With Contract Newly Expired, Women's National Soccer Team Must Redouble Efforts for Equal Pay

With Contract Newly Expired, Women’s National Soccer Team Must Redouble Efforts for Equal Pay

  On December 31, the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the U.S. Women’s...

Free Ride Override: Portion of Wisconsin's

Free Ride Override: Portion of Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law Deemed Unconstitutional

  A federal judge has ruled that a portion of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law is...

Exposé Reveals

Exposé Reveals “Years of Exposure to Highly Toxic Chemicals” at Ontario GE Plant

  The Toronto Star has published a shocking exposé on health conditions at a General Electric...

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation

  New York Building and Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera has been pushing...

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Nov
2013
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46-Year-Old Military Vet Launches Union Steamfitting Career Through Helmets to Hardhats

46-Year-Old Military Vet Launches Union Steamfitting Career Through Helmets to Hardhats
  Ahead of Veterans Day, the New York Daily News published a piece about the Helmets to Hardhats program, focusing on Steamfitters Local 638. The union has benefited from the program, finding a pipeline of solid workers while helping vets transition into careers in the trades. Frequently, articles about transitioning from soldier to civilian...
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Nov
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Banner Organizing Year for IBEW Results in 7,000 New Members, 72% Campaign Win Rate

  As 2013 winds down, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is looking back with a sense of satisfaction. Despite falling unionization rates and a continuous flow of anti-worker attacks from the far right, successful professional and industrial organizing campaigns were plentiful this year for the union.  As noted in...
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Nov
2013
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Mundy, I’m In Love: PA State Rep Has the Cure for Ideological Attacks Against Prevailing Wages

Mundy, I'm In Love: PA State Rep Has the Cure for Ideological Attacks Against Prevailing Wages
  On Monday, Pennsylvania state rep. Phyllis Mundy, who represents the blue collar 120th district in Luzerne County, published an opinion piece that makes a strong, rational argument for prevailing wage laws.  Her commentary explains why blaming the cost of public works projects on labor alone is myopic.  The piece was in response to the...
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Nov
2013
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Prominent Trade Watchdog: “This Could Be the End of TPP”

Prominent Trade Watchdog:
  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the evil inevitability that nobody’s talking about. It’s the next big thing in the global economic stratification meltdown. It’s the heat-seeking dagger in the hand of multi-national corporate interests, aimed squarely at the heart of workers’ rights. Unless of course it falls...
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Nov
2013
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Five-Year Peet’s Coffee Veteran Fired Via Voicemail for Clocking In Late Three Times Over 365 Days

Five-Year Peet's Coffee Veteran Fired Via Voicemail for Clocking In Late Three Times Over 365 Days
  You work for a company for five years. You’ve just been promoted. You clock in late for the third time in the last 365 days. And you’re promptly fired via voicemail. Such is the story of Emma Bell Bern, a veteran Peet’s Coffee & Tea worker in Chicago whose Credo Mobile petition is rightfully [&hellip...
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Nov
2013
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Wage Dips, Bargaining Outcomes Suggest U.S. “Right-to-Work” Laws May Be Negatively Impacting Canadians

  An interesting piece from Michael Babad of the Toronto Globe and Mail looks into whether Canadian unions are being negatively affected by American “Right-to-Work” (RTW) states.  While RTW legislation has traditionally been the norm in the American south, the decision by the Michigan legislature to adopt the anti-union legislation has...
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Nov
2013
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IBEW Blogger: Alleged Patriotism, Voting Record of Millions of Americans are at Odds

IBEW Blogger: Alleged Patriotism, Voting Record of Millions of Americans are at Odds
  This is a cross-post from John Moyle at STL Powercast… Monday was Veterans Day, a day we honor those men and women whom at one time wore the uniform to defend our country.    Veterans come in all shapes and sizes.  Some served during times of peace, some during war.  Some are combat veterans, some [&hellip...
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Nov
2013
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NLRB Breaks New Ground In Issuing Four U Visas to Exploited, Undocumented Workers in NJ

NLRB Breaks New Ground In Issuing Four U Visas to Exploited, Undocumented Workers in NJ
  A harrowing story from Salon — “Tearing out asbestos with bare hands: meet the boss from hell” — gives a glimpse of the dangers faced by undocumented workers in the U.S.  When a group of laborers employed by New Jersey apartment company Benjamin H. Realty attempted to organize with LiUNA!, their employer used immigration...
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Nov
2013
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New OSHA Rule Would Make Injury Data Public, Hold Companies Accountable for Poor Safety Standards

  According to an Associated Press source, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing a rule that will make all workplace injury and illness reports viewable to the public. The move by the Labor Department will meet cheers from workers’ rights groups but fierce opposition from business groups: In a description...
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Nov
2013
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Election Night Overlooked: Cincinnati Resoundingly Beats Back Toxic Pension “Reform”

Election Night Overlooked: Cincinnati Resoundingly Beats Back Toxic Pension
  One of Tuesday night’s most important and overlooked election victories came from Cincinnati, Ohio, where voters overwhelmingly rejected Issue 4, a ballot initiative that sought to overhaul the city’s pension system.  The controversial measure would have frozen the current plan and forced the city to pay off $870 million in...
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Nov
2013
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Walker’s Wish: Union Revenue Dropping Sharply in WI Since Act 10’s Implementation

  This is not news. But if it were, it would be bad news. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s clear vision for stripping unions of their power has been realized. New union revenue numbers show just how deep the Act 10-inflicted wound is. From The Cap Times: Total revenue for the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the [&hellip...
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Nov
2013
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Union Ironworker Stephen Sweeney Retains NJ State Senate President Seat

Union Ironworker Stephen Sweeney Retains NJ State Senate President Seat
  Going into election night, some Democrats in New Jersey feared Governor Chris Christie’s predicted landslide victory would impact the re-election chances of non-GOP incumbents in other races across the state.  One Democrat in that position was State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a longtime union ironworker who has displayed an...
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