With Contract Newly Expired, Women's National Soccer Team Must Redouble Efforts for Equal Pay

With Contract Newly Expired, Women’s National Soccer Team Must Redouble Efforts for Equal Pay

  On December 31, the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the U.S. Women’s...

Free Ride Override: Portion of Wisconsin's

Free Ride Override: Portion of Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law Deemed Unconstitutional

  A federal judge has ruled that a portion of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law is...

Exposé Reveals

Exposé Reveals “Years of Exposure to Highly Toxic Chemicals” at Ontario GE Plant

  The Toronto Star has published a shocking exposé on health conditions at a General Electric...

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation

  New York Building and Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera has been pushing...

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Oct
2013
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JUDGE LOOTY: Special Interest Spending on Judicial Campaigns Up 42% from ’08 to ’12

“It’s the biggest threat to democracy that nobody’s heard of.” ~ Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director of Justice at StakeM   A recently published report, “The New Politics of Judicial Elections,” shows that since 2010’s Citizens United vs. FEC decision an unprecedented amount of money has been spent on judicial campaigns,...
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“Scaffold Law” Debate Pits NY Gov. Cuomo’s Business and Labor Supporters Against Each Other

  In New York, a 128-year old scaffolding law that holds contractors liable for “gravity-related” injuries is once again under attack as dozens of business groups and the New York Conference of Mayors have written to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking for reforms.  Business interests against workers’ rights advocates? This could prove tricky...
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2013
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Toronto Star Highlights Helmets to Hardhats Success Story

Toronto Star Highlights Helmets to Hardhats Success Story
An article today in the Toronto Star touched on how the Helmets to Hardhats program has provided a successful transition into civilian life for Master Corporal Steve Krsnik and his family.  The 31-year-old returned from Afghanistan in 2010 and eventually found work in Alberta as a heavy equipment operator.  However, after being introduced to the...
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Oct
2013
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CA Labor Commish: Chinese Bus Co. Won Contract With $2M in Tax Incentives, Shipped in Chinese Nationals and Underpaid, Mistreated Them

CA Labor Commish: Chinese Bus Co. Won Contract With $2M in Tax Incentives, Shipped in Chinese Nationals and Underpaid, Mistreated Them
  In 2010, after spending a year wooing high-tech Chinese motor company BYD to California using $2 million in tax subsidies, then-L.A. mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa claimed the company’s new operation would create “hundreds of green-collar jobs.”  Fast forward to 2013 and the New York Times reports that the business has created...
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Oct
2013
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At Last, Austin City Council Clarifies Support for Minimum Wage on Tax Incentivized Construction Projects

  In Austin, Texas, the economy is booming.  Business Journal recently ranked the city’s economy 1st out of 102 major metropolitan areas and an estimated 100 people are moving to Austin each day.  Yet the boom has yet to reach the wallets of the construction workers helping the city expand.  A move last week by [&hellip...
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Oct
2013
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Minnesota City Votes in Favor of PLAs on Public Works Projects Citing Cost-Efficiency, Timeliness

  In a 3-1 vote, the City Council of Cohasset, Minnesota approved a resolution last week calling for public works projects over $200,000 to be subject to Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).  Supporters cited missteps in the construction of a new convention center in Rochester when calling for the resolution.  City Attorney John Licke told the...
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2013
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Income at Tax-Safe Irish “Subsidiaries” of US Companies Ballooning at 20 Times the Rate of Job Growth

Income at Tax-Safe Irish
  While much of the corporate tax evasion crisis has been focused on the “Dutch sandwich,” Ireland’s role in helping multinational avoid paying American taxes could lead to the term becoming known as the “Black Pudding on Soda Bread.”  Well, maybe not. But this new infographic from Bloomberg shows how Ireland’s profits have...
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Oct
2013
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Corporate AmErrorCa: Walmart Employee Fired for Defending Abused Woman in Parking Lot

  At a Wal-Mart store in the small Michigan town of Hartland, 30-year-old employee Kristopher Oswald was sitting in his car during a break on the overnight shift when he saw a man strike a woman in the parking lot.  Oswald got out of his car and asked the woman if she was OK at [&hellip...
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Oct
2013
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WI’s Rejection of Federal Funds Resulting in Health Insurance Rates Double Those in Bordering MN

  A new report from consumer advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin exposes how decisions made by Gov. Scott Walker drove insurance rates far above those in neighboring Minnesota. Driven by Walker’s rejection of federal Medicaid money and a laissez-faire attitude towards rate regulation, the average Wisconsinite will pay $1,800 more...
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Oct
2013
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GRAPHIC: States With Conservative Leadership Leading Suppressive Voter ID Charge

GRAPHIC: States With Conservative Leadership Leading Suppressive Voter ID Charge
  A new infographic from the Advancement Project shows the toll being taken on voting rights due to suppression efforts in state legislatures around the country.  Using the states of Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Wisconsin as examples, the infographic shows how these laws are directly aimed at creating barriers to entry for...
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2013
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Grambling Football Team Refused to Play Last Weekend Protesting Athletic Department, NCAA Mistreatment

Grambling Football Team Refused to Play Last Weekend Protesting Athletic Department, NCAA Mistreatment
  A week-long protest by football players at Grambling University which led to the unprecedented cancellation of last Saturday’s game against Jackson State has ended with players agreeing to return to the practice field.  The protest took to a new level actions by college football players who wish to see a system of player exploitation...
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Oct
2013
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Op-Ed Calls on British Columbia’s Young to Pursue Careers in the Construction Trades

  A Burnaby Now op-ed this week attempts to persuade young British Columbians to consider the building trades as a career given the reported labor shortage in the region.  The author, Keith Baldrey, speaks of a young female family friend who recently informed him she was considering dropping out of university to become a welder: [&hellip...
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