Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

  The Wisconsin GOP is waiting impatiently to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law,...

Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School

Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School

  Parents and teachers of students at the Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia are...

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov's Anti-Worker

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov’s Anti-Worker “Turnaround Agenda”

  During a city council meeting this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a resolution...

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed

66% of San Jose’s Confirmed Wage Theft Money Goes Unawarded; Ordinance Proposed

  San Jose is considering a wage theft ordinance which would help the labor commission recoup...

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Nov
2012
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When DOL’s Wind Turbine Training Grant Ran Out, Iron Workers Locals Picked Up the Tab to Keep the Program Alive

When DOL's Wind Turbine Training Grant Ran Out, Iron Workers Locals Picked Up the Tab to Keep the Program Alive
Staying ahead of the game is essential to the longevity of any business. Union construction work is no different. As green energy continues to flourish, many local Iron Workers unions are stepping up their efforts to prepare their members for the construction jobs of the future. Among this lot are the Iron Workers Local 22 [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
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“In order to capitalize on today’s energy dividend, we need to meet a second essential precondition: repairing, expanding, and modernizing our overstrained electrical grid.”

Our nation’s energy prospects are a bit in the balance. The “energy boom” that has resulted from refined techniques in drilling for natural gas comes with a caveat. In one hand lies a surplus of energy we are about to enjoy in the upcoming decades that will allow us to break free from more environmentally-damaging [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
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“You Gonna Eat That?” Wal-Mart, Workers Clash Nationwide Ahead of New Black Thursday Plans

An unprecedented wave of walkouts among Wal-Mart’s supply chain and retail workers during the lead up to Black Friday has energized this frequently oppressed wing of the workforce. The nation’s largest private-sector employer now must face the reality that their biggest shopping day could be disrupted by both warehouse and retail...
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Nov
2012
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IRS May Go Beyond Dark Money, Investigate Violations of Tax Exempt Status by Religious Groups

IRS May Go Beyond Dark Money, Investigate Violations of Tax Exempt Status by Religious Groups
Political watchdog groups are asking the IRS to investigate the tax exempt status of Catholic Bishops and an evangelical group led by preacher Billy Graham for their actions during the lead up to the Presidential campaign. While the constitutions allows churches to speak on any issue, promoting or opposing specific candidates goes against the...
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Nov
2012
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Under PLA, Workforce on Georgia’s Vogtle Nuclear Plant Expansion Is 40% Military Veterans

Under PLA, Workforce on Georgia's Vogtle Nuclear Plant Expansion Is 40% Military Veterans
In Georgia, two new units at the Vogtle nuclear plant (built under the guidelines of a Project Labor Agreement) currently employ 2,300 workers, 40 percent of whom are military veterans: “Veterans continue to be strong candidates for jobs on the Vogtle 3 and 4 project, as the cultures of the military and the utility industry [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
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NHL Owners Employ Boeing-Like Tactics, Demand Concessions in a Time of Profit

NHL Owners Employ Boeing-Like Tactics, Demand Concessions in a Time of Profit
Hockey has had a hard time climbing out of the “niche sport” shadow in the U.S. Of the four major professional sports it ranks fourth in the heart of sports fans. In the South, where Nascar is king, hockey falls to 5th at best. This, combined with a natural lack of empathy for relatively large [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
14

Miss This on Election Night? Montana and Colorado Scored Landslide Anti-Citizens United Victories

Lost in the swath of Presidential election coverage that focused on same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization when it didn’t focus on Obamney were initiatives that aimed to end the fallacy of “corporate personhood” in Montana and Colorado. Both initiatives, Montana’s Initiative 166 and Colorado’s Amendment 65,...
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Nov
2012
14

PEPPER-OWN-I: Papa John’s CEO Threatens Employee Hours BECAUSE OBAMA.

PEPPER-OWN-I: Papa John's CEO Threatens Employee Hours BECAUSE OBAMA.
Speaking in a college auditorium, Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter claimed that the Affordable Healthcare Act would result in employees’ hours being cut. Schnatter is part of a growing group of Romney supporters/losers who in the days before and after electoral defeat began threatening their employees’ jobs and blaming their...
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Nov
2012
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Connecticut LiUNA! Members Protest Harbor Developer’s Shipping in of 400 Texas Workers

Connecticut LiUNA! Members Protest Harbor Developer's Shipping in of 400 Texas Workers
Last weekend, nearly 70 unemployed union construction workers protested the use of 400 out-of-state workers on Stamford’s $3.5 billion, 80-acre Harbor Point project. The Connecticut Laborers District Council (LiUNA!) object to Harbor Point developer Building and Land Technology bringing in workers from Texas when so many Connecticut workers...
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Nov
2012
12

Chinese Guest Worker Program Rebuked by Government, but China’s Influence on Canadian Coal is Inevitable

Canadian coal companies are avoiding paying prevailing wages with a move similar to the H-2B visa abuse we have witnessed from tech companies in the U.S. In both countries visas are granted to companies which allege to be unable to find qualified native workers and in both scenarios worker representatives dispute the worker shotage. The [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
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San Diego Convention Center Expansion Set to Move Forward Following Inclusion of Local Hire, Veteran Subcontracting Stipulations

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Set to Move Forward Following Inclusion of Local Hire, Veteran Subcontracting Stipulations
Labor unions have agreed to drop their legal opposition to the planned expansion of the San Diego Convention Center after prime contractor Clark/Hunt agreed to a labor agreement that will “ensure consistent benefits for both union and non-union subcontractors.” Unions were concerned that local workers would not be able to work on the...
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Nov
2012
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AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust Breaks Ground on $45M, 280-Unit Complex in St. Louis

AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust Breaks Ground on $45M, 280-Unit Complex in St. Louis
A creative approach to creating union construction jobs is paying off for the construction trades in Missouri. The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust is using pension funds to build its “crown jewel project,” Cortona at Forest Park Apartments. This $45 million project will be a five-story, 280-unit, multi-family complex that includes...
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