Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

Unions, GA Power Partner on Job Training Program; Graduate Class is 83% Minority, 50% Female

  The inaugural class of a three-week program developed to spur workforce readiness in Georgia...

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo...

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

  A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the Department...

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Putting the “Con” in Contractor: Port Truckers Battle Misclassification, Expand Strike at L.A. Port

  Early Tuesday, the trucker strike affecting the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach spread to...

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Aug
2012
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FEE-SAW: One PA School District Upholds the Prevailing Wage, One MI County Tears It Down

In Pennsylvania’s Penn-Delco school district, located in Southeastern Pennsylvania approximately 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, a victory was scored for workers when a resolution proposed by State Rep. Warren Kampf that would allow exemptions from the prevailing wage on construction projects with over $10,000 in state funding was voted...
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Aug
2012
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Emails Reveal Wisconsin GOP’s Gerrymandering Intended to “Waste” Opposition’s Votes

Merriam-Webster defines gerrymandering as the following: “to divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible.” With the dawn of each decade, the new census allows...
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Aug
2012
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AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust Adds $138 Million in Job-Creating, Affordable Housing Constructions

AFL-CIO's Housing Investment Trust Adds $138 Million in Job-Creating, Affordable Housing Constructions
The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is playing an increasing role in fighting the unemployment epidemic by promoting and financing projects that bring competitive returns to its investors while creating union jobs. HIT currently manages $4.4 billion in assets for 350 investors and since its inception has invested over $6.4 billion to...
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Aug
2012
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MUST-READ: AlterNet’s “Forced to Work on a Broken Ankle?” — Story of Organizing in Alabama

In 2004, after slipping on a greasy floor at a massive poultry plant in Russellville, Alabama, Dolores Smith was sent home by the company nurse with (get this…) ibuprofen. When she got to her car she noticed that pieces of bone were sticking out of her sock, which had been broken in three places. This [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
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Bipartisan Letter to AG Holder Demands Precautions Against Criminal Contractors Winning Bids on Fed-Funded Projects

Bipartisan Letter to AG Holder Demands Precautions Against Criminal Contractors Winning Bids on Fed-Funded Projects
According to a new report from its Inspector General, the Department of Justice has failed to take the necessary precautions to stop contractors with criminal histories from receiving federally funded work. The report indicates that the Bureau of Justice Assistance has not properly maintained its databases thus allowing bids to go to contractors...
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Aug
2012
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REMINDER: Voter ID is About Real People, With Real Stories of Being Denied the Right to Vote

REMINDER: Voter ID is About Real People, With Real Stories of Being Denied the Right to Vote
With the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law facing trial in Harrisburg, observers are reminded that the numbers floating around about who cannot vote represent real people with real stories, none of whom deserve inferior voting rights. Republicans continue to argue that the wave of new voter ID laws is a result of voter fraud...
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Aug
2012
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Today, August 1st, is “Post a Picture of Your Union Card on Facebook” Day

Today, August 1st, is
It’s true. It’s an electronic national holiday. Or, at least, let’s make it one! Above is the graphic the Teamsters are sharing. Below, well, it’s my union card. And some pins and stickers I collected this year from Building Trades locals. Solidarity!...
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Aug
2012
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GO FIGURE: Anti-Union ABC Names Anti-Union Rep. Guinta “Legislator of the Year”

GO FIGURE: Anti-Union ABC Names Anti-Union Rep. Guinta
New Hampshire Congressman Frank Guinta’s desire to appease his campaign donors and push construction tradesmen and women off the cliff has earned him the title of “Legislator of the Year” from none other than the staunchly anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). According to New Hampshire Labor News, since accepting...
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Aug
2012
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POLL: 88% of Americans Think the U.S. Can Regain “the Strongest Position in the World Economy.”

According to a new poll [PDF], Americans believe the government should be doing all it can to rebuild our nation’s manufacturing base, regardless of party affiliation. The poll was conducted by the Dem-leaning Mellman Group and the Republican PR firm North Star Opinion Research between June 28th and July 2nd. Of the 1,200 respondents, 88...
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Aug
2012
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SC GOP Rep. Who Supports Cutting Vet Benefits Delivers Paper Certificates at WWII Celebration

SC GOP Rep. Who Supports Cutting Vet Benefits Delivers Paper Certificates at WWII Celebration
Exactly 80 years after “Bonus Army” protests saw 43,000 marchers take to the streets following World War I veterans being snubbed with paper certificates rather than their entitled compensation, South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott poured salt on the wound by handing out Certificates of Participation to hundreds of World War II vets....
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Jul
2012
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REPORT: Misclassification Allows Subcontractors to Shave 26% off Payroll on the Backs of Workers

According to Virginia’s new General Assembly Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), the misclassification of construction workers as “independent contractors” is a problem that affects workers, business people, and the commonwealth alike. This is by no means breaking news to those in the know, but the problem is...
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Jul
2012
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Waste Management Bringing In Replacement Workers from Out of State Instead of Bargaining with Seattle Teamsters

Waste Management Bringing In Replacement Workers from Out of State Instead of Bargaining with Seattle Teamsters
Striking Waste Management workers in Seattle braced for a showdown yesterday when an estimated 200 replacement workers were expected to arrive for their first day on the job. Complaints from customers and threats from the city have forced Waste Management to resume regular garbage pickup, but rather than negotiate with striking Teamster members...
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