McConnell Says TPP Is Shelved Until After the Election, Some Even Say It Could Disappear

McConnell Says TPP Is Shelved Until After the Election, Some Even Say It Could Disappear

  President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is now his successor’s...

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

  On the most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver dedicated the...

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead's Danger to U.S. Health

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead’s Danger to U.S. Health

  The Illinois Sierra Club and the Illinois Pipe Trades Association formed an encouraging...

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

  Back in 2014, President Obama issued an executive order (EO) requiring contractors to...

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Union Sportsman’s Alliance Volunteers Rebuild Walkways for Disabled York River State Park Visitors

Union Sportsman's Alliance Volunteers Rebuild Walkways for Disabled York River State Park Visitors
  Union volunteers affiliated through the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) are helping to create more accessible walkways in Virginia’s York River State Park to accommodate visitors with mobility issues.  Throughout August and September, volunteers will dig up the asphalt along the river’s handicapped trail which has been overgrown...
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Providence Waste Service Workers Seek Up to a Decade Worth of Prevailing Wage Backpay

  In Providence, American Waste Services (AWS) employees thought they were making a decent wage, but when they realized they were owed prevailing wages — some for up to ten years — the context for their contentment changed.  Now, 20 workers, mostly immigrants from Colombia and Guatemala, are involved in a wage theft lawsuit with...
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Aug
2013
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Prepare Thy Kleenex: Touching Video Surfaces Highlighting the Importance of a Union Workplace

  A truly moving, pro-union video from 2009 has seen a surge in views since it was posted by Upworthy. In the video, the value of organized labor in the workplace is viewed through the lens of worker morale before and after organizing.  It’s so simple yet powerful. For more videos in this vein check [&hellip...
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2013
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Philly School District Commissions PLA Study Ahead of $150M School Construction Boom

  The Bristol Township School District in northeast Philadelphia has solicited a month-long study about the effects of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) as they enter the planning stages of a $152 million new schools and renovations project.   The school district has hired...
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Aug
2013
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New Labor Sec. Perez Backs Teamsters, Transit Workers in Pension Battle With CA Gov. Brown

New Labor Sec. Perez Backs Teamsters, Transit Workers in Pension Battle With CA Gov. Brown
  In California, a situation which pits Gov. Jerry Brown against the Department of Labor is developing with $1.5 billion in funding for federal transit projects on the line.  The battle stems from the passage of California’s 2012 public pension reform law, which raises pension contributions for existing state, local and transit district...
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Aug
2013
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CNN Program to Focus on NY LiUNA! Organizer This Sunday at 10PM

CNN Program to Focus on NY LiUNA! Organizer This Sunday at 10PM
  This Sunday, the final installment of CNN’s Inside Man, hosted by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, will take viewers through a day in the life of LiUNA! organizer Chaz Rynkiewicz.  The episode airs at 10PM. Shedding light on the hurdles faced by of a New York labor organizer shows how limitations placed on unions have [&hellip...
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Aug
2013
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Boeing’s Wage-Slashing Move to SC Backfires as Company Can’t Meet 787 Production Demand

Boeing's Wage-Slashing Move to SC Backfires as Company Can't Meet 787 Production Demand
  When Boeing left Washington for South Carolina in order to suppress the wages of its workers, it also left behind the quality work that had been provided by a highly skilled, union workforce.  Now, that union-busting is backfiring as productivity has dropped immensely and Boeing is unable to meet their 787 Dreamliner production goals....
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Aug
2013
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NYC Judge to Hear Oral Arguments in Union Case Against Downtown Brooklyn Developer

NYC Judge to Hear Oral Arguments in Union Case Against Downtown Brooklyn Developer
  New York City labor unions battling developers of Downtown Brooklyn’s half-complete City Point project will finally get their day in court as they pursue wages and permanent jobs promised to them in a 2004 environmental impact report. The City of New York has repeatedly brushed off the unions’ legal challenges but Manhattan Supreme...
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Aug
2013
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Building Trades Unions Witnessing Significant Regional Membership Gains Thanks to Natural Gas Plant Construction

  In West Virginia, members of the Building Trades are finding quality work building the infrastructure for the next wave natural gas development.  As the drilling of the Marcellus Shale continues, plants that handle its valuable ethane and butane are popping up in the region and local workers are being paid well to build them. [&hellip...
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Aug
2013
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Want a Big Mac in America? That’ll Be 35 Minutes…

Want a Big Mac in America? That'll Be 35 Minutes...
  Over the course of the summer, fast food worker strikes have spread like wildfire from New York to Milwaukee and beyond. With a nationwide strike in the works for August 29th, economists are taking a closer look at the minimum wage and how the United States stacks up against its industrialized nation peers. A [&hellip...
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Aug
2013
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CEO Comes Out Swinging in Favor of SB7, Prevailing Wages, and the Race to the Top

CEO Comes Out Swinging in Favor of SB7, Prevailing Wages, and the Race to the Top
  In a recent op-ed for the Modesto Bee, Mark Breslin, CEO of San Francisco-based United Contractors, explains why he favors California’s SB 7, a bill which would make charter cities eligible for public funds only if they follow prevailing wage guidelines.   In recent years, anti-union groups have supported ballot initiatives throughout...
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Aug
2013
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STL Beacon: Missouri “Right-to-Work” Bill Wouldn’t Even Have Unanimous GOP Support

STL Beacon: Missouri
  Weeks after Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder told attendees of an American Legislatice Exchange Council (ALEC) conference that his state was hoping to enact “Right-to-Work” legislation, the prospects of this becoming a reality are looking grim.  Kinder said he thought “Right-to-Work” could be achieved through a ballot measure but...
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