Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

  TransCanada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pipe Line Contractors...

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI's Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking MI’s Paycheck Deception Law, Public Act 269

  A federal judge in Michigan has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a new state...

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn't Entirely Struck Down by Court

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn’t Entirely Struck Down by Court

  The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that a Texas voter identification law...

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

Despite Lenient Sentence in High-Profile Workplace Death, Contractor Refuses to Abide

  A judge has ruled that Manhattan-based Harco Construction is guilty of manslaughter in...

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Jun
2013
18

Regular Time Pay for 14-Hour Days, 6-Day Weeks Among Reasons for 175,000 Person Strike in Quebec

  Unions in Quebec are accusing construction associations of bargaining in bad faith, so much so that yesterday 175,000 residential, industrial and commercial construction workers went on strike.   The sides were far apart when construction sites across the province went silent.  The unions want a raise and in response have been asked to...
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Jun
2013
17

Supreme Court Will Not Review Ralph’s Grocery Request to Deny UFCW Picketing Rights

Supreme Court Will Not Review Ralph's Grocery Request to Deny UFCW Picketing Rights
  If the good news about the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Arizona’s restrictive voter ID law hasn’t satisfied your human rights’ appetite for the day, look no further than California where SCOTUS has denied a review of Ralph’s Grocery Company v. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 8. This...
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Jun
2013
17

Wisconsin Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case Against Gov. Walker’s Anti-Union Act 10

  On Friday, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court agreed to hear Madison Teachers Inc. v. Scott Walker, a case that will determine the constitutionality of the governor’s controversial Act 10.   Passed into law on June 29th, 2011, the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill” effectively stripped public sector unions of their collective...
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Jun
2013
17

Shhhhhhhh-ame! Building Trades Hold Silent Protest to Oppose Out-of-State Hiring at NY Mall

Shhhhhhhh-ame! Building Trades Hold Silent Protest to Oppose Out-of-State Hiring at NY Mall
  Last week, several hundred union workers held a silent protest at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, NY, to help inform the public about out-of-state workers being used on a multi-million dollar renovation.   The workers wore bright yellow T-shirts which read, “Shame on you Palisades Mall” on the front and, “For hiring [&hellip...
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Jun
2013
17

World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Chef Apparently Can’t Afford to Pay Overtime, Give Lunch Breaks

World's Highest Paid Celebrity Chef Apparently Can't Afford to Pay Overtime, Give Lunch Breaks
  Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay is being sued for alleged labor violations at his Los Angeles restaurant, The Fat Cow. The class action lawsuit is being brought by current and former employees who say they were not compensated for overtime hours and were forced to work through meal breaks.   The four main figures in [&hellip...
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Jun
2013
14

1,100 Nurses Win Unemployment Benefits Stemming from Employer-Caused Work Stoppage at Temple University

1,100 Nurses Win Unemployment Benefits Stemming from Employer-Caused Work Stoppage at Temple University
  This week, an appeals court sided with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals in labeling a 2010 work stoppage at Temple University “a lockout.” The decision will result in 1,100 unionized nurses at the school receiving unemployment benefits. The three judge panel said a change in tuition...
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Jun
2013
14

Plight of the Long-Term Unemployed Going Unnoticed Despite Sequester, Other State-Specific Exacerbations

Plight of the Long-Term Unemployed Going Unnoticed Despite Sequester, Other State-Specific Exacerbations
Glossed over in the May Jobs Report are troubling facts about the long-term unemployed.  Numbers indicate that those out of work for 27 weeks or longer are faced with an increasingly steep climb back into the workforce. Following the release of April’s Jobs Report, Bloomberg news published an informative piece about how long-term unemployment...
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Jun
2013
14

WI Gov Walker to Sell Off Highways, Prisons, and University Buildings Paid for by Students and Donors

WI Gov Walker to Sell Off Highways, Prisons, and University Buildings Paid for by Students and Donors
  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s latest plan to lower his state’s debt revolves around selling off the state’s universities, highways and prisons despite the potential long-term drawbacks.  Among the targets are buildings originally paid for by student fees and donations throughout the University of Wisconsin school system. This...
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Jun
2013
14

DOL Will Host Pair of Conferences to Ensure Prevailing Wage Compliance on Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds

DOL Will Host Pair of Conferences to Ensure Prevailing Wage Compliance on Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds
  In order to ensure that the billions invested after Hurricane Sandy are used properly, the  U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL WHD) has announced two conferences in New York and New Jersey to educate and train those with federal contracts about applicable prevailing wage laws. The conferences will take place June...
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Jun
2013
13

$586 Million Project Labor Agreement on San Diego Courthouse is First of Its Kind

  In San Diego, a new $586 million courthouse project will be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) marking the first time such a contract has been used at the onset of a major court facility in the region.  The agreement comes a year after voters rejected mandatory PLAs on publicly-funded projects via a [&hellip...
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Jun
2013
13

These 13 CEO Severances Would Total $2 Billion If They All Failed Miserably at Their Jobs at Once

These 13 CEO Severances Would Total $2 Billion If They All Failed Miserably at Their Jobs at Once
  We spotted this infographic from Bloomberg Businessweek that exposes the $100+ million severance packages that would be awarded to 13 CEOs should they fail miserably at their jobs. Talk about support for the argument that executive pay does not reflect executive performance. These days, screwing up can make you rich! There appears to be...
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Jun
2013
13

IBEW Pres. Hill’s Op-Ed Highlights the Hurdles of Unionization in “Right-to-Work” States

  In a recent piece for The Huffington Post, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Edwin Hill shines a light on the challenges facing workers who desire to join unions in “Right-to-Work” states. Hill shares stories of workers who have attempted to organize in Oklahoma. He highlights Dan Lee, a worker at an...
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