VP Biden Expresses Disappointment, Anger Regarding Lack of U.S. Infrastructure Funding

VP Biden Expresses Disappointment, Anger Regarding Lack of U.S. Infrastructure Funding

  Speaking at the “America Answers: Improving How We Get From Here To There” event...

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission

  A Common Pleas judge in Philadelphia has issued a preliminary injunction to halt the School...

“It Is Being Stolen”: Louisiana’s GOP Treasurer Says State Robbing Workers’ Health Plans

  In an op-ed for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy...

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB

Wrongfully Fired L.A. Port Truckers Reinstated by Judge; Misclassification Case Heads to NLRB

  On Tuesday, a federal judge reinstated two Green Fleet Systems port truck drivers who argued...

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May
2012
9

DNC Returns $50,000 of Wal-Mart Gift Cards to Maintain Convention’s Anti-Corporate Donation Pledge

Organizers of the Democratic National Convention, to be held this September in Charlotte, North Carolina, decided in advance not to accept cash donations from corporations. This has led to funding difficulties. To skirt the imposed regulations, Wal-Mart made an “in-kind” donation of $50,000 in gift cards to help with convention costs....
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May
2012
9

Vikings Stadium Bill Clears MN Legislature but Team Owners Will Have to Pay Extra $100M

Vikings Stadium Bill Clears MN Legislature but Team Owners Will Have to Pay Extra $100M
UPDATE: The stadium proposal has passed the Senate as well. See who voted how via IUOE Local 49. Minnesota’s effort to replace the aging Metrodome, where the Minnesota Vikings play, progressed on Monday when the House passed a stadium proposal by a vote of 73-58. It now moves on to the Senate. The $975 stadium [&hellip...
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May
2012
8

Polls Suggest Barrett Has Dem Gov Lead Going Into Wisconsin Primaries Today

Polls Suggest Barrett Has Dem Gov Lead Going Into Wisconsin Primaries Today
As one Wisconsin Ironworker noted on Facebook last night: “Tomorrow is the playoffs. Super Bowl is in June!” While this afternoon’s cheesehead election drama will not nearly match that of the actual recall election in a month’s time, there is nonetheless ample intrigue as Democrats, labor unions and other progressive...
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May
2012
8

Insulators Local 12 Has Rising Star in Movement to Weatherize, Economize Buildings

Insulators Local 12 Has Rising Star in Movement to Weatherize, Economize Buildings
Mathew Aracich was recently elected to the position of Business Manager of the Heat and Frost Insulators, Local Union 12, after his time as Financial Secretary there. Aracich is in a unique position to promote the importance of his trade as he has been part of the movement to weatherize America and has spent time [&hellip...
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May
2012
8

WORKER VICTORY: Connecticut Senate and House Overwhelmingly Support PLA Legislation

WORKER VICTORY: Connecticut Senate and House Overwhelmingly Support PLA Legislation
A bill that ensures that Connecticut can use Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on public works projects cleared the State Senate with a 32-3 vote last week and, yesterday, cleared the House by an equally sizable margin. A legal battle in Hartford brought to light the need for this important legislation which allows the local hire, [&hellip...
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May
2012
8

Ann Romney Wins Ms. Out of Touch Pageant Wearing $1000 T-Shirt on CBS

Ann Romney Wins Ms. Out of Touch Pageant Wearing $1000 T-Shirt on CBS
One of the things about Michelle Obama’s style that made her a fashion icon in 2008 was that she wore affordable clothing well. She, like many women across the country, was looking good on a budget. Sure, once in office the top designers in the world came crawling out of the Italian woodwork to shower [&hellip...
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May
2012
7

ARAW Calls for Terence Flynn’s Immediate Resignation as NLRB Scandal Intensifies

ARAW Calls for Terence Flynn's Immediate Resignation as NLRB Scandal Intensifies
The scandal that presumed Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney tried to distance himself from by asking Labor Policy advisor Peter Schaumber to leave the campaign is still swirling around the webosphere as new details have been released giving details about the improper doings between Schaumber and NLRB Board Member Terence Flynn. The...
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May
2012
7

IBEW Local 110 (MN) Helped Set Up Middle School Solar Program Now Run by Students

IBEW Local 110 (MN) Helped Set Up Middle School Solar Program Now Run by Students
Two years ago in Minnesota, IBEW Local 110 volunteers helped install Solar Panels for Project Independence. The clean energy station is the brainchild of Pat Collins, a Life Science Teacher at Chisago Lakes Middle School, who has helped his students take ownership of the operation. Collins has a way of getting his students directly involved...
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May
2012
7

WaPo: VA GOP Holding Up Dulles Metrorail “Just to Stick It to Labor Unions and their Democratic Allies.”

WaPo: VA GOP Holding Up Dulles Metrorail
Never is the partisanship of politics more rampant than in an election year, but what has been taking place in Virginia over the Dulles Metrorail extension (get background from our previous pieces here, here, here, here and here) could make even the most extreme gridlock artist tear up. The Washington Post‘s Steve Pearlstein penned a...
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May
2012
4

Christie Pulls a Reagan, Undermines Good Will of New Jersey Building Trades Unions

Christie Pulls a Reagan, Undermines Good Will of New Jersey Building Trades Unions
Chris Christie is apparently doing all he can to be Mr. Republican leading up to the 2012 Veepstakes and that includes pulling a Ronald Reagan on the Building and Construction Trades unions who he has previously had a relatively positive relationship with. It has been announced that the New Jersey Department of Labor will cut [&hellip...
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May
2012
4

Oakland Raiders Pledge 10% of Season Ticket Revenue to Oakland School System

Oakland Raiders Pledge 10% of Season Ticket Revenue to Oakland School System
To a degree, the Oakland Raiders have a reputation as an NFL franchise with below average interest in off-the-field issues. As they continue to rebuild their image following the passing of legendary owner Al Davis, they are looking for new ways to reach out to the community. An incredible first step came with the announcement [&hellip...
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May
2012
4

Town Where Charles and David Koch Went to High School Passes Anti-Citizens United Resolution

Town Where Charles and David Koch Went to High School Passes Anti-Citizens United Resolution
Voters in the town of Deerfield, Massachusetts passed a resolution this week calling for their local Congressman to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United vs. FEC, the 2010 legal case that gave more power to the theory of “corporate personhood” and has allowed the political process of the past two years...
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