Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

  Late last week, a state court ruled in favor of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers...

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight

  A lawsuit brought on behalf of American Airlines mechanics by Transport Workers Union Local...

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In “Historic Moment,” Canadian Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Collective Bargaining Protections

  In a 6-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that joining a union and...

Snyder Will Veto Prevailing Wage Repeal; Mackinac, Assoc. Builders & Contractors Double Down

Snyder Will Veto Prevailing Wage Repeal; Mackinac, Assoc. Builders & Contractors Double Down

  As Republicans in the Michigan legislature prepare to introduce a package of bills that...

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Jul
2012
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Anti-Davis-Bacon Amendment Defeated (and 54 Republicans Voted the Workers’ Way!)

Anti-Davis-Bacon Amendment Defeated (and 54 Republicans Voted the Workers' Way!)
A bit of good news that might otherwise go unreported… Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King has attempted repeatedly to tear down the Davis-Bacon act which establishes the prevailing wage on public works projects. He has done so with multiple amendments and legislative actions which onlookers rarely hear or read about. Luckily for workers, the...
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Jul
2012
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In Real-Time, “Maryland Loses” Ticker Shows How Much Revenue the State is Losing from Legislative Inaciton on Gaming

In Real-Time,
The Washington DC metro area Building Trades’ fight for a new casino in Prince George County, MD continues as Gov. Martin O’Malley tries to form a consensus that will allow a special session of the Legislature to take up the issue. If it is not resolved soon there will be no chance to attain public [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
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NY Dept of Transportation: PLA Will Benefit Walkill, NY Road Extension

NY Dept of Transportation: PLA Will Benefit Walkill, NY Road Extension
In Wallkill, NY, a project to renovate Exit 122 of Route 17 was re-bid on Tuesday with provisions that mandate a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Work on the project was halted in March when the original, lowest bidder began legal proceedings to fight for the contract because it went to the second-lowest bidder. This bidder, [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
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Romney Camp Supports Ending Wind Tax Credit, Would Create 37,000 Layoffs

Romney Camp Supports Ending Wind Tax Credit, Would Create 37,000 Layoffs
GOP Presidential candidate-to-be, Mitt Romney, supports an end to the wind tax credit that provides wind developers with 2.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour of wind electricity they produce. The tax credit is essential for the wind energy industry to compete with the heavily-subsidized fossil fuel energy. But demonizing the wind tax credit has been...
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Jul
2012
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IBEW Local 110 Utilizing Blog to Tell Their Side of Stalled NECA Contract Negotiations Story

IBEW Local 110 Utilizing Blog to Tell Their Side of Stalled NECA Contract Negotiations Story
Social Media has changed the very nature of news. It gives the user the ability to tell their own story from their perspective — for anyone to “be the media.” Such is the case with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 110 which is utilizing their website and social media to tell their [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
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REPORT: Only 23% of Companies Plan to Hire New Employees in the Next 6 Months

A recent survey from the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) revealed that only 23 percent of US companies are planning to hire new employees in the next six months. This information is contributing to fears of a “lights out” moment for the US economy, according to the poll: NABE’s prior survey, conducted in late...
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Jul
2012
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8 of the Top 10 Businesses Approved for H-1B Visa Use Last Year Have Outsourcing Operations

8 of the Top 10 Businesses Approved for H-1B Visa Use Last Year Have Outsourcing Operations
With countless capable and educated American workers unable to find jobs, it makes little sense for politicians like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to call for ending a cap on H-1B visas. But that is just what is happening, giving the system for delegating the visas, which are supposed to be used to lure qualified workers [&hellip...
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Jul
2012
17

Seattle Stadium Proposal Has Support of Mayor, Building Trades

Seattle Stadium Proposal Has Support of Mayor, Building Trades
As the Oklahoma City Thunder charged through the playoffs to the NBA Finals this season, many basketball fans in Seattle were left with the bittersweet feeling of watching their former team succeed elsewhere. In 2008, the Supersonics left Seattle after years of battling with local lawmakers. In Oklahoma City, a new arena awaited. Now, hedge...
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Jul
2012
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Pair of New York Legislators Aim to Boost Funding for Helmets to Hardhats Program

Many young New Yorkers were inspired to military service after their city was attacked on September 11th, 2001. But as we’ve seen, soldiers returning home often have trouble finding quality work. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and Brooklyn Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D-Ditmas Park) are working to mitigate this negative...
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Jul
2012
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Harvard Housing Renewal, Under a PLA, Will Create 3,600 Jobs, Stimulate Local Economy

Harvard Housing Renewal, Under a PLA, Will Create 3,600 Jobs, Stimulate Local Economy
The revamping of the Harvard “house system” — an integral part of the Harvard experience — is being done under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). The project will create an estimated 3,600 local construction jobs and help modernize the campus while simultaneously stimulating the economy. The City of Cambridge will receive...
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Jul
2012
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AUGUST 11: “Workers Stand for America” Rally Aims to Make Workers’ Voices Heard Anew

AUGUST 11: “Workers Stand for America” Rally Aims to Make Workers’ Voices Heard Anew
In the lead up to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, some large unions have decided to host a rallying event of their own in Philadelphia to “refocus the national political debate on economic opportunity and middle class rights.” Workers Stand for America will take place on August 11th and bring together working people...
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Jul
2012
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Brooklyn Philharmonic CEO: “If you are required to work with a union, why not try partnering with them in good faith?”

Brooklyn Philharmonic CEO:
In a recent piece on The Huffington Post, the CEO and Managing Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Richard Dare, discussed the importance of unions in his field and how the musicians represented by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) are well taken care of by their union. The post portrays unions as a collaborative partner, [&hellip...
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