Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

Teamsters Add Members in Texas as Unionization of Con Way Freight Spreads Nationwide

  Last week in Laredo, Texas, drivers and dockworkers at Con Way Freight voted to join...

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby's Bunk Little Survey

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby’s Bunk Little Survey

  A wave of articles promoting the myth of a “labor shortage” have hit American...

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification

Fair-weather Friend: Exposé Springs Previously Uninterested NC Gov Into Action on Misclassification

  Rampant employee misclassification has finally become a hot-button topic nationwide...

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass “Right-to-Work” in Small Town WA

  Two attempts by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to impose...

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Apr
2012
9

SURVEY: Organized Faculty in the United States Up 14% Since 2006

In a piece last week that looked at the problems administrators and faculty are having agreeing on how to deal with funding cuts to education, a bright spot was noted. Organized faculty in the U.S. is through the roof: According to a survey released this week by the collective bargaining center, organized faculty in the [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
6

Australia Luring U.S. Plumbers, Electricians With Streamlined Worker Immigration Rules

Australia Luring U.S. Plumbers, Electricians With Streamlined Worker Immigration Rules
As Australia’s skilled worker shortage has begun to inhibit progress on the country’s large mining projects, unions in the land down under are becoming suspicious of the Australian government’s plans to fast-track recognition of American workers in order to hire internationally for short-term employment. The new rules would allow...
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Apr
2012
6

NOT SHOCKED: Wisconsin GOP Running Fake Democrats in May 8 Primary to Prevent High Turnout from Dethroning Republicans

NOT SHOCKED: Wisconsin GOP Running Fake Democrats in May 8 Primary to Prevent High Turnout from Dethroning Republicans
It may not be precedented, but it sure is predictable. The Wisconsin GOP has lined up six fake Democrats to run in the May 8th Recall Election primaries to ensure that there will be Democratic primaries in each district so that no Republicans will have to face general election on that day. It is a [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
6

UTU/SMWIA: Conservative Cuts to Transportation Would Threaten 500,000 Jobs

In the event you haven’t already identified the potential harm that could be done to workers by Right-Wing legislation, the United Transportation Union (UT) and the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) -– now combined into the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) — have arrived with an...
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Apr
2012
6

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Indiana Finds $206 Million More Mysterious Dollars It Didn’t Know It Had

In December we blogged about the outrage of an apparent programming error resulting in the discovery of $300 million that Indiana did not know it had. And now, the converse has happened as a result of yet another programming error. From WTHR-13: Indiana budget officials say $206 million communities could have spent on public safety, [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
5

Cleveland State University Skirting Labor Law, Hiring Out-of-State, Undocumented Workers

Cleveland State University Skirting Labor Law, Hiring Out-of-State, Undocumented Workers
The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council has launched a campaign at Cleveland State University to expose wrongful employment practices at the school. From the newly minted Protect Cleveland Jobs website: Cleveland State University is using unfair and unscrupulous practices in building its new, $50 million residential neighborhood...
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Apr
2012
5

Secrecy, Corporate Influence Plague Latest “Free Trade” Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Secrecy, Corporate Influence Plague Latest “Free Trade” Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership
In Los Angeles, trade negotiators are meeting to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPP), while policy groups demand that proposals be made public and be subject to public review and comment. The TPP is viewed by many, including Public Citizen who wrote on the matter, as a bellwether of how international trade will...
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Apr
2012
5

Maine Gov. Vetoes Bill that Would Have Forced Banks to Prove They Own Homes They Foreclose On

Maine Gov. Vetoes Bill that Would Have Forced Banks to Prove They Own Homes They Foreclose On
Homeowners facing foreclosure in Maine were on the brink of getting help from their legislature when Governor Paul LePage put his miserly foot down. A bill that would have required banks to show proof of ownership or an original mortgage note before foreclosure proceedings passed through the state house with bipartisan support, but the relief...
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Apr
2012
5

CT Builders, Unions Awarded $75M in New Busway Work After Initial $130M Went Out-of-State

CT Builders, Unions Awarded $75M in New Busway Work After Initial $130M Went Out-of-State
It was sold as a job-creating bill, but when the first $130 million of the $569 million dollar New-Britain-to-Hartford busway project went to non-union, out-of-state contractors last week, local labor was left out to dry. Labor leaders pledged a tough campaign to make sure that all labor laws would be strictly enforced on the 4,000-job [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
4

New Hampshire HS Parking Garage Nearly Collapses After “Poor Workmanship” by Non-Union Ironworkers

New Hampshire HS Parking Garage Nearly Collapses After “Poor Workmanship” by Non-Union Ironworkers
This is a guest post from Shawn Cleary, Business Agent of Ironworkers Local 7 in New Hampshire… Ironworkers Local 7 yesterday urged Manchester School Board members to warn parents about the possible danger at Central High School. More than 100 welds will be inspected after a near collapse in the parking garage due to what [&hellip...
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Apr
2012
4

Construction Workers Finding Jobs in Other Industries Have Seen the Sharpest Wage Decreases

Construction Workers Finding Jobs in Other Industries Have Seen the Sharpest Wage Decreases
Pedro Silos and Lei Fang of Macroblog have presented an alternative argument to New York Fed economists Richard Crump and Ayşegül Şahin, whose work in Liberty Street Economics concluded that unemployed construction workers are doing better than their peers in other industries. According to Silos and Fang, though, unemployed construction workers...
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Apr
2012
4

PA’s Prevailing Wage Opponents are Hurling Misinformation Like Riot Rocks at Workers’ Pocketbooks

Allow us to be unequivocal about this: the battle to repeal the Prevailing Wage in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is being fueled by misinformation and manipulated statistics. The ”facts” being hurled like riot rocks at workers’ pocketbooks are downright comedic when vetted. Republicans in power in PA are trying to push House...
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