IBEW, CWA Decide to Work Without Verizon Contract Rather Than Striking (For Now)

IBEW, CWA Decide to Work Without Verizon Contract Rather Than Striking (For Now)

  On Midnight of August 1st, the contract between Verizon and its unionized workforce...

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are...

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

  Republicans, led by the senior member of the Senate, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Monday...

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

Workplace Showdown: Verizon Again Making Demands CWA and IBEW Refuse to Accept

  On August 1st at midnight the contract between Verizon and 39,000 of its workers represented...

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Nov
2012
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OSHA Fines Hartford Company $139,000 for Electrical, Ventilation Neglect

According to the Department of Labor’s website, OSHA has proposed $139,000 in fines for Associated Spring-Barnes Group Inc. following an inspection by the Hartford Area Office that found electrical, mechanical, exit access, fall and combustible dust hazards. OSHA also cited the company for 30 alleged “serious violations” of...
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Nov
2012
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Denver Teamsters Celebrate Ballot Measure 2A Passage, Restoration of Furloughed Pay, Future Infrastructure Funding for the City

Denver Teamsters Celebrate Ballot Measure 2A Passage, Restoration of Furloughed Pay, Future Infrastructure Funding for the City
1,000 Teamsters in Denver, Colorado are being rewarded for their organizing work to help pass Ballot Measure 2A that restored 14 unpaid furlough days. Measure 2A lifted a state mandated spending cap put in place by the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) in 1992. With help from the Teamsters’ DRIVE Political Action Committee, local members...
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Nov
2012
30

One Scott Walker Aide Headed to Jail for 6 Months, Another Could Face 14 Years

One Scott Walker Aide Headed to Jail for 6 Months, Another Could Face 14 Years
A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Tim Russell, has reached a plea deal on charges he stole money from a veterans charity. The deal is the latest news in Wisconsin’s ongoing John Doe Investigation into the misdeeds of staffers in the Milwaukee County Executives office during the Scott Walker years that is now [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
29

In 2012, 117 ALEC Members and Alumni Were Voted Out of Office

Research from the Center for Media Analysis shows that in 2012 primary, general and recall elections, 117 members or alumni of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) were voted out of office. The statistic shows that membership in the group has become a public liability and campaign issue. However, it may not be enough to [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
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The Michigan GOP is Talking “Right-to-Work,” but One Big Voice May Not be Heard

An interesting battle is about to play out during Michigan’s “lame duck” session. “Right-to-Work” legislation is being pushed despite the objections of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and one other unlikely voice of dissent: the state’s Chamber of Commerce (CoC). Throughout his tenure, Snyder has stated that...
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Nov
2012
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“Fast 14,” Completed with Union Labor, Named Best Project in the NY Region by ENR

While completing a paving project on I-93 in 2010, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation found structural deficiencies on 14 separate bridges that required replacement rather than repair. The reality of replacing these bridges along a major thoroughfare that accommodates 200,000 drivers a day was daunting. Using $93 million from Governor...
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Nov
2012
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GOOD NEWS: Law Firms are Trying to Spook Employers About Employee Misclassification to Get More Business

In order to keep up with niche labor issues such as the prevailing wage and employee misclassification, it’s important to set up a series of online alerts to see as many published pieces of work on the topics as possible. I have noticed something very encouraging as a result: law firms warning employers that misclassifying [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
28

Of All the Arguments About Walmart…

Of All the Arguments About Walmart...
…I think the most interesting (and by interesting I mean that it enables progressives to say “gotcha!” the loudest) is the suggestion that being anti-government spending and anti-“entitlement” means one should also be entirely anti-Walmart. Facts and figures that highlight Walmart’s inequality monstrosities are...
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Nov
2012
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NY Gov. Cuomo Designates $27M in Disaster Relief Funds to Provide Temporary Jobs to the Displaced

NY Gov. Cuomo Designates $27M in Disaster Relief Funds to Provide Temporary Jobs to the Displaced
New York Governor and possible 2016 Presidential Candidate Andrew Cuomo is designating part of the state’s $27.7 million in disaster relief funds to provide temporary jobs for those who became unemployed because of the Hurricane Sandy. The grant is being used to hire additional clean up help in the Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange,...
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Nov
2012
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Oneida Indian Nation’s 7th PLA Will Create 300 Jobs

Oneida Indian Nation's 7th PLA Will Create 300 Jobs
A newly-signed Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Oneida Indian Nation and the Central and Northern New York Building Trades will provide much needed construction jobs throughout the winter months as construction begins on four new entertainment centers that will be added to the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Dubbed “Exit 33,”...
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Nov
2012
28

The Skills Gap? More like the Wage Gap, Old Chap.

The Skills Gap? More like the Wage Gap, Old Chap.
Last week, New York Times writer Adam Davidson published an insightful piece on the future of advanced manufacturing in America. Highly skilled manufacturing jobs, Davidson writes, require training that is not available on the job site and result in low paying jobs with little job security. Both President re-elect Obama and former candidate Mitt...
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Nov
2012
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For the 3rd Time in History, PA State University Faculty Members Have Authorized a Strike

For the 3rd Time in History, PA State University Faculty Members Have Authorized a Strike
After working 16 months without a contract, faculty members at the 14 state-owned Pennsylvania universities have voted to authorize a strike if necessary. 86 percent of members, represented by the Association of Pennsylvania State College and Education and University Faculties or (APSCUF), completed ballots and an overwhelming 95 percent voted to...
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