Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo...

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

  A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the Department...

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Putting the “Con” in Contractor: Port Truckers Battle Misclassification, Expand Strike at L.A. Port

  Early Tuesday, the trucker strike affecting the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach spread to...

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results

  The New Hampshire Department of Labor has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with...

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Jul
2012
23

WA CoGen Plant Received Fed Funding, Brought in Contractor Who Isn’t Paying Prevailing Wages

WA CoGen Plant Received Fed Funding, Brought in Contractor Who Isn't Paying Prevailing Wages
When the Nippon Corporation announced they were planning to build a $71 million biomass cogeneration plant at the paper mill on Port Angeles, WA, local workers thought the days of double digit unemployment might draw to a close. The project received $2 million in federal funding and $20 million in tax credits meaning the prevailing [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
23

San Diego Building Trades Rep Takes Home Ruby Award for Advocacy

Murtaza Baxamusa, a PhD holder who works with the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council (SDBCTC) and an occasional contributor to We Party Patriots has been named “outstanding advocate” by the San Diego Housing Federation. Family Housing Corporation’s director of planning and development, Baxamusa was honored...
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Jul
2012
20

Secretary of State Clinton Addresses International Labor Issues During Cambodia Stop

Secretary of State Clinton Addresses International Labor Issues During Cambodia Stop
Recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did what no diplomat had done before: she visited her 100th country, breaking Madeleine Albright’s record of 98: Since taking over the role in 2009, Clinton has spent 351 days traveling. She visited 102 different countries and has flown 843,839 miles according to the State Department. Some other...
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Jul
2012
20

Boston Globe, Boston Herald Exhibit Editorial Bias by Not Printing Rebuttals to Anti-PLA Pieces

A week ago, the Boston Globe published an imbalanced piece that, for the most part, borrowed anti-Project Labor Agreement talking points from the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), a staunchly anti-union group. We took to Twitter to try to drum up some noise on the matter because false claims on “less sexy” topics need to...
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Jul
2012
19

Anti-Davis-Bacon Amendment Defeated (and 54 Republicans Voted the Workers’ Way!)

Anti-Davis-Bacon Amendment Defeated (and 54 Republicans Voted the Workers' Way!)
A bit of good news that might otherwise go unreported… Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King has attempted repeatedly to tear down the Davis-Bacon act which establishes the prevailing wage on public works projects. He has done so with multiple amendments and legislative actions which onlookers rarely hear or read about. Luckily for workers, the...
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Jul
2012
19

In Real-Time, “Maryland Loses” Ticker Shows How Much Revenue the State is Losing from Legislative Inaciton on Gaming

In Real-Time,
The Washington DC metro area Building Trades’ fight for a new casino in Prince George County, MD continues as Gov. Martin O’Malley tries to form a consensus that will allow a special session of the Legislature to take up the issue. If it is not resolved soon there will be no chance to attain public [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
19

NY Dept of Transportation: PLA Will Benefit Walkill, NY Road Extension

NY Dept of Transportation: PLA Will Benefit Walkill, NY Road Extension
In Wallkill, NY, a project to renovate Exit 122 of Route 17 was re-bid on Tuesday with provisions that mandate a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Work on the project was halted in March when the original, lowest bidder began legal proceedings to fight for the contract because it went to the second-lowest bidder. This bidder, [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
19

Romney Camp Supports Ending Wind Tax Credit, Would Create 37,000 Layoffs

Romney Camp Supports Ending Wind Tax Credit, Would Create 37,000 Layoffs
GOP Presidential candidate-to-be, Mitt Romney, supports an end to the wind tax credit that provides wind developers with 2.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour of wind electricity they produce. The tax credit is essential for the wind energy industry to compete with the heavily-subsidized fossil fuel energy. But demonizing the wind tax credit has been...
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Jul
2012
18

IBEW Local 110 Utilizing Blog to Tell Their Side of Stalled NECA Contract Negotiations Story

IBEW Local 110 Utilizing Blog to Tell Their Side of Stalled NECA Contract Negotiations Story
Social Media has changed the very nature of news. It gives the user the ability to tell their own story from their perspective — for anyone to “be the media.” Such is the case with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 110 which is utilizing their website and social media to tell their [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
18

REPORT: Only 23% of Companies Plan to Hire New Employees in the Next 6 Months

A recent survey from the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) revealed that only 23 percent of US companies are planning to hire new employees in the next six months. This information is contributing to fears of a “lights out” moment for the US economy, according to the poll: NABE’s prior survey, conducted in late...
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Jul
2012
18

8 of the Top 10 Businesses Approved for H-1B Visa Use Last Year Have Outsourcing Operations

8 of the Top 10 Businesses Approved for H-1B Visa Use Last Year Have Outsourcing Operations
With countless capable and educated American workers unable to find jobs, it makes little sense for politicians like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to call for ending a cap on H-1B visas. But that is just what is happening, giving the system for delegating the visas, which are supposed to be used to lure qualified workers [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
17

Seattle Stadium Proposal Has Support of Mayor, Building Trades

Seattle Stadium Proposal Has Support of Mayor, Building Trades
As the Oklahoma City Thunder charged through the playoffs to the NBA Finals this season, many basketball fans in Seattle were left with the bittersweet feeling of watching their former team succeed elsewhere. In 2008, the Supersonics left Seattle after years of battling with local lawmakers. In Oklahoma City, a new arena awaited. Now, hedge...
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