U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are...

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

  Republicans, led by the senior member of the Senate, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Monday...

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

  On August 1st at midnight the contract between Verizon and 39,000 of its workers represented...

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK

  A report from Temple University’s Sheller Center for Social Justice titled...

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Jan
2013
10

Tent Co. Owes $133,000 in Back Pay, Fringe Benefits After Underpaying Employees, Subcontractors

Tent Co. Owes $133,000 in Back Pay, Fringe Benefits After Underpaying Employees, Subcontractors
An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division into Mahaffey Tent and Awning Co., Inc. found the company misclassified workers and refused to pay prevailing wages and overtime. 28 current and former employees were effected. The investigation also found that Mahaffey violated the McNamara-O’Hara Service...
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Jan
2013
10

Prevailing Wage Mandate for Jefferson County, OH Road Construction Is Latest Positive Effect of the Shale Boom

In Stubenville, Ohio a road maintenance agreement has been signed between Enterprise Liquids Pipeline and Jefferson County that will mandate prevailing wages on all road work stemming from construction of a liquid ethane pipeline. This pipeline will bring natural gas produced in Pennsylvania and Ohio to Texas for refinement. Liquid ethane is being...
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Jan
2013
10

Missouri DOL Ramps Up Website, Social Media Presence to Combat Employee Misclassification

Missouri DOL Ramps Up Website, Social Media Presence to Combat Employee Misclassification
In order to inform the people of the “Show Me” State about misclassification, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has built a solid website for helping workers discover if they are being misclassified or illegally paid off the books. Thankfully, the misclassification crack down is contagious. Missouri has seen...
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Jan
2013
10

December Jobs Report Shows One Fifth of Added Jobs are in Construction

December Jobs Report Shows One Fifth of Added Jobs are in Construction
Buried in the numbers produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) December 2012 jobs report is the fact that nearly one-fifth of the 155,000 jobs added in the past month were in the construction industry. After five years of hemorrhaging jobs the construction industry has been rebounding over the past three months, a sign [&hellip...
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Jan
2013
8

Attorneys General in NY, CA, ID, ME, MT Take Aim at Campaign Finance Disclosure (Since the Federal Government Won’t)

With federal regulators refusing to take notice and the DISCLOSE Act stalled in Congress, the honus is on state Attorneys General to take up the fight to force the tax-exempt groups that spent hundreds of millions in the 2012 election to disclose their donors. Campaign finance reform has been anathema to the federal government, ostensibly [&hellip...
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Jan
2013
8

“On Equal Terms,” an Art Exhibit by a Female IBEW Member, Comes to NYC

“On Equal Terms,” an Art Exhibit by a Female IBEW Member, Comes to NYC
ON EQUAL TERMS, a touring mixed media art installation by Susan Eisenberg, will be making its way to NYC from February 24th to March 24th at the Clemente Soto Velez Center in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The exhibit, most recently shown at the Main Gallery of the Smithsonian-affiliated Michigan State University Museum, looks into...
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Jan
2013
8

NLRB: Ford, UAW Colluded to Force Teamsters Out of Jobs So They Could Underpay New Workers

NLRB: Ford, UAW Colluded to Force Teamsters Out of Jobs So They Could Underpay New Workers
As of this week, the total back-pay would be about $5.3 million, plus interest, but that is a conservative estimate since more workers may be found eligible. Teamsters who were forced out of their jobs at a Ford plant in Louisville, KY will be returning to work after the NLRB ruled that collusion between Ford [&hellip...
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Jan
2013
8

Registration Is Open for the 3rd Annual Women Building the Nation Conference

Registration Is Open for the 3rd Annual Women Building the Nation Conference
The 3rd Annual Women Building the Nation Conference will be held on April 5-7 in Sacramento, CA. The event celebrates women who are leaders in the construction workplace, their communities and in their unions, is sponsored by the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) and the State Building & Construction Trades...
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Jan
2013
7

Corporate Lobby-Driven “Active Financing Tax Exception” to Cost Taxpayers $11 Billion Over Two Years

For the past fifteen years, Americans have been losing big dollars to lobbyists who have forced the extension of tax policies that allege to defend against double taxation. Opponents of such credits argue that they are nothing but tax shelters for Ethanol producers, NASCAR racetracks and the like. Among the techniques used is “active...
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Jan
2013
7

DID YOU KNOW? LiUNA Apprentices Log 3,600 Hours of Supervised Work Before Becoming Journeymen

DID YOU KNOW? LiUNA Apprentices Log 3,600 Hours of Supervised Work Before Becoming Journeymen
For the past 12 years, apprentices at the Northern California Laborers Training Center have been taught cutting edge, construction industry-specific skills with an emphasis on safety. Apprentices in the LiUNA-run program are trained to work a diverse array of jobs while receiving valuable career advice before being sent to work sites to master...
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Jan
2013
7

Included in “Fiscal Cliff” Deal: WIND ENERGY PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT EXTENSION!

Included in “Fiscal Cliff” Deal: WIND ENERGY PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT EXTENSION!
As part of the deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” Congress passed an extension of the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit which will allow one of the fastest growing energy sources in America to continue to thrive. America’s 75,000 wind sector employees can finally take a collective deep breath following months of uncertainty...
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Jan
2013
7

In Year-End Opinion, California Unions Win Special Rights to Picket in Business Entranceways

Unions enjoyed a victory in California before the year ended when the state Supreme Court ruled that picketing is allowed on privately owned walkways in front of businesses. The ruling allows unions to carry out this activity but not “protesters” or “signature gatherers.” The special privileges were deemed vital to the...
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