“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100...

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after...

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

  As the Teamsters enforce their new National Master Agreement with UPS, thousands of new...

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

  Following Wisconsin’s passage of Act 10, union-friendly Dane County prolonged public...

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Aug
2012
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Ryan-Sponsored U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement Being Maligned by Both Parties

Ryan-Sponsored U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement Being Maligned by Both Parties
Political rumblings in Bahrain are having an unlikely effect on the GOP Presidential ticket because the Paul Ryan-sponsored U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement is being viewed as a failure. Signed in 2005 with large support from Congress, the agreement was seen as a way to spur democratic improvements in the Middle East. In exchange for access...
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Aug
2012
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Workers Stand for America Releases Heart-Warming Rally Recap Video

Workers Stand for America Releases Heart-Warming Rally Recap Video
I don’t know if it’s the rock piano that enters early on or the look on people’s faces, but this quick-hitting video recap of the Workers Stand for America rally got my red, white and blue juices flowing. Be the first among your friends to see it and share it. For footage of the event [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
22

THE ONION: Panama Canal “Went Over Budget by 10,000 Dead Laborers”

THE ONION: Panama Canal
In the world of The Onion, nothing is sacred, not even early century death tolls caused by hard labor. In this hilarious and depressing look back in time, the Internet’s most “no he didn’t” website tackles the opening of the 1914 Panama Canal, lamenting that it “went over budget by 10,000 dead laborers.”...
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Aug
2012
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Canadian Conservatives Pursuing U.S.-Inspired “Right to Work” Laws, but Wages are Not the Problem

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty recently met with the nation’s top business and policy leaders at his sixth annual policy retreat. Attendees expressed an interest in lowering the wages of Canadian workers by implementing U.S. based policies (yay, us!) such as “Right-to-Work” legislation. According to notes obtained by The...
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Aug
2012
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THUGGING RUGGISH LOAN: St. Louis Plasterers Local 3 Makes Up Lost Church Money That Flew Off Woman’s Car

THUGGING RUGGISH LOAN: St. Louis Plasterers Local 3 Makes Up Lost Church Money That Flew Off Woman's Car
In St. Louis, one union construction local is reminding us that despite the meaningless term “union thug” being used to portray organized blue collar workers as the nation’s boogeymen and women, they remain a vital part of our communities. Shrewsbury resident Jane Corbett left an envelope with money raised by her church to feed...
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Aug
2012
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Boeing, In One Breath, Promotes Record Profits While Shifting Costs onto Employees

Boeing, In One Breath, Promotes Record Profits While Shifting Costs onto Employees
CORRECTION: It was mistakenly noted in the original version of this piece that Ray Goforth was a Boeing executive when in fact he is the Executive Director of the SPEAA. As defense industry titan Boeing enjoys record sales and income it has made shifting costs to its engineers and technical workers a focal point of [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
20

Veterans Administration, Refusing to Use PLAs, Sees 38 of 55 Current Construction Projects Behind Schedule

Veterans Administration, Refusing to Use PLAs, Sees 38 of 55 Current Construction Projects Behind Schedule
The Veterans Administration (VA) has again rejected the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on its new wave of construction across the nation, according to a press release from the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO. As a result, the VA is experiencing cost overruns, scheduling delays and rampant use of illegal...
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Aug
2012
20

13 Texas Lawmakers Leave ALEC, No More Democrats are Affiliated with the Organization in the State

Since its public ousting in the wake of the Trayvon Martin scandal, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has seen 32 corporations, four non-profits and 56 lawmakers disassociate from their anti-environment, anti-union, and anti-democracy agenda. Last week, 13 Texas lawmakers (10 Republican and 3 Democrat) dropped out of ALEC as well:...
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Aug
2012
20

STUDY: States with Higher Minimum Wage Have Had Less Employment Loss During the Great Recession

STUDY: States with Higher Minimum Wage Have Had Less Employment Loss During the Great Recession
Because attempts to increase the minimum wage are being met head on by the GOP talking point that doing so would cause employers to cut jobs and hours, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center looked at two decades of data in their recent report, The Minimum Wage and Job Creation. The study found that minimum [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
17

Romney Linked to Union-Busting, Worker Intimidation at Key Airlines in the ’80s

Romney Linked to Union-Busting, Worker Intimidation at Key Airlines in the '80s
Mitt Romney has often pointed to his career with Bain Capital as an indication of how he would govern if elected President. On cue, a new story from the Financial Times links a young Romney to a union suppression campaign in the 1980’s. This should be alarming, though not surprising, to any working men and [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
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CANA-DUH: Labor Outrage at Decision to Export 5 Million Tons of Asbestos to Developing Countries

CANA-DUH: Labor Outrage at Decision to Export 5 Million Tons of Asbestos to Developing Countries
With the announcement from Quebec Premier Jean Charest that his government will grant a $58 million loan to reopen the Jeffery Mine Indian, labor leaders are expressing their outrage. The Jeffery Mine will export nearly 5 million tons of Chrysotile Asbestos over the next 25 years to developing countries such as India. Mr. Pon Kumar, [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
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Under Pressure, Ohio Abandons Suppressive Voting Hours and GOP Favoritism; Pennsylvania Stays on Democracy-Crushing Course

Under Pressure, Ohio Abandons Suppressive Voting Hours and GOP Favoritism; Pennsylvania Stays on Democracy-Crushing Course
As pressure mounted to end a perceived voter suppression campaign, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted announced Wednesday that all counties in the Buckeye State will abide by uniform early voting hours. Originally, counties were making their own hours via four-person election boards with Husted acting as the tie-breaking vote. Not surprisingly,...
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