STUDY: Economy Would Lose $65,000,000,000 if Prevailing Wage Was Repealed Nationally

STUDY: Economy Would Lose $65,000,000,000 if Prevailing Wage Was Repealed Nationally

  Researchers from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, Colorado State University-Pueblo,...

Actually Happening in Louisiana: Unions

Actually Happening in Louisiana: Unions “Will Have a Friend in the Governor’s Office”

  While speaking at a Louisiana Building and Construction Trades Council meeting this month,...

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport

  Last week, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1430 made a...

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off “Right-to-Work”

  The Kentucky Senate’s recently passed prevailing wage rollback has died in the house,...

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Mar
2013
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NOT SO FREE ENTERPRISE: Michigan GOP Tries to Slash Funding at Universities that Sign Labor Contracts Before “Right-to-Work” Takes Effect

NOT SO FREE ENTERPRISE: Michigan GOP Tries to Slash Funding at Universities that Sign Labor Contracts Before
Republicans in the Michigan statehouse have rushed a (de)funding bill through the higher education appropriations subcommittee? that would strip a total of $74.8 million from four state colleges that the party says authored union contracts to circumvent the state’s newly passed “Right-to-Work” law. Wait. They rushed something...
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Mar
2013
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Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO Not Even in the Same Stratosphere on Number of Temp Visas to Include in Immigration Package

Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO Not Even in the Same Stratosphere on Number of Temp Visas to Include in Immigration Package
Immigration reform talks between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (CoC) and the AFL-CIO are stalling because the two sides can’t agree on the number of temporary worker visas the government should issue. According to sources, CoC is pushing for the cap to be 400,000 visas while the AFL-CIO is seeking a figure far below that [&hellip...
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Mar
2013
21

Rocky Hill, CT Town Council Approves $45 Million Project Labor Agreement for High School Renovation

Rocky Hill, CT Town Council Approves $45 Million Project Labor Agreement for High School Renovation
A $45 million renovation of Rocky Hill High School in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, will be completed under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) following a 5-4 vote by local officials. Provisions in the agreement mandate that 15 percent of the workforce hail from the region. Although authorized by the town council, the agreement still needs to [&hellip...
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Mar
2013
21

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Citizens Bank Managers Were Stiffed Out of $14 Million in Overtime Pay

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Citizens Bank Managers Were Stiffed Out of $14 Million in Overtime Pay
A class action lawsuit alleges that Assistant Managers of Citizens Banks were misclassified by their employer as salaried employees in order to avoid paying them overtime. The issue is now making its way to a jury trial which will begin on April 2nd and is expected to last three weeks. The Assistant Managers claim they [&hellip...
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Mar
2013
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Analysis Shows the Shockingly Broad Impact Construction Unemployment Has on the Entire Economy

Analysis Shows the Shockingly Broad Impact Construction Unemployment Has on the Entire Economy
In a recent economic synopsis, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis attempted to measure the contribution of construction to the economic recovery. Its findings show that the bottoming out of the housing sector and loss of corresponding construction jobs had a major effect on related industries and that long term dormancy has stunted the [&hellip...
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Mar
2013
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Construction Union Health and Pension Funds Taking Banks to Account for Mortgage Malevolence

The United States Supreme Court last week refused to hear an appeal by financial institution Goldman Sachs that sought to halt a class action settlement which alleges the company provided false and misleading information about mortgage backed securities it had underwritten. On Monday, after the news broke, Goldman Sachs saw its share drop 2...
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Mar
2013
20

America’s Cup Contractors Owe $460,000 in Prevailing Wage Back Pay

America's Cup Contractors Owe $460,000 in Prevailing Wage Back Pay
Poor planning of this year’s America’s Cup has left more than a dozen workers shy $460,000 in back wages. Contractors working for the race’s organizers have failed to comply with prevailing wage mandates put in place at the last minute by the city. Prevailing wage are commonplace in public construction projects but not mandatory...
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Mar
2013
20

Thomas Perez is the Man. Ignore the Haters.

Thomas Perez is the Man.  Ignore the Haters.
There are two things you need to know about Thomas Perez, the man nominated by President Obama to be the new Secretary of Labor: 1) Thomas Perez is the man. 2) the GOP will denounce Thomas Perez because he is the man (or because he was nominated by Obama). To point 1) As secretary of [&hellip...
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Mar
2013
20

In Illinois, Clergy Gather This Morning to Give Thanks for a Project Labor Agreement

This is a sweet story of the power of organized labor to bring opportunity — and joy — to a community in need. Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) typically include minority, female, and veteran hiring mandates. Thus, a new PLA entered into by the Illinois Department of Transportation is a source of hope for minority hiring [&hellip...
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Mar
2013
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Annual State of the Media Report Shows Dwindling Reporting, Continued Boost in Social Media, Word of Mouth News Gathering

Annual State of the Media Report Shows Dwindling Reporting, Continued Boost in Social Media, Word of Mouth News Gathering
In their annual State of the Media Report, the Pew Research Center dissects the changing landscape of the media and how its transition to the Internet is creating budget problems that are directly affecting the quality of traditional reporting work. In a year that saw unprecedented coverage of a Presidential election, traditional media continued...
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Mar
2013
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SF Symphony Strike Results in Cancelled Performances Up the Eastern Seaboard

SF Symphony Strike Results in Cancelled Performances Up the Eastern Seaboard
With no new contract in sight, the San Francisco Symphony has upped the ante in their strike efforts and cancelled a highly publicized East Coast tour. The week-long strike has undone a string of performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Representatives...
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Mar
2013
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Bills to Properly Classify Truck Drivers Moving Through NJ, KY, WA, OR, AK Statehouses

Bills to Properly Classify Truck Drivers Moving Through NJ, KY, WA, OR, AK Statehouses
Across the country, port drivers are misclassified as independent contractors so that their employers can avoid providing them proper benefits (among other injustices). But the widespread nature of this anti-worker practice may finally have found its positive result: it’s so widespread that it’s spurring legislative efforts to crack it...
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