In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

  North Carolina is a key battleground state in this November’s election. That is why...

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

  While a federal appeals court continues to meddle in New Jersey’s project labor...

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov's Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov’s Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

  Missouri came one step closer to implementing a new voter identification law on Wednesday...

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

  Donald Trump and the GOP would have you believe they are the party to revive manufacturing...

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Sep
2013
13

CPWR’s “Silica Safe” Website Gives Employers the Tools to Create a Tailored Hazard Prevention Plan

  As we recently reported, OSHA has issued its recommendations for new Silica Dust regulations. But the fight for silica safety is not new. Among the organizations which have taken to informing the public about the dust’s dangers is The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). They have a new resource, the Work Safely...
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Sep
2013
13

Massey Energy Executive Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison, but Some Fear He’s a Fall Guy

  An ongoing federal probe into the Massey Energy safety practices which led to an explosion in April of 2010 that killed 29 miners is sending one high-ranking former official to prison.  David Hughart, a former executive for Massey, has been sentenced to 42 months in jail and three years of supervised release after pleading [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
13

MI Court Upholds Project Labor Agreement Ban, Bolsters Anti-Worker Snyder Era

MI Court Upholds Project Labor Agreement Ban, Bolsters Anti-Worker Snyder Era
  The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an injunction against Michigan’s Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act, clearing the way for the anti-Project Labor Agreement (PLA) law to take full effect.  The law bans the use of PLAs on state and local public works projects.   Originally passed in 2011, [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
12

REPORT: Fracking Added $1200 to Average Real Household Disposable Income in 2012

  NOTE: the article discussed below is paywalled on the WSJ site An article this week from the Wall Street Journal argues that the remarkable uptick in U.S. oil and natural gas production may be the country’s best anti-poverty program.  In both lowering household costs and providing large influxes of cash to those willing to [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
12

“Good Government at Its Best”: MA Enforcement Agency Report Totals $21M in Recovered Wages

  An annual report from the Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification shows that Massachusetts recovered $21 million in wages in an 18 month period.  That amount is more than the sum of all previous amounts recovered, combined. The Joint Task Force was created in 2008 by Gov. Deval Patrick....
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Sep
2013
12

Grand Ole Op-ed: Building Trades Leaders Take Down IL ABC Chapter Pres. Over PLA Misinformation

  In a recent op-ed about the benefits of using union labor on public works projects, Martin Helfers and Dana Oaks proposed the following hypothetical: Question: When needing heart surgery, does the prudent patient seek a certified surgeon? You know, someone who has undergone years of structured education and hands-on training under the...
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Sep
2013
11

Oil Industry Catching the Union Bug, Eschewing Labor-Management Drama of Yesteryear

Oil Industry Catching the Union Bug, Eschewing Labor-Management Drama of Yesteryear
  Sitting down to eat barbecue at the Pipefitters Local 211 union hall in Houston, American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard may have looked out of place.  However, with as many as 500,000 new jobs to find workers for in the Gulf Coast region (by the year 2020), the expectation that big company management and [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
11

Gov. Christie Delivers One-Two Punch to the Gut of NJ Construction Workers

Gov. Christie Delivers One-Two Punch to the Gut of NJ Construction Workers
  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie started September off with an anti-worker bang, taking two direct swipes at construction workers in his state. Christie has vetoed a bill aimed at stopping employee misclassification in the drayage trucking industry.  In issuing an absolute veto of A1578/S1450, Christie is allowing the exploitative...
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Sep
2013
11

Building Trades, DC Mayor, DC United Sign PLA for New $300M Stadium

Building Trades, DC Mayor, DC United Sign PLA for New $300M Stadium
  D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a new project labor agreement (PLA) that will ensure local and veteran hiring as well as important workplace protections on a $300 million stadium project. The new structure will be the home of D.C. United’s Major League Soccer team and was announced at a signing on Tuesday. The [&hellip...
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Sep
2013
10

Toto Control: Kansas Unions Seeing Membership Bounce Through Organic Interest, Hard Work

  The statistics are well known: In 2012, just 11.3 percent of American workers were unionized, a sharp contrast from prior decades. In 1983, union density was 20.1 percent.  But in one unexpected area of the country, interest in union membership is increasing. That’s correct, “Right-to-Work” Kansas is seeing a surge in local union...
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Sep
2013
10

IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional; Law Will Remain in Effect While AG Files Appeal

IN Judge Rules
  Yesterday’s a Lake County, IN judge decided the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, sending the dubious anti-worker legislation to the Indiana Supreme Court for further review.  The law was signed into law on February 1st, 2012 by then-governor Mitch Daniels and has been challenged in court before.  But this...
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Sep
2013
8

Uptick in Union Apprenticeship Hits Nebraska

  In Nebraska, a rise in construction is creating new demand for skilled labor, so apprenticeship programs are hurrying to keep up. This presents an opportunity to replenish and restock a talent pool which could not grow in times of recent high unemployment. Kent Wirges of Janke Plumbing explains that the area is rebuilding: “I [&hellip...
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