Fedex's Ruthless Approach to Misclassifying Employees Ruled Unlawful by California Court

Fedex’s Ruthless Approach to Misclassifying Employees Ruled Unlawful by California Court

  In California last week, the Ninth Circuit of Appeal ruled in favor of 2,300 FedEx drivers...

Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia

Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia

  While speaking at the annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce meeting, natural gas...

Building Trades Stress Importance of Local Hire on Final Phases of Toledo Waterways Initiative

Building Trades Stress Importance of Local Hire on Final Phases of Toledo Waterways Initiative

  As the City of Toledo moves forward with a new sewer project, community and labor leaders...

Overcoming Military Concerns, SunZia Project Expects to Bring 43K Clean Energy Jobs to the West

Overcoming Military Concerns, SunZia Project Expects to Bring 43K Clean Energy Jobs to the West

  The SunZia Transmission Line project, which will help generate wind and solar energy for...

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Mar
2012
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John Doe Update: Walker Aides Used “Secret Router” to Have Private Conversations on County Time

John Doe Update: Walker Aides Used “Secret Router” to Have Private Conversations on County Time
The ongoing “John Doe” investigation looking into illegal campaign activities on county time during now-Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s stint as Milwaukee County Executive has added new names to the fold. Three members of Walker’s County Executive Administration — Darlene Wink, Timothy Russell, and Kelly Rindfleisch...
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Mar
2012
26

VIDEO: AFGE Local 3258 President Gives Fantastic Anti-Spending Cut Presentation

VIDEO: AFGE Local 3258 President Gives Fantastic Anti-Spending Cut Presentation
In the two videos below, Vice Chair of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) HUD council, Carolyn Federoff (also president of AFGE Local 3258), gives an amazing presentation that takes down the idea of cutting government spending as a means of ditching the deficit. The videos were posted on New Hampshire Labor News. The [&hellip...
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Mar
2012
26

Cuomo Threatening to Privatize NY Infrastructure Investment

Cuomo Threatening to Privatize NY Infrastructure Investment
Andrew Cuomo has become the latest Governor to pursue privatization of infrastructure investment for his stae. According to Bloomberg.com, “Cuomo has proposed a $15 billion infrastructure fund that includes state and federal dollars and $3 billion in private investment.” This represents a less drastic interest in privatization than was...
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Mar
2012
26

Labor Leaders Publish 6-Point “Invest in California” Plan, Unveil Opposition Argument to PLA Ban

Labor Leaders Publish 6-Point “Invest in California” Plan, Unveil Opposition Argument to PLA Ban
The California Labor Federation and the State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) recently unveiled their new “Invest in California” jobs plan which they are labeling as a “job plan for the 99 percent.” Looking to reinvigorate California’s economy, labor leaders put together the 6-point plan to provide a...
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Mar
2012
24

Go See “Detachment.” And Then Thank a Teacher.

Go See “Detachment.” And Then Thank a Teacher.
Last night I saw the new Adrien Brody film, Detachment. It features an incredible supporting cast (Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Blythe Danner…) and some fantastic, unsung teenage performances led by 16-year old Sami Gayle who plays a young prostitute named Erica. The film explores, among other things, the tandem...
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Mar
2012
24

GOP Member of NLRB Committed Ethics Violations

GOP Member of NLRB Committed Ethics Violations
A saddening revelation came from the Associated Press last night. Republican board member Terence Flynn, “improperly revealed information about the agency’s private deliberations to outside parties who had cases pending before the board”: The board’s inspector general said the member, Terence F. Flynn, violated ethics rules...
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Mar
2012
23

Teamsters Say Good Corporate Policy from First Student Has Enabled Organization of Bus Drivers

Teamsters Say Good Corporate Policy from First Student Has Enabled Organization of Bus Drivers
The national campaign to organize school bus drivers by the Teamsters has been a slow but steady success according to a Bruce Vail article in In These Times. Recently, two small victories in Northern California hoisted the total number of successful Teamsters bus driver elections above 300 in the past six years. 32,000 workers have [&hellip...
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Mar
2012
23

SOLIDARITY: Southern Nevada Building Trades Launch Boycott of Station Casinos

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka visited Las Vegas yesterday to show solidarity with Station Casinos workers who are currently involved in the nation’s “largest private sector organizing drive.” Workers of the Culinary Union 226 began to organize in February of 2010 but, instead of corporate cooperation, workers met a vicious...
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Mar
2012
23

Veteran Unemployment May Be Slowing as They Bring Discipline, Broad Range of Skills to Workforce

Veteran Unemployment May Be Slowing as They Bring Discipline, Broad Range of Skills to Workforce
It is no secret that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are having trouble adjusting to the current employment climate. In many cases, it is not so much a question of a skills shortage on the part of returning soldiers as it is a shortcoming of an employment landscape ill-equipped to digest the wide array [&hellip...
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Mar
2012
23

Canadian Conservatives Pushing Bill to Publicize Union Spending

Canadian Conservatives Pushing Bill to Publicize Union Spending
A Canadian bill (C-377), introduced to parliament by Conservative MP Russ Hiebert, would cause unnecessary expenses to unions according to its opponents but it is being billed as “pro-transparency” by its creators. According to the Strafford Beacon Herald, Hiebert says the bill will show detractors that unions are valuable...
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Mar
2012
22

“Sports drinks when the workplace feels like an oven?! They’d get more than sports drinks if they could collectively bargain with the boss.”

Last Friday, on the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal blog (which took a big hit when Steve Benen was wooed to the Rachel Maddow blog because of his excellent work), a piece appeared titled, “Undercover Boss and the Decline of the Working Class.” It begins by explaining the premise of the CBS television show Undercover Boss...
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Mar
2012
22

PA Giving Up Tax Revenue to Create 10,000 Construction Jobs

PA Giving Up Tax Revenue to Create 10,000 Construction Jobs
In exchange for building a petrochemical plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania — a plant that is slated to create upwards of 10,000 construction jobs — Shell Oil Co. is getting some pretty friendly treatment from the state: Zero state and local taxes for 15 years. That’s the deal, plus other incentives under negotiation, that...
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