HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

  On the most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver dedicated the...

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead's Danger to U.S. Health

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead’s Danger to U.S. Health

  The Illinois Sierra Club and the Illinois Pipe Trades Association formed an encouraging...

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

  Back in 2014, President Obama issued an executive order (EO) requiring contractors to...

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

  Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a...

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Jul
2013
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MI Supreme Court Refuses Gov. Snyder’s Request for Reinforcement of Potentially Unconstitutional “Right-to-Work” Law

  In the days after Michigan legislators made the Wolverine state the 24th to implement a “Right-to-Work” law, lawsuits challenging its constitutionality began piling up like dead crustaceans on the shores of the Great Lakes.  On January 28th, Gov. Rick Snyder countered by asking the state’s Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on the...
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Jul
2013
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Unions Pour Cash, Solidarity Into LiUNA! Local 563 Strike Fund to Keep Picket Against Cretex Alive

Unions Pour Cash, Solidarity Into LiUNA! Local 563 Strike Fund to Keep Picket Against Cretex Alive
  In late June we wrote about members of the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA!) Local 563 striking in Minnesota against their employer, Cretex, because the company is trying to scrap their pensions. Health benefits were set to run out on June 30th, but union solidarity had the cure for that: a strike [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
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BMW Faces Discrimination Lawsuit in SC Stemming from Job Reapplication Drug Test Process

  BMW is facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that one of its facilities in “Right-to-Work” South Carolina adopted a criminal background check policy that disproportionately affected African-American workers. In 2008, BMW switched contractors at the facility and all employees were forced...
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Jul
2013
8

Aurora, CO Is Home to Latest Failed Veterans Affairs Hospital that Should Have Used a PLA

Aurora, CO Is Home to Latest Failed Veterans Affairs Hospital that Should Have Used a PLA
  In the works since the late 1990’s, the Veterans Affairs Hospital proposed for Aurora, Colorado is now $200 million over budget and unlikely to be open in the Spring of 2015 as hoped.  After endless changes to the plans, construction ground was broken in 2009, yet construction did not begin until 2012.  With progress [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
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E-Verify System Takes Full Effect in North Carolina, Georgia

E-Verify System Takes Full Effect in North Carolina, Georgia
  Last week, mandatory e-Verify went into full effect in the state of North Carolina. All companies who employ over 25 people must now use the immigration database to crack down on the use of illegal social security numbers and highly explotable undocumented workers. The database checks new hires’ social security number, name, and...
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Jul
2013
5

Massachusetts Comcast Workers, Once Opposed to a Union, Join IBEW Local Following Mass Layoffs of Their Peers

  Oh, how things can change over the course of a year.  In 2011, Comcast workers in Southern Massachusetts narrowly voted against joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). By 2012, however, they were brothers and sisters.   After witnessing the mass layoff of their peers in other parts of the state, Middleboro...
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Jul
2013
5

Ms. Classification: Former Lady Gaga Assistant Suing for $380,000 of Unpaid Overtime

Ms. Classification: Former Lady Gaga Assistant Suing for $380,000 of Unpaid Overtime
  A former assistant to singer Lady Gaga is taking her former employer to court for unpaid overtime after being forced to be “on call” for 24 hours a day. Gaga paid the worker as if she was exempt from overtime due to “administrative exemptions.”  However, the guidelines for such an exemption are similar to [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
5

USW, Lawmakers Express Outrage Over Chinese Steel Being Used on Verrazano Bridge Renovation

USW, Lawmakers Express Outrage Over Chinese Steel Being Used on Verrazano Bridge Renovation
  First, the good news: The Verrazano Bridge, a double-decked suspension bridge which connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn, is getting a face lift.  Now, the bad news: The MTA has decided it will be done with Chinese steel.  Cue the backlash. United Steelworkers’ Vice President Tom Conway lamented the decision saying,...
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Jul
2013
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SCARY: After Walmart, the Nation’s Second Largest Employer Is a Temp Agency

SCARY: After Walmart, the Nation's Second Largest Employer Is a Temp Agency
  The United States of America currently has 2.7 million temporary workers who make up nearly one-fifth of job growth since 2009.  Temporary work is now growing at a pace 10 times faster than the full-time private sector, a pace faster than the industry’s previous high before the 2001 recession.  A recent Mother Jones piece [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
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Unite Here and Hyatt End Long Battle, Workers Land Retroactive Pay Increases, Pension Victories

  Four long years and a global boycott later, a tentative agreement has been struck between Hyatt Hotels and the union representing thousands of its employees, Unite Here.   Announced on Monday, the agreement will take effect once union contracts are approved by workers in Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  While details of...
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Jul
2013
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Palo Alto Library Project, Buoyed by Slashed Prevailing Wages, Now Sinking

Palo Alto Library Project, Buoyed by Slashed Prevailing Wages, Now Sinking
  In Palo Alto, CA the construction of the Mitchell Park Library has become a crash course in you-what-you-pay-for-enomics.   After opting for the low bidder on what will be the city’s largest public works project, things began to unravel for the city which has discovered how expensive shoddy, fly by night work really is. [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
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Rapper Pitbull Opening a Miami Charter School Run by a Company Making $158M in Annual Revenue

Rapper Pitbull Opening a Miami Charter School Run by a Company Making $158M in Annual Revenue
  An example of the dangers of the charterization of schools comes to us from Miami, Florida where rapper Pitbull (neé Armando Perez), has opened SLAM (Sports Leadership & Management) Charter School. He will be speaking at this year’s National Charter School Conference alongside Joel Klein, Arne Duncan, and Amanda Ripley.   Pitbull...
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