“The Most Racist Politician in America” Embroiled in Latest Voting Machine SNAFU

  Campaign speeches, millions of ad dollars, and tens of thousands of volunteers are...

Driving Miss Classification: Drivers Win More Multi-Million Dollar Independent Contractor Suits

Driving Miss Classification: Drivers Win More Multi-Million Dollar Independent Contractor Suits

  A bevy of recent misclassification cases in California show how widespread the epidemic has...

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers

  A corporate front group called Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is collecting signatures for a...

A&P Grocery to Lay Off Thousands in Bankruptcy, Duck Union Contract Provisions On Way Out

A&P Grocery to Lay Off Thousands in Bankruptcy, Duck Union Contract Provisions On Way Out

  The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known as A & P Grocery, has...

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Jan
2013
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Iowa Becomes 14th State to Team With Dept. of Labor on Employee Misclassification Front

On January 17th, Iowa became the 14th state to join a nation-wide initiative being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Labor to combat misclassification. The signing of a memorandum of understanding between DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and similar agencies at the state level will allow Iowa’s Wage and Hour Division to send a...
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Jan
2013
28

EPI: A Job Shortage, Not a Skills Shortage, is Holding the Recovery Back

EPI: A Job Shortage, Not a Skills Shortage, is Holding the Recovery Back
There is a perceived fallacy, that of a lack of skilled workers in the United States, that permeates Republican thinking on jobs. This erroneous train of thought miraculously pulls into the station when jobs bills are being debated against and economy stimulating policies, like infrastructure spending, are being beaten back to the Democratic...
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Jan
2013
28

Following in Teamsters Footsteps, Dept. of Defense, MT Senators Tackle Veteran Re-Employment

A decade ago, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters joined with the Armed Forces and American Legion to help military truck drivers find good-paying jobs in the industry when they returned to civilian life.  The program has been successful but has also seen its share of challenges, including record-keeping slip-ups that keep companies from...
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Jan
2013
28

Yahoo!, Dell Join List of Co.’s Whose Staggering European Tax Havens Have Been Brought to Light

Yahoo!, Dell Join List of Co.’s Whose Staggering European Tax Havens Have Been Brought to Light
As we relayed in December, large multinational companies such as Google are abusing European tax havens in order to legally avoid paying taxes, a practice which costs the EU 1 trillion euros (or $1.3 trillion USD) each year. Facing a 519.5 billion euro budget deficit as of the second quarter of 2012, member countries of the [&hellip...
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Jan
2013
25

Kansas Chamber of Commerce Rep Reveals True Intention of Paycheck Deception is to “Get Rid of Public Sector Unions”

When Pennsylvania legislators made a push to toughen voter registration laws last year opponents got their main talking points directly from one of its supporters, Rep. Mike Turzai, who infamously said that “voter ID would allow Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania.” With the true nature of the bill exposed it never came to fruition. Now,...
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Jan
2013
25

Facebook’s Fastest Growing User Demographic? 65 and Over.

Facebook’s Fastest Growing User Demographic? 65 and Over.
Sometimes, in labor circles, attempts to spur social media use to help organize workers and achieve political and messaging gains are met with hesitation, fear and confusion. The suggestion that union members “aren’t on Facebook” or don’t understand Twitter runs rampant and is frequently propagated by the old guard of...
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Jan
2013
25

LiUNA: “The rate of workplace deaths is 36 percent higher in ‘Right-to-work’ states.”

LiUNA: “The rate of workplace deaths is 36 percent higher in ‘Right-to-work’ states.”
“Right-to-Work” is often labeled a “job creating” law by Republicans who push it, but those who are affected by it can tell you it does nothing of the sort. Rather, its “wage lowering” power far outshines its ability to create an uptick in employment. To illustrate this point, the Laborers International Union of...
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Jan
2013
25

Virginia Senate Moving Changes to Electoral College System. Is it Constituational? Ethical? Nahhhh….

Virginia Senate Moving Changes to Electoral College System.  Is it Constituational? Ethical? Nahhhh….
The Virginia Senate has taken first steps toward changing the the current winner-take-all Electoral College system in place for Presidential elections in an attempt to replace it with a GOP-biased system for years to come. A Senate subcommittee voted 3-3 along party lines to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Carrico. Unlike the...
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Jan
2013
24

“The hollowing out of the middle class means that they are unable to invest in their future.”

“The hollowing out of the middle class means that they are unable to invest in their future.”
In a recent Op-Ed for The New York Times, Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz argues that inequality is holding back the recovery and that the growing gap between the 99 and 1 percents is setting up an unsustainable future for the United States. As Stiglitz notes, nearly one fifth of American children currently live in [&hellip...
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Jan
2013
24

NH Senate President Introduces Bill to Kneecap Bargaining, Make Managerial Policy “the Exclusive Prerogative of the Public Employer”

New Hampshire workers scored key victories throughout 2012 — namely, the continued defeat of “Right-to-Work” — and thought they may have thwarted the anti-union agenda ushered in by the Tea Party insurgency of 2010. Sadly, anti-worker forces are in somewhat of an unlimited ammo situation. Now, in 2013, Senate President...
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Jan
2013
24

As Shale Gas Work Comes to Mahoning County, Building Trades Look to Ensure Mahoning Workers Get the Jobs it Brings

As Shale Gas Work Comes to Mahoning County, Building Trades Look to Ensure Mahoning Workers Get the Jobs it Brings
In Mahoning County, Ohio, members of the building trades may have made inroads towards getting work on a new Hickory Bend cryogenic plant slated for Springfield Township. The $300 million project will help ship natural gas collected from the region’s Utica Shale by shipping “wet” gas via truck and sending “dry” gas...
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Jan
2013
23

RESEARCHERS: World Must Spend $57 Trillion by 2030 to Update Infrastructure

RESEARCHERS: World Must Spend $57 Trillion by 2030 to Update Infrastructure
Researchers at the McKinsey Global Institute have concluded that the world will need to spend $57 to $67 trillion between today and 2030 in order to update its infrastructure.  The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives our nation’s infrastructure a grade of “D” and says the United States alone needs to spend $2.2...
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