Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass “Right-to-Work” in Small Town WA

  Two attempts by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to impose...

Strikes, Suits, and Wrongful Firings: Port Trucking's Wonderful World of Endless Tension

Strikes, Suits, and Wrongful Firings: Port Trucking’s Wonderful World of Endless Tension

  Last week, thirty-three port truck drivers were fired by Total Transportation Services Inc....

Nevada Dems Pushing for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire on $5B Tesla Factory Despite No Mandate

Nevada Dems Pushing for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire on $5B Tesla Factory Despite No Mandate

  The Nevada Legislature is preparing for a special session to ratify an agreement between...

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The “Largest Job-Producing Project in Georgia” is Union Strong Under a Project Labor Agreement

  The Vogtle power plant construction project in Georgia has reached its predicted peak...

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OSHA Unable to Hold U.S. Steel Accountable for the Death of Laborer Nick Revetta

In September of 2009, laborer Nick Revetta was killed after an accident in a steel mill near Clariton, Pennsylvania. Yet his family, co-workers, and union brothers and sisters are still waiting for justice. A rushed OSHA investigation ended in a single fine and left many with the sense that the government agency is unwilling to [&hellip...
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2012
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Hawaii Gov. Says Project Labor Agreements Will Be Used on State Funded Public Works

Hawaii Gov. Says Project Labor Agreements Will Be Used on State Funded Public Works
In Hawaii, Governor Neil Abercrombie this week issued a directive that Project Labor Agreements will be used on various state funded construction projects. Citing an improving economy where steps must be taken to ensure timely construction, Abercrombie says he hopes PLAs will bring new opportunity to workers on all of Hawaii’s islands: A...
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May
2012
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Veteran Hiring Program “Helmets to Hardhats” Gets the Green Light in Canada

Veteran Hiring Program
A Canadian version of the popular Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program has been approved to begin in the fall. After years of bureaucratic negotiating, Joe Maloney, who founded H2H to create a pipeline for returning military veterans to begin careers in the construction trades, has convinced his native government of Canada to adopt it: “It...
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May
2012
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13 Abruptly Fired Truckers File NLRB Complaint Against Pratt

There is a complaint before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of 13 truckers who were fired by Pratt Corrugated Logistics for trying to organize a union. They were let go at the end of their shifts and offered $1,500 to waive their legal rights just a week after they began procedures to [&hellip...
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May
2012
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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Organize ‘Em: Queens, NY Charter School Faculty Vote to Unionize

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Organize 'Em: Queens, NY Charter School Faculty Vote to Unionize
Educators at the Academy of the City Charter School in Queens, NY announced this week that they are unionizing to better meet the needs of their students. The “yes” vote, which took place on May 21st, means that the teachers will now be represented by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT): In letters given to [&hellip...
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May
2012
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The AFL-CIO’s Virtual Phone Banking Tool Will Be Crucial to Get Out the Vote

The AFL-CIO's Virtual Phone Banking Tool Will Be Crucial to Get Out the Vote
The AFL-CIO has put out a video demonstrating how people can do virtual phone banking using the contacts they already have through a new FAN (Friends and Neighbors) tool. It appears to be a great way for workers around the country to show solidarity with their brothers and sisters and will be an invaluable method [&hellip...
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May
2012
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Meridien, CT Mayor Breaks 6-6 Tie, Votes in Favor of $220 Million Project Labor Agreement

In Meriden, Connecticut, the months-long debate about whether or not to use a Project Labor Agreement on the proposed $220 million renovations of Maloney and Platt High Schools has finally come to an end. Mayor Michael S. Rohde was thrust into the unusual role of tie-breaker on Monday night nudging a deadlocked Meridien City Council [&hellip...
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May
2012
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STUDY: OSHA Inspections Saved the Average Employer $355,000 in 2011

A new study conducted by professors at the University of California and Harvard Business School supplies empirical proof for claims made by OSHA head, Dr. David Michaels, that “OSHA doesn’t kill jobs; it helps prevent jobs from killing workers.” The study, titled “Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker...
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May
2012
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ALEC’s Latest Target: Wind Power

ALEC’s Latest Target: Wind Power
A network of ultra-conservative think tanks is stepping up the effort to demonize clean energy in advance of the November election. These groups plan to establish a fake grassroots movement based on misinformation and apply pressure to politicians running on clean energy policy. With heavy hitters like Americans For Prosperity already making $6...
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May
2012
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Romney Praises Hewlett-Packard CEO as She Prepares to Eliminate 30,000 Jobs

Romney Praises Hewlett-Packard CEO as She Prepares to Eliminate 30,000 Jobs
Ahhh, the lengths one must go to receive praise from the Republican Party. Here’s GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney waxing nostalgic about last year’s California race for Governor: I wish Californians had elected Meg Whitman. She would have been more successful and explained to Californians the need to cut back on spending and...
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May
2012
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“Dangerous road conditions were a significant factor in 1/3 of all traffic fatalities last year, and Americans spent 4.2 billion hours stuck in traffic.”

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) recently took to The Hill‘s Congress Blog to call attention to the “need to nation build at home.” In the post, Higgins stresses the importance of infrastructure investments: A $1.2 trillion investment in rebuilding American roads, bridges, transit and water systems would create 27 million jobs over the...
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May
2012
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In Iowa, Workers Comp Case Highlights the Need for Stricter Employer Penalties

Injured workers at companies without proper workers’ compensation programs are frequently forced to deal with recovery while hemorrhaging money. What’s worse, this terrifying predicament often goes unnoticed. Thankfully, the Des Moines Register recently highlighted one such case in an articled titled “Companies fail to pay...
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