French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike Saying Service is Illegal

French Officials Arrest Uber Executives; Taxi Drivers Riot and Strike Saying Service is Illegal

  Last week, French authorities took a strident step in their quest to crack down on UberPOP,...

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and...

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

  Boeing’s most recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing has revealed that CEO...

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

  A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new...

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Jan
2013
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Arkansas to Study Possibility of High-Speed Rail Connecting Memphis, Little Rock and Texarkana

The state of Arkansas will begin studying the possibility of high-speed rail (HSR) connecting Memphis, Little Rock, and Texarkana. State transportation officials anticipate spending between $1 million and $1.25 million in federal and state funds to study two long-range railroad transportation plans. While the state currently does not have enough...
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Jan
2013
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NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney, an Ironworker, is Leading the Charge to Ensure that Sandy Reconstruction Provides Good Jobs with Workplace Protections

NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney, an Ironworker, is Leading the Charge to Ensure that Sandy Reconstruction Provides Good Jobs with Workplace Protections
As New Jersey prepares to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney is proposing a bill that would make some of the largest projects eligible for Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). For New Jersey construction workers who experienced high unemployment rates throughout 2012, this is good news as it means good jobs with quality...
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Jan
2013
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Maine Takes Strides to Streamline Definition of “Independent Contractor” Ahead of ACA Changes

The state of Maine will start 2013 with a streamlined standard for what defines an independent contractor. The old system created different standards for the Maine Department of Labor, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board and Maine’s Revenue Services which sometimes led to accidental misclassification. As states around the country...
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Jan
2013
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Did Anyone Else Get an Unwanted Christmas Card from Scott Walker?

Did Anyone Else Get an Unwanted Christmas Card from Scott Walker?
Needless to say when I arrived back to my humble abode after holiday traveling the first thing I wanted to see was NOT Scott Walker’s smug mug. Alas, that is what I was greeted with when I checked the mail on the way into my apartment building. It’s odd that I would receive this piece [&hellip...
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Jan
2013
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72 Union Workers Laid Off in Westchester County, NY as a Result of Legally Dubious Budget Process

The fate of 72 union workers in Westchester County, NY remains in limbo after a State Supreme Court Judge denied a temporary restraining order and allowed workers to be laid off in a labor dispute stemming from the county’s 2013 budget. The workers, represented by the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), will have their full [&hellip...
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Jan
2013
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Nearly 1,000,000 Americans Seeing Minimum Wage Increases (of Varying Degrees) This Year

Nearly 1,000,000 Americans Seeing Minimum Wage Increases (of Varying Degrees) This Year
Nearly 1 million American workers will see their pay increase in 10 states this year thanks to minimum wage raises. Of those states, nine will see a slight increase due to legislation that links or “indexes” their state’s minimum wage to inflation. In Rhode Island, a bill signed into law in June (that took effect [&hellip...
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Jan
2013
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Must-Read Slate Article Exposes Georgia as “a Laboratory” for ALEC’s Anti-Welfare Policies

Must-Read Slate Article Exposes Georgia as “a Laboratory” for ALEC’s Anti-Welfare Policies
In 1996, President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich had their own “grand bargain”, an overhaul of the welfare system that created a set of guidelines allowing states to create their own rules in helping those most in need. The result 15 years later, sadly, was the percentage of poor Americans receiving Temporary Assistance...
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Jan
2013
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Jacksonville Co. Caught Classifying Painters as Employees on the Weekdays, Contractors on the Weekends

A Jacksonville painting company has been ordered to pay $45,983 in back wages to 26 painters by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division after missclassifying its employees as independent contractors. Clark Cooper Painting, LLC was found to have broken provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by keeping inaccurate...
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Jan
2013
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In Brooklyn, Arcadia Realty Trust Is Ducking Prevailing Wages Despite Receiving Stimulus Dollars

Members of the Building Trades and concerned members of the community stood together in solidarity before Christmas when they protested the City Point Project in Downtown Brooklyn. The project and its developer Arcadia Realty Trust have received $20 million Recovery Zone Facility Bonds via the 2009 federal stimulus but have refused to pay...
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Jan
2013
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Stanford Researchers Make Major Breakthrough with Peel-And-Stick Solar Power Strips

Stanford Researchers Make Major Breakthrough with Peel-And-Stick Solar Power Strips
At first glance, “peel and stick solar panels” might sound like a novelty item. Researchers at Stanford, however, would beg to differ having made a major technological breakthrough that is likely to shape the future of solar energy. One limitation of solar energy comes from it’s typically large, rigid delivery via solar panels....
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Jan
2013
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Want to Know Which GOP Lawmakers Tried to Destroy Construction Wages Over Christmas?

Want to Know Which GOP Lawmakers Tried to Destroy Construction Wages Over Christmas?
While the bulk of us were soaking up the family vibes and licking our anti-worker wounds from a hard-fought 2012 go of it, a select group of lawmakers were doubling down on efforts to undermine the middle class. Did I say select group? I meant Republicans. See, on December 28th, the Senate — led by [&hellip...
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2012
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Boilermakers Local 363 Praised for Work on Massive $3.8B Phillips’ 66 Refinery Project

Boilermakers Local 363 Praised for Work on Massive $3.8B Phillips' 66 Refinery Project
The newly-revamped Phillips 66 Wood River Oil Refinery in Roxana, Illinois is being looked at as an example of local Boilermakers unions prowess. The $3.8 billion project, Phillips 66’s largest refinery with over 800 permanent employees represented by 10 local unions, did not lose a single work day in the last 24 months. During peak [&hellip...
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