Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead's Danger to U.S. Health

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead’s Danger to U.S. Health

  The Illinois Sierra Club and the Illinois Pipe Trades Association formed an encouraging...

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

  Back in 2014, President Obama issued an executive order (EO) requiring contractors to...

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

  Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a...

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades' Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades’ Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits

  Back in July, we wrote about a lawsuit levied by the Building Trades against a nonprofit...

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Sep
2013
8

Uptick in Union Apprenticeship Hits Nebraska

  In Nebraska, a rise in construction is creating new demand for skilled labor, so apprenticeship programs are hurrying to keep up. This presents an opportunity to replenish and restock a talent pool which could not grow in times of recent high unemployment. Kent Wirges of Janke Plumbing explains that the area is rebuilding: “I [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
8

Surprises Abound in Report on Summer’s U.S. Clean Energy and Transportation Project Bounce

  Between April and June of this year, five dozen clean energy and transportation projects were announced that will result in 38,000 new U.S. jobs.  That figure represents a slight increase from the same period last year when 37,400 jobs were created and a significant increase from the first three months of 2013 when 12,000 [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
8

Nature.com: Environmentalist Assertions About Keystone XL “Are Clearly Not Intellectually True”

Nature.com: Environmentalist Assertions About Keystone XL
  The proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta into the U.S. has become a political divider. But as a recent article from Nature.com shows, the project is also dividing the scientific community.  Environmental extremists like Bill McKibben have called Keystone XL “the fuse to the biggest...
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Sep
2013
5

VIDEO: Letterman Invites Teamsters Local 817 to Deliver “Top 10″ on Labor Day

  In case you missed it (we sure did), The Late Show with David Letterman invited members of the theatrical Teamsters Local 817 to participate in delivering Dave’s “Top 10″ list for the night. The result is the quite funny “Top 10 Things Never Before Said by a Teamster.”   The list touches on union humor [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
5

CA Labor Commissioner Hands Down Massive $8M Prevailing Wage Settlement

CA Labor Commissioner Hands Down Massive $8M Prevailing Wage Settlement
  $8 million in back wages will be delivered to workers who performed work on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel according to California labor commissioner Julie Su.   The 2,051 workers were employed by Hensel Phelps Construction Company and 172 subcontractors between 2006 and 2008.  The Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement found...
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Sep
2013
5

#Obamacare’s Hidden Harm: Incentivizing Employee Misclassification

  As the Affordable Care Act inches toward fuller implementation, legal experts are working overtime to prepare businesses for the changes ahead. One little-discussed byproduct of President Obama’s chief piece of legislation is the potential to incentivize misclassification of employees. The “employer mandate” which requires...
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Sep
2013
4

Contractors Associations, ABC Included, Form Silica Death Squad to Halt Needed Regulation

Contractors Associations, ABC Included, Form Silica Death Squad to Halt Needed Regulation
  A group of 11 building and contracting associations have come together to further delay OSHA’s Silica Dust Regulations. Their self-interested motivation? The bottom line, of course. In order to save money for their membership, this group of mostly anti-union business lobbies hopes “to encourage OSHA to develop better choices for...
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Sep
2013
3

Ohio Cable Installers Owed Nearly $1.5M According to Dept. of Labor

  In Ohio, 250 misclassified cable installers will be able to collect back wages and liquidated damages totalling $1,474,266 from their former employer, Cascom Inc.  According to the decision handed down by the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio, the affected workers will be able to collect from both the company and...
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Sep
2013
3

Good News for Labor: Social Media Use Up Among Adults, Seniors

Good News for Labor: Social Media Use Up Among Adults, Seniors
  New numbers from the Pew Research Center show that...
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Sep
2013
3

Shale Gas Workers Making Strong Connection With Small Town WV

Shale Gas Workers Making Strong Connection With Small Town WV
  On the Ohio River between the towns of Steubenville, OH and Wheeling, WV, lies the Village of Beech Bottom.  According to the 2010 census, the population of Beech Bottom was 523.  Towns like these are the exact places that pipeline workers on the Marcellus Shale come to know because of their favorable geographics. Yet, [&hellip...
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Aug
2013
30

Anti-Union Training Fund Malfeasance to be Reduced in CA Thanks to Newly Signed SB 776

Anti-Union Training Fund Malfeasance to be Reduced in CA Thanks to Newly Signed SB 776
  In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 776 into law which protects the wages and fringe benefits of workers throughout the state.  The bill closes loopholes in prevailing wage laws by clarifying the standard of what constitutes a “fringe benefit.”  The goal is to end the practice of anti-union contractors deducting...
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Aug
2013
30

Labor Sec. Perez Continues Fast Start, Issues Fed Regulation to Spur Veteran and Disabled Worker Hiring

  New federal regulations handed down by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will help disabled workers and veterans gain employment from federal contractors.  The new standards would mandate that disabled workers make up 7 percent of the workforce on any federal contract.  They would also set a benchmark of eight percent for veteran workforce...
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