Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

  TransCanada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pipe Line Contractors...

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI's Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI’s Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

  A federal judge in Michigan has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a new state...

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn't Entirely Struck Down by Court

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn’t Entirely Struck Down by Court

  The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that a Texas voter identification law...

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

  A judge has ruled that Manhattan-based Harco Construction is guilty of manslaughter in...

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Aug
2013
13

Labor Favorite Marty Walsh in Dead Heat for Boston Mayor Spot

Labor Favorite Marty Walsh in Dead Heat for Boston Mayor Spot
  As the Boston mayoral race heats ahead of Labor Day, union favorite Martin “Marty” Walsh is one of the front-runners to succeed Tom Menino. Menino has been mayor since 1993.   Walsh, the former State Representative and President of the Boston Building Trades, has earned the endorsement of several unions including the Teamsters,...
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Aug
2013
12

New York Times Highlights Vital Role the Workers Defense Project Has Played in Texas and Beyond

New York Times Highlights Vital Role the Workers Defense Project Has Played in Texas and Beyond
  An article from this weekend’s New York Times sheds light on the history of the Workers Defense Project, a group that came together and envisioned a future in which worker centers play a role in the labor movement.  The success level enjoyed by the Workers Defense Center, based in Austin, Texas, is relatively unmatched [&hellip...
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Aug
2013
12

Florida Oranges? How About Sour Grapes? Gov. Scott Tries Again to Purge Voters from the Rolls

  In the lead up to the 2012 election, Florida Governor Rick Scott made news by attempting to purge 182,000 voters from the voting rolls. This was part of a voter suppression plan that included ending early voting, cracking down on voter registration drives, and creating long lines in precincts in poor and minority neighborhoods. [&hellip...
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Aug
2013
12

New Trade Rep. Froman Wants to Fast-Track Trans-Pacific Partnership, Ignore the Public Interest

New Trade Rep. Froman Wants to Fast-Track Trans-Pacific Partnership, Ignore the Public Interest
  In an exclusive interview with, The Hill U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman recently said that President Obama is willing to work with Congress to win “fast-track trade negotiating authority” which Froman labeled as as “critical tool.” Froman hopes that a deal can be struck before he begins the next round of negotiations...
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Aug
2013
8

New Energy Secretary, DOE Tout Wind Energy’s Rapid Growth, Continued Job Creation Potential

  Two new reports released by the Energy Department show that wind energy is growing at a record pace.  In 2012, wind energy accounted for 43 percent of all new energy additions and accounted for $25 billion in U.S. investment.  Wind energy is playing a major role in the Obama administration’s push toward clean energy [&hellip...
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Aug
2013
8

Teamsters at McKesson In Year Two of Contract Fight While CEO Takes $159M Pension Benefit

Teamsters at McKesson In Year Two of Contract Fight While CEO Takes $159M Pension Benefit
  The Teamsters’ affiliated investment group Change to Win (CtW) is calling for the resignation of McKesson director and compensation committee chairman Alton Irby and for a renegotiation of McKesson CEO John Hammergren’s $159 million pension benefit.  The group says the moves should be made “as part of a comprehensive overhaul of...
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Aug
2013
8

Delta Water Tunnel Plan Would Create 177,000 CA Jobs Over 50 Years, Gov. Brown Says

Delta Water Tunnel Plan Would Create 177,000 CA Jobs Over 50 Years, Gov. Brown Says
  A new water plan for California from Gov. Jerry Brown would spur $83.5 billion in new economic activity and create 177,000 construction and Delta restoration-related jobs in the next 50 years according to the governor’s office.  The plan would help modernize California’s water systems by building two massive, 35-mile long tunnels...
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Aug
2013
7

Paul, Coburn Pursuing Extremist Law That Could Handicap Workplace Protections

Paul, Coburn Pursuing Extremist Law That Could Handicap Workplace Protections
  A new bill being proposed by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) would make it virtually impossible for Congress to create any new laws that seek to improve workplace conditions. 36 Senators, over three-qaurters of the Senate Republican Caucus, have signed onto the Enumerated Powers Act of 2013. It would harken [&hellip...
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Aug
2013
7

Former CA Building Trades Pres. Appointed to 3-Person BART Strike Investigation Panel

Former CA Building Trades Pres. Appointed to 3-Person BART Strike Investigation Panel
  This brief announcement comes via SBCTC.org… *** Governor Jerry Brown has announced that he has appointed SBCTC President Emeritus Bob Balgenorth to a three-member panel charged with investigating and reporting on the contract dispute between Bay Area Rapid Transit and its unions. The Governor stated that he created the panel in hopes...
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Aug
2013
7

Despite Unemployment Rising in 54 of 55 WV Counties in June, Marriott Contractors are Employing Out-of-State Construction Workers

Despite Unemployment Rising in 54 of 55 WV Counties in June, Marriott Contractors are Employing Out-of-State Construction Workers
  In Charleston, West Virginia, construction of a new Courtyard Marriott is employing non-union, out-of-state workers and project developers are making it next to impossible for union contractors to bid on the work. Meanwhile, a half mile down the road, the construction of a Ramada Inn is being done by an exclusively union workforce.  The...
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Aug
2013
7

INTERACTIVE MAP: Scott Walker Receiving Just 38% of His Donations from Wisconsinites

  A new interactive map shows an influx of out-of-state donations coming Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s way since he enacted his trademark, anti-union piece of legislation, Act 10, in February of 2011. The Capital Times reveals what many of us lamented during the Walker Recall — that the Governor’s support comes not from his home...
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Aug
2013
5

Big Brother? How About Baby Brother? Jeb Bush’s Education Privatization Group Has Child-Harming Emails Unearthed

Big Brother? How About Baby Brother? Jeb Bush's Education Privatization Group Has Child-Harming Emails Unearthed
  The non-profit group In the Public Interest has released...
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