Union Ironworker Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate

Union Ironworker Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate

  Union ironworker Randy Bryce has gained the support of the Wisconsin Democrats for a run at...

A Year After West Explosion,

A Year After West Explosion, “Burden on Business” Still Supersedes Texas Worker Safety

  A year after the explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant left 15 people dead and 300...

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from...

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed...

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Feb
2012
10

Seattle Truckers Take Misclassification Head On, Gain Support from Legislators

Seattle Truckers Take Misclassification Head On, Gain Support from Legislators
The epidemic of worker misclassification and has been documented on this site before and has now caused workers in Seattle to shutdown ports to protest the exploitation caused by incorrect labeling of “Independent Contractors.” The unorganized laborers have gained the support of local teamsters who have helped them fight for fair...
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Feb
2012
10

Death of Worker Results from Wal-Mart Hiring Unlicensed Electricians

OLD NEWS: Questions are swirling around the labor practices of Wal-Mart. NEW NEWS: A $5 million dollar lawsuit against the company seeks to both help the families of workers who have died on Wal-Mart affiliated job sites and expose the illegal practices Wal-Mart uses to ensure they get their labor at the cheapest possible rate. ...
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Feb
2012
9

Convicted IN Secretary of State Says Governor Daniels Has Voted Illegally in 10 Straight Elections

Convicted IN Secretary of State Says Governor Daniels Has Voted Illegally in 10 Straight Elections
It was a crazy weekend for Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White who was found guilty of six felonies by a jury on Saturday morning. That night, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels quickly named current Secretary of State Deputy Jerry Bonnet as a temporary replacement. Then, on Sunday, White took to the airwaves of Fox News ...
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Feb
2012
9

20-Year-Old State Rep Fighting to Revoke Lunch Breaks from New Hampshire Workers

20-Year-Old State Rep Fighting to Revoke Lunch Breaks from New Hampshire Workers
The Tea Party takeover of New Hampshire’s statehouse in 2010 has left the Granite State with the kookiest of the kooks. These exTEAmists are looking to end laws for no other reason than to say they did something during their first term. They have thus far failed to enact “Right-to-Work” legislation but have succeeded at ...
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Feb
2012
9

NY Isn’t the Only Place Where Hotel Workers Won This Week. UNITE HERE’s Anchorage Local Came Out Victorious, Too.

Unions scored a big win in Anchorage, Alaska as a federal judge ordered the Anchorage Sheraton to restore many of the rights given up in negotiations between Remington Lodging and Hospitality and UNITE HERE Local 878, the union representing the hotel’s workers. The workers have been caught in a court battle since negotiations broke down ...
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Feb
2012
9

Kathleen Falk Receives WEAC Endorsement, But the WI Democratic Primary Has Barely Begun

Kathleen Falk Receives WEAC Endorsement, But the WI Democratic Primary Has Barely Begun
Wisconsin Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk has been touring the state on her “Your Voice, Your Wisconsin” campaign. Falk entered the race shortly after 1,000,000 signatures were turned in to the state’s Government Accountability Board to demand the recall of Governor Scott Walker last month. Yesterday, Falk picked...
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Feb
2012
8

December’s 2.1% Private Construction Rise Is the Largest Leap Since May

In a sign that the construction industry is stabilizing, construction spending rose in December at the highest pace in four months. This is a good sign for an industry that has shown only slow improvements since bottoming out in December of 2007. Private construction numbers jumped, giving hope that although some construction may slow due ...
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Feb
2012
8

STUDY: By 2026, Florida High-Speed Rail Would Have Brought In Annual Surplus of $31 Million

STUDY: By 2026, Florida High-Speed Rail Would Have Brought In Annual Surplus of $31 Million
The analysis is in: the Tampa-to-Orlando high-speed rail (HSR) project that was shot down by Florida Governor Rick Scott would have been profitable for the state. The analysis, conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation and sent to the Federal Railroad Administration this past November, found that losing the $2 billion the U.S....
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Feb
2012
8

RUH ROH for CUT-GROW: “States that cut the most spending have lost the most jobs.”

RUH ROH for CUT-GROW: “States that cut the most spending have lost the most jobs.”
The Cut-Grow economic model that Republicans (and some Democrats) have been touting as the philosophy to end our nation’s economic woes has finally produced results. The only problem is the results are further proof that the philosophy is flawed. Think Progress recently posted these results after investigating how Cut-Grow has effected the...
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Feb
2012
8

Wisconsin “Outhousing” Bill Aims to Give Consultants an Advantage Over State Staff

Wisconsin “Outhousing” Bill Aims to Give Consultants an Advantage Over State Staff
A new Wisconsin-bred “outsourcing” bill favors consultants over savings, according to Mark Klipstein, President of the State Engineering Association. The bill, introduced to the state house by Representative Mark Honadel (R-21), is favored by Governor Scott Walker. It would loosen the standards of practice regarding the use of...
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Feb
2012
8

Building Trades, UNITE HERE Sign Jobs Agreements With the Vikings for a New Stadium

Building Trades, UNITE HERE Sign Jobs Agreements With the Vikings for a New Stadium
On Monday, labor leaders, community partners and top officials representing the governments of Minnesota and Minneapolis announced as their top priority the construction of a new Vikings Stadium to help bring jobs to the area. Early estimates state that a new Vikings stadium could bring 13,000 construction-related jobs and $300 million in payroll...
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Feb
2012
7

Registration Has Begun for the Second Annual Women Building the Nation Conference

Registration Has Begun for the Second Annual Women Building the Nation Conference
Last year, we previewed the 11th annual Women Building California Conference which doubled as the first ever Women Building the Nation Conference. Sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades of California and the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, the dual conference is back this year, on Saturday, May 19 and...
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