For Pete's Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL's Sunshine City

For Pete’s Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL’s Sunshine City

  In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council has approved a mandatory apprenticeship program...

Ahead of Big Budget,

Ahead of Big Budget, “Right-to-Work” Votes, IL Gov Rauner Is Literally Paying Politicians Off

  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is once again making waves before making a difference, doling out...

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

  A year after profiting $377 million on $3.5 billion in sales, retailer Fossil is laying off...

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization

Wary of Their New Boss, 189 Lawyers Working for PA AG Press for Unionization

  A unionization effort by the 189 attorneys that work for Pennsylvania Attorney General...

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Nov
2012
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Baltimore Floats Local Hiring Ordinance but Skepticism About Its Language Abounds

Baltimore Floats Local Hiring Ordinance but Skepticism About Its Language Abounds
Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young is pushing a bill that would require a publicly funded project to hire 51 percent of its workforce from within city limits. Introduced on Monday, this local hiring mandate would pertain to any business which received a contract of $300,000 or higher from the city and any project...
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Nov
2012
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Massive Davis-Bacon/Prevailing Wage Settlement at Nissan Plant Reaches 124 Workers, Contractors in Four States

Massive Davis-Bacon/Prevailing Wage Settlement at Nissan Plant Reaches 124 Workers, Contractors in Four States
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the recovery a total of $787,000 in back wages for 124 workers who performed work on the Nissan Plant in Smyrna, TN. Five separate contractors were found to not abide by Davis-Bacon standards on the federally funded project which renovated an existing plant to enable them to build [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
20

EPI: “The 2000s were a lost decade for low– and middle-income households in nearly every state.”

A new study from the Economic Policy Institute gives a state-by-state analysis of the unrelenting trend of income inequality and how it has intensified after the Great Recession. The study concludes that while all incomes dropped during the recession (2007-2009), the incomes of the highest earning individuals began to re-rise while middle class...
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Nov
2012
20

MN Building Trades, Chamber of Commerce Set Aside Differences to Boost Copper Mining Industry

MN Building Trades, Chamber of Commerce Set Aside Differences to Boost Copper Mining Industry
In an attempt to promote Minnesota’s copper mining industry the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council (MNBCTC) have forged an unlikely partnership, putting aside their usual differences and proving that in times of economic hardship new jobs are the great unifier. Together, the two...
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Nov
2012
20

TAKE ACTION: FCC Website Taking Comments on Nasty Robo-Texts Until 11/24

It is widely known that in the past year anti-worker groups have used illegal text message spam to influence voters during the Wisconsin recall election and, more recently, the Presidential election. Some of the messages were extreme and ugly. In the Wisconsin race, Tom Barrett’s headquarters was flooded when a text message went out accusing...
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Nov
2012
19

What’s In the New SD Convention Center Agreement? “Good construction careers for local workers, veterans, and long-term unemployed.”

What’s In the New SD Convention Center Agreement? “Good construction careers for local workers, veterans, and long-term unemployed.”
San Diego’s $520 million Convention Center expansion will hire local workers and veterans. This is a significant step forward for local construction workers that have been impacted by the downturn, with shovels in the ground expected sometime next year. This is even more interesting, because it comes on the heels of an anti-union ballot in...
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Nov
2012
19

Michigan Judge: Project Labor Agreement Ban is Unconstitutional…Still.

In Michigan, a Judge in the U.S. District Court has placed a preliminary injunction on a state law that prohibits public sector Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). This ruling halts a law that was previously passed by state legislature in what has been an ongoing, see-saw battle over the use of PLAs in the Great Lakes [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
19

PA Building Trades: Don’t Let the ABC Drive Down Wages, Skills With Journeyman Ratio Squeeze

PA Building Trades: Don't Let the ABC Drive Down Wages, Skills With Journeyman Ratio Squeeze
The Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council (PABCTC) is urging its members and supporters to contact Gov. Tom Corbett’s office to voice concerns about an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) sponsored plan to lower the ratio of journeymen to apprentices on job sites to 1:1 for non-union contractors. PABCTC suggests that...
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Nov
2012
19

California Passed Over 100 Revenue Increases for Construction this Election, Will Create Over $12B of School Upgrades

According to a press release from the California State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC), “the passage of over one hundred badly needed revenue increases is simply spectacular for the California construction industry,” and was accomplished largely through union activism. Per the release… 85 School Bond Measures and...
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Nov
2012
16

CPWR Launches “One-Stop Source of Information” on How to Work Safely with Silica

CPWR Launches
Several common construction tasks expose workers to dangerous silica dust which causes silicosis, a severe disease that can scar the lungs. So, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), has launched a new website, Silica-Safe, that allows workers to research the substance and ask questions about its dangers. Importantly, the site...
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Nov
2012
16

When DOL’s Wind Turbine Training Grant Ran Out, Iron Workers Locals Picked Up the Tab to Keep the Program Alive

When DOL's Wind Turbine Training Grant Ran Out, Iron Workers Locals Picked Up the Tab to Keep the Program Alive
Staying ahead of the game is essential to the longevity of any business. Union construction work is no different. As green energy continues to flourish, many local Iron Workers unions are stepping up their efforts to prepare their members for the construction jobs of the future. Among this lot are the Iron Workers Local 22 [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
16

“In order to capitalize on today’s energy dividend, we need to meet a second essential precondition: repairing, expanding, and modernizing our overstrained electrical grid.”

Our nation’s energy prospects are a bit in the balance. The “energy boom” that has resulted from refined techniques in drilling for natural gas comes with a caveat. In one hand lies a surplus of energy we are about to enjoy in the upcoming decades that will allow us to break free from more environmentally-damaging [&hellip...
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