Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has directed $3.6 million from the general fund to help the city’s...

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

Coalition of AFL-CIO, Building Trades Locals Sue Michigan Over Anti-Union Campaign Finance Law

  A group of Michigan unions have filed a lawsuit against a law that allows corporations, but...

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

  In Colorado, construction workers are being hired through labor brokers to disguise their...

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

  Uber has reached a settlement which will result in 385,000 Massachusetts and California...

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Jun
2013
17

Shhhhhhhh-ame! Building Trades Hold Silent Protest to Oppose Out-of-State Hiring at NY Mall

Shhhhhhhh-ame! Building Trades Hold Silent Protest to Oppose Out-of-State Hiring at NY Mall
  Last week, several hundred union workers held a silent protest at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, NY, to help inform the public about out-of-state workers being used on a multi-million dollar renovation.   The workers wore bright yellow T-shirts which read, “Shame on you Palisades Mall” on the front and, “For hiring [&hellip...
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Jun
2013
17

World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Chef Apparently Can’t Afford to Pay Overtime, Give Lunch Breaks

World's Highest Paid Celebrity Chef Apparently Can't Afford to Pay Overtime, Give Lunch Breaks
  Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay is being sued for alleged labor violations at his Los Angeles restaurant, The Fat Cow. The class action lawsuit is being brought by current and former employees who say they were not compensated for overtime hours and were forced to work through meal breaks.   The four main figures in [&hellip...
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Jun
2013
14

1,100 Nurses Win Unemployment Benefits Stemming from Employer-Caused Work Stoppage at Temple University

1,100 Nurses Win Unemployment Benefits Stemming from Employer-Caused Work Stoppage at Temple University
  This week, an appeals court sided with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals in labeling a 2010 work stoppage at Temple University “a lockout.” The decision will result in 1,100 unionized nurses at the school receiving unemployment benefits. The three judge panel said a change in tuition...
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Jun
2013
14

Plight of the Long-Term Unemployed Going Unnoticed Despite Sequester, Other State-Specific Exacerbations

Plight of the Long-Term Unemployed Going Unnoticed Despite Sequester, Other State-Specific Exacerbations
Glossed over in the May Jobs Report are troubling facts about the long-term unemployed.  Numbers indicate that those out of work for 27 weeks or longer are faced with an increasingly steep climb back into the workforce. Following the release of April’s Jobs Report, Bloomberg news published an informative piece about how long-term unemployment...
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Jun
2013
14

WI Gov Walker to Sell Off Highways, Prisons, and University Buildings Paid for by Students and Donors

WI Gov Walker to Sell Off Highways, Prisons, and University Buildings Paid for by Students and Donors
  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s latest plan to lower his state’s debt revolves around selling off the state’s universities, highways and prisons despite the potential long-term drawbacks.  Among the targets are buildings originally paid for by student fees and donations throughout the University of Wisconsin school system. This...
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Jun
2013
14

DOL Will Host Pair of Conferences to Ensure Prevailing Wage Compliance on Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds

DOL Will Host Pair of Conferences to Ensure Prevailing Wage Compliance on Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds
  In order to ensure that the billions invested after Hurricane Sandy are used properly, the  U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL WHD) has announced two conferences in New York and New Jersey to educate and train those with federal contracts about applicable prevailing wage laws. The conferences will take place June...
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Jun
2013
13

$586 Million Project Labor Agreement on San Diego Courthouse is First of Its Kind

  In San Diego, a new $586 million courthouse project will be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) marking the first time such a contract has been used at the onset of a major court facility in the region.  The agreement comes a year after voters rejected mandatory PLAs on publicly-funded projects via a [&hellip...
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Jun
2013
13

These 13 CEO Severances Would Total $2 Billion If They All Failed Miserably at Their Jobs at Once

These 13 CEO Severances Would Total $2 Billion If They All Failed Miserably at Their Jobs at Once
  We spotted this infographic from Bloomberg Businessweek that exposes the $100+ million severance packages that would be awarded to 13 CEOs should they fail miserably at their jobs. Talk about support for the argument that executive pay does not reflect executive performance. These days, screwing up can make you rich! There appears to be...
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Jun
2013
13

IBEW Pres. Hill’s Op-Ed Highlights the Hurdles of Unionization in “Right-to-Work” States

  In a recent piece for The Huffington Post, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Edwin Hill shines a light on the challenges facing workers who desire to join unions in “Right-to-Work” states. Hill shares stories of workers who have attempted to organize in Oklahoma. He highlights Dan Lee, a worker at an...
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Jun
2013
11

Austin, TX JW Marriott Contractor Refusing to Pay Prevailing Wages, $5,000 in Backpay

  JW Marriott needs to give its contractors a lesson in battle-picking. The ongoing saga of the company’s new Austin, Texas construction has now been boiled down one $5,000 check. A check, comprised of backpay for 13 workers, that the company doesn’t want to write. The deadline for White Lodging — the contractor on the...
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Jun
2013
11

Media Completely Ignores Vital, Bipartisan Vote In Support of Davis-Bacon Act Wage Protections

Media Completely Ignores Vital, Bipartisan Vote In Support of Davis-Bacon Act Wage Protections
  The political news cycle tends to highlight stories that lean the furthest to the left or right, thus leaving out the quite occasional and incredibly rational bipartisan center. This does little to embolden our sense of hope about progress being made.  But as has been the case on multiple occasions the past couple years, [&hellip...
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Jun
2013
11

Indiana One of Just Eight States to See Tax Revenue Decline. Is “Right-to-Work” to Blame?

  The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette threw a quick jab at Indiana’s “Right-to-Work” law — controversially adopted last year — in the “Furthermore” section of their paper last week: The report from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government showed state collections from major revenue sources...
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