In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

In Tight NC Race, AFL-CIO Sees Its Outreach, Union and Non-Union, As a Difference Maker

  North Carolina is a key battleground state in this November’s election. That is why...

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

  While a federal appeals court continues to meddle in New Jersey’s project labor...

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov's Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov’s Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

  Missouri came one step closer to implementing a new voter identification law on Wednesday...

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

  Donald Trump and the GOP would have you believe they are the party to revive manufacturing...

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2013
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New WI Union Numbers Reveal Brutal Implications of Walker’s Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

New WI Union Numbers Reveal Brutal Implications of Walker's Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill
  Two years after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union Act 10 became law, the numbers show that this signature piece of legislative overreach has had its intended effect: draining unions of their members and therefore their resources.   Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel shows that tens of thousands of workers have left...
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Jul
2013
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Colbert Takes Down McDonald’s, O’Reilly for Misunderstanding How the (Low-Wage) World Works

Colbert Takes Down McDonald's, O'Reilly for Misunderstanding How the (Low-Wage) World Works
  Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert recently addressed the not-so-super-sized minimum wage using McDonald’s’ now infamous Sample Budget — which suggests a 70-hour work week to make ends meet — as the backdrop. In true Colbert fashion, serious matters are addressed satirically. At one point, Colbert paraphrases Bill...
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Jul
2013
24

Pair of Powerful Union Presidents Slam Secrecy of Trans-Pacific Partnership in Op-Ed

  As we have written time and again, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a global corporate power grab disguised as a free trade agreement, is being unfairly developed in secrecy to avoid the inevitable public scrutiny that would follow its every dubious move. Today, two powerful union presidents — Ed Hill of the International...
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Jul
2013
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Illinois Gov. Signs Bill Making It Easier to Pursue Employers Who Misclassify Workers

Illinois Gov. Signs Bill Making It Easier to Pursue Employers Who Misclassify Workers
  Details are scarce here, but any policy to combat misclassification should be applauded no matter how aggressive it is. Via WREX: A bill addressing the missclassification of construction workers as independent contractors has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. House Bill 2649 is meant to fight employers who missclassify their...
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Jul
2013
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Northern Ohio Building Trades Sue School Officials for Rescinding Project Labor Agreement

  In Northern Ohio, a fight has been brewing surrounding Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).  In March, the Lorain City Council scrapped PLAs, in particular the implementation of one for local high school construction. The 8-2 anti-PLA vote went against the wishes of Mayor Chase Ritenauer.  Now, the North Central Ohio Building and Construction...
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Jul
2013
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Report Reveals Stunning Lack of Fiduciary Responsibility as Lobbyists Block Vital 401k Protections

Report Reveals Stunning Lack of Fiduciary Responsibility as Lobbyists Block Vital 401k Protections
  Bank regulations. We can’t seem to get enough of them in place. And the reason is pretty simple: Lobbying power. Last week, a group of 75 lobbyists hit Capitol Hill to block proposed Department of Labor (DOL) regulations that would force those in charge of 401(k)’s to put retirees best interests before profit. The [&hellip...
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Jul
2013
23

Massive Construction Co. Leaves Chamber of Commerce Over Sustainable Building Reluctance

Massive Construction Co. Leaves Chamber of Commerce Over Sustainable Building Reluctance
  A short time after Skanska USA CEO Michael McNally wrote a Washington Post op-ed titled, “Don’t Let Green Standards Wither,” the company announced its departure from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce due to the organization’s attempts to “halt progress in sustainable building.”  Before making its decision, the construction giant...
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Jul
2013
22

NJ Supreme Court Issues Decision Which Strengthens Workplace Bias Laws in Favor of Employees

NJ Supreme Court Issues Decision Which Strengthens Workplace Bias Laws in Favor of Employees
  Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of a UPS employee who sued the company after being demoted.  The plaintiff claimed his demotion was retaliation for complaining about denigrating remarks in the workplace.  In a unanimous decision, the state’s high court ruled that employers who engage in derogatory remarks...
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Jul
2013
22

CO Building Trades Rep Slams Aurora Veterans Affairs Project as “Criminal,” in Dire Need of a PLA

  Recently, we shed light on the cost overruns and other failures of the Aurora, Colorado Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital construction. The problems relate to an endemic refusal by the VA to use Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), despite their many advantages and guarantees, including a mandate for hiring military veterans into the construction...
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Jul
2013
22

WA Teamsters Local Scores Incremental Raises, Medical Trust Participation in New CBA

  Maintenance workers represented by the Teamsters union in the City of Lake Forest Park, Washington had been working without a contract since December 31st, 2012.  But on July 11th, they unanimously agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement.   The three-year agreement provides small wage adjustments that come into effect gradually...
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Jul
2013
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NEW POLL: 64 Percent of Americans Support Keystone XL

NEW POLL: 64 Percent of Americans Support Keystone XL
  New United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection polling shows that a majority of Americans support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by a wide margin. 64 percent of Americans support the pipeline according to the numbers while only 24 percent disapprove.  The Obama Administration is currently considering if it will...
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Jul
2013
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Union-Funded NJ Project Earns Smart Growth Award for Environmentally Conscious Construction

  The Hudson County Planning board has awarded the new union-funded Park Place development in Hoboken, New Jersey its 2013 Smart Growth Gold Award for achievements in creating an environmentally friendly development.  The project is being developed by the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT), Bijou Properties, and Tishman Construction....
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