Alarming New Policy to Destroy H-1B Visa Data Will Stifle Research on Wages, Immigration

Alarming New Policy to Destroy H-1B Visa Data Will Stifle Research on Wages, Immigration

  A surprising and disconcerting change in data policy will make determining how H-1B visas...

Go Figures: WA Panel, Unions Want Boeing Held Legally Accountable for Tax Incentive Abuse

Go Figures: WA Panel, Unions Want Boeing Held Legally Accountable for Tax Incentive Abuse

  In Washington state, the five members that make up the Citizen’s Commission for...

Nearly $2 Million in Back Pay Coming to Misclassified Solar Workers in Nevada

Nearly $2 Million in Back Pay Coming to Misclassified Solar Workers in Nevada

  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that 147 workers hired by contractors to...

“We’re Negotiating With Wolves of Wall Street”: IBEW, CWA Two Weeks Into FairPoint Strike

  It’s been two weeks since 2,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and...

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Jul
2012
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ConEd Locks Out 8,500 UWAU Workers Who Offered to Stay on the Job Without a Contract

The story of ConEd’s current lockout of 8,500 workers goes a little something like this: union workers wanted to work without a contract to ensure service amidst a punishing heatwave but the company insisted on signage of their most recent offer. When the workers refused, the NYC power utility locked out the employees who are [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
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Alliston, Ontario Auto Workers Look to Become First Group to Unionize a Japanese-Owned Auto Plant

A Honda plant in Alliston, Ontario may become the first Japanese-owned auto plant to go union. The plant employs 4,500 people in a town of 15,000 and while the employees are welcome to use the NHL regulation size hockey rink housed there, many feel their high overall output is not being fairly rewarded. Contract talks [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
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Kalama, WA Building Trades Fight for Local Hire on Port Expansion

Kalama, WA Building Trades Fight for Local Hire on Port Expansion
According to its mission statement, the Port of Kalama’s goal is “to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities.” Since expansion has revealed a less-than-complete commitment to hiring locally at the grain mill facilities that lay along the...
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Jul
2012
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“When public projects are delayed and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on this theory, just remember that the ABC and other entities put you in this position.”

Last month, the residents of San Diego voted on and passed Prop A, a measure that bans Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and was vigorously defended/funded by ‘the ALEC of the construction industry,’ The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Now, Scott Strawbridge — employer representative of the California Industry Labor...
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Jul
2012
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Military Servicemen Working for General Dynamics Face Anti-Union Barrage

Military Servicemen Working for General Dynamics Face Anti-Union Barrage
In These Times writer Mike Elk recently published a captivating story about military veterans working for government contractor General Dynamics who are forced to attend anti-union meetings on army bases. The company is doing this to prevent the workers from joining International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 286. They have even had...
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Jul
2012
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NY AG Schneiderman, IRS Investigating Chamber of Commerce, Other Dark Money Groups for Abuse of Tax-Exempt Status

NY AG Schneiderman, IRS Investigating Chamber of Commerce, Other Dark Money Groups for Abuse of Tax-Exempt Status
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is currently investigating New York philanthropy goliath The Starr Foundation, headed by former AIG chief Hank Greenberg, and the legalities of their $18 million loan to the “charitable” arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce beginning in 2003. The Starr Foundation, which holds $1.3 billion,...
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Jul
2012
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AFSCME, SEIU Join Building Trades in Push for Expanded Maryland Casino Construction

AFSCME, SEIU Join Building Trades in Push for Expanded Maryland Casino Construction
Union leaders are urging Maryland politicians to allow the public to vote on a gambling expansion that would grant a license to build a casino on the National Harbor. It would be the 6th such license in the state. The proposal also aims to bring table games to Maryland’s current casinos. The new construction would [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
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First Health Care…and now a Highway Bill!? It’s a good week for America.

Transportation spending is traditionally of bipartisan interest, which made the delay of a new transportation bill even more infuriating for those disenchanted with Washington gridlock. Yet a shimmer of hope that maybe our system isn’t broken is arising as Democrats and Republicans have come together, making key compromises, to piece...
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Jun
2012
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WALLACH: Trans-Pacific Partnership is “NAFTA on Steroids”

WALLACH: Trans-Pacific Partnership is
Progressive press coverage of the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a “trade agreement” being discussed between the U.S. and nine other countries (Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, Peru, Japan, Vietnam, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore) — has focused thus far on the secrecy of the talks between nations. But since a...
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Jun
2012
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Cutting Spending and Raising Tuition, Colleges Offer Students Less and Less for More and More

Cutting Spending and Raising Tuition, Colleges Offer Students Less and Less for More and More
The statistics are overwhelming: Americans are currently $1 trillion in debt due to student loans, an amount larger than the nation’s collective credit card debt. Still, the importance of a college degree for an individual’s future earning ability remains obvious: a college graduate can expect to earn 84 percent more over their...
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Jun
2012
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NV Assembly Dems Suggest Unprecedented 50% Local Hire on Public Works Projects

NV Assembly Dems Suggest Unprecedented 50% Local Hire on Public Works Projects
According to members of the Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council, the Nevada Assembly Democrats’ new Five Point Plan for Job Creation — described below in their press release — calls for 50% local hire on public works projects. This highly commendable recommendation is unprecedented and far surpasses San...
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Jun
2012
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If Unions Need Opt-In for Political Donations, Shouldn’t Corporations, Too?

If Unions Need Opt-In for Political Donations, Shouldn't Corporations, Too?
In the first of many important rulings expected from the Supreme Court this summer, Chief Justice Roberts and his conservative majority dealt a blow to public sector labor unions in the Knox v. SEIU case last week. The case revolved around the SEIU’s temporary raising of dues in order to fight two anti-union propositions on the [&hellip...
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