Gov. Brown, Devoid of Support for Housing Plan, Walks Back Anti-Prevailing Wage Stance

Gov. Brown, Devoid of Support for Housing Plan, Walks Back Anti-Prevailing Wage Stance

  California Governor Jerry Brown has indicated a newfound openness to paying construction...

Theft-Leaning Politics: Senate Cafeteria Workers Owed $1M in Back Wages

Theft-Leaning Politics: Senate Cafeteria Workers Owed $1M in Back Wages

  As if Congress wasn’t unpopular enough already. Turns out we can add wage theft to the...

Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

  TransCanada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pipe Line Contractors...

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI's Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI’s Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

  A federal judge in Michigan has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a new state...

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Aug
2013
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Governor’s Crony Gift-Giving Comes to Light in PA

Governor's Crony Gift-Giving Comes to Light in PA
  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett can’t seem to catch a break.  Every time he renegs on a campaign promise, denies rights to citizens, or sidesteps a controversial issue, everyone just seems to notice.  It’s hard to be a borderline criminal when you are constantly in the public eye.  Perhaps this is why the Citizens for [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
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MI Building Trades Go Big With “Pennies for Power” Donation

  The Lansing Board of Water & Light has a program called “Pennies for Power” which allows customers and members of the community to donate money to helping less fortunate members of the community pay their bills.  According to the program’s website, this is usually done by customers rounding up their bill to the nearest...
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Jul
2013
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Union-Run “Community Works” Program Creating Employment, Wage Increases for Participants

  In Massachusetts, potential tradesmen and women are being exposed to their first taste of the construction life through the Community Works program.  The program, which helps adults with skills from resumé writing to preparing for union apprenticeship, is a joint effort between The Construction Institute, the Pioneer Valley Building...
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Jul
2013
31

How I Spent My RNC Mandated Summer Vacation

How I Spent My RNC Mandated Summer Vacation
  A new Republican National Committee memo has hit the Internet and is drawing unwanted attention. The document acts as a step-by-step guide for GOP congressmen to pretend that they care about the issues affecting the demographics they are failing to reach. There is nothing surprising about this, though it is shocking to see such [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
29

UPDATE: Disastrous Aurora, CO Veterans Affairs Project Could Lose Major Contractor

UPDATE: Disastrous Aurora, CO Veterans Affairs Project Could Lose Major Contractor
  Over the last month we have been reporting on the mishaps during construction of a new Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Aurora, Colorado. It is behind schedule and wildly over budget and has become the new posterchild for the VA’s refusal to use union labor and veteran hiring mandates.  Now, adding to the mess [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
29

With SCOTUS’ Attack on Minority Rights Ongoing, Rochester Paper Thinks PLAs Could Protect Diversity

  An opinion piece in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle highlights the positive impact Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) have had on the city and its minority workforce.  It also compliments the transparency that has surrounded these contracts at the behest of Mayor Thomas Richards.   Language in the agreements that mandates hiring of...
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Jul
2013
29

The Emperor’s Old Clothes: False Recovery Being Masked by Everyone Looking at Wrong Numbers

The Emperor's Old Clothes: False Recovery Being Masked by Everyone Looking at Wrong Numbers
  On the Washington Post wonkblog, Dylan Matthews recently took a dive into depressing new Century Foundation research that suggests when the number of people retiring or dropping out of the workforce is considered, unemployment remains exactly where it was at the height of the recession.  In the Daniel Alpert study in question, low-wage...
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Jul
2013
29

GroupThink, Not Facts, Responsible for Tech Industry Labor Shortage Myth

GroupThink, Not Facts, Responsible for Tech Industry Labor Shortage Myth
  The current Immigration Bill before the Senate would nearly double the number of H-1B visas that American companies could use to bring in temporary foreign workers in industries experiencing a “skills shortage.”  However, new research shows that the shortage of qualified applicants is a myth and that foreign workers are not necessary...
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Jul
2013
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Right-to-Work at Work! Unemployment Rises in All 17 of Michigan’s Regions!

  Sorry, we’re not sorry. We’re not sorry for protesting. We’re not sorry for petitioning. We’re not sorry for suing. Michigan shouldn’t be a “Right-to-Work” state. But it is, I’m sorry to say. Via MLive: Michigan says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have increased in all 17 of the...
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Jul
2013
25

Latest Research Shows 117 ALEC Model Bills, Many Anti-Worker and Wage, Have Been Introduced in Statehouses During 2013

  New research from the Center for Media and Democracy shows that in 2013 at least 117 bills have been introduced that resemble model bills from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  These bills help fuel a “race to the bottom” approach to American wages that greatly favor ALEC’s corporate membership at the expense of...
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Jul
2013
25

Inaction on Goldman Sachs’ Aluminum Market Manipulation Reveals Republicans Don’t Really Believe in the Free Market

Inaction on Goldman Sachs' Aluminum Market Manipulation Reveals Republicans Don't Really Believe in the Free Market
A recent New York Times article exposed Goldman Sachs’ manipulation of the aluminum market by moving the metal from warehouse to warehouse on a daily basis. This game of keep-away artificially drove up prives. As a result, The Atlantic published a piece titled, “The Huge Threat to Capitalism That Republicans are Ignoring.”  In the...
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Jul
2013
25

New DOE Study Shows Fracking Chemicals May Not Impact Drinking Water After All

  The first study that has used tracer dyes to monitor the effects of hydraulic fracturing (or, fracking) has found that the chemicals used in the process stay well below our drinking water. The study is an ongoing project of the Department of Energy (DOE).  They have been monitoring eight wells along the Marcellus Shale. [&hellip...
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