Alarming New Policy to Destroy H-1B Visa Data Will Stifle Research on Wages, Immigration

Alarming New Policy to Destroy H-1B Visa Data Will Stifle Research on Wages, Immigration

  A surprising and disconcerting change in data policy will make determining how H-1B visas...

Go Figures: WA Panel, Unions Want Boeing Held Legally Accountable for Tax Incentive Abuse

Go Figures: WA Panel, Unions Want Boeing Held Legally Accountable for Tax Incentive Abuse

  In Washington state, the five members that make up the Citizen’s Commission for...

Nearly $2 Million in Back Pay Coming to Misclassified Solar Workers in Nevada

Nearly $2 Million in Back Pay Coming to Misclassified Solar Workers in Nevada

  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that 147 workers hired by contractors to...

“We’re Negotiating With Wolves of Wall Street”: IBEW, CWA Two Weeks Into FairPoint Strike

  It’s been two weeks since 2,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and...

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Jul
2012
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Seattle Stadium Proposal Has Support of Mayor, Building Trades

Seattle Stadium Proposal Has Support of Mayor, Building Trades
As the Oklahoma City Thunder charged through the playoffs to the NBA Finals this season, many basketball fans in Seattle were left with the bittersweet feeling of watching their former team succeed elsewhere. In 2008, the Supersonics left Seattle after years of battling with local lawmakers. In Oklahoma City, a new arena awaited. Now, hedge...
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Jul
2012
17

Pair of New York Legislators Aim to Boost Funding for Helmets to Hardhats Program

Many young New Yorkers were inspired to military service after their city was attacked on September 11th, 2001. But as we’ve seen, soldiers returning home often have trouble finding quality work. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and Brooklyn Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D-Ditmas Park) are working to mitigate this negative...
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Jul
2012
17

Harvard Housing Renewal, Under a PLA, Will Create 3,600 Jobs, Stimulate Local Economy

Harvard Housing Renewal, Under a PLA, Will Create 3,600 Jobs, Stimulate Local Economy
The revamping of the Harvard “house system” — an integral part of the Harvard experience — is being done under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). The project will create an estimated 3,600 local construction jobs and help modernize the campus while simultaneously stimulating the economy. The City of Cambridge will receive...
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Jul
2012
16

AUGUST 11: “Workers Stand for America” Rally Aims to Make Workers’ Voices Heard Anew

AUGUST 11: “Workers Stand for America” Rally Aims to Make Workers’ Voices Heard Anew
In the lead up to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, some large unions have decided to host a rallying event of their own in Philadelphia to “refocus the national political debate on economic opportunity and middle class rights.” Workers Stand for America will take place on August 11th and bring together working people...
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Jul
2012
16

Brooklyn Philharmonic CEO: “If you are required to work with a union, why not try partnering with them in good faith?”

Brooklyn Philharmonic CEO:
In a recent piece on The Huffington Post, the CEO and Managing Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Richard Dare, discussed the importance of unions in his field and how the musicians represented by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) are well taken care of by their union. The post portrays unions as a collaborative partner, [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
16

The AGC and ABC’s (Online) Drug-Free Pledge Is Little More Than a PR Ploy

The AGC and ABC's (Online) Drug-Free Pledge Is Little More Than a PR Ploy
Safety statistics concerning the construction trades are rarely separated into union and non-union segments, so it is difficult for onlookers to witness the safety benefits that come from union membership on paper. However, as People’s World recently pointed out, one area in which the difference is apparent is in drug testing. In May, when...
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Jul
2012
11

From Mock Turtleneck to Mocking Unions: Oracle Founder Dumps $500,000 Into California’s Paycheck Deception Pursuit

From Mock Turtleneck to Mocking Unions: Oracle Founder Dumps $500,000 Into California's Paycheck Deception Pursuit
In November, Californians will vote on Proposition 32, an anti-union initiative that would prohibit payroll deductions to be used for political contributions. This type of law is commonly referred to as Paycheck Deception by its opponents. The Proposition would be a major blow to unions, damaging their ability to counter political donations by big...
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Jul
2012
11

Unions, Councilmembers Up In Arms Over Anti-Worker Lobbyist Nomination to Water Board

Unions, Councilmembers Up In Arms Over Anti-Worker Lobbyist Nomination to Water Board
The Washington D.C. Water Board of Directors is set to nominate Roderic Woodson despite concerns that he will have a conflict of interest given his lobbyist past. Particularly troubling to labor unions is the work Woodson has done lobbying against the District’s First Source laws. These laws aim to increase the number of District residents...
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Jul
2012
11

Buffalo Teamsters Enter Day Three of Strike at Sorrento Cheese Plant

Buffalo Teamsters Enter Day Three of Strike at Sorrento Cheese Plant
According to the Buffalo Business Journal, Teamsters Local 267 enters the third day of a strike today that is the result of stalled contract negotiations with Sorrento-Lactalis. A statement from the union connects the dots between the local’s struggle and that of the broader working class: “This fight is for our families and ourselves,...
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Jul
2012
10

Boehner, Portman Speak at ABC Legislative Conference, Make No Mention of PLAs, Davis-Bacon

Boehner, Portman Speak at ABC Legislative Conference, Make No Mention of PLAs, Davis-Bacon
I’ll admit it. When I was alerted to the fact that House Speaker John Boehner and Senator Rob Portman (both Ohio Republicans) would be speaking at the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) legislative conference in Washington, D.C. this morning, I figured I’d be sitting here now writing an article rebuking all sorts of...
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Jul
2012
10

(Another) Union Pension Investment Enables (Another) Affordable Housing Project

(Another) Union Pension Investment Enables (Another) Affordable Housing Project
In San Francisco, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has invested in a 326-unit residential project that employs an all-union crew of 600. The project, 333 Harrison, was funded with $70 million of pension fund money to help employ members of the Building and Construction Trades. It is the third residential development in the San [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
10

Think Super PACs Are Bad? Tax Exempt, Undisclosed Donor Groups Are Outspending Them

Think Super PACs Are Bad? Tax Exempt, Undisclosed Donor Groups Are Outspending Them
The discussion about dark money in politics and the need for campaign finance reform often focuses on Super PACs and the Citizens United vs. FEC decision. But as the New York Times notes, much more dark money is getting to politicians via Section 501(c)(4) tax exempt “social welfare” groups which do not have to disclose [&hellip...
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