Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

  Last week in Laredo, Texas, drivers and dockworkers at Con Way Freight voted to join...

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby's Bunk Little Survey

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby’s Bunk Little Survey

  A wave of articles promoting the myth of a “labor shortage” have hit American...

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification

  Rampant employee misclassification has finally become a hot-button topic nationwide...

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass “Right-to-Work” in Small Town WA

  Two attempts by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to impose...

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2012
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“Perhaps Overreach or Overlook would be a more fitting committee for Issa to chair.”

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is an identifiable example of the hostage-based politics that has marred Congress since the 2010 mid-term elections. As Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, Issa holds an important role in keeping Congress accountable. Yet, despite the seriousness of his title, Issa has used much of his time to coordinate...
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May
2012
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San Diego’s Attempt to Ban PLAs Could Lead to “Financial Disaster,” State Controller Says

San Diego's Attempt to Ban PLAs Could Lead to
A proposed ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) by the city of San Diego, California, on the June ballot is taking an interesting turn with the city sounding the alarm to Wall Street about the financial risks of such a ban. The city is at risk of losing hundreds of millions of dollars for critical [&hellip...
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May
2012
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$600 Billion of U.S. Cash Balances Being Held Overseas by Large Companies

In a review of disclosures, the bank’s analysts found that out of the $974 billion in cash on the balance sheets of 602 U.S. multinationals, at least $588 billion, or 60%, is sitting in foreign accounts. According to a study by JP Morgan (yes, that JP Morgan), at least 60% of the cash balances of [&hellip...
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May
2012
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780 Illinois Caterpillar Workers Go On Strike

780 Illinois Caterpillar Workers Go On Strike
“You’re a rotten animal, that’s what you are. You are a piece of a road kill. Stay off my picket line scab!” shouted Caterpillar worker Gareth Beeson, through his “Scablaster 3000” megaphone on Sunday. This is the scene in Joliet, Illinois where 780 Caterpillar workers decided they would rather strike than...
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May
2012
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BREAKING: FBI to Investigate Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Administration for Bribery Relating to Gubernatorial Appointments

BREAKING: FBI to Investigate Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Administration for Bribery Relating to Gubernatorial Appointments
A developing story out of Ohio is getting the attention of the progressive press: the FBI is currently investigating claims that Governor John Kasich made promises of political influence and threatened the jobs of those who would not help him replace those in power with his cronies. Two months ago, Portage County Republican Party Chairman [&hellip...
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May
2012
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TWO NEW: Long Beach and Commerce, CA Put Pen to Paper on a Pair of Project Labor Agreements

TWO NEW: Long Beach and Commerce, CA Put Pen to Paper on a Pair of Project Labor Agreements
While Mitt Romney is bringing Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) into the nation’s purview via disparaging remarks on the campaign trail, California is providing the antidote to such partisan venom and approving PLAs in order to ensure efficiency, diversity and local hire on publicly funded projects. In Long Beach, CA the Port of Long Beach...
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May
2012
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“2 Percent” Pass-Through Co.’s Stealing Contracts Reserved for Females, Minorities in Chicago Shell Game

In Chicago, the little known Public Building Commission (PBC) is responsible for awarding an average of $250 million in contracts annually for construction on public projects. The PBC requires contractors to spend at least 24 percent of their project budget on minority firms and four percent on female-owned businesses. These mandates were created...
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May
2012
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VIDEO: Union Members, Open Shop Supporters Issue Public Comments in Meridien, CT PLA Debate

VIDEO: Union Members, Open Shop Supporters Issue Public Comments in Meridien, CT PLA Debate
The debate over whether or not to use a Project Labor Agreements on a $250 million Meridien, Connecticut school project has been raging for months, but it appears that it will finally be settled next Monday night. Two months ago, 1500 people turned out in favor of the PLA and last night public comments were [&hellip...
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May
2012
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Chris Christie Tells LIUNA Conference that Atlantic City Construction Could Swell, Pensions May Need to be Addressed

Recently we gave Chris Christie a rightfully hard time for diminishing his commitment to New Jersey’s Building Trades unions via funding flip-flops and such. But yesterday, Christie uttered words of encouragement to members and leaders of the Laborers’ International Union of America (LIUNA) at their 2012 Northeast Regional Conference:...
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May
2012
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Milwaukee Ironworker Announces Bid for Wisconsin State Assembly

Milwaukee Ironworker Announces Bid for Wisconsin State Assembly
Organized Labor may add a friendly new face to the Wisconsin State Assembly this year as Randy Bryce, a Milwaukee Ironworker, has announced his filing of the proper paperwork to run in the newly redrawn 62nd District. Bryce is a political coordinator and holds an executive position on the board of Milwaukee Ironworkers Local 8. [&hellip...
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May
2012
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IN Toll Road Privatization Backfiring as Daniels Departs, but OH Still Considering the Same Path

IN Toll Road Privatization Backfiring as Daniels Departs, but OH Still Considering the Same Path
With Governor Mitch Daniels’ term ending in January, Indianans are looking to a fresh crop of candidates — Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham — to provide innovative answers for how to fund highway construction projects. Daniels’ privatization bug resulted in the lease of...
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May
2012
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Walker’s Billionaire “Divide and Conquer” Backer, Diane Hendricks, Isn’t Paying State Corporate Taxes

Walker’s Billionaire “Divide and Conquer” Backer, Diane Hendricks, Isn’t Paying State Corporate Taxes
It seems the billionaire Scott Walker-backer with whom the Governor shared his “divide and conquer” strategy toward unions can give $500,000 to her favorite anti-worker puppet despite not paying a cent in state corporate income tax between the years of 2005 and 2008, the most recent years with records to show. Diane Hendricks, the...
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