9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

  The official number of deaths resulting from the infamous 9/11 Al-Qaeda attacks stands at...

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker's Worker Harming Days

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker’s Worker Harming Days

  The Medina, OH based RPM International, makers of Rust-Oleum and other specialty paints, has...

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional,...

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the...

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Apr
2012
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CT Builders, Unions Awarded $75M in New Busway Work After Initial $130M Went Out-of-State

CT Builders, Unions Awarded $75M in New Busway Work After Initial $130M Went Out-of-State
It was sold as a job-creating bill, but when the first $130 million of the $569 million dollar New-Britain-to-Hartford busway project went to non-union, out-of-state contractors last week, local labor was left out to dry. Labor leaders pledged a tough campaign to make sure that all labor laws would be strictly enforced on the 4,000-job ...
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Apr
2012
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New Hampshire HS Parking Garage Nearly Collapses After “Poor Workmanship” by Non-Union Ironworkers

New Hampshire HS Parking Garage Nearly Collapses After “Poor Workmanship” by Non-Union Ironworkers
This is a guest post from Shawn Cleary, Business Agent of Ironworkers Local 7 in New Hampshire… Ironworkers Local 7 yesterday urged Manchester School Board members to warn parents about the possible danger at Central High School. More than 100 welds will be inspected after a near collapse in the parking garage due to what ...
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Apr
2012
4

Construction Workers Finding Jobs in Other Industries Have Seen the Sharpest Wage Decreases

Construction Workers Finding Jobs in Other Industries Have Seen the Sharpest Wage Decreases
Pedro Silos and Lei Fang of Macroblog have presented an alternative argument to New York Fed economists Richard Crump and Ayşegül Şahin, whose work in Liberty Street Economics concluded that unemployed construction workers are doing better than their peers in other industries. According to Silos and Fang, though, unemployed construction workers...
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Apr
2012
4

PA’s Prevailing Wage Opponents are Hurling Misinformation Like Riot Rocks at Workers’ Pocketbooks

Allow us to be unequivocal about this: the battle to repeal the Prevailing Wage in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is being fueled by misinformation and manipulated statistics. The ”facts” being hurled like riot rocks at workers’ pocketbooks are downright comedic when vetted. Republicans in power in PA are trying to push House...
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Apr
2012
4

Oregon 29th District Candidate, Ben Unger, Earns Endorsement of State AFL-CIO, Nurses and Building Trades Organizations

Oregon 29th District Candidate, Ben Unger, Earns Endorsement of State AFL-CIO, Nurses and Building Trades Organizations
Unfortunately, politics rarely produces a clear example of a quote-unquote “good guy,” but a Democratic candidate for State Representative in Oregon’s 29th District, Ben Unger, looks like just that on paper. Unger has garnered the support of many Oregon labor organizations thanks to a track record of fighting for worthy reform...
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Apr
2012
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Meth-Making Foreman, Crew of Undocumented Workers Highlight Need for Contracting Oversight

Meth-Making Foreman, Crew of Undocumented Workers Highlight Need for Contracting Oversight
A perfect example of the need for responsible contracting measures can be found in Kent, Ohio where an out-of-state contractor from Alabama provided the low bid, came to town, and employed 23 undocumented immigrants in order to pay them substandard wages. The foreman of the crew responsible for building the 596-unit student housing complex was ...
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Apr
2012
3

Quincy, MA Caves to Anti-Unionism, Ditches Responsible Employer Ordinance Provisions

Quincy, MA Caves to Anti-Unionism, Ditches Responsible Employer Ordinance Provisions
Caving to anti-union pressure, the city of Quincy, Massachusetts recently changed parts of their Responsible Employer Ordinance (REO) that mandated apprenticeship programs, health care and pension benefits for workers on city-funded jobs. The ordinance, which did a great deal to look out for non-union as well as union workers in Quincy, was...
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Apr
2012
3

The SAG-AFTRA Merger Changed One Union Critic’s Opinion of Streamlined Certification Votes

The vote last week that merged the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) has caused one former union critic, Jon Healey, to rethink his support of the GOP’s anti-union talking points with respect to union certification votes. From his piece in the Los Angeles Times: The overwhelming ...
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Apr
2012
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IRS Targeting SC Gov. Nikki Haley’s Family for Delinquent Taxes, Money Laundering, Supporting Her Campaign Illegally

IRS Targeting SC Gov. Nikki Haley’s Family for Delinquent Taxes, Money Laundering, Supporting Her Campaign Illegally
UPDATE (just minutes after the original!): IRS will not investigate Haley. Haley will address the matter on ABC tonight, April 3. The news is not good for Nikki Haley as political blog The Palmetto Public Record has obtained public records showing that the IRS is investigating a Sikh worship center run by the South Carolina ...
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Apr
2012
2

Department of Labor: 34 Boston Restaurants Owe $1.3 Million in Back Wages

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), 500 employees at 34 popular Boston area restaurants are owed a total of $1.3 million in back wages. The DOL has an ongoing enforcement initiative that has found significant Fair Labor Standards Act violations over the past year and a half, according to the Boston Globe Some ...
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Apr
2012
2

The Image That Pretty Much Says It All About Our High-Speed Rail Problem

The Image That Pretty Much Says It All About Our High-Speed Rail Problem
Florida has derailed high-speed rail. Wisconsin has derailed high-speed rail. California Republicans are fighting high-speed rail tooth and nail. And this graphic is here to…make us feel even worse about this. Look at that crusty old American train. Come on, Congress! Make it happen&#...
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Apr
2012
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PHOTOS: Missouri IBEW, LIUNA, UFCW, IAM, Other Union Members Rally at the State Capitol

PHOTOS: Missouri IBEW, LIUNA, UFCW, IAM, Other Union Members Rally at the State Capitol
We Are Missouri has a great photo set from last week’s rally at the Missouri state capitol. The effort, which drew members of the IBEW, Sprinklerfitters, LIUNA, IUOE, UFCW and several other unions, was intended to stem the rising “Right-to-Work” tide in the state. From the We Are Missouri web page: Thousands of union members ...
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