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...

11-Year Employee Fired by Marriot Spin-Off for Winning County Commission's Democratic Primary

11-Year Employee Fired by Marriot Spin-Off for Winning County Commission’s Democratic Primary

  Growing up we’re taught to be all we can be, to push ourselves to become leaders, and...

Navy Times Touts Various Building Trades-Sponsored Veteran Hiring Programs

Navy Times Touts Various Building Trades-Sponsored Veteran Hiring Programs

  In a recent article for the Military Times, Steven Maieli, founder of the website...

Designing Women: NYC's Landmarks, Skyline Weren't All Conceived of, Built by Men

Designing Women: NYC’s Landmarks, Skyline Weren’t All Conceived of, Built by Men

  A tip of the cap is deserved for the New York Times which this week delivered a brief...

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Jun
2012
12

“Have you ever organized a majority, even a plurality, of your co-workers to confront the boss in such a way that all of your jobs were put into jeopardy?”

The results of the Wisconsin Recall election have lead many left-leaning citizens to call for a more innovative and radicalized labor movement. And while many worker-supportive parties would give their left paycheck to see more labor-friendly results, writer Corey Robin makes a sobering request in his post, “A Challenge to the Left,”...
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Jun
2012
12

REVEALED: Maine’s Same-Day Voter Registration Ban Was Funded by Michigan Conservatives

REVEALED: Maine's Same-Day Voter Registration Ban Was Funded by Michigan Conservatives
Though the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) may be backing slightly off their Voter Suppression crusade due to corporate members jumping ship, states under Tea Party influence are continuing the effort with funding from unexpected sources. In Maine, a legislation was signed into law last year disallowing same-day voter registration....
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Jun
2012
12

Massive Wind Power Project Advancing in Massachusetts

Developers are lining up in Massachusetts to build a massive wind farm the size of Rhode Island that aims to produce 4,000 Megawatts of energy and power 1.7 million homes. The area, which the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has called ideal for such development, must now undergo an environmental assessment. The proposed development [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
11

The Troubles of Being a Step Ladder

The Troubles of Being a Step Ladder
This has to be the funniest low-budget, construction-related cartoon in the history of low-budget, construction-related cartoons. “I hate you, you’re not my real ladder!” Lotta LOLing going on over here...
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Jun
2012
11

Palermo’s Pizza Strike Press Conference Scheduled for Noon Today

Palermo's Pizza Strike Press Conference Scheduled for Noon Today
The workers who make Palermo’s Frozen Pizzas in a plant next to Milwaukee’s Miller Park are striking after their attempts at progress were met with threats and replacement workers. Accidents that led to amputations and horrible injuries yielded mild OSHA fines but no signs of policy change so workers decided to take a stand against...
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Jun
2012
11

Orlando VA Hospital Is the Site of $3 Million in Lost Wages, ABC Contractors In Over Their Heads

The mismanagement of a Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital currently being built near Orlando, Florida has left workers and contractors out to dry in the Sunshine State. What’s worse, many of these problems could have been avoided if the government-funded project had been built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) or any kind of arrangement with...
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Jun
2012
11

Hey POLITICO, What the F*** Is That Headline? (Part 2)

Hey POLITICO, What the F*** Is That Headline? (Part 2)
Roughly one year ago we published a piece, “Hey POLITICO, What the F*** Is That Headline?” which assailed the presumably party-neutral site for a story claiming Mitt Romney “praised” labor despite his remarks centering on “union bosses” and “union CEOs.” It was a journalistic hatchet job of the most...
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Jun
2012
6

Dems Win Control of Wisconsin Senate, But Will It Matter?

Dems Win Control of Wisconsin Senate, But Will It Matter?
Last night in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker survived the recall election. In exchange, Democrats gained control of the State Senate providing some symbolic balance in the legislature. But this wasn’t the victory progressives hoped for. Turnout and peer-to-peer mobilization were through the roof but what remains indefensible in the...
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Jun
2012
6

Verizon Laying Off 1,700 Despite Record Profits. IBEW Members Affected.

Verizon Laying Off 1,700 Despite Record Profits. IBEW Members Affected.
Despite record profits and executives who have raked in $350 million in the past five years, Verizon has announced layoffs of more than 600 workers in New England and New Jersey. This is part of a plan to reduce its workforce by 1 percent or 1,700 people through buyouts and layoffs. Affected members of the [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
6

Emails Shows VA Governor Supported a Dulles PLA Until Extremists In His Party Objected

Emails Shows VA Governor Supported a Dulles PLA Until Extremists In His Party Objected
The second phase of the Dulles Metrorail expansion in Northern Virginia has become an unrelenting political game between the state’s Far Right GOP and worker representatives. The first phase of the project was built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) but the Virginia GOP is now holding up the second phase, refusing to move forward...
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Jun
2012
5

Sotheby’s Lockout of Teamsters 814 Comes to an End as New Contract is Ratified

Sotheby's Lockout of Teamsters 814 Comes to an End as New Contract is Ratified
42 art handlers who had been locked out by Sotheby’s will return to work as the auction house and Teamsters Local 814 came to an agreement last week. From Crains New York: The three-year deal, reached in the last week, boosts wages 1% in each year, lifts the starting salary to $18.50 an hour, and [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
5

The ABC’s Legislative Guides from 2009 and 2010 Contain Dozens of Bills Listed as “Property of ALEC”

When we stumbled across news on May 18th that the FBI was investigating the John Kasich administration for bribery relating to gubernatorial appointments we rushed to post and comment on what we’d read. Buried in the story, though, was mention of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a big business lobby that claims to represent...
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