Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor

  Despite massive outcry, the Indiana State Senate passed HB 1019 on Wednesday by a 27-22...

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

  A long read investigative report from The Charlotte News & Observer took a deeper look...

1000s Rally to Preserve IN's Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments

1000s Rally to Preserve IN’s Construction Wage; Senate Bumps Vote to Consider Amendments

  Just hours after thousands of contractors and laborers flooded the statehouse to oppose...

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity

  In an op-ed for the Chicago Sun-Times, Sean McGarvey, President of North America‚Äôs...

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Sep
2012
20

Awesome Pro-Liz Warren Union Stickers (and Other Reasons She’s Going to Beat Scott Brown)

Awesome Pro-Liz Warren Union Stickers (and Other Reasons She’s Going to Beat Scott Brown)
Following her excellent performance at the Democratic National Convention — which, in theory, could eventually be viewed as the launch of her 2016 Presidential campaign — Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has taken a lead in the polls against incumbent Republican Scott Brown. Although the lead is slim (48-46) according to...
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Sep
2012
20

Romney: “I wish we weren’t unionized”

Romney:
Getting lost among the many quotable Montgomery Burns-esque grumblings in Mitt Romney’s now infamous fundraiser speech is his lament that unions will prevent him from making the deep cuts to federal employee rolls that he desires. Along with calling nearly half of Americans “moochers,” promising to not be their President, and...
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Sep
2012
19

Republican Extremists Call Murray’s Veteran Jobs Bill “a Waste of Time”

Republican Extremists Call Murray's Veteran Jobs Bill
Unemployment rates for returning military service personnel are alarmingly high without sign of abatement, so Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has sponsored a bill that would help affected veterans find jobs as firefighters, police officers, in national parks and on public lands. Despite this obviously necessary and clearly noble effort, the bill has...
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Sep
2012
19

Vikings, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Zero in on Architect for Stadium PLA

Vikings, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Zero in on Architect for Stadium PLA
A new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is one step closer to reality. The team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) are choosing an architect for the planned $975 million project. A decision is scheduled by October 5th. Set to be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), the stadium will bring jobs to [&hellip...
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Sep
2012
19

Health Contributions, Contract Length, Rehiring of Displaced Workers Among the Many CTU Victories in Chicago School Standoff

Health Contributions, Contract Length,  Rehiring of Displaced Workers Among the Many CTU Victories in Chicago School Standoff
The seven-and-change days long strike by the Chicago Teachers Union has ended with the CTU deciding to return to work after a majority of their 26,000 members supported a contract offer last night. The compromise agreement will be finalized in the upcoming weeks and will include a 7% increase in base salary over the next [&hellip...
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Sep
2012
19

SMWIA Local 66 Member Dominated Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” on The Voice Last Night

SMWIA Local 66 Member Dominated Al Green's
Absolutely not a headline we expected to be writing on this blog ever, at any point, ever. But it happened. A Sheet Metal Worker from Local 66 in Washington state appeared on The Voice last night and got some love from Adam Levine, Cee-Lo and Don Henley. Not sure exactly what Christina was doing. Watch [&hellip...
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Sep
2012
18

Congressional Research Service: “Tax cuts for the rich don’t spur growth.”

Congressional Research Service: “Tax cuts for the rich don’t spur growth.”
The Congressional Research Service, the non-partisan research office for Congress, has released a report stating what progressives have been saying for years: “Tax cuts for the rich don’t spur growth.” The analysis of top tax rates (since 1945) shows that not only do top earner tax cuts have zero positive effect on economic...
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Sep
2012
18

The Implications of Wisconsin’s Act 10 Being Ruled Unconstitutional

Last week, Wisconsin Judge Juan Colas struck down sections of Governor Scott Walker’s signature legislation, known as Act 10, which restricts the power of workers and unions in the state. Passage of Act 10 lead to the Wisconsin uprising of 2011. The decision reopens the topic for debate just weeks before the election and will [&hellip...
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Sep
2012
18

Building Trades, City of Atlanta Launch Trade-Up Program to Bring Women, Minorities Into Construction

Building Trades, City of Atlanta Launch Trade-Up Program to Bring Women, Minorities Into Construction
New, creative solutions to the complex problems facing the American economy are needed in droves right now. In Georgia, the construction trades face more than the obvious current unemployment situation, they also sport a next generation that has been largely unable to apprentice due to ongoing lack of opportunity. As the skilled labor force ages,...
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Sep
2012
17

Former Union President, Prevailing Wage Supporter Making Run at CT State Senate Seat

Former Union President, Prevailing Wage Supporter Making Run at CT State Senate Seat
Look, if we’re gonna report every single Tom, Dick and Crazy that the Tea Party runs up the legislative totem, we sure as shoot better tell you when a true friend of labor has a shot at taking a seat from an anti-worker operative: How voters in the state’s 19th Senate District perceive Rep. Chris [&hellip...
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Sep
2012
14

Teachers Union, Public School Officials Can’t Reach Deal in Late Night Chicago Talks

Teachers Union, Public School Officials Can’t Reach Deal in Late Night Chicago Talks
Yesterday, it began to look as though the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike may be coming to an end, but negotiations last night broke down when the two sides couldn’t agree on several key points: The latest news comes after parties on both sides said they were inching closer to a resolution. In fact, a [&hellip...
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Sep
2012
14

Michelle Bachmann’s House Seat Appears to Be Up for Grabs

Michelle Bachmann's House Seat Appears to Be Up for Grabs
A new poll shows that former Republican Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann is in danger of losing her congressional seat to hotel executive Jim Graves, a sign that the GOP may not necessarily retain control of the House. The poll shows Bachmann leading Graves 48% to 46%. Her short-lived but highly memorable Presidential run may have [&hellip...
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