With Statewide Project Labor Agreement Ban Defeated, Toledo Votes to Require Them

With Statewide Project Labor Agreement Ban Defeated, Toledo Votes to Require Them

  In the wake of an attempt by GOP members of the state legislature to ban Project Labor...

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports

  The Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission has announced a major labor deal which will...

Million-Dollar Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Busted Up by Feds in Chicago Burbs

Million-Dollar Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Busted Up by Feds in Chicago Burbs

  A suburban Chicago contractor is facing federal charges for failing to pay $1.5 million in...

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits

  Speaking at the New America Foundation, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gave a...

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Jul
2013
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39-Story Condominium, Funded by Union Labor and Pension Funds, is ULLICO’s First SF Project in 5 Years

39-Story Condominium, Funded by Union Labor and Pension Funds, is ULLICO's First SF Project in 5 Years
  A new 39-story condominium in San Francisco is being built and funded by union labor and pension funds. It is the 51st project funded in the city by Union Labor Life Insurance Company (ULLICO) and the first since 2008.   At a luncheon celebration held at the Courtyard Marriot, ULLICO President and CEO Ed [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
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Tech It or Leave It: Orlando Restaurateur Closes Shop, Fires Employees via Text

Tech It or Leave It: Orlando Restaurateur Closes Shop, Fires Employees via Text
  During their July 4th festivities, employees of Barducci’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria in Winter Park, Florida, received a text from store owner Greogory Kennedy informing them that he was closing the restaurant and firing them.  The social norms have come a long way no doubt, but it’s not clear this is what the technology...
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Jul
2013
16

Wage Theft Whistleblower Faces Deportation After Exposing Federally-Contracted Food Court Fiends

Wage Theft Whistleblower Faces Deportation After Exposing Federally-Contracted Food Court Fiends
  In early July, a one-day strike organized by the SEIU’s Good Jobs Nation took place at the Ronald Reagan Building to protest wage theft by employers contracted through the federal government.  Antonio Vanegas was one of the speakers that day. He had earned $6.50 an hour with no overtime working at the Quick Pita [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
12

Local Stations, Viewers are Big Losers in TV’s Political Ad Money Grab

Local Stations, Viewers are Big Losers in TV's Political Ad Money Grab
  Last year at an entertainment law conference, Les Moonves, the CEO of CBS Corporation, said “Super-PAC’s may be bad for America, but they’re very good for CBS.” After the 2012 Presidential election during which Romney and Obama spent a combined $7 billion, CBS saw their profits soar by $180 million.  The winners and losers [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
12

PLA for Meriden, CT School Construction Hangs in the Balance

The path to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for renovations at Platt and Maloney high schools in Meriden, Connecticut has not been a clear one. At last check, non-union contractors were abstaining from bidding on the project to undermine the PLA which Meriden’s mayor had cast the deciding vote in favor of. The anti-PLA pressure [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
12

Anti-Worker Lobby Hurls PLA Falsehoods in Op-Ed, Boston Herald Edits Out Facts From Union Rep Rebuttal

Anti-Worker Lobby Hurls PLA Falsehoods in Op-Ed, Boston Herald Edits Out Facts From Union Rep Rebuttal
  An early July op-ed in the Boston Herald by Greg Beeman, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Massachusetts sought to distort the truth about Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).  The piece, titled, “Gov’s union-only project deals co$t”, comes right out of the ABC handbook of how to portray unions in a poor...
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Jul
2013
10

Pair of Dutch Pension Managers Yank Funds from Walmart Because of Questionable Labor Practices

  Dutch pension managers PGGM and Mn Services have pulled their investments in Walmart due to the McRetailer’s anti-union positions and questionable labor practices.  The pension funds join Netherlands’ largest pension fund, ABP, which divested from Walmart last year citing their inability to follow the United Nations’...
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Jul
2013
10

Massachusetts Becomes 6th State to Introduce Healthy Workplace Bill to Deal With Bullying Bosses

Massachusetts Becomes 6th State to Introduce Healthy Workplace Bill to Deal With Bullying Bosses
  In hopes of protecting workers from abusive bosses, Massachusetts recently became the sixth state to introduce a Healthy Workplace Bill.  Sponsored by House Rep. Ellen Story and Sen. Katherine Clark, HB 1766 had its public hearing before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development late last month.   According to a recent study...
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Jul
2013
10

Once Troubled Teen Wins Canadian Craftsmanship Award, Credits Building Trades Apprenticeship With Changing His Life

  In Canada, a shining example of the power of apprenticeship was recently highlighted by The Vancouver Sun. Tyler Simpson, a young man who four years ago was facing serious life challenges, made his way up the skilled trades ladder, became a journeyman cabinetmaker and this year won a silver medal at the National Trades [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
10

Anti-Davis Bacon Bill, HR 448, Debunked by Economist in Committee Hearing

  A bill labeled HR 448, currently before the House Education and the Workforce Committee, aims to systematically lower wages in the construction industry by changing the method by which prevailing wages are calculated.  This approach, which was been beaten back in the late 90s, is the latest attempt to lower wages after repeated House...
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Jul
2013
9

MI Supreme Court Refuses Gov. Snyder’s Request for Reinforcement of Potentially Unconstitutional “Right-to-Work” Law

  In the days after Michigan legislators made the Wolverine state the 24th to implement a “Right-to-Work” law, lawsuits challenging its constitutionality began piling up like dead crustaceans on the shores of the Great Lakes.  On January 28th, Gov. Rick Snyder countered by asking the state’s Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on the...
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Jul
2013
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Unions Pour Cash, Solidarity Into LiUNA! Local 563 Strike Fund to Keep Picket Against Cretex Alive

Unions Pour Cash, Solidarity Into LiUNA! Local 563 Strike Fund to Keep Picket Against Cretex Alive
  In late June we wrote about members of the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA!) Local 563 striking in Minnesota against their employer, Cretex, because the company is trying to scrap their pensions. Health benefits were set to run out on June 30th, but union solidarity had the cure for that: a strike [&hellip...
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