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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May
2013
8

ALEC Removes Journalist from Oklahoma City Event After Distributing “Anti-ALEC Photos” Document

ALEC Removes Journalist from Oklahoma City Event After Distributing
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently met in Oklahoma City to talk about things progressives hate. But when attendees arrived they were greeted by something progressives love: hundreds of protesters. The “ALEC is not OK” campaign managed to roundup over 600 anti-ALEC participants for a successful action. The real...
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May
2013
7

Does a PLA for Maine’s Big Natural Gas Project Mean Smoother Sailing for Labor Under LePage? Probably Not.

Does a PLA for Maine’s Big Natural Gas Project Mean Smoother Sailing for Labor Under LePage? Probably Not.
The political spirit of Maine is fiercely independent. In 2010, many voters felt they were getting a unique leader in former businessman and Tea Party favorite for Governor, Paul LePage. Sadly, like many of his victorious 2010 Republican Governor peers — Scott Walker (WI), John Kasich (OH), and Rick Snyder (MI), for example — his...
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May
2013
7

Massive NY Developer that Secured Stimulus Funding Being Sued by Unions for Underpaying Workers

The controversial City Point Development in downtown Brooklyn, New York, faces increased legal problems stemming from the underpayment of construction workers. Elected officials, construction unions and community groups last week have filed an Article 78 lawsuit against developer Arcadia Trust which aims to shut the project down. Due to...
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May
2013
7

Canadian Prime Minister Responds to Outcry, Reinstates Prevailing Wages for Guest Workers

Canadian Prime Minister Responds to Outcry, Reinstates Prevailing Wages for Guest Workers
Following the controversy sparked by the RBC-iGate affair in which the Royal Bank of Canada was replacing Canadian IT workers with foreign counterparts in order to lower labor costs, the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced changes to the country’s temporary foreign labor program. The changes, made under...
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May
2013
6

Illinois’ $12B Infrastructure Plan, the Largest Ever in the State, Includes Minority and Female Hiring Incentives

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has unveiled a $12.62 billion infrastructure plan which he hopes will move the state’s economy forward by improving roads and bridges and revamping public transportation. It is part of his $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program which was passed by legislature in 2009. The program will support 439,000 jobs over the...
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May
2013
6

Constitutionality of Wisconsin’s Anti-Worker Act 10 Still Uncertain as Law Heads Back to Court

Constitutionality of Wisconsin's Anti-Worker Act 10 Still Uncertain as Law Heads Back to Court
The fate of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s now infamous Act 10, which stripped collective bargaining rights from public employees, is still up in the legal air as the State Supreme Court decides if it should decide the constitutionality of the law. Two years after its passage and a year after the failed recall of Gov. [&hellip...
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May
2013
6

In Denver, Protecting a Worker’s Right to Organize Means Getting Your Emails Searched by the CoC

In Denver, Protecting a Worker's Right to Organize Means Getting Your Emails Searched by the CoC
In the 5280, a battle is brewing between the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce (CoC) and the City Council after a formal request was sent by the CoC under the Colorado Open Records Act seeking access to council members’ emails. The Chamber is accusing council members of using their position to influence union organizing votes. [&hellip...
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May
2013
3

Baseball Phenom Bryce Harper Credits Union Ironworker Father With His Limitless Work Ethic

Baseball Phenom Bryce Harper Credits Union Ironworker Father With His Limitless Work Ethic
Nurture versus Nature. It is the age-old philosophical question of human development that has been asked of countless people who display out of the ordinary physical ability, moral positions or social proclivities. Were you born that way? Or were you taught to be that way? Any baseball fan who has had the pleasure of watching [&hellip...
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May
2013
3

PARRAMORE: On Average, Workers Lose $2,634 a Year to Wage Theft

PARRAMORE: On Average, Workers Lose $2,634 a Year to Wage Theft
A deep look into American wage theft from AlterNet writer Lynn Stuart Parramore provides an enhanced view of the problem plaguing workers today. Published as part of a series titled, “The Age of Fraud,” the piece looks into the details of how wage theft occurs and what protections there are (or aren’t) for workers. Parramore...
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May
2013
3

RAT PACT: CWA’s Peres, CEPR’s Baker Weigh In Anew on the Horrors of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ken Peres, Chief Economist for the Communication Workers of America (CWA), is sounding the alarm that the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is worse for workers than even its foes realize. The “free trade agreement” that has become a top priority of the Obama Administration sets dangerous precedents for America’s economic...
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May
2013
3

America’s List of Companies With the Most Low-Wage Workers Will Piss You Off

America's List of Companies With the Most Low-Wage Workers Will Piss You Off
Since the dawn of man (or, perhaps capitalism), workers and management have disagreed on the impact of raising wages. For workers making less than $10/hour, a few extra bucks a week can make a huge difference in terms of quality of life. Management, on the other hand, predictably suggests that raising wages kills jobs and [&hellip...
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May
2013
2

CPWR Releases Fantastic New Numbers, Charts on Displaced Workers, Re-Employment in Construction

CPWR Releases Fantastic New Numbers, Charts on Displaced Workers, Re-Employment in Construction
The Center for Construction and Research Training (CPWR) recently released a comprehensive new Construction Chart Book with a glorious array of facts and figures, in chart form, concerning the construction industry. In this post we are focusing on displaced workers and re-employment. The Great Recession disproportionally affected construction...
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