IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

IBEW Pres., Building Trades Head Give Nuclear Council a Workforce Development Boost

  The bipartisan campaign Nuclear Matters, which focuses on spreading the word about the...

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

Virginia to Establish Taskforce to Combat Employee Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order (EO) establishing a task...

Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch

Lobbyists Line Up to Protect Tax Inversion Laws While Huge Corporations Pay Zilch

  Minnesota-based Medtronic, Inc. has hired a lobbying firm headed by former U.S. Senators...

Jimmy John's Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald's Decision

Jimmy John’s Wage Suit May be Class Action, Benefit from Recent NLRB McDonald’s Decision

  Two former employees of Jimmy John’s are suing the sandwich chain for what they describe...

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Apr
2012
20

Corps Aren’t the Only Political Agents Abandoning ALEC. Some GA Politicans Have Joined the Fun, Too.

Corps Aren’t the Only Political Agents Abandoning ALEC.  Some GA Politicans Have Joined the Fun, Too.
KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell owners Yum! joined the ALEC rejection jubilee yesterday, but monolith companies aren’t the only political agents fleeing the American Legislative Exchange Council post haste. Their unpopular and aggressive platform is now being roundly rejected by some legislators who are making pledges to never join or opting to...
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Apr
2012
20

Package of Voter Suppression Bills in Michigan Includes Uncommon Proof of Citizenship Legislation

Package of Voter Suppression Bills in Michigan Includes Uncommon Proof of Citizenship Legislation
In Michigan’s Presidential primary this past February, voters had to prove their U.S. citizenship before obtaining a ballot. The uncommon arrangement has been dubbed necessary by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson who fears illegal immigrants are trying to participate in the state’s elections. However, Johnson’s detractors, such as...
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Apr
2012
20

Emanuel’s Chicago Infrastructure Trust Aims to Circumvent a Delayed Funding Process

Emanuel’s Chicago Infrastructure Trust Aims to Circumvent a Delayed Funding Process
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leading the push for municipal-level infrastructure investment with the implementation of an Infrastructure Trust that will help fund his massive public works agenda in a similar manner as the proposed National Infrastructure Bank. The gist of such an approach is private sector investment without full-scale...
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Apr
2012
19

Zero Hedge: “Number of people not in the labor force is now at an all time high.”

Zero Hedge: “Number of people not in the labor force is now at an all time high.”
As candidates use charts and numbers to prove their points about unemployment during the election season, some observers are noting that many may look upside down compared to those using some more logical numbers. “If you’re looking strictly at a chart of the “official” unemployment rate,” ZeroHedge.com says,...
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Apr
2012
19

Ironworkers Display Tremendous Emotion as Completion of One World Trade Center Approaches

Ironworkers Display Tremendous Emotion as Completion of One World Trade Center Approaches
Since the fateful September 11th attacks, Ground Zero has been a symbol of American resolve, first as a gaping hole among a never ending panoramic of skyscrapers, then as a symbol of our ability to move on as it began to climb the skyline during reconstruction. Now, as completion nears, it serves as a symbol [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
18

Michigan Unions Say Taxpayer Dollars Are Creating Jobs for Korean Nationals in the State

Michigan Unions Say Taxpayer Dollars Are Creating Jobs for Korean Nationals in the State
When President Obama and Vice President Biden broke ground at two Michigan electric car battery plants in 2010 — both built with $300 million of stimulus money — unemployed workers in the region rejoiced. Two years later, though, it turns out that the two Korean companies in charge of the plants, LG Chem and Dow [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
18

Is Prefrabrication In Construction Just Another Job-Killer in Cost-Cutter’s Clothing?

Is Prefrabrication In Construction Just Another Job-Killer in Cost-Cutter’s Clothing?
There is movement in the construction industry toward prefabrication, sometimes referred to as “modular construction.” But supporters of prefabrication are concerned with one thing and one thing only: cutting costs. In Connecticut, construction officials are urging contractors to use the practice. But workers should beware, because the...
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Apr
2012
18

Peoria, Illinois Construction Boom Estimated to Create 600,000 Man Hours on 6 Projects

A 90-acre field in East Peoria, Illinois that used to be home to a Caterpillar factory has sat idly since 1997. That is about to end when the swath of land becomes a bustling retail center. No one is more pleased with this news than the skilled workers who will spend the next year erecting [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
18

California Scores Two Major Clean Energy Victories in April

California Scores Two Major Clean Energy Victories in April
California has scored its second major clean energy victory this month when the Los Angeles City Council announced passage of an ordinance that clears the way for more solar panels in the city: the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance clearing the way for 150 megawatts of rooftop solar in the city. The CLEAN [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
18

Canada, Like Australia, Reforming Immigration Laws to Attract Foreign Workers

Canada, Like Australia, Reforming Immigration Laws to Attract Foreign Workers
In Canada, construction groups and skilled trades representatives are welcoming changes to the immigration system that will make it easier for businesses to hire foreign skilled workers. A skilled labor shortage has been alleged in Canada over the past decade, but while some are happy that new reforms will help recruit foreign workers, some want...
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Apr
2012
16

John Doe Investigators Fear Filing Additional Charges Will Lead to Claims of Political Bias

John Doe Investigators Fear Filing Additional Charges Will Lead to Claims of Political Bias
An update from Daniel Bice at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel this morning suggests Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm is unsure wether to file additional charges in the John Doe investigation before the recall election. Chisolm’s predecessors are on the record as skeptical because claims of political bias in this scenario are...
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Apr
2012
16

Building Trades, Ohio State Rep Hold Press Event for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire at CSU

Building Trades unions have been protesting at Cleveland State University, demanding that more local hiring be done and that prevailing wages be honored on the school’s new $50 million “Campus Village” residential project. As we reported earlier this month, labor leaders from the construction industry want the project to be built...
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