IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

  The bipartisan campaign Nuclear Matters, which focuses on spreading the word about the...

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order (EO) establishing a task...

Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch

Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch

  Minnesota-based Medtronic, Inc. has hired a lobbying firm headed by former U.S. Senators...

Jimmy John's Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald's Decision

Jimmy John’s Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald’s Decision

  Two former employees of Jimmy John’s are suing the sandwich chain for what they describe...

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May
2012
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In Queens, Hundreds Camp Out for Union Apprenticeships. In Indiana, an Ex-Apprentice Rises.

Beginning last week, in Queens, hundreds of people camped out for a chance to become apprentices with the Local 46 Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Union. As Gothamist notes, these apprenticeships are coveted because union jobs tend to be “well-paying and usually secure positions.” WCBS 2 had more on the matter: Bracelets...
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May
2012
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Obstructionist GOP Holding Wind Energy Tax Credit (that Many Republicans Support!) Hostage

Obstructionist GOP Holding Wind Energy Tax Credit (that Many Republicans Support!) Hostage
Despite wide-ranging support from President Obama, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and members of both parties from the affected areas, extension of a wind tax credit that is necessary to promote investment in the growing industry may be allowed to expire. Companies who build parts and create new technologies for wind energy systems are already...
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May
2012
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Missouri’s Minimum Wage Bill Registers a Victory While Whistleblower Protections Suffer a Loss

Some good news for the workers of Missouri came last wekk when a judge upheld a minimum wage ballot initiative. The group responsible for pushing the measure, Jobs with Justice, announced that they have enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot. It aims to raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour [&hellip...
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May
2012
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Colbert: “Two men who will be slugging it out in the fall: President Obama, and the man who would defeat him, David Koch.”

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Stephen Colbert recently spoke at an event for those named to the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and while his razor sharp, “is it a joke or not?” humor roasted much of the crowd, he saved his best lines for union enemy #1, David Koch. After cracking jokes about Secretary of State [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
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88% of the Money Gov. Walker Raised in Q1 ’12 Came from Out of State Before Recall Donation Limits Kicked In

88% of the Money Gov. Walker Raised in Q1 '12 Came from Out of State Before Recall Donation Limits Kicked In
The time is now for Scott Walker to gather as much out-of-state money as possible. As a matter of fact, that’s the only kind of time Scott Walker keeps. The recall election is upon us and the John Doe Investigation into alleged abuses of power and illegal fundraising during Walker’s time as County Executive is [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
30

A Moving Tribute to New York Building Trades Members Who Died in 2011

A Moving Tribute to New York Building Trades Members Who Died in 2011
In a recent piece, “A Family in Mourning,” Bill Hohlfeld describes a moving tribute to New York Building Trades members who died in 2011. It was held last Tuesday at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Speaking of the “extended family” that is the building trades industry, Hohlberg describes how members of...
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Apr
2012
27

Romney Doing a Poor Job of Distancing Himself from the NLRB Scandal as It Inches Toward Him

Peter Schaumber, Mitt Romney’s recently relieved labor policy advisor, left the team in December just as he was being implicated in a federal ethics scandal involving NLRB member Terence Flynn. Now, the Inspector General of the NLRB is asking federal investigators to look more closely at Schaumber’s possible violations of the Hatch...
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Apr
2012
27

OSHA, NIOSH, CPRW Announce Construction Fall Prevention Campaign

A news release (PDF, below) from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and CPWR (The Center for Construction Research and Training), indicates that construction falls “continue to be the leading cause of work-related injury and deaths in...
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Apr
2012
27

EIDELSON: U.S. Government Contractors are Union-Busting on the Taxpayer’s Dime

EIDELSON: U.S. Government Contractors are Union-Busting on the Taxpayer’s Dime
Rising labor journalist, Josh Eidelson, recently penned a piece about President Obama allowing government contractors to use taxpayer money to hire firms that help them bust unions. The story looks at Barbara Harms, who is employed by the National Benefits Center (NBC) in Missouri, a company contracted by the U.S. government. She was forced to...
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Apr
2012
27

Maryland Considering Summer Special Sessions to Tackle Revenue, Gaming Proposals

Maryland Considering Summer Special Sessions to Tackle Revenue, Gaming Proposals
Last Friday, labor leaders representing nearly a dozen unions sent a letter to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley urging him to support an expanded gaming bill. House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller also received the letter which calls for a sixth casino in Prince George’s County and the addition of table games in...
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Apr
2012
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BIG: California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill to End Bans on Project Labor Agreements

BIG: California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill to End Bans on Project Labor Agreements
Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) are pre-hire contracts that set standards for wages, diversity, local hire, health coverage and safety on a given public works project. Large municipalities in California, such as San Diego, have attempted to ban them in the past because they claim PLAs are too union-friendly. Often times, though, union contractors...
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Apr
2012
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Illinois SB2643 Looks to Pass House, Ensure Quality Contractors, Apprentices Get Their Due

In Illinois, State Senator Mike Noland brought up and successfully passed SB2643, a bill that aims to strengthen the bidding process for public works. According to an action alert urging a “Yes” vote on SB2643 in the Illinois House (view PDF, below), the bill achieves the following: -provides transparency in public bidding -identifies...
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