Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations

  Last month in Boston, two men died at an Atlantic Drain Services job site when a ruptured...

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago's Youth

CPS Partners with Trade Unions to Launch High School Training Program for Chicago’s Youth

  Chicago Public Schools and Dunbar Career Academy have launched the Windy City’s first...

Housing Developers Finally Agree to Prevailing Wages as Condition of Tax Breaks in NYC

Housing Developers Finally Agree to Prevailing Wages as Condition of Tax Breaks in NYC

  Last Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced a deal with developers and union...

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest

  Unions are spearheading a program to rebuild homes and create jobs across the rustbelt. The...

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Oct
2013
17

Unions Mobilizing in Boston Behind Mayoral Candidate Marty Walsh

  Union members are out in force to support Boston Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh in the general election, hoping to recreate the momentum that helped him win the primary.  Over 40,000 union members are registered to vote in Boston, making up 11 percent of the electorate.  With the race down to two candidates, Walsh and [&hellip...
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Oct
2013
17

API: Nearly Two Dozen LNG Export Applications Waiting for Approval, Would Spur Massive Investment

API: Nearly Two Dozen LNG Export Applications Waiting for Approval, Would Spur Massive Investment
  America is generating unprecedented amounts of natural gas and it’s role in the future of our economy is a hot topic of debate.  With the ability to turn natural gas into liquefied natural gas (LNG), 21 companies have applied to export LNG to countries America does not have free trade agreements with.  Supporters argue [&hellip...
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Oct
2013
16

Protect the Pocket: Prevailing Wages Bolstered in CA as Gov Signs SB7, SB54

Protect the Pocket: Prevailing Wages Bolstered in CA as Gov Signs SB7, SB54
  On Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 7, which allows the state government to withhold funds from charter cities who choose not to pay prevailing wages on public works projects.  The bill also allows funds to be witheld from cities which have allowed a public works project to move forward [&hellip...
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Oct
2013
16

Peabody, Patriot Settle with Mine Workers, Putting Temporary Stop to Pension Bleeding

Peabody, Patriot Settle with Mine Workers, Putting Temporary Stop to Pension Bleeding
  Last week, a deal was reached between the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and Peabody Energy over the future of worker pensions and health benefits.  The deal means Peabody will pay $310 million into the retirees’ health fund and Patriot Coal will pay $60 million.  Still, these numbers represent roughly one quarter of [&hellip...
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Oct
2013
15

Mad Again: Illinois AG Tracking Down Paving Co. That Skirted $100,000 in Prevailing Wages

  A lawsuit filed against Thoele Asphalt Paving by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan claims the contractor underpaid its employees by over $100,000 on a public works project.  The Department of Labor had demanded back pay for the workers from the contractor but Thoele failed to pay.  Now, they are demanding the back pay plus [&hellip...
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Oct
2013
15

New Brunswick Government Invests $50,000 in Helmets to Hardhats Program

New Brunswick Government Invests $50,000 in Helmets to Hardhats Program
  The government of New Brunswick is investing $50,000 into Helmets to Hardhats Canada to help provide apprenticeship training to current and former military members who wish to transition into a civilian career in the trades.  The Canadian Helmets to Hardhats program, like its American counterpart, matches the employment needs of local...
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Oct
2013
14

SMART Union Holding Columbus Day Open Houses to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

SMART Union Holding Columbus Day Open Houses to Celebrate 125th Anniversary
  As part of their 125th anniversary celebration, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) will host open houses at many of their Sheet Metal Training Centers today. The open houses will afford those interested in the trades an opportunity to speak to leaders in their industry about the...
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Oct
2013
14

$664,000 Misclassification Decision Levied on Unscrupulous Sacramento Landscaper

  The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has announced that Sacramento based Green Valley Landscaping must pay $664,000 in back wages and fines to 43 workers.  The investigation, launched in May of 2012, discovered that Green Valley had 43 workers despite claiming only 10 on its payroll records. The other 33 were being...
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Oct
2013
14

Important Worker Stipulations Approved as SD Convention Center Clears Final Hurdle

Important Worker Stipulations Approved as SD Convention Center Clears Final Hurdle
  The $520 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center has cleared its final hurdle, gaining approval from the California Coastal Commission.  The expansion will provide an additional 740,000 square feet of convention space and be used to lure larger gatherings that had been skipping San Diego because of convention center...
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Oct
2013
11

Oklahoma’s “Six Billion Dollar Plan” Will Tackle Nearly 2,000 Road Construction Projects

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  This week, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission voted to approve an eight year construction plan that will give the green light to nearly 2,000 highway and bridge improvement projects.  The “six billion dollar plan” aims to nip many soon-to-be-labeled ‘structurally deficient’ bridges in the bud.  As ODOT Executive...
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Oct
2013
11

Watsonville, CA Becomes First Monterey Bay City to Go the PLA Way

  On Tuesday, the Watsonville City Council approved an ordinance mandating that a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) be used on any public works project with a price tag of $600,000 or higher, making it the first city in the Monterey Bay to do so.  Steve Palmisano, director of public works and utilities, told the Register-Pajaronian [&hellip...
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Oct
2013
11

Image Already Crumbling, PA Gov Corbett Doubles Down With Speech Before Right-Wing Caucus

Image Already Crumbling, PA Gov Corbett Doubles Down With Speech Before Right-Wing Caucus
  In early September, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s approval rating hit a record low of 17 percent.  Since then he has done even more damage to his reputation by comparing gay marriage to incest.  Now, with the woefully unpopular and out of touch governor looking to sure up his base before the 2014 election, Corbett chose [&hellip...
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