Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has directed $3.6 million from the general fund to help the city’s...

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

  A group of Michigan unions have filed a lawsuit against a law that allows corporations, but...

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

  In Colorado, construction workers are being hired through labor brokers to disguise their...

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

  Uber has reached a settlement which will result in 385,000 Massachusetts and California...

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Jun
2013
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Without a Contract All Year, LiUNA! Local 563 Goes on Strike as Cretex Tries to Pillage Pensions

Without a Contract All Year, LiUNA! Local 563 Goes on Strike as Cretex Tries to Pillage Pensions
  Members of Minnesota’s Laborers International Union of America (LiUNA!) Local 563 hit the picket line last week after negotiations broke down between 40 construction craft laborers and the manufacturer Cretex.  Working without a contract since the beginning of 2013, workers authorized a strike claiming management has failed to meet...
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2013
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Wage-Dodging Austin, TX Marriott Developer to Have its Moment of Truth on Friday

Wage-Dodging Austin, TX Marriott Developer to Have its Moment of Truth on Friday
  The dispute between the City of Austin and developer White lodging is hitting a crossroads as the council prepares for a Friday vote on recommendations from by City Manager Marc Ott.  Just a week ago, Ott’s staff decided the city should revoke a deal in which White Lodging received $3.8 million in waived fees [&hellip...
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Jun
2013
26

SEIU Survey: NYC Developers Taking Luxury Tax Exemptions, Not Paying Prevailing Wages

  Apartment building service workers protested at three New York City sites last week because they are not being paid the prevailing wages guaranteed to them under a city law that grants luxury buildings tax exemptions.   A new survey conducted by 32BJ SEIU shows that close to half of the buildings receiving tax exemptions [&hellip...
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Jun
2013
26

Building Trades Praise Obama Climate Plan, Say Keystone XL Concerns Already Assuaged

Building Trades Praise Obama Climate Plan, Say Keystone XL Concerns Already Assuaged
  The following statement was issued Tuesday by Sean McGarvey, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, in response to President Obama’s unveiling of his Climate Action Plan: “We commend President Obama for initiating efforts to address the issue of carbon pollution and climate change, while...
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Jun
2013
25

San Diego Takes Next Step Toward Lowering the Threshold for Prevailing Wages to $25,000

  In San Diego, the City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee has passed a measure that would require workers on most city maintenance and public works projects to be paid the prevailing wage.  The issue will be taken up July 30th.   Currently, prevailing wages kick in on projects paid for with state or [&hellip...
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Jun
2013
25

Suit Claims Fiesta Shows’ H-2B Workers Were Forced Into 95-Hour Weeks, Paying for Their Own Travel

Suit Claims Fiesta Shows' H-2B Workers Were Forced Into 95-Hour Weeks, Paying for Their Own Travel
  A class action lawsuit is being brought forward by over 200 workers who allege they were victims of labor law and visa abuses while employed by carnival operator Fiesta Shows.   The workers, working under H-2B visas, say they were paid a weekly flat wage for 40 hours of work while logging closer to [&hellip...
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Jun
2013
25

Construction Employment Up in 27 States in May, 32 States Over Last 12 Months

  According to new numbers released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), construction employment increased in a majority of states in the month of May. In Louisiana and North Dakota, employment hit all-time highs.  Despite these positive numbers, construction demand remains uneven and AGC officials are urging lawmakers to...
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Jun
2013
25

GROSS: Pollsters Suggest Gov. Corbett Use Philly’s Teachers Unions as “Wedge” to Get Re-Elected

GROSS: Pollsters Suggest Gov. Corbett Use Philly's Teachers Unions as
  As Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is struggling in the infancy of his re-election bid, a new poll taken by Public Opinion Strategies suggests that he should attack Philadelphia teachers unions in order to bolster his approval rating. Considering major education cuts have been a driver of a low approval rating thus far, the recommendation...
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Jun
2013
24

Workers at Chinese Medical Supply Plant Hold American Boss Hostage Over Severance Pay

Workers at Chinese Medical Supply Plant Hold American Boss Hostage Over Severance Pay
  Chinese workers demanding severance pay have held their American boss hostage inside his Beijing medical supply plant for the past four days.   Chip Starnes, co-owner of the Coral Springs, Florida-based Specialty Medical Supplies, has been held in the facility without sleep as workers demand severance pay similar to that given to 30 of...
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Jun
2013
24

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Delete ‘Em: Maine Gov Blacklisting Three Newspapers He Doesn’t Like

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Delete 'Em: Maine Gov Blacklisting Three Newspapers He Doesn't Like
  Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration will not comment on stories published by three Maine newspapers he claims oppose his administration. This is news about not making news. The three outcast publications are the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel.  All three are owned by parent company Maine...
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Jun
2013
21

Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban U.S.

Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban U.S.
  In post-World War II America, the sprawling suburbs made possible by full employment, good wages, and an abundance of automobiles were a symbol of prosperity. Large supermarkets, shopping malls and public parks were a sign of American success that few foresaw fading. But now, as the economy struggles to return to pre-recession standards,...
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Jun
2013
21

Teamsters Pres: CEOs of JC Penney, Abercrombie “Earn” More Than 1,000 Times Their Avg. Worker’s Pay

Teamsters Pres: CEOs of JC Penney, Abercrombie
  Recent calculations show that the average Chief Executive Officer at a company earns 204 times more than his or her rank-and-file employees. This out-of-control sign of income disparity was touched upon in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which recommends that companies should be forced to provide transparency and reveal the difference...
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