In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

  North Carolina is a key battleground state in this November’s election. That is why...

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

  While a federal appeals court continues to meddle in New Jersey’s project labor...

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov's Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov’s Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

  Missouri came one step closer to implementing a new voter identification law on Wednesday...

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

  Donald Trump and the GOP would have you believe they are the party to revive manufacturing...

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Sep
2013
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BoA Mortgage Crisis Trial Prosecutors: “The Promise of Quality Was Largely a Joke”

BoA Mortgage Crisis Trial Prosecutors:
  In New York, the first trial against a major bank over the mortgage practices that led up to the 2008 mortgage crisis has been brought against Bank of America. Lawyers claim BoA committed “massive fraud” when it sold loans it promised to be of investment quality to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  At the [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
26

Trades Pressure Ohio Univ. to Ditch Contractor Cited for Child Labor, Wage, Safety Violations

Trades Pressure Ohio Univ. to Ditch Contractor Cited for Child Labor, Wage, Safety Violations
  In Athens, OH, a newly launched campaign by ACT Ohio (the state’s Affiliated Construction Trades Council) seeks to inform Ohio University students and members of the surrounding community about the use of questionable contractors on campus construction projects.  The main focus of the campaign is Claypool Electric, a contractor which ACT...
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Sep
2013
26

B.C. Officials Catch Apprenticeship Bug, Form Partnership With Building Trades to Ensure Skills Training

B.C. Officials Catch Apprenticeship Bug, Form Partnership With Building Trades to Ensure Skills Training
  With British Columbia experiencing a construction boom, trade unions are meeting with government officials to find ways to ensure a fully prepared workforce is available.   Political leaders recently agreed to build a committee on comprehensive skills training, after which B.C. Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair and executive...
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Sep
2013
26

Dem Gov. Candidates Plead Pro-Labor, Pro-PLA Case to MD, DC Building Trades in Introductory Summit

  On Monday, the three top Democratic candidates for Maryland governor met at the Turf Valley Resort in Howard County, MD to explain why their administration would be the best at creating union jobs in the Old Line State.  Addressing a forum hosted by the Maryland-D.C. Building Trades Council, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General...
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Sep
2013
25

TODAY IN DUH: States With Higher Union Membership Have Stronger Middle Class

TODAY IN DUH: States With Higher Union Membership Have Stronger Middle Class
  Income inequality is trending topic in the national political conversation, and not just because of hashtag trickery. It’s a serious problem. But new numbers from the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) show that union density can act as a buffer for the middle class. In comparing census data with union membership rates...
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Sep
2013
25

Make Watts, Not War: Natural Gas and Renewable Energy Can Walk Hand in Energy Independent Hand

Make Watts, Not War: Natural Gas and Renewable Energy Can Walk Hand in Energy Independent Hand
  The Wall Street Journal last week took a look at 6 myths surrounding renewable energy, providing insight into a subject that is often debated using outdated talking points.  In many ways, America stands at a crossroads in terms of energy as new methods of capturing natural gas have led to an energy boom that [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
25

Positivity, Grassroots Support Put Laborer Marty Walsh Over the Top in Boston Mayoral Primary

Positivity, Grassroots Support Put Laborer Marty Walsh Over the Top in Boston Mayoral Primary
  On Tuesday, Massachusetts State Rep. Marty Walsh emerged from a crowded Democratic primary field in the Boston Mayoral race with a victory. He earned 18 percent of the vote.   The top two vote getters in the primary, Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly, will now face off in the November 5th general election. [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
24

LIRR Makes History, Signs Project Labor Agreement to Protect Workers, Women, Minorities

LIRR Makes History, Signs Project Labor Agreement to Protect Workers, Women, Minorities
  The first ever Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Long Island Railroad and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties is expected to reduce labor costs on seven different projects by a combined $6.5 million according to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The PLA will establish wages and work [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
24

Big Push By MO Building Trades, Labor Orgs, Results in Veto Override to Preserve Mining Jobs

Big Push By MO Building Trades, Labor Orgs, Results in Veto Override to Preserve Mining Jobs
  In Missouri, an override of a bill vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon has created an interesting partnership between business and labor. This has caused Democrats, in a rare move this term, to go against their party’s leader.   With persuasion from local labor leaders, many Democrats switched their position on HB650 realizing that the [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
23

TUC, IBEW Cry Foul Over United Nations’ Union-Busting, Bad Faith

TUC, IBEW Cry Foul Over United Nations' Union-Busting, Bad Faith
  An excellent read from In These Times writer Michelle Chen provides background on accusations of union-busting at the UN, actions that, if verified, show a dangerous direction for the organization often recognized as the world’s watchdog.  New policy enacted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has diminished the collective bargaining rights...
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Sep
2013
23

One Arrested in Protest of “Right-to-Work” Ballot Initiatives for Oregon and Washington

  As a strategy session was being held at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington on how to pass “Right-to-Work” in Oregon and Washington via ballot initiative, protesters from local trades unions met attendees at the door in a preview of what is to come in the Pacific Northwest if the anti-worker legislation is put in [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
23

Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Contractor Forced to Cough Up $500,000 in Unpaid Prevailing Wages

  A contractor who landed work cleaning up three public hospitals after Superstorm Sandy has been ordered to pay over $500,000 in back wages after their subcontractors failed to pay prevailing wages.   Signal Restoration Services brought in extra help to manage its Bellevue Hospital Center, Coney Island Hospital and Coler-Goldwater Hospital...
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