Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo...

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

  A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the Department...

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Putting the “Con” in Contractor: Port Truckers Battle Misclassification, Expand Strike at L.A. Port

  Early Tuesday, the trucker strike affecting the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach spread to...

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results

  The New Hampshire Department of Labor has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with...

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Jun
2012
6

Emails Shows VA Governor Supported a Dulles PLA Until Extremists In His Party Objected

Emails Shows VA Governor Supported a Dulles PLA Until Extremists In His Party Objected
The second phase of the Dulles Metrorail expansion in Northern Virginia has become an unrelenting political game between the state’s Far Right GOP and worker representatives. The first phase of the project was built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) but the Virginia GOP is now holding up the second phase, refusing to move forward...
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Jun
2012
5

Sotheby’s Lockout of Teamsters 814 Comes to an End as New Contract is Ratified

Sotheby's Lockout of Teamsters 814 Comes to an End as New Contract is Ratified
42 art handlers who had been locked out by Sotheby’s will return to work as the auction house and Teamsters Local 814 came to an agreement last week. From Crains New York: The three-year deal, reached in the last week, boosts wages 1% in each year, lifts the starting salary to $18.50 an hour, and [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
5

The ABC’s Legislative Guides from 2009 and 2010 Contain Dozens of Bills Listed as “Property of ALEC”

When we stumbled across news on May 18th that the FBI was investigating the John Kasich administration for bribery relating to gubernatorial appointments we rushed to post and comment on what we’d read. Buried in the story, though, was mention of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a big business lobby that claims to represent...
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Jun
2012
5

The Rational Center Strikes Back: House Votes to Support PLAs…Again.

The Rational Center Strikes Back: House Votes to Support PLAs...Again.
The last few weeks have been a roller coaster for Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in the House of Representatives. After 8 absent Democrats allowed a narrow initial 211-209 passage of language banning PLAs to sneak into the Department of Defense Authorization Bill despite 28 Republicans supporting labor’s position, another vote came up at...
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Jun
2012
4

Left Side of Truck Driver’s Face Ages Decades Faster Than Right Side. Should Trucking Companies Be Required to Supply Sunscreen?

Left Side of Truck Driver's Face Ages Decades Faster Than Right Side.  Should Trucking Companies Be Required to Supply Sunscreen?
When one thinks of the occupational hazards related to truck driving, skin cancer does not immediately come to mind. Crashes related to sleep deprivation, emotional trauma, even back pain and blood clots seem more likely on the surface. But anyone who has taken a long road trip only to find their left arm badly burned [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
4

CitiGroup Whistle-Blower Files Suit, Wins $31 Million Settlement

CitiGroup Whistle-Blower Files Suit, Wins $31 Million Settlement
The mortgage crisis has produced more than its fair share of villains, but along the way a few brave people have stood up to the wrongdoing and become heroes to those most affected by Big Bank indiscretions. One of those heroes is Sherry Hunt, an all-American girl who rose up the ladder of the mortgage [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
4

Leading Black Trade Unionists Vouch for Diversity Enhancing Qualities of Project Labor Agreements

In St. Louis, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists recently had its 41st annual convention, the last to be presided over by the only President the professional organization has ever known, William “Bill” Lucy. Lucy’s outlook is somewhat grim though he does see one possibility for improvement: “When you have 35 percent...
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Jun
2012
1

Alabama Hyundai Plant Receives 20,000 Applications for 877 Job Openings

Alabama Hyundai Plant Receives 20,000 Applications for 877 Job Openings
Remember that story, from about this time last year, of 1,000,000 people applying for 62,000 McDonald’s job openings? That sure was a depressing moment that yielded lots of conversation about the state of our union, wasn’t it? Well, something similar has happened again, albeit on a smaller scale. In Alabama, Hyundai has received 20,000...
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Jun
2012
1

Machinists Union Rejects Latest Concession-Packed Offer From Caterpillar

Machinists Union Rejects Latest Concession-Packed Offer From Caterpillar
It’s been a tumultuous six months for Caterpillar employees who have been wrestling with the company’s disinterest in good faith bargaining in North America. The company, which cemented its place in the uber-corporate pantheon by dodging $2 billion of U.S. taxes last year, kicked off 2012 by locking out Canadian workers and demanding a...
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Jun
2012
1

Wage and Hour Lawsuits Are Sky-Rocketing, So Much So that the Justice System Can’t Keep Up

Wage and Hour Lawsuits Are Sky-Rocketing, So Much So that the Justice System Can't Keep Up
American employers are refusing to pay overtime at an alarming rate according to new figures that show wage and hour lawsuits have risen 400 percent since 2000. More than 7,000 collective lawsuits were filed in 2011 alone and the targets range from small local companies to goliaths including Wal-Mart and GlaxoSmithKline. These claims suggest that...
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Jun
2012
1

IBEW Members are Working in Afghanistan to Wire the War Zone

Union members have long displayed an allegiance to United States military servicemen and women, frequently donning American Flag stickers and other forms of Army, Navy and Marine support on their clothing and equipment. Some members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are sent to Afghanistan to share their special skills...
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May
2012
31

“Recent anti-prevailing-wage articles paint the picture of a classic business versus organized labor dispute. It’s not.”

In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett’s Republican-led legislature is looking to make changes to prevailing wage laws under the auspices of “saving taxpayers money.” But facts show that the prevailing wage does not increase costs on state-funded projects. This is the focus of Stehpen Herzenberg’s latest opinion piece at...
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