Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the...

If President, Clinton

If President, Clinton “Would Consider Supporting an Amendment” to Stifle Citizens United

  As part of her book tour, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions on...

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

The Train in Training: Fresno Pre-Apprenticeship Program Preps Locals for HSR

  High-speed rail (HSR) is still coming around the mountain in California, and many cities are...

NY Gov. Cuomo's Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

NY Gov. Cuomo’s Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

  After four years without a contract and months of jockeying for public support, leading...

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Mar
2012
2

United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Endorses President Obama for Re-Election

United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Endorses President Obama for Re-Election
The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) was the first International Union to endorse President Barack Obama’s candidacy for President of the United States in 2008 and yesterday they announced their endorsement of his re-election bid, making the UA the first building trades union to...
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Mar
2012
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Romney Endorsement Finally Lands the Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors on the Labor Media’s Radar

The labor media is finally taking notice of just how anti-union the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) are thanks to Mitt Romney’s now-public allegiance to the big business lobby. The ABC has endorsed Romney in the GOP primary. The ABC’s well-funded and constant attack on construction unions is old news in Building Trades...
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Mar
2012
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New York State Energy Expansion Is Causing Surprising Rifts and Relationships Between Unions, Enviros and Energy Interests in Albany

New York State Energy Expansion Is Causing Surprising Rifts and Relationships Between Unions, Enviros and Energy Interests in Albany
A 333-mile transmission power line that would connect Quebec and New York City by going underground and along train rails is stirring controversy in the Empire State. Unions claim it will not only prevent the rebuilding of the aging, upstate power system but also bypass its ability to service the NYC market. Proponents claim it ...
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Mar
2012
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Massachusetts’ Casino Effort Moves Forward

Massachusetts’ Casino Effort Moves Forward
New casinos are coming to Massachusetts but they won’t likely look like the famous establishments of the Las Vegas strip. Instead, New England may soon be home to “Yankee style” resorts in the woods. The creation of new construction and engineering jobs, coupled with increased state revenue, has trumped the “not in our...
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Mar
2012
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Georgia Making Picketing, Protesting a Felony, Punishable by Large Fines and Jail Time

Georgia Making Picketing, Protesting a Felony, Punishable by Large Fines and Jail Time
In Georgia, a new bill would effectively make picketing and protesting a felony punishable by a $10,000 fine, a year in prison, or both. Senate Bill 469 was written by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and unanimously passed through the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee on Tuesday after an hour of heated debate from opponents: ...
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Mar
2012
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WrongForEveryone.com

WrongForEveryone.com
American Rights at Work has created a new website to help inform people about “Right-to-Work” as it continues to gain momentum as a centerpiece of the 2012 GOP platform. The website, WrongForEveryone.com, will both provide detailed information about the history of “Right-to-Work” and provide running coverage of how such...
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Mar
2012
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FALK: “It’s real easy to say you’re for collective bargaining, but how you gonna get it done?”

FALK: “It’s real easy to say you’re for collective bargaining, but how you gonna get it done?”
The inevitable Wisconsin Recall election is not yet “official,” but former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk is officially in the race for the Democratic candidacy and has racked up some impressive endorsements. The 60-year old isn’t the Dem of choice for all observers, but Falk’s early run has positioned her as the early...
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Mar
2012
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The 49ers Become Second NFL Team to Enter Into Local Hire-Ensuring PLA this Offseason

The 49ers Become Second NFL Team to Enter Into Local Hire-Ensuring PLA this Offseason
The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the construction of their new stadium in Santa Clara, California. The PLA that involves the NFC runners up was initiated by the stadium design-build contractor Turner/Devcon and the Santa Clara Building Trades Council. It will ensure, among other efficiencies and standards,...
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Feb
2012
28

Romney’s Interest in Repealing Davis-Bacon Is “Little More Than Fantasy”

Romney’s Interest in Repealing Davis-Bacon Is “Little More Than Fantasy”
As Presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum continue their primary battle in the days leading up to Super Tuesday, they are pulling no punches in painting each other as unelectable. Santorum is trying to make Romney out to be a moderate and Romney is trying to make Santorum out to be pro-union, which somehow ...
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Feb
2012
28

The Anti-Union ABC is Wasting Taxpayer Time, Forcing California to Draft a Law that Enforces Another They Already Passed

Hearings are approaching on California Senate Bill 829, legislation aimed at enforcing an already-passed law dictating that local governments can not receive state funding for construction if they enact a blanket ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for public works. Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 922, disqualifying local...
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Feb
2012
28

MN Wal-Mart Protest Grows Louder as Union Members Come to the Aid of Non-Union Ironworkers

MN Wal-Mart Protest Grows Louder as Union Members Come to the Aid of Non-Union Ironworkers
Last week we broke news of a protests outside a Wal-Mart construction site in Lakeville, Minnesota, and this weekend that protest grew larger as Ironworkers Local 512 members have sounded the solidarity alarm and other unions have followed in support of the non-union workers on the job site. Exploitation of workers by AME Construction of ...
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Feb
2012
28

“There are currently a number of courageous New Hampshire House Republicans taking a principled conservative stand against this assault upon the middle class.”

“There are currently a number of courageous New Hampshire House Republicans taking a principled conservative stand against this assault upon the middle class.”
An op-ed in Sunday’s Concord Monitor took issue with the suggestion that all New Hampshire Republicans support toxic “Right-to-Work” legislation: Grant Bosse’s claim that there’s “no defense” for Republican conservatives to oppose HB 1562, the “right to work” legislation, is ludicrous. Bill and...
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