A Year After West Explosion,

A Year After West Explosion, “Burden on Business” Still Supersedes Texas Worker Safety

  A year after the explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant left 15 people dead and 300...

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from...

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed...

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in...

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Feb
2012
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Mass Building Trades Running Another Online Contest. The Prize? A New England Patriots Hard Hat.

Mass Building Trades Running Another Online Contest.  The Prize? A New England Patriots Hard Hat.
The Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council is running another social media-driven contest around a big sporting event. Similar to their post-Stanley Cup Boston Bruins Hard Hat Giveaway, the goal of the New England Patriots hard hat contest is to raise awareness about the fact that Gillette Stadium ,where the Pats play, was built...
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Feb
2012
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Florida Republican Submits Anti-Corporate Tax Bill Without Removing ALEC Mission Statement

Florida Republican Submits Anti-Corporate Tax Bill Without Removing ALEC Mission Statement
It is now the common wisdom of millions of interested parties that ALEC does not work for the vast majority of citizens, that it is a vicious corporate lobby and that it is thee main force behind the deterioration of personal liberties and workers’ rights in the United States. Arguing against ALEC’s influence over state ...
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Feb
2012
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Escondido Attempts to Remove Building Trades Council From List of Plaintiffs in Latino Voting Rights Case

In December, Latino residents in the City of Escondido teamed with the local Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) to try to change the system of how city council members get elected. The city, which is 49 percent Latino, has had only two Latino members elected to council since it was founded in 1888. Olga ...
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Feb
2012
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TRAILER: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. Ed Harris as John McCain. HBO, We Love You.

TRAILER: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.  Ed Harris as John McCain.  HBO, We Love You.
This honestly gave me chills. Not because I am excited for Palin and McCain to once again be drug through the mud (which it’s possible may not be the ultimate goal of this film), but because this seems like it could actually be a moving dramatic piece. It has the sense of scale. It has ...
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Feb
2012
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IN Bill Seeking Demographically Exclusive Drug Testing Is Pulled After Amendments to Include Lawmakers

Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville), the Indiana Republican who introduced legislation that would have forced welfare recipients to submit to drug testing, has pulled the bill after Democrats amended the measure to require similar drug testing for lawmakers. McMillin has offered to pee in a cup, but refuses to let the bill be voted on...
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Jan
2012
31

Scott Walker “John Doe” Investigation Now Involves RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, Herman Cain Campaign Manager Mark Block

Scott Walker “John Doe” Investigation Now Involves RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, Herman Cain Campaign Manager Mark Block
“Walkergate” is unfolding into a masterwork in American conspiracy as the complaint explaining the charges against two of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s former staff members includes an email that may prove Walker had knowledge of the illegal activities happening around him. The charges have also implicated current chairman of...
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Jan
2012
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Rhode Island Tea Party State Senator Who Introduced “Right-to-Work” is a 21-Year-Old College Student Whose Last Job Was Cracker Barrel Dishwasher

Rhode Island Tea Party State Senator Who Introduced “Right-to-Work” is a 21-Year-Old College Student Whose Last Job Was Cracker Barrel Dishwasher
State Senator Nicholas Kettle has introduced legislation in Rhode Island that would place “Right-to-Work” restrictions on teachers unions: “Teachers in Rhode Island deserve a choice,” Kettle said. “The National Education Association uses questionable tactics when dealing with our legislature…harming the...
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Jan
2012
31

Under Fehr, NHL Players Are As Organized As Ever Going Into Collective Bargaining Talks

Under Fehr, NHL Players Are As Organized As Ever Going Into Collective Bargaining Talks
During this past weekend’s NHL All-Star game in Ottawa, reporters got a chance to speak to both Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Union leader Donald Fehr after they met to discuss progress on the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) the two will have to finalize before September to prevent a work stoppage. For those of ...
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Jan
2012
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“Right-to-Work” Look-Aike Almost Certain to Wind Up on Minnesota’s November Ballot

“Right-to-Work” Look-Aike Almost Certain to Wind Up on Minnesota’s November Ballot
Minnesota State Senator Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of Lakeville has announced via social media that he intends to introduce a bill called the “Employee Freedom Act” which will amend the state’s constitution. Despite its misleadingly positive name, there is nothing positive about the “Employee Freedom Act” which...
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Jan
2012
30

Hudson Valley Bridge Upgrade Would Employ As Many As 500 Workers for Two Years

Hudson Valley Bridge Upgrade Would Employ As Many As 500 Workers for Two Years
The $100 million redecking of New York’s Newburgh-Beacon Bridge has been labeled a top priority among the infrastructure projects that could create jobs in the Hudson Valley this year. Thanks to the negotiations of the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, the bridge will be rebuilt under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA),...
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Jan
2012
30

L.A. MTA Signs Historic PLA, Will Offer 10% of Work Hours to the Homeless, Chronically Unemployed

L.A. MTA Signs Historic PLA, Will Offer 10% of Work Hours to the Homeless, Chronically Unemployed
The City of Los Angeles and its Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, have been leading the national push for Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) to help create jobs for local workers. This trend continued last Thursday as the City and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that PLAs have been entered into to ensure...
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Jan
2012
30

Pro Labor Alliance Pursuing Official Solidarity License Plates for Massachusetts Drivers

Pro Labor Alliance Pursuing Official Solidarity License Plates for Massachusetts Drivers
The Pro Labor Alliance is an organization recently founded to support organized labor by offering Massachusetts license plates that represent solidarity with collective bargaining. This issue, which has come to the forefront of politics in the past year as extreme actors look to strip rights away from unions, is as important to the labor movement ...
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