9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

  The official number of deaths resulting from the infamous 9/11 Al-Qaeda attacks stands at...

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker's Worker Harming Days

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker’s Worker Harming Days

  The Medina, OH based RPM International, makers of Rust-Oleum and other specialty paints, has...

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional,...

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the...

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Apr
2012
16

Building Trades, Ohio State Rep Hold Press Event for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire at CSU

Building Trades unions have been protesting at Cleveland State University, demanding that more local hiring be done and that prevailing wages be honored on the school’s new $50 million “Campus Village” residential project. As we reported earlier this month, labor leaders from the construction industry want the project to be built...
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Apr
2012
16

Washington’s Revolving Door Could Affect Integrity of NLRB Scandal Proceedings

Washington’s Revolving Door Could Affect Integrity of NLRB Scandal Proceedings
The man representing disgraced National Labor Relations Board member, Republican Terrence Flynn, may have a financial conflict of interest as his corporate law firm, Dechert, often takes up cases against unions in front of the NLRB. Flynn’s lawyer, Glenn Fine, is the former Inspector General at the Department of Justice who received high...
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Apr
2012
16

HYPOCRISY ALERT: Video Shows Scott Walker Saying He Won’t Cut State Aid to Schools

HYPOCRISY ALERT: Video Shows Scott Walker Saying He Won’t Cut State Aid to Schools
Uppity Wisconsin’s Jed Lounsbery, one of Wisconsin’s most integral bloggers, has uncovered video of a pre-election Scott Walker promising to keep state aid to schools in tact. As if we needed one, this delivers yet another example of the hypocrisy of Walker, who faces recall election in June, and his inability to stand by his ...
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Apr
2012
13

Oregon’s Union Membership Has Actually Grown Since the Recession Began

Oregon’s Union Membership Has Actually Grown Since the Recession Began
As anti-worker forces try to strip unions of their rights from state to state, Oregon is making laws that facilitate organization of workers. The result has been that union membership is up over the past five years in the state that now sports the 7th-highest membership rate (17.1) in the nation: Oregon’s union membership has ...
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Apr
2012
13

Fresno Construction Company Ordered to Restore $500,000 to 401K Profit-Sharing Plan

A Fresno-based construction company, Explore General, Inc., and its former President, Jaime M. Gonzalez, have been ordered to restore $519,601 to the company’s 401(k) profit-sharing plan according to the Department of Labor (DOL). An investigation by the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) found that the now defunct...
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Apr
2012
13

Hearing on New Union Challenge of Indiana’s “Right-to-Work” Law Scheduled for April 26

Hearing on New Union Challenge of Indiana’s “Right-to-Work” Law Scheduled for April 26
Using Citizens United vs. FEC as the basis of their defense, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 is challenging Indiana’s “Right-to-Work” (RTW) law in court. Their claim is that by depriving unions of dues, free speech is being limited. Lawyers for Local 150 said that RTW “impinges on this...
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Apr
2012
13

Important Bill Protecting PLAs in California is Approved, Passes Full Assembly

Important Bill Protecting PLAs in California is Approved, Passes Full Assembly
The following announcement was made by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California… *** An important Building Trades backed bill that specifically clarifies that local governments that enact a blanket ban on PLAs for public works projects may not receive any state funding for construction, was approved today by the state...
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Apr
2012
13

ALEC: American Legislative Exchange Cancer

ALEC: American Legislative Exchange Cancer
The hits keep coming for transparency activists praying for the demise of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the über-conservative front group responsible for anti-union, pro-privatization and voter suppression legislation, among other ills. After massive members Coke, Pepsi and Kraft pulled out of the group, spokespeople for...
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Apr
2012
13

Boston Unions Partner with Haitian Ministry of Health on Medical Center, Training Program

Boston Unions Partner with Haitian Ministry of Health on Medical Center, Training Program
In Haiti, unions have joined with doctors to build a new medical center while simultaneously training local workers. The National Teaching Hospital under construction in Mirebalais is a joint effort of the Haitian Ministry of Health and Partners In Health. The Boston-based global health organization is pro-union and its Director of Construction,...
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Apr
2012
10

Judge Calls Wells Fargo’s Courtroom Behavior “Clandestine” and “Reprehensible”

Judge Calls Wells Fargo’s Courtroom Behavior “Clandestine” and “Reprehensible”
The always excellent bank watchdog blog, Naked Capitalism, recently looked into the systemic accounting abuses of Wells Fargo as court proceedings continue to reveal just how severely victims of the mortgage crisis have been affected. But Wells Fargo’s legal team has done quite a job of hindering the legal process. Common cases in which...
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Apr
2012
10

NYT: Cuts to Training are Preventing Workers from Advancing, Companies from Hiring

Companies bearing the fruits of economic revival are turning to government-sponsored job centers only to find out that a lack of properly funded training has left a workforce shortage. This is the story the New York Times tells in a recent piece highlighting situations in Louisville, Seattle and elsewhere. In Seattle, for example, the...
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Apr
2012
10

NY Contractor Owes $1.2M in Back Wages, But Many of Their Undocumented Workers are Afraid to Collect

Last Wednesday, New York City Comptroller John Liu announced that Mascon Restoration had agreed to a $1.2 million settlement for failing to pay prevailing wages on a publicly funded project. The contractor, which had been hired out on three different city construction projects, was using illegal workers and falsifying payroll. When the violations...
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