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MI House Jams “Democracy-proof” Voter Suppression Bill Into Lame Duck Session

  Michigan Republicans are working overtime to ram home very troubling legislation during the...

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP

MEPI: Prevailing Wage Cost Savings Claims Mean WI GOP “Expects People to Work For Free”

  In Wisconsin, opponents of the prevailing wage have suggested that a full repeal could...

DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

  Late last month, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction...

Welcome Words: LiUNA's Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members' Native Languages

Welcome Words: LiUNA’s Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members’ Native Languages

  Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 506 in Toronto is doing its part...

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Sep
2013
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#Obamacare’s Hidden Harm: Incentivizing Employee Misclassification

  As the Affordable Care Act inches toward fuller implementation, legal experts are working overtime to prepare businesses for the changes ahead. One little-discussed byproduct of President Obama’s chief piece of legislation is the potential to incentivize misclassification of employees. The “employer mandate” which requires...
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Sep
2013
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Contractors Associations, ABC Included, Form Silica Death Squad to Halt Needed Regulation

Contractors Associations, ABC Included, Form Silica Death Squad to Halt Needed Regulation
  A group of 11 building and contracting associations have come together to further delay OSHA’s Silica Dust Regulations. Their self-interested motivation? The bottom line, of course. In order to save money for their membership, this group of mostly anti-union business lobbies hopes “to encourage OSHA to develop better choices for...
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Sep
2013
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Ohio Cable Installers Owed Nearly $1.5M According to Dept. of Labor

  In Ohio, 250 misclassified cable installers will be able to collect back wages and liquidated damages totalling $1,474,266 from their former employer, Cascom Inc.  According to the decision handed down by the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio, the affected workers will be able to collect from both the company and...
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Sep
2013
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Good News for Labor: Social Media Use Up Among Adults, Seniors

Good News for Labor: Social Media Use Up Among Adults, Seniors
  New numbers from the Pew Research Center show that...
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Sep
2013
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Shale Gas Workers Making Strong Connection With Small Town WV

Shale Gas Workers Making Strong Connection With Small Town WV
  On the Ohio River between the towns of Steubenville, OH and Wheeling, WV, lies the Village of Beech Bottom.  According to the 2010 census, the population of Beech Bottom was 523.  Towns like these are the exact places that pipeline workers on the Marcellus Shale come to know because of their favorable geographics. Yet, [&hellip...
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Aug
2013
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Anti-Union Training Fund Malfeasance to be Reduced in CA Thanks to Newly Signed SB 776

Anti-Union Training Fund Malfeasance to be Reduced in CA Thanks to Newly Signed SB 776
  In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 776 into law which protects the wages and fringe benefits of workers throughout the state.  The bill closes loopholes in prevailing wage laws by clarifying the standard of what constitutes a “fringe benefit.”  The goal is to end the practice of anti-union contractors deducting...
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Aug
2013
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Labor Sec. Perez Continues Fast Start, Issues Fed Regulation to Spur Veteran and Disabled Worker Hiring

  New federal regulations handed down by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will help disabled workers and veterans gain employment from federal contractors.  The new standards would mandate that disabled workers make up 7 percent of the workforce on any federal contract.  They would also set a benchmark of eight percent for veteran workforce...
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Aug
2013
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Demand for Skilled Trades Workers Along the Gulf Coast Met With Union Apprenticeship Uptick

Demand for Skilled Trades Workers Along the Gulf Coast Met With Union Apprenticeship Uptick
  The coming oil and gas industry boom is creating a bright future for skilled tradesmen and women along the U.S. Gulf Coast.  A recent Labor Market Analysis from Industrial Info shows that 12 million additional man hours will be needed by 2015 for pipefitters alone.  This bevy of activity will cause increases in construction [&hellip...
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Aug
2013
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VIDEO: Workers the World Over Speak Out Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership

  A new video made possible by the AFL-CIO gives workers internationally a chance to speak out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).   This far-reaching agreement seeks to shape the future of the global economy while secretely having a chilling effect on the everyday life of workers the world over.  Labor and environmental laws will...
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Aug
2013
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Some Teamsters Locals are Striking, Others are Battling Concessions in Contract Talks

Some Teamsters Locals are Striking, Others are Battling Concessions in Contract Talks
  UPDATE: An earlier version of this story included a section about the contract dispute and eventual agreement between Upstate New York Teamsters union members and UPS. Having been informed that it did not accurately represent the negotiation process or final conditions, we removed it. **** While millions of worker-supportive onlookers await...
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Aug
2013
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Latest AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Project to Supply $32M, Create Union Jobs and Affordable Housing for the Elderly

Latest AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Project to Supply $32M, Create Union Jobs and Affordable Housing for the Elderly
  A major rehabilitation project of the 2101 Michigan Building in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood will receive backing from the AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) and create 245 union construction jobs.  The 26-story, 250-unit residence will undergo a $42 million makeover, $32 million of which will be derived from HIT...
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Aug
2013
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Construction Fatalities Jumped Five Percent in 2012, First Increase Since 2006

  The new Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) shows that construction workplace fatalities rose by five percent in 2012, the first increase since 2006. The numbers in the construction industry go against the grain as overall workplace fatalities dropped by 6.6 percent last year.   In the recent...
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