Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

Canada May Join UN Nations Who Enshrine the Right to Collectively Bargain; U.S. Still Does Not

  When viewed through a global lens, both Canada and the United States appear somewhat strong...

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

FedEx Ground Settles Decade-Old Misclassification Case: $240M Across 20 States

  For over 10 years, FedEx Ground has been battling claims that it misclassified its drivers...

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s...

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

Building Trades: 75% of Unionized NYC Apprentices are City Residents, 65% are Minorities

  In response to a recent op-ed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams which claimed that...

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2013
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NM Court Rules In Favor of AFSCME, CWA, Will Order $20M in Backpay to 11,000 State Employees

NM Court Rules In Favor of AFSCME, CWA, Will Order $20M in Backpay to 11,000 State Employees
  Last week, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in favor of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members who argued that the state violated pay increases agreed upon in their 2007 collective bargaining agreement. The case involves former Gov. Bill Richardson freezing...
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Jun
2013
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Savannah Truck Drivers, Feeling the Pain of Misclassification, Look to the Teamsters for Help

Savannah Truck Drivers, Feeling the Pain of Misclassification, Look to the Teamsters for Help
  Last weekend, truckers at the port of Savannah participated in a forum with community leaders in which they addressed working conditions at the Port of Savannah, one of the nation’s busiest port terminals.  At the heart of the matter is the misclassification of truckers as independent contractors which strips them of benefits and...
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Jun
2013
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IBEW Local 595 Training Center Is First CA Commercial Retrofit to Achieve “Zero Net Energy”

IBEW Local 595 Training Center Is First CA Commercial Retrofit to Achieve
  California Gov. Jerry Brown attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 595’s new training center last week, celebrating the first California commercial retrofit to be recognized by the Department of Energy for achieving “zero net energy.” The term “zero net...
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2013
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ALEC Aims to Destroy Local School Boards, Turn Education Into a Corporate, For-Profit Wasteland

ALEC Aims to Destroy Local School Boards, Turn Education Into a Corporate, For-Profit Wasteland
  ALEC is spreading its pro-corporate, pro-privatization agenda into the education space with greater abandon than before. ALEC-style “education reform” includes a push for the complete removal of school boards which would effectively block public input from decisions about schools. The Voters Legislative Transparency Project...
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Jun
2013
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New Venezuelan Labor Law Provides Pensions to Full-Time Mothers

  In post-Chavez Venezuela, an interesting and progressive attempt at valuing family through legislation has taken shape. Labor law has been modernized to provide pensions for full-time mothers.   In this vibrant nation best known for its former leader’s antics and its recent shortage of toilet paper, promoting equality has been an...
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Jun
2013
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Wrongful Termination Following Whistleblowing at Medical Center Results in $2 Million Settlement

Wrongful Termination Following Whistleblowing at Medical Center Results in $2 Million Settlement
  A worker at the Bayonne Medical Center in Bayonne, NJ, has been awarded $2.1 million after suing his employer under the New Jersey Whistleblower Law.   Ceferino Doculan, a 20-year veteran of the hospital, was unfairly terminated after pointing out improper procedures at the Medical Center.  A jury awarded him punitive damages, $80,000 in...
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May
2013
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$100 Million Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Discrimination by Healthcare Giant MERCK

$100 Million Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Discrimination by Healthcare Giant MERCK
  A recent lawsuit claims global healthcare giant MERCK has systematically engaged in gender bias. The $100 million suit alleges that the company discriminates against pregnant employees, pays women less than their male peers and runs a defacto “boys club” in terms of promotions.   Lawyer Jonathan Segal explained the situation in a piece...
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May
2013
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CA Could Be First State to Implement Automatic Private Sector IRAs, Firm Up Retirement

  In California, legislation to create a state-run retirement plan is being proposed by State Sen. Kevin de Leon whose aim is to help those likely to face economic hardship upon retirement by. A recent wave of publicity is bringing the important issue of private sector retirement to the forefront and could result in a [&hellip...
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May
2013
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Gov. Walker, Rep. Kooyenga Want to Collapse Tax Brackets, Kick 100s of Millions to Wealthy Wisconsinites

Gov. Walker, Rep. Kooyenga Want to Collapse Tax Brackets, Kick 100s of Millions to Wealthy Wisconsinites
  Recent state budget projections in Wisconsin show that there will be an influx of $500 million over the next two years. In Wisconsin, that can only mean one thing: a partisan divide over where the money should be allocated.   Democrats hope to use the cash to provide aid for public schools while donor-loving [&hellip...
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May
2013
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MA AG: M&J Painting Failed to Pay Over $2 Million in Wages, Falsified Documents to Cover It Up

  M&J Painting, Inc., an Ohio based painting company, is charged with failing to pay its workers over $2 million in wages.  While working on the $13 million Braga Bridge project in Somerset, Mass., the company falsified paperwork in an attempt to trick the Massachusetts Department of Labor into thinking they had been properly paying...
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May
2013
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The NBA’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement Highlights the Value of a Level Playing Field, Solid Management and Team Loyalty

The NBA's New Collective Bargaining Agreement Highlights the Value of a Level Playing Field, Solid Management and Team Loyalty
  One year into the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the intended change of landscape with respect to small market success can be seen.   The goal of a new CBA was evening the playing field and giving hope to cities like Orlando which have historically watched their stars depart following successful seasons. This [&hellip...
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May
2013
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Chinese Wages are Rising While American Wages Fall. Amazingly, This Might Be a Good Thing.

Chinese Wages are Rising While American Wages Fall.  Amazingly, This Might Be a Good Thing.
  The new Global Wage Report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows that wages for American and Chinese workers are trending in opposite directions. The bad news? Chinese wages are rising while American wages fall. It’s convenient to suggest that the 2008 financial crisis and the ensuing global recession are to blame for...
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