A Year After West Explosion,

A Year After West Explosion, “Burden on Business” Still Supersedes Texas Worker Safety

  A year after the explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant left 15 people dead and 300...

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from...

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed...

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in...

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Feb
2012
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3PM TODAY: IUPAT DC35 Holding Rally at Copley Marriott in Boston Over Unfair Wages, Out-of-State Labor

3PM TODAY: IUPAT DC35 Holding Rally at Copley Marriott in Boston Over Unfair Wages, Out-of-State Labor
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 35 in Massachusetts is planning an action today at 3PM to highlight the importance of workers’ rights and local hire at the Copley Marriott. The South End Patch recently reported on the troubles workers are facing at the site and what government is doing to ...
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Feb
2012
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Kid Rock’s “Made In Detroit” Shirts Actually Made In…Peru, Ohio and the Dominican Republic

Kid Rock’s “Made In Detroit” Shirts Actually Made In…Peru, Ohio and the Dominican Republic
Few people take pride in being from Detroit to the degree that Kid Rock does. His love of the Motor City even shines through in his T-Shirt line named “Made In Detroit.” Sadly, as the Detroit Free Press recently found out, Kid Rock’s “Made in Detroit” shirts are made, well, not in Detroit. Susan Tompor ...
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Feb
2012
7

YEAH WRONG: NH Tea Partier Sends Letter to Obama Asking Him to Rescind EO on PLAs

YEAH WRONG: NH Tea Partier Sends Letter to Obama Asking Him to Rescind EO on PLAs
New Hampshire Tea Party Senator Kelly Ayotte has spoken out (again) in opposition to Project Labor Agreements, this time in regards to a proposed Job Corps Center in her home state: In a letter to Obama released Monday, Ayotte asked the President to reverse his executive order requiring federal projects over $25 million to consider ...
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Feb
2012
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Oklahoma Constitutional Amendment Aims to Give “Taxpayers” Power to Dictate Use of Union Money

Oklahoma Constitutional Amendment Aims to Give “Taxpayers” Power to Dictate Use of Union Money
The few, the brazen, the Oklahoma GOP. Already reeling from the disastrous implementation of a “Right-to-Work” law and with union membership below 8%, Oklahoma Republican David Holt has a solution for all his state’s economic woes: attack unions some more! Oklahoma’s Constitution already makes it very difficult to raise...
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Feb
2012
6

Private Meetings and Special Interests are Holding Up New Safety Regulations for Silica Dust

Private Meetings and Special Interests are Holding Up New Safety Regulations for Silica Dust
Last year, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that they would begin to enforce stricter worker safety standards when it comes to exposure to silica dust. The regulations, however, have been stalled for over a year by the White House Office of Management and Budget. Now, NPR is reporting...
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Feb
2012
6

“Without a voice, on-the-job workers are too often not trained in proper health and safety techniques or are retaliated against when they assert their right to refuse unsafe work.”

“Without a voice, on-the-job workers are too often not trained in proper health and safety techniques or are retaliated against when they assert their right to refuse unsafe work.”
In the wake of a trenching accident that resulted in the death of construction worker Raul Zapata in the Milpitas Hills of California, Cindy Chavez of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council and Neil Struthers of the Santa Clara County Building and Trades Council wrote an article, “Death of Construction Worker is a Tragic Lesson,” ...
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Feb
2012
6

St. Louis BCTC Honors Three at Construction Man of the Year Awards

St. Louis BCTC Honors Three at Construction Man of the Year Awards
The St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council held its annual Construction Man of the Year Awards on January 21 at The Cedars at St. Raymond’s and honored three local leaders in the industry. According to the St. Louis Labor Tribune: An impressive turnout of public officials attended the awards dinner, including St. Louis Mayor ...
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Feb
2012
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Army Soliciting Public Comments on Potential Use of a Project Labor Agreement at Fort Bliss

Army Soliciting Public Comments on Potential Use of a Project Labor Agreement at Fort Bliss
The Fort Worth District Corps of Engineers is planning to replace a hospital, Williams Beaumont Army Medical Center, at Fort Bliss in Texas. They are considering using a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and are seeking public comments on the matter. The project will exceed $25 million and could represent a growing trend of U.S. armed ...
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Feb
2012
3

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Seeks Waiver to be Able to Hire Undocumented Workers

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Seeks Waiver to be Able to Hire Undocumented Workers
On Tuesday, Think Progress published a post about Kansas Republicans seeking a waiver that would allow them to hire undocumented workers: But rather than follow Arizona’s model and run undocumented immigrants out of the state, Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman is seeking a waiver from the federal government so that companies can hire...
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Feb
2012
3

“Right-to-Work” In Illinois!?!? HAHAHAHAHAHA.

This has to be taken with a grain of salt. It is unlikely that “Right-to-Work” could take hold in historically union-strong Illinois, but the fact that someone is trying honestly to implement it shows just how ridiculous this fashionably anti-worker trend is. What excuse will midwest GOP governors use to replace the, “we need RTW...
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Feb
2012
3

Facebook to Guarantee Local Hire on Massive New Campus Construction

Facebook to Guarantee Local Hire on Massive New Campus Construction
Union members in California are pleased with the news that Facebook will be guaranteeing local hire as they build a new center for their Facebook Campus Project. Union labor will likely be used for the jobs that are created: Union members from all over the Bay Area packed Menlo Park’s Council Chambers Tuesday to say ...
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Feb
2012
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NH’s Construction Future Looking Grim With Projections $500 Million Below Previous Year Estimates

There is more bad news for workers in New Hampshire as Fosters has announced that future construction deals fell by $500 million 2011. According to the industry information service McGraw Hill Construction, the trend continues downward as December 2011 bore witness to future construction levels 13 percent lower than they were in December on 2010. ...
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