Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission

  A Common Pleas judge in Philadelphia has issued a preliminary injunction to halt the School...

“It Is Being Stolen”: Louisiana’s GOP Treasurer Says State Robbing Workers’ Health Plans

  In an op-ed for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy...

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB

  On Tuesday, a federal judge reinstated two Green Fleet Systems port truck drivers who argued...

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration

  A new study shows that exploration of the Marcellus Shale has created over 45,000...

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Jun
2012
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DOUBLE POSITIVE: Pension Fund Portfolio Investments in Infrastructure

DOUBLE POSITIVE: Pension Fund Portfolio Investments in Infrastructure
New research supports the idea that pension fund portfolio investments in infrastructure double as good investment and pro-American job creation tactic. At a time when capital is needed to rebuild our nation’s aging infrastructure, diverse sources such as pension funds could provide a win-win for both government and investor according to the...
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Jun
2012
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Worcester, MA Signs Responsible Employer Ordinace, Ensures Apprenticeship on Public Works

Worcester, MA Signs Responsible Employer Ordinace, Ensures Apprenticeship on Public Works
Despite threats of legal action from non-union groups, the Worcester City Council has voted 9-1 to enact a new Responsible Employer Ordinance that will require contractors on municipal projects to maintain apprenticeship programs. The morning of the vote, the Utility Contractors Association of New England faxed letters to City Council members,...
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Jun
2012
22

New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge PLA Comes With Half a Billion Dollar Cost Savings

New York's Tappan Zee Bridge PLA Comes With Half a Billion Dollar Cost Savings
In case you haven’t heard, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently reached a huge deal with the New York Thruway Authority and the state’s Building Trades unions to build the Tappan Zee Bridge under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). The project, which will create 45,000 jobs, is one of the nation’s largest proposed infrastructure...
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Jun
2012
22

Milwaukee Building Trades Voice Support for AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Project in Wisconsin

The redevelopment of O’Donnell Park in Milwaukee, WI, including a possible high rise apartment complex overlooking Lake Michigan, has gained support from the Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC). The complex is slated to be on the site of an underused downtown transit center and will be partially funded by the...
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Jun
2012
22

The Solutionless Citizens United States

The Solutionless Citizens United States
In the Citizens United States of America, Mr. Smith will never be able to get to Washington again unless he decides to play crony to big money. The problems that face our reprivate (the opposite of a republic…) — polarizing verbal attacks, inability to accomplish simple legislative tasks, limitless advertising disinformation — share...
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Jun
2012
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SICK: PA Rep. Aims to Make Cancer Patients the Poster Children for Prevailing Wage Reform

SICK: PA Rep. Aims to Make Cancer Patients the Poster Children for Prevailing Wage Reform
Pennsylvania’s already aggressive attack on the prevailing wage took a sharp turn for the worse this weekend with a memo from State Rep. Brad Roae that attempts to link prevailing wage reform to children of deceased military veterans and child cancer patients. From the memo: I will soon be introducing legislation that would exempt...
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Jun
2012
19

Teamsters’ Rolling Sympathy Strikes Worked for Mobile, Now They May Work for Evansville

Teamsters' Rolling Sympathy Strikes Worked for Mobile, Now They May Work for Evansville
Locked out sanitation workers in Evansville, Indiana, are witnessing solidarity actions from their Teamsters brothers and sisters who have been participating in “rolling sympathy strikes,” according to a new Josh Eidelson piece for Salon. The 79 locked out workers have refused to sign a new contract that would replace their pensions...
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Jun
2012
19

Canadian Government Looking to Repeal Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act

Canadian Government Looking to Repeal Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act
This week on…Sound Familiar!? Canadian labor officials are puzzled by their government’s attempts to repeal the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act which mandates that prevailing wages be paid on government funded projects. According to Larry Cann, assistant to the General President of the Canadian affiliate of the United Association:...
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Jun
2012
19

“If anything is on the decline in the U.S. it is not the importance of New Deal era unionism, it is the promise made by the New Deal itself.”

There is a fungus among us. It grows in the form of a narrative that says: “Unions were necessary in the past. They were needed to fight exploitation and improve conditions for workers. But those problems have gone away. Unions are no longer necessary.” This narrative is hurled upon the millions by Far Right members [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
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Obama, Rep. Hinchey Have Sights on a PLA for West Point Construction

Obama, Rep. Hinchey Have Sights on a PLA for West Point Construction
After securing the funding for new barracks to alleviate severe overcrowding at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) is now pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build the project under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in order to ensure efficiency and lower costs. Forty percent of rooms [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
15

Picking Crabs Over People: Dems Join GOP in Stifling H-2B Wages, Working Conditions

Picking Crabs Over People: Dems Join GOP in Stifling H-2B Wages, Working Conditions
When the story of dozens of Louisiana crawfish pickers being forced to work 24 hour shifts began to make the rounds online late last week, two things happened: 1) the labor and progressive communities were outraged 2) people had to Google “H-2B guest worker.” See, the temporary foreign workers being threatened by C.J.’s Seafood...
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Jun
2012
15

New Report Gives 46 States an F or an F- (Does That Even Exist?) In Wage Theft Enforcement

New Report Gives 46 States an F or an F- (Does That Even Exist?) In Wage Theft Enforcement
A new report surveying the effectiveness of wage theft laws suggests a great imbalance between the private and public sectors. As the private sector’s wages and benefits continue to plummet, low-wage standards are becoming the new American norm: Laws meant to protect workers against violations by unscrupulous employers in all 50 states, this...
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