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...

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration

  A new study shows that exploration of the Marcellus Shale has created over 45,000...

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters

  At the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia, a group of 47 drivers have made history...

Tender Crony: MI AG's Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov't Contracts Since He Took Office

Tender Crony: MI AG’s Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov’t Contracts Since He Took Office

  The administration of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has become synonymous with a certain...

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May
2012
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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
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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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May
2012
4

“So far this year, shareholders at five companies have voted against CEO pay packages.”

After Citigroup shareholders gave a vote of no confidence to the $15 million pay package of CEO Vikram Pandit, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Richard W. Bloomingdale pointed out that the public is quickly tiring of the runaway pay of CEOs in an opinion piece for the Allentown Morning-Call. Trumka and...
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May
2012
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Obama: “I believe the economy is stronger when collective bargaining rights are protected.”

Obama:
This video contains highlights from President Barack Obama’s speech at the Building and Construction Trades Department’s 2012 Legislative Conference. The speech was given at the Washington Hilton on Monday, April 30th and has naturally garnered plenty of online attention. The most notable quote in terms of workers’ rights comes...
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May
2012
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In Queens, Hundreds Camp Out for Union Apprenticeships. In Indiana, an Ex-Apprentice Rises.

Beginning last week, in Queens, hundreds of people camped out for a chance to become apprentices with the Local 46 Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Union. As Gothamist notes, these apprenticeships are coveted because union jobs tend to be “well-paying and usually secure positions.” WCBS 2 had more on the matter: Bracelets...
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May
2012
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Obstructionist GOP Holding Wind Energy Tax Credit (that Many Republicans Support!) Hostage

Obstructionist GOP Holding Wind Energy Tax Credit (that Many Republicans Support!) Hostage
Despite wide-ranging support from President Obama, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and members of both parties from the affected areas, extension of a wind tax credit that is necessary to promote investment in the growing industry may be allowed to expire. Companies who build parts and create new technologies for wind energy systems are already...
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May
2012
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Missouri’s Minimum Wage Bill Registers a Victory While Whistleblower Protections Suffer a Loss

Some good news for the workers of Missouri came last wekk when a judge upheld a minimum wage ballot initiative. The group responsible for pushing the measure, Jobs with Justice, announced that they have enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot. It aims to raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour [&hellip...
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May
2012
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Colbert: “Two men who will be slugging it out in the fall: President Obama, and the man who would defeat him, David Koch.”

Colbert:
Stephen Colbert recently spoke at an event for those named to the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and while his razor sharp, “is it a joke or not?” humor roasted much of the crowd, he saved his best lines for union enemy #1, David Koch. After cracking jokes about Secretary of State [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
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88% of the Money Gov. Walker Raised in Q1 ’12 Came from Out of State Before Recall Donation Limits Kicked In

88% of the Money Gov. Walker Raised in Q1 '12 Came from Out of State Before Recall Donation Limits Kicked In
The time is now for Scott Walker to gather as much out-of-state money as possible. As a matter of fact, that’s the only kind of time Scott Walker keeps. The recall election is upon us and the John Doe Investigation into alleged abuses of power and illegal fundraising during Walker’s time as County Executive is [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
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A Moving Tribute to New York Building Trades Members Who Died in 2011

A Moving Tribute to New York Building Trades Members Who Died in 2011
In a recent piece, “A Family in Mourning,” Bill Hohlfeld describes a moving tribute to New York Building Trades members who died in 2011. It was held last Tuesday at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Speaking of the “extended family” that is the building trades industry, Hohlberg describes how members of...
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Apr
2012
27

Romney Doing a Poor Job of Distancing Himself from the NLRB Scandal as It Inches Toward Him

Peter Schaumber, Mitt Romney’s recently relieved labor policy advisor, left the team in December just as he was being implicated in a federal ethics scandal involving NLRB member Terence Flynn. Now, the Inspector General of the NLRB is asking federal investigators to look more closely at Schaumber’s possible violations of the Hatch...
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Apr
2012
27

OSHA, NIOSH, CPRW Announce Construction Fall Prevention Campaign

A news release (PDF, below) from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and CPWR (The Center for Construction Research and Training), indicates that construction falls “continue to be the leading cause of work-related injury and deaths in...
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