Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

  When viewed through a global lens, both Canada and the United States appear somewhat strong...

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

  For over 10 years, FedEx Ground has been battling claims that it misclassified its drivers...

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s...

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

  In response to a recent op-ed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams which claimed that...

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IL Congressmen Pressure Army Corps to Use Project Labor Agreement for Levee Reconstruction

IL Congressmen Pressure Army Corps to Use Project Labor Agreement for Levee Reconstruction
  Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Rep. Bill Enyart are criticizing the Army Corps of Engineers for not using a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the initial phases of Southern Illinois levee reconstruction.  At a press conference, the two lawmakers asked the Corps of Engineers to reconsider this decision for upcoming phases of construction....
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Bawling on a Budget: McDonald’s Suggested Employee Spending Plan Highlights Need for Minimum Wage Boost

Bawling on a Budget: McDonald's Suggested Employee Spending Plan Highlights Need for Minimum Wage Boost
  In a delicious turn of terrible-for-us events, a website created by McDonald’s to help its employees create a monthly budget may have just become the prime example of how difficult it is to live off a minimum wage paycheck. The fast food giant teamed with Visa to create a sample budget that shows the [&hellip...
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2013
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PA Now Ranks 4th in Hotel Labor Violations, Problems Not Reserved to Corporate Chains, Big Cities

  A new report on hotel labor violations in Pennsylvania provides insight into exactly who is being affected by worker abuse and wage theft in the hospitality industry.  The Keystone State is now ranked fourth in hotel labor violations behind “Right-to-Work” states Texas, Alabama, and Florida.   The violations differ and each employer...
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39-Story Condominium, Funded by Union Labor and Pension Funds, is ULLICO’s First SF Project in 5 Years

39-Story Condominium, Funded by Union Labor and Pension Funds, is ULLICO's First SF Project in 5 Years
  A new 39-story condominium in San Francisco is being built and funded by union labor and pension funds. It is the 51st project funded in the city by Union Labor Life Insurance Company (ULLICO) and the first since 2008.   At a luncheon celebration held at the Courtyard Marriot, ULLICO President and CEO Ed [&hellip...
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Tech It or Leave It: Orlando Restaurateur Closes Shop, Fires Employees via Text

Tech It or Leave It: Orlando Restaurateur Closes Shop, Fires Employees via Text
  During their July 4th festivities, employees of Barducci’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria in Winter Park, Florida, received a text from store owner Greogory Kennedy informing them that he was closing the restaurant and firing them.  The social norms have come a long way no doubt, but it’s not clear this is what the technology...
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Wage Theft Whistleblower Faces Deportation After Exposing Federally-Contracted Food Court Fiends

Wage Theft Whistleblower Faces Deportation After Exposing Federally-Contracted Food Court Fiends
  In early July, a one-day strike organized by the SEIU’s Good Jobs Nation took place at the Ronald Reagan Building to protest wage theft by employers contracted through the federal government.  Antonio Vanegas was one of the speakers that day. He had earned $6.50 an hour with no overtime working at the Quick Pita [&hellip...
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2013
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Local Stations, Viewers are Big Losers in TV’s Political Ad Money Grab

Local Stations, Viewers are Big Losers in TV's Political Ad Money Grab
  Last year at an entertainment law conference, Les Moonves, the CEO of CBS Corporation, said “Super-PAC’s may be bad for America, but they’re very good for CBS.” After the 2012 Presidential election during which Romney and Obama spent a combined $7 billion, CBS saw their profits soar by $180 million.  The winners and losers [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
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PLA for Meriden, CT School Construction Hangs in the Balance

The path to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for renovations at Platt and Maloney high schools in Meriden, Connecticut has not been a clear one. At last check, non-union contractors were abstaining from bidding on the project to undermine the PLA which Meriden’s mayor had cast the deciding vote in favor of. The anti-PLA pressure [&hellip...
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2013
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Anti-Worker Lobby Hurls PLA Falsehoods in Op-Ed, Boston Herald Edits Out Facts From Union Rep Rebuttal

Anti-Worker Lobby Hurls PLA Falsehoods in Op-Ed, Boston Herald Edits Out Facts From Union Rep Rebuttal
  An early July op-ed in the Boston Herald by Greg Beeman, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Massachusetts sought to distort the truth about Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).  The piece, titled, “Gov’s union-only project deals co$t”, comes right out of the ABC handbook of how to portray unions in a poor...
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Jul
2013
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Pair of Dutch Pension Managers Yank Funds from Walmart Because of Questionable Labor Practices

  Dutch pension managers PGGM and Mn Services have pulled their investments in Walmart due to the McRetailer’s anti-union positions and questionable labor practices.  The pension funds join Netherlands’ largest pension fund, ABP, which divested from Walmart last year citing their inability to follow the United Nations’...
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2013
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Massachusetts Becomes 6th State to Introduce Healthy Workplace Bill to Deal With Bullying Bosses

Massachusetts Becomes 6th State to Introduce Healthy Workplace Bill to Deal With Bullying Bosses
  In hopes of protecting workers from abusive bosses, Massachusetts recently became the sixth state to introduce a Healthy Workplace Bill.  Sponsored by House Rep. Ellen Story and Sen. Katherine Clark, HB 1766 had its public hearing before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development late last month.   According to a recent study...
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2013
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Once Troubled Teen Wins Canadian Craftsmanship Award, Credits Building Trades Apprenticeship With Changing His Life

  In Canada, a shining example of the power of apprenticeship was recently highlighted by The Vancouver Sun. Tyler Simpson, a young man who four years ago was facing serious life challenges, made his way up the skilled trades ladder, became a journeyman cabinetmaker and this year won a silver medal at the National Trades [&hellip...
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