THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from...

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed...

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in...

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

  On Friday, President Obama wrapped up a week of commemorating progress made by the civil...

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2012
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OSHA’s Second Ever Enterprise-Wide Settlement Is Music to Workers’ Ears

OSHA’s Second Ever Enterprise-Wide Settlement Is Music to Workers’ Ears
For the second time in its history, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced an “enterprise-wide” settlement for safety violations against a New England grocery store chain that did not meet federal safety standards. This is a big step forward for OSHA, which usually fines specific locations as opposed to...
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Jan
2012
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“Increasingly, construction workers, both union and non-union, are being represented by unions at the bargaining table.”

“Increasingly, construction workers, both union and non-union, are being represented by unions at the bargaining table.”
Union membership data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today shows that in the private sector, union membership increased by about 110,000, with union density holding steady at 6.9 percent. Union density remained unchanged between 2010 and 2011 because union employment increased at the same pace in 2011 as overall employment in the...
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Jan
2012
27

NM Gov Martinez Pursuing Two-Year Lobbying Ban for Elected Officials Who Leave Government

NM Gov Martinez Pursuing Two-Year Lobbying Ban for Elected Officials Who Leave Government
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is calling on state legislators to pass a series of bills that would increase penalties for politicians found guilty of corruption. She also seeks to impose a two-year ban on becoming a lobbyist after leaving state government. The Republican has made the pledge to only appoint nominees to positions if ...
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Jan
2012
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Canadian Construction Unions Hail Prime Minister Harper’s Comments at Davos

In Canada, the Building and Construction Trades Department represents nearly half a million construction workers. In a press release yesterday, Canadian Building Trades leaders praised Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for remarks he made at the World Economic Forum in Davos regarding “improving the existing regulatory framework for...
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Jan
2012
27

Baystate Health Praises the Building Trades for Work on a Hospital Expansion Done Under a PLA

Baystate Health Praises the Building Trades for Work on a Hospital Expansion Done Under a PLA
Two years ago, Baystate Health, the “largest employer” in the Pioneer Valley region of Western Massachusetts, launched a $23 million dollar campaign to expand Baystate Medical Center. The hospital was built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and has been hailed as a great success. Baystate recently put together a video highlighting...
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Jan
2012
27

IBEW Local 357 Member Launches Private Business Selling…REPTILES!

IBEW Local 357 Member Launches Private Business Selling...REPTILES!
Here’s a feel-good story out of Henderson, Nevada about Chad New, a union electrician (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 357), who decided to turn unemployment into self-employment. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: Husband and wife Chad and Darci New opened their business, Reptiles-N-Reefs, out of a long time passion...
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Jan
2012
26

Kansas Attacks PLAs, Unions with HB2515

Kansas Attacks PLAs, Unions with HB2515
Anti-worker Kansas legislators have renewed the affront to unions that they established last year with the introduction of HB 2515, a bill that aims to ban Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). Whereas last year’s Kansan War on Workers focused on a Paycheck Deception bill that aimed to strip unions of their involvement in the political process, ...
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Jan
2012
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Fresno Dem Introduces Legislation to Appropriate $2 Million for Apprenticeship on California HSR

California Assembly member Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has introduced a bill that addresses ways to get the state’s unemployed workers on the pending High Speed Rail (HSR) project. With California’s unemployment still at 11.8 percent, Assemblyman Perea hopes his bill, AB 1523, can appropriate $2 million of the state’s $10 billion...
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Jan
2012
26

South Carolina’s “Right-to-Work” Act of 1954 Is Apparently Not Good Enough for 2012

South Carolina’s “Right-to-Work” Act of 1954 Is Apparently Not Good Enough for 2012
The news this week that the South Carolina House Caucus, along with Governor Nikki Haley, had signed the “Right-to-Work Act of 2012″ was a bit confusing. After all, South Carolina has been a “Right-to-Work” (RTW) state, and a proud one at that, since 1954, prompting journalist Mike Elk to tweet the following: SC AFL CIO ...
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Jan
2012
25

REMEMBER: Florida, Texas, Georgia, All “Right-to-Work” States, Suffering Construction Job Losses

REMEMBER: Florida, Texas, Georgia, All “Right-to-Work” States, Suffering Construction Job Losses
This South Florida Business Journal piece from November is worth revisiting given the GOP’s 2012 commitment to “Right-to-Work” laws on the grounds that they enhance the job market. See, Florida, Texas and Georgia — all “Right-to-Work” states — have been bleeding construction jobs like a Von Willebrand...
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Jan
2012
25

The @WePartyPatriots “State of the Union Office Pool” Winner Got 14 out of 16 Correct. Somehow.

The @WePartyPatriots
Yesterday at 3PM we decided to launch a “State of the Union Office Pool” focused on workers’ rights. The goal would be to guess the over/under on how many times President Obama (and, during the GOP response, Mitch Daniels) would mention the terms Right-to-Work, Union, Labor, Collective Bargaining, Wall St., Main St., Taxes and...
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Jan
2012
25

VIDEO: The History of Boilermakers

VIDEO: The History of Boilermakers
Boilermakers, the trained craftsmen who produce steel fabrications from plates and sections, have a long and proud history of important and revolutionary work. From navy ships to blast furnaces to bridges, Boilermakers regularly better our daily lives without us knowing. The video below provides a brief history of Boilermakers and their...
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