With Statewide Project Labor Agreement Ban Defeated, Toledo Votes to Require Them

With Statewide Project Labor Agreement Ban Defeated, Toledo Votes to Require Them

  In the wake of an attempt by GOP members of the state legislature to ban Project Labor...

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports

  The Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission has announced a major labor deal which will...

Million-Dollar Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Busted Up by Feds in Chicago Burbs

Million-Dollar Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Busted Up by Feds in Chicago Burbs

  A suburban Chicago contractor is facing federal charges for failing to pay $1.5 million in...

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits

Liz Warren Drops Hammer on Gig Economy, Addresses Misclassification, Future of Benefits

  Speaking at the New America Foundation, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gave a...

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May
2013
22

ELECTRICAL BIEBER: For Five Days Last Week, Hundreds of Men and Women Camped Out for a Shot at IBEW Apprenticeship

Beginning last Wednesday in Long island City, New York, over 800 people waited in line to apply for union apprenticeship.  Some waited over five days and nights for a chance at a rewarding career as a union elevator mechanic.   Most of the apprentice hopefuls had the same motivation in mind: a higher quality of [&hellip...
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May
2013
22

MILESTONE: Workers at TN Plant Achieve 20 Million Man Hours Without a Lost Time Injury

MILESTONE: Workers at TN Plant Achieve 20 Million Man Hours Without a Lost Time Injury
Some remarkable safety-related news out of Tennessee where the Project Team at the Watts Bar 2 Completion Project has announced, get this, 20 million hours worked without a lost time injury (LTI). LTI’s are defined as occurring when a person injured in the execution of his/her duties is unable to perform his/her regular duties for [&hellip...
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May
2013
21

iHaven: From ’09-’12, Apple Successfully Shielded “At Least $74 Billion” in Tax Dollars from U.S. Treasury

iHaven: From '09-'12, Apple Successfully Shielded
According to a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report issued Monday, Apple has avoided paying tens of billions of dollars in U.S. taxes by shifting money to offshore tax havens.  Apple has been able to cut some of its tax rates as low as 0.05% by using a complicated web of offshore entities.   Of [&hellip...
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May
2013
21

IBEW Pres. Hill’s Op-Ed Supporting Retail and Fast Food Workers Strikes a Chord

IBEW Pres. Hill's Op-Ed Supporting Retail and Fast Food Workers Strikes a Chord
In an interesting and well-crafted op-ed for The Huffington Post, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) International President Edwin Hill asks all workers in America to stand with low-wage workers in the fast food and retail industries to demand an end to exploitative pay practices.   Hill notes the similarities between the...
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May
2013
21

Sheet Metal Workers in Ohio Sue 12 Banks Over Pension Fund Mismanagement

Sheet Metal Workers from Local 33 in Parma, Ohio are taking action against 12 major banks who they say have restrained competition for credit default swaps (CDS) between 2008 and 2011. Local 33’s Cleveland District Pension Plan has filed a lawsuit pursuing a jury trial and class action status to determine if the banks violated [&hellip...
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May
2013
21

CT Sen. Blumenthal Urges OMB to Move Forward With Silica Dust Regulation

CT Sen. Blumenthal Urges OMB to Move Forward With Silica Dust Regulation
New regulations surrounding dangerous silica dust have been swirling in a bureaucratic black hole for years. Now, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to move forward in the name of workers and families. The AFL-CIO and its affiliate unions have long urged President Obama to move forward with...
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May
2013
20

Abused Mentally Disabled Workers to Receive a Fraction of Initial Backpay Settlement Due to Federal Punishment Caps

A recent landmark verdict which awarded $240 million to 32 mentally disabled plant workers in Iowa has been almost entirely wiped out due to federal caps regulated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The new total is $1.6 million, according to the Associated Press: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Henry’s Turkey...
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May
2013
20

OR Forestalls Nike Founder, Moves to Expand Prevailing Wages to Privately Funded College Projects

OR Forestalls Nike Founder, Moves to Expand Prevailing Wages to Privately Funded College Projects
A bill requiring prevailing wages on all projects built on Oregon college campuses passed the state senate last week.   House Bill 2646 flew through the House in a 27-2 landslide despite attempts from Nike founder and University of Oregon donor Phil Knight to have the bill pulled.  State prevailing wage laws already cover publicly [&hellip...
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May
2013
20

NEGLIGENCE SANS CONSEQUENCE: IL Worker Death from Toxic Inhalation Results in Measly $77,200 Fine

NEGLIGENCE SANS CONSEQUENCE: IL Worker Death from Toxic Inhalation Results in Measly $77,200 Fine
Illinois-based Phoenix Industrial Cleaning has been fined $77,200 and issued 28 citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following the death of a worker who was overcome by toxic vapors while cleaning a storage tank.  The 6,000-gallon tank had previously been used to store Methylene chloride.  The accident occurred...
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May
2013
17

Building Trades Join Union Protest Over Sale of Tribune Co. Newspapers to the Koch Brothers

Building Trades Join Union Protest Over Sale of Tribune Co. Newspapers to the Koch Brothers
The potential sale of the Los Angeles Times (LAT) to the Koch Brothers’ empire has sparked outrage from a wide array of onlookers with the newspaper’s employees apparently leading the charge. Both right-leaning Hot Air and the Washington Post write that at a recent in-house awards ceremony, LAT columnist Steve Lopez asked his fellow...
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May
2013
17

F U, FTA: NY Co. Is Causing Lead Poisoning in Kids and Suing the Peruvian Gov’t to Pay For It

F U, FTA: NY Co. Is Causing Lead Poisoning in Kids and Suing the Peruvian Gov't to Pay For It
A brilliant piece of investigative journalism from Andrew Martin of Bloomberg News exposes the dangers of global trade agreements and how they affect the sovereignty of nations. As the U.S. pushes forward with the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) it is important to understand how such agreements allow multi-national corporations to...
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May
2013
17

VIDEO: Union Electricians are Responsible for Maintaining Los Angeles’ 911 Emergency System

VIDEO: Union Electricians are Responsible for Maintaining Los Angeles' 911 Emergency System
When something goes terribly wrong in Los Angeles, citizens call 911. But who does 911 call when they have an emergency of their own? Union workers, that’s who. A new video highlights this fact with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 45 members describing their work to keep 911 running at maximum efficiency...
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