Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise

  The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has won a 1.5...

Everything's Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)

Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)

  Plans to connect North Texas by high-speed rail (HSR) continue to move along despite...

Rising Injury Rates, Latest Worker Death Renew Safety Concerns on Non-Union NYC Sites

Rising Injury Rates, Latest Worker Death Renew Safety Concerns on Non-Union NYC Sites

  Just days after a worker fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft to his death in Manhattan, the...

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA's Go Unenforced Some Say

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA’s Go Unenforced Some Say

  In Jersey City, NJ the city council had taxes, Project Labor Agreements, and housing...

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Feb
2013
13

MI Gov Statements About Prevailing Wages Eerily Similar to Those He Made About “Right-to-Work”

MI Gov Statements About Prevailing Wages Eerily Similar to Those He Made About
With both the Michigan House and Senate putting forward legislation to repeal the state’s prevailing wage, all eyes are on Gov. Rick Snyder’s response to determine the likelihood of passage. So far, however, that response has been non-committal and has recalled his wishy-washy actions on the state’s new, hated...
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Feb
2013
13

UA Local 228 Rep. Defends the Prevailing Wage for Redding, CA

UA Local 228 Rep. Defends the Prevailing Wage for Redding, CA
After an op-ed on Redding.com that called for the city to enact a charter to circumvent prevailing wage laws, former Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) lobbyist Kevin Dayton received a response from the workers whose pockets he wishes to reach into. Dayton, a former member of the ABC’s “Mean Team”, was protesting the...
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Feb
2013
13

UPDATE: Arkansas GOP Rep. from Wal-Mart’s District Fails at Repealing the Prevailing Wage

A couple weeks back we published a piece on a bill to gut the Arkansas prevailing wage, sponsored Rep. Dan Douglas (R-Bentonville). That bill has now failed to pass through committee. In a room filled with construction workers, contractors and businessmen, the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee voted 12 to 8 against House [&hellip...
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Feb
2013
12

“This map gets us closer to the goal of an interstate high speed rail system by showing us what it looks like.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the framework of a national High Speed Rail (HSR) network that would gradually connect the nation’s major cities by the year 2030. As California prepares to break ground on its new transit and job-creation dream come true, the base of the 17,000 mile national HSR system is becoming [&hellip...
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Feb
2013
12

Rare “Reverse Misclassification” Case Features Employee Improperly Labeled as a Salaried Worker

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A network administrator at Montrose Memorial Hospital in southwestern Colorado has filed a lawsuit claiming he was misclassified by his employer and is owed years of back wages. Currently in federal court, the suit alleges that the hospital routinely changed the classification of its employees in order to avoid paying them overtime rates: Jeffrey...
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Feb
2013
11

Importance of Job Training Revamp Has Bipartisan Support but Parties Differ Wildly in Approach

Our two political parties have opposing views on how to revamp job training programs in the next jobs bill (I know, you can’t believe they’re discussing jobs, right?), but the importance of the matter is at least a bipartisan idea now. Everyone agrees that the 1998 Workforce Investment Act, which expired in 2003, needs to [&hellip...
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Feb
2013
11

Austin Marriot’s $3.8M in Tax Incentives May be Unjustified as Prevailing Wage-Dodging Evidence Mounts

Austin Marriot's $3.8M in Tax Incentives May be Unjustified as Prevailing Wage-Dodging Evidence Mounts
In Austin, the malcontent and audit stemming from tax incentives given to the developers of the new Downtown JW Marriot is centered on prevailing wages. Local labor groups such as the Workers Defense Project have evidence that not all workers are being paid properly. The developer, White Lodging, says they had an agreement with the [&hellip...
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Feb
2013
11

Bill Clinton Makes Push for Paid Sick Days, Says FMLA Was Most Popular Law He Passed

Bill Clinton Makes Push for Paid Sick Days, Says FMLA Was Most Popular Law He Passed
In a speech to the Department of Labor, former President Bill Clinton pushed for paid sick days to be part of an expanded version of his Family and Medical Leave Act. Joined by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Clinton suggested that the act he signed into law nearly two decades [&hellip...
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Feb
2013
11

Orlando VA Hospital that Refused to Build Under a PLA Is On the Verge of Tanking Completely

Orlando VA Hospital that Refused to Build Under a PLA Is On the Verge of Tanking Completely
Last year, we provided a primer on the nationwide mismanagement of Veterans Affairs hospital construction with particular focus on an Orlando, Florida location that was in over its head. We did this to highlight how these hospitals, led by the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors, were spurning Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and...
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Feb
2013
8

Local 395 Ironworker Who Placed 12th Out of 12,000 Contestants in Last Year’s Apprenticeship Competition is a Product of Helmets to Hardhats

In the hands of caring members of dedicated local unions, the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program can become a driving force in ensuring a smooth transition from military life to civilian life for returning veterans. The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans remains at 11.9 percent, much higher than the average for non-veterans. The need for...
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Feb
2013
8

E-Verify Background Check Tool Back on Center Stage as Immigration Reform Heats Up

E-Verify Background Check Tool Back on Center Stage as Immigration Reform Heats Up
In a piece for the Washington Post’s WonkBlog, writer Dylan Matthews looks at the question of “How to prevent businesses from hiring illegal immigrants?” On his shortlist of solutions is the continued upgrade of the E-Verify system. E-Verify is able to crosscheck a worker’s legal status against Social Security and...
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Feb
2013
8

British Columbia Guest Worker Program at Mine Faces Intensified Scrutiny, Resumes Prove Canadian Workers Were Discounted

The ongoing legal battle between HD Mining and Canadian labor groups over temporary foreign workers hired at a mining operation in Northern British Columbia has taken a turn for the more dramatic with a federal court ordering the handover of 300 resumes as evidence. HD Mining was granted permits from the government to hire 201 [&hellip...
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