John Doe Documents Reveal $1.8M in Tax Credits Awarded to Prime Scott Walker Dark Money Donor

John Doe Documents Reveal $1.8M in Tax Credits Awarded to Prime Scott Walker Dark Money Donor

  A recent article from Yahoo! Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff reveals that...

NLRB Ruling Against FedEx Home Maintained Upon Review; Employees Were Misclassified

NLRB Ruling Against FedEx Home Maintained Upon Review; Employees Were Misclassified

  Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled against reconsidering its...

NLRB Finds Widespread Union Suppression Policy at T-Mobile U.S.

NLRB Finds Widespread Union Suppression Policy at T-Mobile U.S.

  A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge recently ruled that T-Mobile U.S. is guilty of...

STEM the Tide: Pair of Conservatives Join Labor's Call for a Cap on H-1B Visas, Stricter Enforcement

STEM the Tide: Pair of Conservatives Join Labor’s Call for a Cap on H-1B Visas, Stricter Enforcement

  Two conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee have developed an unlikely kinship with...

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Sep
2012
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Rhode Island DOL Unable to Collect $1,000,000 in Back Wages from Six Contractors

A Go Local investigation has found truth to labor leaders’ claims that Rhode Island contractors are going unpunished for failing to pay prevailing wages on publicly funded projects. According to the investigation, the Rhode Island Department of Labor has failed to collect $1 million in fines and back wages from six contractors. Stunningly,...
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Sep
2012
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Steamfitters 638 Member Describes How His Union Teamed Up With Management to Achieve “Full Employment” for His Local

Steamfitters 638 Member Describes How His Union Teamed Up With Management to Achieve
Richard Roberts of Steamfitters Local 638 recently took to the New York Daily News as a guest commentator to talk about the challenges facing the labor movement in 2012. He also took time to reflect on the hardships felt throughout his industry following the economic downturn of 2008. In this pre-Labor Day address, Roberts credits [&hellip...
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Sep
2012
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In 2011, More Workers Made Below the Minimum Wage Than Those Actually Earning It

Thoroughly reviewed Bureau of Labor Statistics data from last year indicate that, in the United States, there are currently more workers earning below the minimum wage than there are workers actually making the minimum wage itself. The data, Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers: 2011, found that 2.2 million workers make below the minimum wage...
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Sep
2012
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REPORT: Temp and Subcontracted Workers Erode Wages, Undermine Worker Protections

REPORT: Temp and Subcontracted Workers Erode Wages, Undermine Worker Protections
A new report from the UC Berkely Center for Labor Research and Education, Poverty and the Rise of Temporary and Contingent Work, studies the correlations between temporary workers and their need to be on government assistance. Though Newt Gingrich attempted to paint Barack Obama as the “food stamp President,” the big business policies...
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Sep
2012
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MISS THIS? Last Week, Obama Endorsed Bernie Sanders’ Citizens United Overhaul

MISS THIS? Last Week, Obama Endorsed Bernie Sanders' Citizens United Overhaul
President Obama took to Reddit last week for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session that drew 3.8 million participants. Of the many questions he answered, perhaps most intriguing to progressives was his endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Saving Democracy Amendment, a constitutional amendment that tackles campaign finance reform and specifically...
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Sep
2012
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Rallies Mount Against Trans-Pacific Partnership Which “Has Almost Nothing to Do With Trade”

Rallies Mount Against Trans-Pacific Partnership Which
Dean Baker, writing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for The Guardian, suggests that the deal revolves around anything but free trade. He paints beltway insiders with a brush of humorous reality: “Free trade” is a sacred mantra in Washington. If anything is labeled as being “free trade”, then everyone in the...
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Aug
2012
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BCTD Pres. McGarvey Takes Part In the AFL-CIO’s Labor Day “Thank You” Card Campaign

To celebrate Labor Day, the AFL-CIO has launched a great new video creation and sharing application to allow anybody to send a “Thank You” to a hard working person they know. Presidents of several unions as well as other organized labor leaders have participated in the effort, including Building and Construction Trades Department...
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Aug
2012
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New GOP Platform Seeks to Abolish PLAs and Davis-Bacon, Institute “Right-to-Work” Nationally

New GOP Platform Seeks to Abolish PLAs and Davis-Bacon, Institute
Frankly, I’m shocked. Shocked at the audacity and recklessness of the new GOP party platform despite scouring links and stories and opinions by the hundreds daily that indicate the extremity of the party’s leaders. The GOP has gone above and beyond their established levels of zeal and one-sidedness with their radical new party...
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Aug
2012
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REPORT: Wage Theft Costs Iowans $600 Million Annually

REPORT: Wage Theft Costs Iowans $600 Million Annually
A new report from the Iowa Policy Project shows that wage theft costs the Hawkeye State $600 million each year. Spread across an array of industries, the report labels wage theft as a “growing problem” that will continue to get worse unless strong action is taken. For purposes of clarification, the report defines wage theft [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
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Woman Dies on the Job. State Issues Fines. Company Goes to Court. Fines are Dropped.

After investigating the death of Tina Hall, who died in the mixing room at Toyo Automotive parts in 2007 from burns covering 90 percent of her body, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards cited the company for 16 “serious” violations and fined them $105,000. While the punishment couldn’t bring back...
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Aug
2012
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In Rochester, PLAs and the ROAR Program Have Generated High Rates of Minority and Female Involvement

In Rochester, PLAs and the ROAR Program Have Generated High Rates of Minority and Female Involvement
Part of the appeal of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) is that they mandate a certain percentage of contractors and apprentices be minorities in order to strengthen communities and the construction industry as a whole. In Rochester, ROAR (Reaching Occupational Achievement for Residents of Rochester), has been helping hundreds of families in the...
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Aug
2012
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Six More Monster Corporations Leave ALEC

Six More Monster Corporations Leave ALEC
The unpopularity of laws crafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has brought the total number of companies abandoning the hyper-corporate lobby to 38. General Electric, Western Union, Sprint Nextel, the maker of Norton anti-virus Symantec, Entergy, and Reckitt Benckiser Group (maker of a wide range of products from...
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