Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives

Cincinnati Becomes First OH City to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance, Will Revoke Business Incentives

  In front of a full chamber hall, the Cincinnati city council voted to impose stiffer...

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

  Construction truck drivers at the Port of Oakland will be protected from employee...

Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed

Building Trades Partner with Rowan University for Much-Needed “Middle-Skill” Degree Program

  With millions of “middle-skill” jobs being added to the American economy next year,...

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis

  On Saturday, 300 union plumbers from across the country met in Flint, Michigan to install...

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May
2013
16

New LiUNA! Training Center Adds “15,000 Square Feet of Pure Opportunity” for Delaware, New Jersey

New LiUNA! Training Center Adds
Delaware Governor Jack Markell was on hand when the Laborers International Union of America (LiUNA!) opened its new training facility in Newark earlier this week. The facility is the 78th to open nationwide and the first to open in the Blue Hen State. The training center will help union members by providing free training and [&hellip...
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May
2013
15

USA Today’s List of the 8 Companies that Most Owe Their Workers a Raise Will Piss You Off

USA Today's List of the 8 Companies that Most Owe Their Workers a Raise Will Piss You Off
USA Today has put together a list of the 8 companies that most owe their workers a raise. The list was determined based on actual numbers not anger, sympathy or any other completely reasonable thing to feel in the face of rampant income inequality. Authors Douglas McIntyre and Samuel Weigley argue that the lowest paid [&hellip...
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May
2013
15

KC Southern Railway Bucks Bargaining, Unilaterally Installs Surveillance Cameras in Trains

KC Southern Railway Bucks Bargaining, Unilaterally Installs Surveillance Cameras in Trains
Claiming “management perrogative,” officials from the Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) have announced that they will install inward facing cameras on all of their locomotives in the upcoming weeks. As this represents a signal of distrust and managerial overreach, worker representatives are not pleased. In a meeting with the...
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May
2013
15

STUDY: Union Apprentices 17% More Likely to Complete Apprenticeships than Non-Union Counterparts

STUDY: Union Apprentices 17% More Likely to Complete Apprenticeships than Non-Union Counterparts
In Canada, apprentices working with unions are more likely to complete training and move into the job market than their non-union peers according to a new report. Of the apprentices studied, 75 percent completed training that was run through a Joint Apprenticeship Training Trust (JATT) while only 58 percent completed training when apprenticing...
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May
2013
15

Mountain View, CA, Unlike Cities in MI and PA, Seeks to Expand Rather than Diminish the Prevailing Wage

Mountain View, CA, Unlike Cities in MI and PA, Seeks to Expand Rather than Diminish the Prevailing Wage
In California, the Mountain View City Council is changing their stance on prevailing wage laws as they pertain to the building of affordable housing units. In the past, prevailing wage laws were limited to public works projects and capital improvements. In a 6-1 vote, however, the council has directed city staff to create a resolution [&hellip...
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May
2013
14

AFL-CIO’s Building Investment Trust Breaks Ground on Another Union-Paid-For Development

AFL-CIO's Building Investment Trust Breaks Ground on Another Union-Paid-For Development
Ground has been broken in Hoboken, NJ on the $131 million Park Place development which will be paid for and developed by union workers. Park Place will house 212 rental units as well as retail and educational space. Using environmentally-friendly design it will become the second Hoboken building to achieve LEED-certified Gold status. The...
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May
2013
14

California’s SB 776 Moves to Assembly, Aims to Bring Non-Union Contractors into Labor Management Cooperation Act Compliance

Last week, the California State Senate approved Senate Bill 776 which will prevent non-union contractors from taking money out of workers’ paychecks to fund sham labor compliance committees. The bill was sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) and was approved by a 24-10 margin. All 23 Democratic...
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May
2013
14

Make Noise for Safety With CPWR’s Construction Fall Prevention ThunderClap

Make Noise for Safety With CPWR's Construction Fall Prevention ThunderClap
A new campaign looks to plan, provide, and train workers on how to avoid the dangers of construction falls. The difference between this safety campaign and others? It needs your help. The issue of falls is among the most serious facing workers today. Each year, over 200 American workers are killed in construction falls and [&hellip...
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May
2013
13

SF Sheet Metal Workers Organize 1.5 Million New Hours of Work Through Grassroots Activism

SF Sheet Metal Workers Organize 1.5 Million New Hours of Work Through Grassroots Activism
This is a cross-post via the Sheet Metal workers website… On February 3rd, hundreds of Local 104 members from across Northern California were joined by leaders and staff from across the United States and Canada for the local union’s Second Annual Campaign for Jobs Leadership Conference. The several hundred members who attended came...
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May
2013
13

Organized Labor’s New Southern Strategy: Don’t Hate, Replicate

As unions pursue an updated strategy to brighten their 21st century hopes, some speculate that the South is showing signs of revival. The South has traditionally been anti-union and, effectively, all Southern states have had “Right-to-Work” legislation in tact for decades. The fight to reorganize the South is and will be costly, but...
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May
2013
13

The Skills Shortage Is a Meme.

The Skills Shortage Is a Meme.
The American skills shortage is a meme. It is a tired argument used to lobby for increased temporary guest workers who bring low wages and it is a red herring used to explain away unemployment while bolstering austerity’s selfish bottom line. Writer Robert J. Samuelson recently took to the pages of the Washington Post with [&hellip...
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May
2013
10

Colorado Gov. Snubs Business Lobbies, Signs Worker-Supportive Discrimination Bill

Colorado Gov. Snubs Business Lobbies, Signs Worker-Supportive Discrimination Bill
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has built his political career on being a universally likable character. In a complicated political state, “Hick” went from brewpub owner to Denver mayoral candidate and from popular Denver Mayor to Governor of Colorado. In the eyes of Republicans, however, his reputational ubiquity has wilted...
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