DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

  Late last month, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction...

Welcome Words: LiUNA's Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members' Native Languages

Welcome Words: LiUNA’s Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members’ Native Languages

  Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 506 in Toronto is doing its part...

$54M in Damages Awarded to Walmart Truckers

$54M in Damages Awarded to Walmart Truckers

  Last month, a federal jury found Walmart guilty of intentionally failing to pay the minimum...

Ontario, Seeking to Reform Apprenticeship Programs, Turns Deaf Ear to Unions; IBEW Balks

Ontario, Seeking to Reform Apprenticeship Programs, Turns Deaf Ear to Unions; IBEW Balks

  Last year, the Ontario government vowed to add an additional $55 million in spending to...

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Nov
2013
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Unions, MGM Sign Labor Agreement for Proposed $925M National Harbor Casino Project

Unions, MGM Sign Labor Agreement for Proposed $925M National Harbor Casino Project
  While unveiling their proposed $925 million casino plan to a state panel last week, MGM International had representatives of four local unions by its side. The reason? A labor peace agreement that has been agreed to between the gaming giant and the labor organizations. MGM is promising not to interfere with worker organization rights...
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Nov
2013
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Overworked > Overbearing: Employee Depression Linked to Management Style, Not Workload

  Danish researchers studying worker depression have found that a boss’ management style factors more clearly in employee stress levels than does size of workload.  This study, earning media attention months after its completion, goes against the common thought process relating to worker depression as the researches discovered workplace...
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Oct
2013
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Modern Must-Read: The Systematic Denial of Health Benefits to Black Lung Victims by the Coal and Medical Industries

Modern Must-Read: The Systematic Denial of Health Benefits to Black Lung Victims by the Coal and Medical Industries
  A new series of articles from the Center for Public Integrity’s Chris Hamby — “Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine” — provides in-depth detail of how lawyers and doctors prevent coal miners with black lung disease from receiving benefits.  Using law firms like Jackson Kelly, PLLC...
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Oct
2013
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Penn State Paid Each of Its Victims $2.3 Million. JP Morgan? $5.

  Penn State University this week announced a $59.7 million settlement with 26 people who were sexually abused by former football Coach Jerry Sandusky.  This means $2.3 million for each victim.  Bloomberg Businessweek quickly noted that this number is in line with a settlement made by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who settled with four...
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Oct
2013
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OH Gov. Kasich to Construction Union Workers (Really): “I Love What You Represent”

OH Gov. Kasich to Construction Union Workers (Really):
  On Monday, a dedication ceremony was held for the $150 million Hickory Bend natural gas liquid processing facility in Mahoning County, Ohio. The event brought together workers, local business leaders and Gov. John Kasich.  The facility represents a major milestone in the growth of the natural gas industry in the region.   Robert Skaggs,...
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Oct
2013
30

PLA Agreed to for Staten Island Outlet Development: “This Means Good Jobs”

PLA Agreed to for Staten Island Outlet Development:
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has been agreed upon between the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and BFC Partners, developers of an outlet mall coming to Staten Island.  Exact details of the PLA have not been announced but sources familiar with the deal say the project will employ 100 percent [&hellip...
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Oct
2013
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JUDGE LOOTY: Special Interest Spending on Judicial Campaigns Up 42% from ’08 to ’12

“It’s the biggest threat to democracy that nobody’s heard of.” ~ Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director of Justice at StakeM   A recently published report, “The New Politics of Judicial Elections,” shows that since 2010’s Citizens United vs. FEC decision an unprecedented amount of money has been spent on judicial campaigns,...
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Oct
2013
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“Scaffold Law” Debate Pits NY Gov. Cuomo’s Business and Labor Supporters Against Each Other

  In New York, a 128-year old scaffolding law that holds contractors liable for “gravity-related” injuries is once again under attack as dozens of business groups and the New York Conference of Mayors have written to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking for reforms.  Business interests against workers’ rights advocates? This could prove tricky...
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Oct
2013
29

Toronto Star Highlights Helmets to Hardhats Success Story

Toronto Star Highlights Helmets to Hardhats Success Story
An article today in the Toronto Star touched on how the Helmets to Hardhats program has provided a successful transition into civilian life for Master Corporal Steve Krsnik and his family.  The 31-year-old returned from Afghanistan in 2010 and eventually found work in Alberta as a heavy equipment operator.  However, after being introduced to the...
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Oct
2013
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CA Labor Commish: Chinese Bus Co. Won Contract With $2M in Tax Incentives, Shipped in Chinese Nationals and Underpaid, Mistreated Them

CA Labor Commish: Chinese Bus Co. Won Contract With $2M in Tax Incentives, Shipped in Chinese Nationals and Underpaid, Mistreated Them
  In 2010, after spending a year wooing high-tech Chinese motor company BYD to California using $2 million in tax subsidies, then-L.A. mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa claimed the company’s new operation would create “hundreds of green-collar jobs.”  Fast forward to 2013 and the New York Times reports that the business has created...
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Oct
2013
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At Last, Austin City Council Clarifies Support for Minimum Wage on Tax Incentivized Construction Projects

  In Austin, Texas, the economy is booming.  Business Journal recently ranked the city’s economy 1st out of 102 major metropolitan areas and an estimated 100 people are moving to Austin each day.  Yet the boom has yet to reach the wallets of the construction workers helping the city expand.  A move last week by [&hellip...
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Oct
2013
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Minnesota City Votes in Favor of PLAs on Public Works Projects Citing Cost-Efficiency, Timeliness

  In a 3-1 vote, the City Council of Cohasset, Minnesota approved a resolution last week calling for public works projects over $200,000 to be subject to Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).  Supporters cited missteps in the construction of a new convention center in Rochester when calling for the resolution.  City Attorney John Licke told the...
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