Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission

  A Common Pleas judge in Philadelphia has issued a preliminary injunction to halt the School...

“It Is Being Stolen”: Louisiana’s GOP Treasurer Says State Robbing Workers’ Health Plans

  In an op-ed for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy...

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB

  On Tuesday, a federal judge reinstated two Green Fleet Systems port truck drivers who argued...

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration

  A new study shows that exploration of the Marcellus Shale has created over 45,000...

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Jul
2012
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$3 Billion Project Labor Agreement in British Columbia Achieves 50% Local Hire

$3 Billion Project Labor Agreement in British Columbia Achieves 50% Local Hire
In Kitimat, British Columbia, 1,600 workers are currently employed on the $3.3 billion modernization of an aluminum smelter. The project began in 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in late 2014. It is being built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that allows for flexible scheduling, something that is necessary to prevent labor shortages...
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Jul
2012
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Cars.com: Four of the Top Five American-Made Cars are from Japanese Brands

Cars.com: Four of the Top Five American-Made Cars are from Japanese Brands
Cars.com has released its Top American-Made Cars Index and the results are interesting: Four of the top five cars are Japanese brands (#1 Toyota Camry, #3 Honda Accord, #4 Toyota Sienna and #5 Hona Pilot). On the surface, it seems difficult to decide how to feel about this. Why are Japanese brands dominating the American [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
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California Court Deals Blow to Workers, Allows Charter City Prevailing Wage Exemption to Live On

California Court Deals Blow to Workers, Allows Charter City Prevailing Wage Exemption to Live On
In California, the State Supreme Court recently heard a case that would have required “charter cities” to obey statewide prevailing wage laws. Under current California law, the prevailing wage is not applicable to charter cities. With a majority of the state’s largest cities chartered and thus suffering from unchecked wages,...
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2012
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Clergy Group Files Complaint Against ALEC’s Tax Exempt Status, Improper Lobbying Efforts

Clergy Group Files Complaint Against ALEC's Tax Exempt Status, Improper Lobbying Efforts
A group of progressive ministers from Ohio along with prominent tax attorney Marcus Owens have sent a formal complaint about the tax exempt status of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) claiming that their activities do not align with this tax status. ALEC claims to be bipartisan and educational in nature but with a board [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
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Building Trades’ Radio Ad Highlights Sen. Mikulski’s Awful Vote on H-2B Guest Worker Amendment

Recently, we penned a piece about Democratic Senators forfeiting an opportunity to enforce stricter rules on the beleaguered H-2B guest work program by voting for an amendment that effectively takes jobs away from Americans. The construction trades are particularly affected by this awful choice to “pick crabs over people.” What this...
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Jul
2012
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ConEd Locks Out 8,500 UWAU Workers Who Offered to Stay on the Job Without a Contract

The story of ConEd’s current lockout of 8,500 workers goes a little something like this: union workers wanted to work without a contract to ensure service amidst a punishing heatwave but the company insisted on signage of their most recent offer. When the workers refused, the NYC power utility locked out the employees who are [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
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Alliston, Ontario Auto Workers Look to Become First Group to Unionize a Japanese-Owned Auto Plant

A Honda plant in Alliston, Ontario may become the first Japanese-owned auto plant to go union. The plant employs 4,500 people in a town of 15,000 and while the employees are welcome to use the NHL regulation size hockey rink housed there, many feel their high overall output is not being fairly rewarded. Contract talks [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
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Kalama, WA Building Trades Fight for Local Hire on Port Expansion

Kalama, WA Building Trades Fight for Local Hire on Port Expansion
According to its mission statement, the Port of Kalama’s goal is “to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities.” Since expansion has revealed a less-than-complete commitment to hiring locally at the grain mill facilities that lay along the...
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Jul
2012
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“When public projects are delayed and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on this theory, just remember that the ABC and other entities put you in this position.”

Last month, the residents of San Diego voted on and passed Prop A, a measure that bans Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and was vigorously defended/funded by ‘the ALEC of the construction industry,’ The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Now, Scott Strawbridge — employer representative of the California Industry Labor...
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Jul
2012
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Military Servicemen Working for General Dynamics Face Anti-Union Barrage

Military Servicemen Working for General Dynamics Face Anti-Union Barrage
In These Times writer Mike Elk recently published a captivating story about military veterans working for government contractor General Dynamics who are forced to attend anti-union meetings on army bases. The company is doing this to prevent the workers from joining International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 286. They have even had...
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Jul
2012
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NY AG Schneiderman, IRS Investigating Chamber of Commerce, Other Dark Money Groups for Abuse of Tax-Exempt Status

NY AG Schneiderman, IRS Investigating Chamber of Commerce, Other Dark Money Groups for Abuse of Tax-Exempt Status
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is currently investigating New York philanthropy goliath The Starr Foundation, headed by former AIG chief Hank Greenberg, and the legalities of their $18 million loan to the “charitable” arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce beginning in 2003. The Starr Foundation, which holds $1.3 billion,...
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Jul
2012
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AFSCME, SEIU Join Building Trades in Push for Expanded Maryland Casino Construction

AFSCME, SEIU Join Building Trades in Push for Expanded Maryland Casino Construction
Union leaders are urging Maryland politicians to allow the public to vote on a gambling expansion that would grant a license to build a casino on the National Harbor. It would be the 6th such license in the state. The proposal also aims to bring table games to Maryland’s current casinos. The new construction would [&hellip...
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