed: The mayor has...
May
2014
27

“Benghazi? It’s a town in West Virginia.”

image via Slate   A vital new opinion piece on Fredericksburg.com exposes the glaring underappreciation for the dangerous jobs that workers do in the mining sector, and the selective concern for the lost lives of American who can be wielded for political purposes. In “As Working Class Sinks, Where’s the Outrage?,” Marc...
May
2014
14

If You’re Against Pipelines, You’re Against Some of the Best Jobs Around

If You're Against Pipelines, You're Against Some of the Best Jobs Around
  A recent op-ed in the Vancouver Sun supports the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by several influential Canadian labor unions surrounding the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.  The author, Robert Deane, explains the tremendous positive impact a quality jobs boom brings: “The fact is this: Minimum-wage and lower-wage jobs,...
May
2014
6

NM Rep: ABC Opposes Union Election Rule Change Because They Want to Intimidate Workers

NM Rep: ABC Opposes Union Election Rule Change Because They Want to Intimidate Workers
After New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s late March de facto “Right-to-Work” pledge, the floodgates opened with anti-union forces across the state ginning up efforts to beat back anything pro-worker anywhere they can.  Among those laying on the thick anti-union rhetoric is Roxanne Rivera-Wiest, President of the Associated...
May
2014
1

OH State Treasurer Praises “Shop Class,” Technical Training that Creates Careers

OH State Treasurer Praises
  While visiting a manufacturing facility in Youngstown, Ohio, State Treasurer Josh Mandel touted the importance of training workers for jobs in the skilled trades and encouraged more companies to participate in training programs for young workers.  Recognizing the achievements of two workers in the state’s Ohio Strong Initiative, Mandel...
Apr
2014
22

Op-ed Defends CA’s Prevailing Wage in Face of Charter City Race to the Bottom

  The implementation of California’s SB 7, which would restrict funds to charter cities that do not want to pay the prevailing wage, is being halted by a lawsuit from five cities who seek the right to continue to pay workers on publicly funded projects less than the regional average.   In an op-ed for ...
Apr
2014
9

In First Post-McCutcheon Comments, Lead Lawyer Contradicts Himself, Admits Money Isn’t Free Speech

  The Supreme Court’s tragic decision in McCutcheon vs. FEC has brought about a whirlwind of political commentary, spanning the spectrum from those, such as Newt Gingrich, who suggest remarkably that it will “equalize the middle class and the rich” to those, like E.J. Dionne, who understand that it will usher in an era of ...