STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and...

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

Boeing CEO Taking $3.9M Annual Pension for 15 Years After Workers Were Forced Into 401Ks

  Boeing’s most recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing has revealed that CEO...

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

  A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new...

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development

  A recent Seattle Times piece looks into the upcoming construction boom in the region and who...

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Nov
2012
9

WATCH: Obama Cries While Thanking Staff

WATCH: Obama Cries While Thanking Staff
In this video released yesterday, President Obama, newly elected, delivers a moving speech thanking his staff for their efforts. During the speech the President gets all choked up to the point of wiping tears away from his cheek. These are beautiful, off-the-cuff remarks and a rare moment of pure candor and humility from a public [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
9

Canadian Building Trades Fighting Similar Fights to Their U.S. Counterparts

Canadian Building Trades Fighting Similar Fights to Their U.S. Counterparts
A policy paper from the Saskatchewan Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council finds that corporate suggestions submitted to the province’s controversial review of labour legislation would create a “Low Road to Growth” for the province’s workers. Among the submitted policies were “Right-to-Work”...
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Nov
2012
8

USArchaic: Map Comparing 2012 Election Results to Civil War Era Divisions Is Hard to Look At

USArchaic: Map Comparing 2012 Election Results to Civil War Era Divisions Is Hard to Look At
This map comparing the 2012 electoral college results to the states/regions which, during Civil War times, practiced slavery or were open to slavery is downright troubling. If you use computers you’ve likely seen it, puked, shared it, and then puked again by now. It’s embarrassing...
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Nov
2012
8

Maryland’s Progressive and Labor-Backed Measures Won on Tuesday

Maryland's Progressive and Labor-Backed Measures Won on Tuesday
In Maryland, voters gave an overwhelming mandate to the progressive policies that have made Governor Martin O’Malley an early mention in the open field of 2016 presidential candidates. Among the more contentious of the state’s ballot questions were 4, 6, and 7, all of which passed. Question 7 allows for the expansion of gambling in...
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Nov
2012
8

Prop 32 was Labor’s Big Win in CA, but THREE Charter City Measures Were Defeated As Well!

Prop 32 was Labor's Big Win in CA, but THREE Charter City Measures Were Defeated As Well!
In what became the theme of the 2012 elections, $110 million was spent with the end result being that nothing changed. California’s Prop 32, the thinly veiled initiative to disenfranchise unions while simultaneously granting more power to special interests, was defeated by a margin of 56.2% to 43.8%. The proposal would have banned both...
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Nov
2012
8

Mexican and Guatemalan Workers Win $11.8 Million Settlement in Georgia H-2B Case

Mexican and Guatemalan Workers Win $11.8 Million Settlement in Georgia H-2B Case
A federal court has issued a record $11.8 million dollar award to 4,000 foreign guest workers who were employed by a Georgia forestry company in 2005. The guest workers came from Mexico and Guatemala on H-2B visas. Once lured to plant pine seedlings, the workers found that they would not be reimbursed for their travel [&hellip...
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Nov
2012
7

LOSE-WIN: In Michigan, Collective Bargaining Enshrinement, Public Approval of International Bridge Construction Both Voted Down

Michigan voters headed to the polls on Tuesday with the direction of their state’s foreseeable future in the balance and they chose to reject Proposal 2 which would have enshrined in the state’s constitution a worker’s right to collectively bargain. Nearly $48 million was spent on the proposal. As of late last night, with 70...
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Nov
2012
7

Judge Upholds DE Dept. of Labor Decision, SimplexGrinnell Held to $5.5M Prevailing Wage Settlement

Judge Upholds DE Dept. of Labor Decision, SimplexGrinnell Held to $5.5M Prevailing Wage Settlement
In Delaware, a judge has dismissed a lawsuit by SimplexGrinnell that looked to halt the DE Department of Labor’s enforcement of the prevailing wage. The company, which supplies alarm and detection systems to both private customers and government agencies, was ordered to pay $5,525,000 in back wages to its employees after the DOL’s...
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Nov
2012
7

Workers at 128 Northern California Supermarkets Are On Strike

Workers at 128 Northern California Supermarkets Are On Strike
Union employees at 128 Northern California supermarkets have decided to strike after 15 months of negotiations came to a stall early Sunday morning. The two sides met in San Francisco but the union refused to make concessions to their health care benefits. The negotiation deadline had been previously extended by a federal mediator. Mike Henneberry...
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Nov
2012
7

Prevailing Wage Dispute Propels Cincinnati City Council to Look at Irresponsible Contracting

In an interesting break from bureaucratic business as usual, the City Council of Cincinnati has used an incident in which subcontractors were not paying the prevailing wage to spark a conversation about how the city can better monitor city-funded projects. It’s a classic case: a prime contractor on a large project hired a subcontractor who...
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Nov
2012
6

VIDEO: Voter Pushes “Obama” On Electronic Voting Machine in PA but “Romney” Gets Highlighted

Here we friggin’ go. May the horror stories mount. This was just posted to the We Party Patriots Facebook page. In the video you can see the voter select “Barack Obama” but have “Mitt Romney” become highlighted. Here is an excerpt from the video’s description. “I asked the voters on either side of me if...
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Nov
2012
6

Remarkably Impeccable Election Day Weather Can Only Mean One Thing: God Hates Voter ID

Remarkably Impeccable Election Day Weather Can Only Mean One Thing: God Hates Voter ID
If you believe in God, then today you know that He is on the side of voter turnout. This may strike you as odd considering many of the people who have pushed unAmerican, Jim Crow-esque Voter ID laws are the same people who claim to be protecting the legacy of Christianity. But, truly religious people [&hellip...
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