For Pete's Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL's Sunshine City

For Pete’s Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL’s Sunshine City

  In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council has approved a mandatory apprenticeship program...

Ahead of Big Budget,

Ahead of Big Budget, “Right-to-Work” Votes, IL Gov Rauner Is Literally Paying Politicians Off

  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is once again making waves before making a difference, doling out...

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

  A year after profiting $377 million on $3.5 billion in sales, retailer Fossil is laying off...

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization

  A unionization effort by the 189 attorneys that work for Pennsylvania Attorney General...

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Dec
2012
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“Flip-Flop-For-Less”: Chamber of Commerce Switches RTW Position, Anonymous Sources Say GOP is Vote-Trading to Protect EFM Laws

Yesterday, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce (CoC) reversed its previously suggested position on “Right-to-Work” (RTW) legislation and threw its political weight behind House Republican desires to use the “lame duck” session to attempt to pass the controversial law. Recently, video circulated of CoC representatives opposing...
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Dec
2012
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Breathtaking Photographs of Electricians at Work High in the Sky featured in IBEW Photo Contest

Breathtaking Photographs of Electricians at Work High in the Sky featured in IBEW Photo Contest
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is holding its 15th photo contest in which you can vote on the image that best exemplifies the spirit of the IBEW. Some of the images are quite breathtaking. The winning photo will be used for a feature story in January’s issue of The Electrical Worker. The list [&hellip...
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Dec
2012
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s International Tribunals Will Take “Corporate Personhood” to the Level of “Corporate Super Humanism”

As has been discussed on this blog in the past, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being put together in extreme secrecy. This secrecy comes complete with a total lack of mainstream media coverage despite serious potential long-term effects. Leaked documents show that the TPP will have a chilling effect on the ability of the United [&hellip...
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Dec
2012
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KY’s “Construction Pipeline” Is a Model for Boosting Diversity, Apprenticeship

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Across the nation, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and other construction trade unions have been putting contracts in place that mandate diversity in the ranks. In Kentucky, “The Construction Pipeline” is being viewed as a national model for other regions to follow. According to Local 369 Joint Apprentice...
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Dec
2012
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Austin Considering Hourly Wage Boost to Avoid “Corporate Entitlement Program”

Following Travis County, Texas’ passage of an ordinance requiring any company moving to the county and receiving a tax break to pay their workers a minimum of $11, the City of Austin is weighing a similar deal. This would raise wages for construction workers in Austin who currently have a prevailing wage of $7.50/hour and [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
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Class Action Claims ConAgra, Maker of Hunt’s, Chef Boyardee and More, Misclassified Employees to Enable 70-Hour Work Weeks

Class Action Claims ConAgra, Maker of Hunt’s, Chef Boyardee and More, Misclassified Employees to Enable 70-Hour Work Weeks
A former employee of ConAgra Food’s packaged foods division (which produces brands including Hunt’s, Swiss Miss, Chef Boyardee and Orville Redanbacher) claims the company purposefully misclassified workers as “executives,” put them on salary, and then paid them a “non-discretionary bonus” in order to have them...
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Nov
2012
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OSHA Fines Hartford Company $139,000 for Electrical, Ventilation Neglect

According to the Department of Labor’s website, OSHA has proposed $139,000 in fines for Associated Spring-Barnes Group Inc. following an inspection by the Hartford Area Office that found electrical, mechanical, exit access, fall and combustible dust hazards. OSHA also cited the company for 30 alleged “serious violations” of...
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Nov
2012
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Denver Teamsters Celebrate Ballot Measure 2A Passage, Restoration of Furloughed Pay, Future Infrastructure Funding for the City

Denver Teamsters Celebrate Ballot Measure 2A Passage, Restoration of Furloughed Pay, Future Infrastructure Funding for the City
1,000 Teamsters in Denver, Colorado are being rewarded for their organizing work to help pass Ballot Measure 2A that restored 14 unpaid furlough days. Measure 2A lifted a state mandated spending cap put in place by the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) in 1992. With help from the Teamsters’ DRIVE Political Action Committee, local members...
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Nov
2012
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One Scott Walker Aide Headed to Jail for 6 Months, Another Could Face 14 Years

One Scott Walker Aide Headed to Jail for 6 Months, Another Could Face 14 Years
A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Tim Russell, has reached a plea deal on charges he stole money from a veterans charity. The deal is the latest news in Wisconsin’s ongoing John Doe Investigation into the misdeeds of staffers in the Milwaukee County Executives office during the Scott Walker years that is now [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
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In 2012, 117 ALEC Members and Alumni Were Voted Out of Office

Research from the Center for Media Analysis shows that in 2012 primary, general and recall elections, 117 members or alumni of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) were voted out of office. The statistic shows that membership in the group has become a public liability and campaign issue. However, it may not be enough to [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
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The Michigan GOP is Talking “Right-to-Work,” but One Big Voice May Not be Heard

An interesting battle is about to play out during Michigan’s “lame duck” session. “Right-to-Work” legislation is being pushed despite the objections of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and one other unlikely voice of dissent: the state’s Chamber of Commerce (CoC). Throughout his tenure, Snyder has stated that...
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Nov
2012
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“Fast 14,” Completed with Union Labor, Named Best Project in the NY Region by ENR

While completing a paving project on I-93 in 2010, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation found structural deficiencies on 14 separate bridges that required replacement rather than repair. The reality of replacing these bridges along a major thoroughfare that accommodates 200,000 drivers a day was daunting. Using $93 million from Governor...
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