FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

  For over 10 years, FedEx Ground has been battling claims that it misclassified its drivers...

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s...

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

  In response to a recent op-ed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams which claimed that...

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors

Apt Complex for Homeless Vets, Built by Union Volunteers, Prepares to Open Jersey City Doors

  An apartment complex for homeless veterans in Jersey City, New Jersey is ready to house its...

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Inaction on Goldman Sachs’ Aluminum Market Manipulation Reveals Republicans Don’t Really Believe in the Free Market

Inaction on Goldman Sachs' Aluminum Market Manipulation Reveals Republicans Don't Really Believe in the Free Market
A recent New York Times article exposed Goldman Sachs’ manipulation of the aluminum market by moving the metal from warehouse to warehouse on a daily basis. This game of keep-away artificially drove up prives. As a result, The Atlantic published a piece titled, “The Huge Threat to Capitalism That Republicans are Ignoring.”  In the...
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New DOE Study Shows Fracking Chemicals May Not Impact Drinking Water After All

  The first study that has used tracer dyes to monitor the effects of hydraulic fracturing (or, fracking) has found that the chemicals used in the process stay well below our drinking water. The study is an ongoing project of the Department of Energy (DOE).  They have been monitoring eight wells along the Marcellus Shale. [&hellip...
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2013
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New WI Union Numbers Reveal Brutal Implications of Walker’s Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

New WI Union Numbers Reveal Brutal Implications of Walker's Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill
  Two years after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union Act 10 became law, the numbers show that this signature piece of legislative overreach has had its intended effect: draining unions of their members and therefore their resources.   Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel shows that tens of thousands of workers have left...
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2013
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Colbert Takes Down McDonald’s, O’Reilly for Misunderstanding How the (Low-Wage) World Works

Colbert Takes Down McDonald's, O'Reilly for Misunderstanding How the (Low-Wage) World Works
  Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert recently addressed the not-so-super-sized minimum wage using McDonald’s’ now infamous Sample Budget — which suggests a 70-hour work week to make ends meet — as the backdrop. In true Colbert fashion, serious matters are addressed satirically. At one point, Colbert paraphrases Bill...
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2013
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Pair of Powerful Union Presidents Slam Secrecy of Trans-Pacific Partnership in Op-Ed

  As we have written time and again, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a global corporate power grab disguised as a free trade agreement, is being unfairly developed in secrecy to avoid the inevitable public scrutiny that would follow its every dubious move. Today, two powerful union presidents — Ed Hill of the International...
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2013
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Illinois Gov. Signs Bill Making It Easier to Pursue Employers Who Misclassify Workers

Illinois Gov. Signs Bill Making It Easier to Pursue Employers Who Misclassify Workers
  Details are scarce here, but any policy to combat misclassification should be applauded no matter how aggressive it is. Via WREX: A bill addressing the missclassification of construction workers as independent contractors has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. House Bill 2649 is meant to fight employers who missclassify their...
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Jul
2013
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Northern Ohio Building Trades Sue School Officials for Rescinding Project Labor Agreement

  In Northern Ohio, a fight has been brewing surrounding Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).  In March, the Lorain City Council scrapped PLAs, in particular the implementation of one for local high school construction. The 8-2 anti-PLA vote went against the wishes of Mayor Chase Ritenauer.  Now, the North Central Ohio Building and Construction...
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Jul
2013
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Report Reveals Stunning Lack of Fiduciary Responsibility as Lobbyists Block Vital 401k Protections

Report Reveals Stunning Lack of Fiduciary Responsibility as Lobbyists Block Vital 401k Protections
  Bank regulations. We can’t seem to get enough of them in place. And the reason is pretty simple: Lobbying power. Last week, a group of 75 lobbyists hit Capitol Hill to block proposed Department of Labor (DOL) regulations that would force those in charge of 401(k)’s to put retirees best interests before profit. The [&hellip...
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2013
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Massive Construction Co. Leaves Chamber of Commerce Over Sustainable Building Reluctance

Massive Construction Co. Leaves Chamber of Commerce Over Sustainable Building Reluctance
  A short time after Skanska USA CEO Michael McNally wrote a Washington Post op-ed titled, “Don’t Let Green Standards Wither,” the company announced its departure from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce due to the organization’s attempts to “halt progress in sustainable building.”  Before making its decision, the construction giant...
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Jul
2013
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NJ Supreme Court Issues Decision Which Strengthens Workplace Bias Laws in Favor of Employees

NJ Supreme Court Issues Decision Which Strengthens Workplace Bias Laws in Favor of Employees
  Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of a UPS employee who sued the company after being demoted.  The plaintiff claimed his demotion was retaliation for complaining about denigrating remarks in the workplace.  In a unanimous decision, the state’s high court ruled that employers who engage in derogatory remarks...
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2013
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CO Building Trades Rep Slams Aurora Veterans Affairs Project as “Criminal,” in Dire Need of a PLA

  Recently, we shed light on the cost overruns and other failures of the Aurora, Colorado Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital construction. The problems relate to an endemic refusal by the VA to use Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), despite their many advantages and guarantees, including a mandate for hiring military veterans into the construction...
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Jul
2013
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WA Teamsters Local Scores Incremental Raises, Medical Trust Participation in New CBA

  Maintenance workers represented by the Teamsters union in the City of Lake Forest Park, Washington had been working without a contract since December 31st, 2012.  But on July 11th, they unanimously agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement.   The three-year agreement provides small wage adjustments that come into effect gradually...
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