Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the...

If President, Clinton

If President, Clinton “Would Consider Supporting an Amendment” to Stifle Citizens United

  As part of her book tour, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions on...

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

  High-speed rail (HSR) is still coming around the mountain in California, and many cities are...

NY Gov. Cuomo's Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

NY Gov. Cuomo’s Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

  After four years without a contract and months of jockeying for public support, leading...

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Apr
2012
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PHOTOS: Missouri IBEW, LIUNA, UFCW, IAM, Other Union Members Rally at the State Capitol

PHOTOS: Missouri IBEW, LIUNA, UFCW, IAM, Other Union Members Rally at the State Capitol
We Are Missouri has a great photo set from last week’s rally at the Missouri state capitol. The effort, which drew members of the IBEW, Sprinklerfitters, LIUNA, IUOE, UFCW and several other unions, was intended to stem the rising “Right-to-Work” tide in the state. From the We Are Missouri web page: Thousands of union members ...
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Apr
2012
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Lorena Gonzalez Leads 5th Annual Cesar Chavez March, is Re-Elected as Head of SD Labor Council

San Diego’s 10News reports that Lorena Gonzalez, a woman who was targeted last year by anti-worker activists, has been re-elected as the head of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council: Gonzalez will serve a four-year term as secretary-treasurer and CEO for the umbrella organization that represents the various unions in the region....
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Apr
2012
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12 Red States Responsible for Over 70% of U.S. Public Sector Job Losses in 2011

12 Red States Responsible for Over 70% of U.S. Public Sector Job Losses in 2011
This may not exactly be breaking news, but numbers suggest that the ultraconservative state legislators pushing backwards legislation such as voter suppression are the same folks cutting public sector jobs at an alarming rate. The states that succumbed to the Tea Party takeover of 2010 have seen drastic job losses in the public sector and ...
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Mar
2012
30

“Sweetheart” Foreclosure Deal Enables Banks to Knock Over Houses Instead of Keeping People In Them

“Sweetheart” Foreclosure Deal Enables Banks to Knock Over Houses Instead of Keeping People In Them
The sweetheart foreclosure deal that is drawing the ire of onlookers is now being understood to give banks credit for things they already do, further deepening the worry that the deal will in no way prevent another foreclosure crisis or sufficiently reprimand those responsible for the last one. The $25 billion foreclosure abuse settlement between ...
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Mar
2012
30

Wage Theft Victory in Florida as Judge Dismisses Challenge by Wage-Dodge Enabling Retail Federation

This week, a Miami court dismissed the constitutional challenge brought by the Florida Retail Federation against the anti-wage theft program of Miami-Dade County. Judge Lester Langer wrote in his dismissal, Miami-Dade County had the right, pursuant to a proper exercise of its police powers which are constitutionally guaranteed under the Home Rule...
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Mar
2012
29

Majority of Minneapolis City Council Approves Portion of Bill to Pay for New Vikings Stadium

Majority of Minneapolis City Council Approves Portion of Bill to Pay for New Vikings Stadium
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has announced that he has the support of a majority of the Minneapolis City council to go forward with approval of their portion of a larger bill that would have the city, state, and Minnesota Vikings franchise collectively pay for a new football stadium. The state legislature has been waiting to ...
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Mar
2012
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Two Bills Take Aim at Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage. Construction Trades Fight Back.

Two Bills Take Aim at Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage.  Construction Trades Fight Back.
Last week, union protesters showed up en masse to rally around the offices of Rep. Warren Kampf, whose Pennsylvania House Bill 709 would allow school districts in Pennsylvania to make the decision about whether or not to pay prevailing wages on construction projects. According to Pattye Benson of Community Matters, who “accidentally”...
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Mar
2012
28

“Unfortunately, more work accidents occur in developing countries.”

“Unfortunately, more work accidents occur in developing countries.”
In an article about the Turkish workforce titled, “Accidents and deaths in workplace are not destiny,” writer Cengiz Aktar discusses how the country’s progress should not come at the expense of workers’ lives. It is an interesting look at how labor fits into the future of Turkish politics as they continue to pursue reforms...
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Mar
2012
28

Unscrupulous Homebuilder Pulte Refusing to Turn Over Documents in Payroll Investigation

Unscrupulous Homebuilder Pulte Refusing to Turn Over Documents in Payroll Investigation
The Labor Department has stepped up the pressure in its investigation into the pay practices of five national home construction companies including Pulte which has a long history of questionable pay practices. On February 28th, the Labor Department filed a petition in federal court hoping to force Pulte to produce thousands of records requested in...
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Mar
2012
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NICHOLS: Most Important Wisconsin Vote on April 3rd “Will Not Be About Personalities. It Will Be About An Issue: Collective Bargaining.”

NICHOLS: Most Important Wisconsin Vote on April 3rd “Will Not Be About Personalities. It Will Be About An Issue: Collective Bargaining.”
One of the labor movement’s most effective champions, The Nation writer, John Nichols, published a short piece yesterday that suggests the Wisconsin GOP Presidential primary on April 3rd is not, in fact, the most important matter for voters that day. Rather, a referendum on collective bargaining, also featured on the ballot that day, is: Not...
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Mar
2012
27

Mass. AFL-CIO, Building Trades Issue Response to Negative Attacks on Vicksburg Square Project Ahead of Tonight’s Vote

On Monday, Nashoba Publishing ran an article, “Mass. AFL-CIO appeals to “Brothers and Sisters” on Vicksburg Square vote,” that suggested there had been “mixed reaction” to a letter sent by labor officials concerning a pending vote on a 246-apartment construction project in Vicksburg Square. The project aims to...
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Mar
2012
27

Missouri House Republicans Propose $28 Million in Cuts from Supplemental Aid to the Blind

Missouri House Republicans Propose $28 Million in Cuts from Supplemental Aid to the Blind
Members of the Missouri House have proposed eliminating crucial aid to the state’s blind citizens, according to the Kansas City Star. Rep. Ryan Silvey and other Republicans feel cuts to the Supplemental Aid to the Blind program is an acceptable way to deal with an alleged $500 million budget shortfall. The loss of the program, ...
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