With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is “Selling Out Working Families”

  Just weeks into his term, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner amped up his well-established...

Boeing-Loving SC Gov. Haley Toes Line of Illegal Union-Busting in State of the State Speech

Boeing-Loving SC Gov. Haley Toes Line of Illegal Union-Busting in State of the State Speech

  Gov. Nikki Haley put her anti-union credentials on display last week during her State of the...

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

  Late last week, a state court ruled in favor of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers...

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight

  A lawsuit brought on behalf of American Airlines mechanics by Transport Workers Union Local...

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Sep
2012
13

Canadian Government Fires 1,500 Workers to Cut Costs, Then Hires Private Firm for $100M to Do the Work

THIS (NOT) JUST IN: The exact sort of anti-worker policy that has come to represent conservative economics in America is being practiced by conservatives in Canada as well. Under the guise of cost-cutting, the Canadian government recently issued notices to more than 1,500 workers that their services were no longer needed. But, according to the...
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Sep
2012
12

CHART: High School Graduation Rates in “Right-to-Work” States Clearly Lower than States Where Unionism is Welcome

CHART: High School Graduation Rates in
An interesting, though dated map is making its way around the web that shows graduation rates across the country versus state “Right-to-Work” status. The graphic likely resurfaced, despite showing information from 2002-2003, because of the Chicago Teachers Union strike and the ongoing assault on public education. Even though the...
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Sep
2012
12

The GOP Might Bash Unions, But They Hired the IBEW to Wire Their Convention

The GOP Might Bash Unions, But They Hired the IBEW to Wire Their Convention
At their recent National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Republicans needed to guarantee their union-bashing, anti-worker message made it through 40 miles of cable to hundreds of stations worldwide for millions of viewers to see without interruption. In order for the proceedings to go on without a hitch, though, the GOP hired the best: the...
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Sep
2012
12

VIDEO: Iron Workers President Endorses Barack Obama

VIDEO: Iron Workers President Endorses Barack Obama
This morning, Iron Workers General President Walter Wise released a video formally endorsing Barack Obama for the 2012 Presidential election. This may not be appear to be shocking news considering Wise’s position as the leader of a large workers’ organization, something that lends itself to the Democratic party in the face of the...
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Sep
2012
12

Chicago Teachers Union Begins Day 3 of Strike to Save the City’s Schools

Chicago Teachers Union Begins Day 3 of Strike to Save the City's Schools
For a third straight day, Chicago’s public school teachers (members of the Chicago Teachers Union) will be on strike to protest the direction that Chicago’s school system is headed. The CTU and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are at odds on a handful of issues, leaving 350,000 students unable to attend school. The catch is, however, that [&hellip...
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Sep
2012
11

“Always Vote Your Job”: Vocal Sheet Metal Worker Insists that Building Trades Members Support Obama Come November

Despite the GOP’s fiercely anti-union party platform, some socially conservative members of Building Trades unions may still be tempted to vote against their best interests in November, a move that Todd Farally, a Sheet Metal Worker from Philadelphia, says they will regret if Mitt Romney makes good on promises to strip the power of unions...
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Sep
2012
11

Energy Retrofitting Could Become $400 Billion Industry, Create 160,000 Jobs

Energy Retrofitting Could Become $400 Billion Industry, Create 160,000 Jobs
Retrofitting buildings has the potential to reduce our nation’s energy usage by 20 percent while creating more than 150,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. With city leaders on the constant hunt for new revenue streams, making buildings more energy efficient through retrofitting can reduce budgets by 10 percent. Numerous...
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Sep
2012
11

$5.5 Million Wage Theft Recovery Case Makes Waves in Connecticut

Instances of employers being fined for wage theft appear to be increasing as awareness of the issue increases. In the Northeast, this has been especially true since Massachusetts created a task force to address the issue. But their counterpart slightly South, Connecticut, recently registered one of the biggest wage theft victories of the year when...
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Sep
2012
10

Since 1998, 12 Out of 18 NFL Stadium Projects Have Been Done Under a Project Labor Agreement

Since 1998, 12 Out of 18 NFL Stadium Projects Have Been Done Under a Project Labor Agreement
Yesterday’s big first NFL day was pretty magical. How could it not be, right!? Football’s back. Not so fast. Many in the labor movement are down on the NFL for their use of replacement referees (or, scabs!) during a referee lockout that is potentially endangering players and certainly driving down wages. Still, several games this...
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Sep
2012
10

“Corporate monopolies that own railroad bridges, hydroelectric dams, and high-pressure pipelines have skimped on taking care of this infrastructure, putting lives and property across America at unnecessary risk…”

America’s crumbling infrastructure has been given a “D” grade by the American Society of Civil Engineers which recommended $2.2 trillion be spent on maintenance and upgrades of roads, bridges, oil lines, telecommunications systems, and levees that are decaying at a dangerous pace. Catastrophes like the New Orleans levee breach...
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Sep
2012
10

After Battling With Machinists, Boeing Foists Its Greedy Eyes on Engineers

After Battling With Machinists, Boeing Foists Its Greedy Eyes on Engineers
As Boeing continues its assault on unions, labor officials representing the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) say the two sides are “in open conflict.” The SPEEA and Boeing are just weeks away from a deadline to complete a deal. On behalf of the 23,000 Pugent Sound employees, Ray Goforth of the SPEEA...
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Sep
2012
10

Michigan Supreme Court Approves Three More Ballot Initiatives, Denies Casino Construction

Michigan Supreme Court Approves Three More Ballot Initiatives, Denies Casino Construction
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled last week that three previously challenged proposals will make the November ballot while a fourth, that would have authorized new casinos in the state, will not. This decision brings the total number of approved ballot initiatives to six. This, in turn, is expected to increase voter turnout for the Presidential...
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