“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100...

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after...

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

  As the Teamsters enforce their new National Master Agreement with UPS, thousands of new...

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

  Following Wisconsin’s passage of Act 10, union-friendly Dane County prolonged public...

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Aug
2012
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VIDEO: “Voices from the Warehouse” Lets Viewers In On the Horrors of Domestic Outsourcing

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In Southern California, the explosion of “domestic outsourcing” has led to unfair and dangerous working conditions for nearly 85,000 warehouse workers. The current system features a work environment that is exploitative and unsafe. The use of contractors and sub contractors has lowered the quality of jobs and wages in the region with...
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Aug
2012
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Dept of Labor Names LIUNA’s Apprenticeship Program a “21st Century Trailblazer and Innovator”

Dept of Labor Names LIUNA's Apprenticeship Program a
August 1st marked the 75th anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act. At a ceremony in Washington D.C., the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) was recognized by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis for achievements in its apprenticeship program and honored with a 21st Century Trailblazer and Innovator Award....
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Aug
2012
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IRS Giving Employers a Chance to Right their Misclassification Wrongs With Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

IRS Giving Employers a Chance to Right their Misclassification Wrongs With Voluntary Classification Settlement Program
In the continuing, uphill battle against employee misclassification — or “classification fraud” — the IRS has announced a new program, the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP), which would allow employers to reclassify independent contractors as employees for future tax periods. In exchange, the liability for...
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Aug
2012
9

NYT: “American workers should have paid sick leave, and New York City could set a standard for the rest of the nation.”

36 of 50 New York City Council members currently support a proposed law to provide sick leave for 1.2 million city workers. However, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, perhaps pandering to the city’s business interests before her 2013 mayoral campaign, refuses to bring the bill to the floor. In 145 countries, national laws require employers to...
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Aug
2012
8

With Verizon Unwavering In Its Contempt for Fair Contract Offers, the IBEW and CWA Could Again Walk Out On the Telecom Giant as Early as Friday

Last year, 45,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) walked out after Verizon demanded billions in concessions despite high profits. With no new contract in place, history is likely to repeat itself come Friday if the telecommunications goliath continues to impose...
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Aug
2012
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Mass. Dept of Transportation Secretary: ABC is Wrong, PLAs Don’t Raise Costs

Mass. Dept of Transportation Secretary: ABC is Wrong, PLAs Don't Raise Costs
An interesting op-ed exchange in the Lowell Sun is putting on display the Associated Builders and Contractors’ willingness to say just about anything to portray Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in a negative light. In a letter, “Gov’s insistence on PLA’s excludes majority of state’s skilled labor,” ABC of...
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Aug
2012
8

AFGE + TSA = CBA

AFGE + TSA = CBA
After a decade of legwork, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has entered into its first labor contract, agreeing to be represented in collective bargaining situations by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Currently the largest federal employee union, AFGE represents 625,000 workers. “For 10 long years AFGE...
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Aug
2012
7

New Jersey’s Cumberland County Ignoring State Law Mandating PLA for Vine Street School Project

New Jersey's Cumberland County Ignoring State Law Mandating PLA for Vine Street School Project
In Cumberland County, New Jersey, unemployment rates among some construction trades still hover around 40 percent. As many union workers make hard decisions about their family budgets while waiting for work to come to their area, the local government is turning a blind eye to their hardships by bypassing state laws which mandate Project Labor...
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Aug
2012
7

Bloomberg, Unrelenting, Sues NYC’s Legislative Branch to Prevent Living, Prevailing Wage Bills

Bloomberg, Unrelenting, Sues NYC's Legislative Branch to Prevent Living, Prevailing Wage Bills
In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made good on his promise to sue the city’s legislative branch in order to halt two wage laws from going in effect for private sector security guards, janitors, and service employees that work at companies which receive government subsidies. The legal action comes after the court upheld [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
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FEE-SAW: One PA School District Upholds the Prevailing Wage, One MI County Tears It Down

In Pennsylvania’s Penn-Delco school district, located in Southeastern Pennsylvania approximately 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, a victory was scored for workers when a resolution proposed by State Rep. Warren Kampf that would allow exemptions from the prevailing wage on construction projects with over $10,000 in state funding was voted...
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Aug
2012
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Emails Reveal Wisconsin GOP’s Gerrymandering Intended to “Waste” Opposition’s Votes

Merriam-Webster defines gerrymandering as the following: “to divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible.” With the dawn of each decade, the new census allows...
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Aug
2012
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AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust Adds $138 Million in Job-Creating, Affordable Housing Constructions

AFL-CIO's Housing Investment Trust Adds $138 Million in Job-Creating, Affordable Housing Constructions
The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is playing an increasing role in fighting the unemployment epidemic by promoting and financing projects that bring competitive returns to its investors while creating union jobs. HIT currently manages $4.4 billion in assets for 350 investors and since its inception has invested over $6.4 billion to...
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