If President, Clinton

If President, Clinton “Would Consider Supporting an Amendment” to Stifle Citizens United

  As part of her book tour, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions on...

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

  High-speed rail (HSR) is still coming around the mountain in California, and many cities are...

NY Gov. Cuomo's Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

NY Gov. Cuomo’s Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

  After four years without a contract and months of jockeying for public support, leading...

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor

  The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council (NJBCTC) has passed a unanimous...

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Apr
2012
6

Australia Luring U.S. Plumbers, Electricians With Streamlined Worker Immigration Rules

Australia Luring U.S. Plumbers, Electricians With Streamlined Worker Immigration Rules
As Australia’s skilled worker shortage has begun to inhibit progress on the country’s large mining projects, unions in the land down under are becoming suspicious of the Australian government’s plans to fast-track recognition of American workers in order to hire internationally for short-term employment. The new rules would allow...
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Apr
2012
6

NOT SHOCKED: Wisconsin GOP Running Fake Democrats in May 8 Primary to Prevent High Turnout from Dethroning Republicans

NOT SHOCKED: Wisconsin GOP Running Fake Democrats in May 8 Primary to Prevent High Turnout from Dethroning Republicans
It may not be precedented, but it sure is predictable. The Wisconsin GOP has lined up six fake Democrats to run in the May 8th Recall Election primaries to ensure that there will be Democratic primaries in each district so that no Republicans will have to face general election on that day. It is a ...
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Apr
2012
6

UTU/SMWIA: Conservative Cuts to Transportation Would Threaten 500,000 Jobs

In the event you haven’t already identified the potential harm that could be done to workers by Right-Wing legislation, the United Transportation Union (UT) and the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) -– now combined into the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) — have arrived with an...
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Apr
2012
6

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Indiana Finds $206 Million More Mysterious Dollars It Didn’t Know It Had

In December we blogged about the outrage of an apparent programming error resulting in the discovery of $300 million that Indiana did not know it had. And now, the converse has happened as a result of yet another programming error. From WTHR-13: Indiana budget officials say $206 million communities could have spent on public safety, ...
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Apr
2012
5

Cleveland State University Skirting Labor Law, Hiring Out-of-State, Undocumented Workers

Cleveland State University Skirting Labor Law, Hiring Out-of-State, Undocumented Workers
The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council has launched a campaign at Cleveland State University to expose wrongful employment practices at the school. From the newly minted Protect Cleveland Jobs website: Cleveland State University is using unfair and unscrupulous practices in building its new, $50 million residential neighborhood...
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Apr
2012
5

Secrecy, Corporate Influence Plague Latest “Free Trade” Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Secrecy, Corporate Influence Plague Latest “Free Trade” Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership
In Los Angeles, trade negotiators are meeting to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPP), while policy groups demand that proposals be made public and be subject to public review and comment. The TPP is viewed by many, including Public Citizen who wrote on the matter, as a bellwether of how international trade will ...
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Apr
2012
5

Maine Gov. Vetoes Bill that Would Have Forced Banks to Prove They Own Homes They Foreclose On

Maine Gov. Vetoes Bill that Would Have Forced Banks to Prove They Own Homes They Foreclose On
Homeowners facing foreclosure in Maine were on the brink of getting help from their legislature when Governor Paul LePage put his miserly foot down. A bill that would have required banks to show proof of ownership or an original mortgage note before foreclosure proceedings passed through the state house with bipartisan support, but the relief ...
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Apr
2012
5

CT Builders, Unions Awarded $75M in New Busway Work After Initial $130M Went Out-of-State

CT Builders, Unions Awarded $75M in New Busway Work After Initial $130M Went Out-of-State
It was sold as a job-creating bill, but when the first $130 million of the $569 million dollar New-Britain-to-Hartford busway project went to non-union, out-of-state contractors last week, local labor was left out to dry. Labor leaders pledged a tough campaign to make sure that all labor laws would be strictly enforced on the 4,000-job ...
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Apr
2012
4

New Hampshire HS Parking Garage Nearly Collapses After “Poor Workmanship” by Non-Union Ironworkers

New Hampshire HS Parking Garage Nearly Collapses After “Poor Workmanship” by Non-Union Ironworkers
This is a guest post from Shawn Cleary, Business Agent of Ironworkers Local 7 in New Hampshire… Ironworkers Local 7 yesterday urged Manchester School Board members to warn parents about the possible danger at Central High School. More than 100 welds will be inspected after a near collapse in the parking garage due to what ...
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Apr
2012
4

Construction Workers Finding Jobs in Other Industries Have Seen the Sharpest Wage Decreases

Construction Workers Finding Jobs in Other Industries Have Seen the Sharpest Wage Decreases
Pedro Silos and Lei Fang of Macroblog have presented an alternative argument to New York Fed economists Richard Crump and Ayşegül Şahin, whose work in Liberty Street Economics concluded that unemployed construction workers are doing better than their peers in other industries. According to Silos and Fang, though, unemployed construction workers...
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Apr
2012
4

PA’s Prevailing Wage Opponents are Hurling Misinformation Like Riot Rocks at Workers’ Pocketbooks

Allow us to be unequivocal about this: the battle to repeal the Prevailing Wage in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is being fueled by misinformation and manipulated statistics. The ”facts” being hurled like riot rocks at workers’ pocketbooks are downright comedic when vetted. Republicans in power in PA are trying to push House...
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Apr
2012
4

Oregon 29th District Candidate, Ben Unger, Earns Endorsement of State AFL-CIO, Nurses and Building Trades Organizations

Oregon 29th District Candidate, Ben Unger, Earns Endorsement of State AFL-CIO, Nurses and Building Trades Organizations
Unfortunately, politics rarely produces a clear example of a quote-unquote “good guy,” but a Democratic candidate for State Representative in Oregon’s 29th District, Ben Unger, looks like just that on paper. Unger has garnered the support of many Oregon labor organizations thanks to a track record of fighting for worthy reform...
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