Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor

  Despite massive outcry, the Indiana State Senate passed HB 1019 on Wednesday by a 27-22...

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

  A long read investigative report from The Charlotte News & Observer took a deeper look...

1000s Rally to Preserve IN's Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments

1000s Rally to Preserve IN’s Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments

  Just hours after thousands of contractors and laborers flooded the statehouse to oppose...

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity

  In an op-ed for the Chicago Sun-Times, Sean McGarvey, President of North America‚Äôs...

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Nov
2012
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NJ Senate President, Building Trades, Partner for Sandy Rebuilding Hotline

NJ Senate President, Building Trades, Partner for Sandy Rebuilding Hotline
New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, a union Ironworker, and the New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council (NJBCTC) have announced a partnership to help homeowners and business owners through the Hurricane Sandy rebuilding effort. A hotline (732-499-0100) has been set up to request help from qualified building tradesmen and...
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Nov
2012
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Eat Your Spinach or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Vote for Romney

Eat Your Spinach or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Vote for Romney
Imagine getting a letter from your boss telling you that you could personally face dire consequences if a certain political candidate were elected President. Would your behavior be affected? If a co-worker lived in your neighborhood, would you take down their yard sign supporting the guy who might allegedly threaten your well-being? Would you stop...
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Nov
2012
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TIME-LAPSE: Construction of the Barclays Center In Its Entirety

TIME-LAPSE: Construction of the Barclays Center In Its Entirety
Being a resident of Brooklyn, I can attest to the fact that the Barclays Center seemed to appear out of thin air. The construction site, in the shadow of the Atlantic Center subway and shopping vortex, quickly rose and became the focal point of a resurgent Prospect Heights neighborhood. Having attended the first Nets game [&hellip...
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Oct
2012
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$3.7M Sound Transit Back Pay Ruling Shows Even the Most Acclaimed Projects Experience Wage Dilemmas

$3.7M Sound Transit Back Pay Ruling Shows Even the Most Acclaimed Projects Experience Wage Dilemmas
In Washington, 328 workers who helped cast concrete bridge pieces for the acclaimed Sound Transit elevated light-rail line have been awarded $3.7 million in back pay. The workers were employed by Bethlehem Construction between 2005-2007 but were not paid the proper prevailing wage. Throughout the existence of Sound Transit, board members have...
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Oct
2012
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Salvation Army Project, Built Under Project Labor Agreement, to Receive Award this Friday

Salvation Army Project, Built Under Project Labor Agreement, to Receive Award this Friday
The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center in South Bend, Indiana will be recognized by the Council for the Advancement of Labor-Management Relations (CALMR) at a luncheon on Friday for an innovative Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that governed construction of the state-of-the-art community center. A joint charitable effort between the Salvation Army...
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Oct
2012
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JUDGE: Boeing Illegally Suppressing Union Drive in South Carolina

JUDGE: Boeing Illegally Suppressing Union Drive in South Carolina
A Judge has ruled that Boeing violated the National Labor Relations Act last April when a human resources manager in its North Charleston, South Carolina plant reprimanded a worker for discussing unionizing during work time. According to Judge William Nelson Cates, “Boeing Co. cannot prohibit employees from discussing the union while...
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Oct
2012
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Filipino Woman Who Was Forced into Low Wage Under H-1B Visa Wins $300,000 in Back Wages

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a T-visa to a Filipino accountant who came to the U.S. on a H-1B visa and eventually became a victim of human trafficking. Jacqueline Aguirre was hired as a staff accountant at Best Care Agency in Floral Park under the H-1B visa program that allows [&hellip...
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Oct
2012
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Trans-Pacific Partnership More Likely to Create “Disaster Scenario” than Positive Economic Impact

Trans-Pacific Partnership More Likely to Create
Lost in this election’s never-ending barrage of meme unworthy misquotes and rehashed social issue talking points is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement that looks to shape the future of business in burgeoning Asian markets. It has been mentioned exactly zero times by the Presidential candidates as far as we can tell,...
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Oct
2012
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APPEALS COURT: Workers Can Collect Unpaid Prevailing Wages Under False Claims Act

UPDATE: Circle C’s contract was actually with the Army in this case… An interesting ruling out of the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals will allow workers being cheated out of prevailing wages to go after back wages via the False Claims Act (FCA). While the Davis-Bacon act ensures prevailing wages are paid [&hellip...
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Oct
2012
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GOP Voter Registration Scandal Intensifies w/New Info About Colin Small, FL, and IN’s 13,000 Voter Purge

Here’s an update to the awful story of widespread GOP voter registration fraud and its connection to Nathan Sproul. A young man with direct ties to Sproul’s Strategic Allied Consulting, the Virginia Republican party and the Republican National Committee was caught throwing voter registrations into a dumpster behind a shopping center in...
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Oct
2012
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CWA Applauds AT&T’s $9.5 Billion Pension Funding Move

CWA Applauds AT&T's $9.5 Billion Pension Funding Move
Last Friday, AT&T announced that it would direct a $9.5 billion stake of its wireless business to its pension plan in order to provide benefits for 360,000 retired employees. An AT&T spokeswoman also admitted to Reuters that the pension plan had been underfunded by $0.2 billion at the end of 2011. The move mirrors similar [&hellip...
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Oct
2012
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TAGG OF TRICKS: Word Surfaces that Romney’s Family Owns Voting Machines in Swing States

TAGG OF TRICKS: Word Surfaces that Romney’s Family Owns Voting Machines in Swing States
In the final weeks before the 2012 election, cries of GOP voter suppression from social justice groups such as the ACLU and the NAACP have intensified as attempted voter fraud appears to be linked to the Republican National Committee itself. It has gotten so bad that the United Nations may be needed to monitor the [&hellip...
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